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Using eBay

eBay was one of the first auction sites on the Internet, launched on Labor Day of 1995. It almost single-handedly pioneered the concept of online auctions, and in doing so, carved out a dominant (some say insurmountable) market share.

As the official story goes, founder Pierre Omidyar launched eBay as the result of a conversation with his then-girlfriend, an avid Pez™ dispenser collector. She supposedly commented to Pierre about how great it would be if she were able to collect Pez dispensers using the Internet; Pierre saw the light and a Web empire was born.


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