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List: Top Ten eBay Using Regions in the UK

Date: February 2005

Source: www.ebay.co.uk

Base: All regions in the UK

Notes: Founded in San Jose on September 4, 1995 by Pierre Omidyar as Auctionweb, the first item sold was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. When Omidyar contacted the winning bidder and asked, "do you not understand the laser pointer is broken?" he received the following reply: "I'm a collector of broken laser pointers." Of the many unusual sales that have taken place through eBay, your editor's favourite is the June 2005 transaction involving Karolyne Smith who sold the right to permanently tattoo an advertisement on her forehead for GoldenPalace.com - for $10,000!

Region

Population

%eBay users

Norwich

122,000

44

Cambridge

109,000

42

Reading

143,000

39

Ilford

41,000

37

Lincoln

86,000

36

Nottingham

267,000

35

Manchester

393,000

33

Southampton

217,000

32

Preston

130,000

32

Bristol

381,000

29


   
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