USA, a nation of eBay professionals

Further evidence that eBay is becoming the world’s bazaar has emerged from a new survey carried out by the company. It reckons that around one and a half million Americans buy and sell on eBay to supplement their income.

For 724,000 professional sellers, eBay is now their prime or secondary source of income. This compares with a similar survey in 2003 that found 430,000 used eBay to supplement their income – a rise of 68 per cent.

During the first six months this year, eBay members in the US sold around $10.6 billion worth of goods and services.

eBay, it would seem is becoming part of the American dream. According to the survey, 58 per cent of Americans say they have dreamed of starting a business and becoming their own boss. Unsurprisingly, two thirds of those surveyed said they wanted to set up their own business to make extra money while almost as many wanted the independence that being your own boss brings.

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