It could be that eBay is actually the unsung hero of the internet in Australia. Can you believe the site has been around (The local version) since 1999? That’s 15 years – feeling old yet? To Celebrate, eBay is having a sale, plus they’ve released some fun stats.
(The original eBay Australia website)
It all started (according to eBay Australia) with an Aussie selling a Harmon Kardan amp to a US buyer – since then the site has ramped up pretty well – now over 8 million Australians use eBay every single month.
To put that in context, in 15 years there have been 681,000,000 transactions. Blimey!
Marking the anniversary, eBay will have a 15% off site-wide for just over a day, starting Midnight on Sunday 14th September, ending Monday 15th at 12pm.
But here’s the fun part. Would you buy a $50,000 car on your mobile phone? The most expensive item ever bought via the eBay mobile site/app was a Range Rover Sport in 2014 (over $50,000)
Nothing in the electronics category is searched for more than the iPhone 5.
Get this – there are over 1600 eBay sellers who take in more than $1,000,000 in sales every year!
If you think your item is doing well with 20 or 30 bids, think again. In 2006 a Sharp 32 inch LCD TV received 1126 bids!
The most expensive item sold (outside of the motoring category) was a Gladstone fish and chip shop – which sold for $110,000.
And interestingly, that puts this next one into some perspective: A few years back, a bloke in Perth sold his “whole life” including his car, motorbike and house. Ahh.. under $110,000? Poor bugger.
And… the most active town in Australia? Toowoomba.
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