Feeds

eBay UK is five

We wander down memory lane

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Online auctioneer eBay, celebrates its fifth UK birthday today, and what an interesting five years it has been.

While in the US, happy bidders can get their mitts on the highly prized letters from LINDOWS, (now Linspire, of course) we in the UK have access to the manure from an Olympic champion horse, a couple of housewives, or the entire financial history of one of Europe's larger financial services groups.

We also heard how a UK technology journalist inadvertently bought three seven-ton horse boxes by dint of over enthusiastic clicking.

The biggest ever sale in the UK was Maggie Thatcher's handbag, which went for a tasty £103,000, while the ball that betrayed a nation's hopes in the European cup fetched £18,700.

The company reports around 7.5m visitors to its site every month, and estimates that 10,000 people actually make a living selling through the site.

From sales of illegal stun guns, to accusations of gun smuggling, the site has seen the seedier side of life as well.

eBay has taken steps to deal with the issue of fraud - it offers customers up to £250 of protection from non-delivery or for goods that are not as described on the auction site, so long as the vendor is PayPal-approved.

However, the Consumer Association says that despite this, up to 200 sales per day are fraudulent. eBay claims dodgy sales account for just 0.01 per cent of its total. ®

Related stories

L-I-N-D-O-W-S goes up for sale on eBay
Hospital suspends ten staff for 'net abuse'
eBay Hawaiian skull vendor on federal rap

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Broadband slow and expensive? Blame Telstra says CloudFlare
Won't peer, will gouge for Internet transit
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?