eBay is the world’s most popular online shopping website that was started in the year 1995. Since then, the E-commerce website has been selling products worldwide to consumers.
It is one of America’s largest online marketplace where you can shop for almost any merchandise. But, do you know that there are some hidden facts about the eBay online shopping marketplace that you might not have known before?
Well, here are some interesting facts about the largest shopping website eBay.
1. eBay was actually called AuctionWeb
eBay was formerly called as AuctionWeb until 1997. The name was later changed to eBay by two of its employees, named Omidyar and Jeffrey Skoll.
The story behind the change in the online shopping website’s name occurred when Omidyar, a computer programmer, went to register a domain “echobay.com”. Since the domain was already registered, he instantly came up with the idea of naming the site “eBay.com” and that’s how it got its new name, which we all know by today.
2. First items sold on eBay
The first items that were sold on the eBay online shopping website were:
- a broken laser pointer
- a Superman metal lunch box
- a Toyota Tercel
- an autographed Marky Mark underwear
Selling the broken laser pointer on eBay was an experiment that was carried out by Omidyar, who was the computer programmer. However, to his luck, one customer purchased the broken laser pointer for a sum of $14.83. This was the first ever product sold on eBay.
3. eBay’s mobile app is boosting sales
After launching the mobile app, eBay has seen a high increase in their sales, which had accounted for about a $1.5 billion worth of merchandise sold to customers in various parts of the world. It is estimated that an item is purchased in every two seconds by customers using the eBay mobile app on their smartphones.
4. eBay actually sold an Aeroplane
eBay had sold a 1985 Piper PA-46-310P Malibu aeroplane for a sum of $265,000 on their online shopping website to its customer. The sum was paid online and the company also received positive feedback from the customer.
5. A record-breaking sale ever
Another surprising fact about the eBay online shopping website is that it had sold the most expensive item on their website. It was the Gulfstream II Jet that was sold for $4.9 million, making it a record-breaking sale in the history of online shopping. An unknown customer actually bought the airplane from eBay and the amount was paid in full online and successfully.
6. eBay sold a luxury car via a mobile app
Believe it or not, eBay is also known for selling a 2007 model Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder luxury sports car for an amount of $139,000. This luxury sports car was sold to a customer via a mobile app. Thus, It was one of the biggest sales for the E-commerce company through a mobile application.
7. Pets for adoption
The eBay Classifieds Pets is a local listing site and partnered with other services that offer pets for adoption to people. So, if you are looking for adopting a pet. You can find one easily on the eBay Classifieds Pets site, or download the app on your smartphone.
8. First to tweet its earnings call
eBay’s corporate blogger, Richard Brewer-Hay, was the first to post live blogs about the company’s earnings call on Twitter.
Thus, These are some of the not-known facts that you now know about the eBay online shopping website.Follow us on Social Media