The world's online marketplace®, enabling trade on a local, national and international basis

The eBay community includes more than a hundred million registered members from around the world. People spend more time on eBay than any other online site, making it the most popular shopping destination on the Internet

Functionality and use of design
On an average day, there are millions of items listed on eBay. People come to eBay to buy and sell items in thousands of categories from collectibles like trading cards, antiques, dolls, and housewares to practical items like used cars, clothing, books and CDs, and electronics. Buyers have the option to purchase items in an auction-style format or items can be purchased at a fixed price through a feature called Buy It Now.

People from all over the world buy and sell on eBay. Currently, eBay has local sites that serve Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition, eBay has a presence in Latin America through its investment MercadoLibre.com.

eBay offers a wide variety of educational tools, features, and services that enable members to buy and sell on the site quickly, safely, and conveniently. These services include online payments by PayPal, tips on safe trading, and the Developers Program for community members who would like to develop their own technology solutions.

How did this design improve life?
ebay is an example of the world wide peer-to-peer ”prosumer” movement, where commerce is nearly un-mediated by corporations, governments, advertisers and editors.

eBay is The World's Online Marketplace®, enabling trade on a local, national and international basis.

With a diverse and passionate community of individuals and small businesses, eBay offers an online platform where millions of items are traded each day. Furthermore E-bay ensures that products are used – reused and reused again and again and thus forming a global thrift community.

E-Bay is combined with PayPal, a safe, easy and fast way to pay online.

Being a member on e-Bay means that all the other members of the community will give you feedback on the way you act on the site. If you act irresponsible, offensive, un-loyal and cheat full the community will notice and you will be excluded.

Furthermore giving back to the community has been an essential part of eBay since the very beginning. In 1998, with a donation of 107,250 shares of pre-IPO stock, eBay created a charitable fund known as the eBay Foundation™. Today, eBay Foundation remains an important part of eBay and serves as the primary vehicle through which eBay contributes to community organizations. Annually, eBay Foundation provides grants to numerous non-profit groups that are working to make local communities better places to live and work.

Drawbacks of life improvement
There could be cases of dependence

Research and need
E-bay is a part of a major international company and developed on the basic of their research and user communication.

Designed by
eBay (United States), 2004