Founded in 1995, eBay is one of the notable success stories in the world today. As the world’s largest marketplace it has hundreds of millions of listings live at any given moment, become one of the largest companies in America & one of the most recognized brands around the world.
Throughout the years, the world has seen some of the oddest items listed on eBay, including, among others, old gum, entire towns, and even spouses. The fact that anyone can list almost anything, makes this site one of the most interesting places to find rare or outlandish items.
We have pulled together the top 10 most interesting facts about ebay.
10. eBay was the First to Live-Tweet Its Earnings Call
Richard Brewer-Hay, eBay’s corporate blogger, was the first to live-blog a company’s earnings call using a Twitter feed. During the Q2 2010 earning’s call, Brewer-Hay tweeted away using the hashtag #eBayQ210.
Prior to that, he had worked in conjunction with eBay’s legal team to create social media guidelines for reporting company information on behalf of eBay to dodge any legal issues.
Brewer-Hay has played a key role in eBay’s growing presence on various social networks, but there are over 40 other eBay-owned Twitter feeds, including eBay Radio, eBay Classifieds, eBay Green, and PayPal.
9. The Most Expensive eBay.com Purchase: A Jet
A Gulfstream II Jet that sold for $4.9 million in 2001 is the record for highest eBay sale price yet. The record sales price was more than three times the previous known eBay record of $1.65 million. The jet was sold by Tyler Jet (now, Tyler Jet Motorsports), the world’s largest business jet dealer at the time.