EcommerceBytes-Update, Number 263 - May 16, 2010 - ISSN 1528-6703     6 of 7

First Item Sold Online: From Second-Hand Sweater to eBay Author

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Do you remember the first item you ever sold online? Let us know by sending an email to and we may publish your story. Today we hear from Marion who sold a second-hand sweater and went on to become an expert on eBay - in Germany!

Ina, First of all: I am a great fan of! Thank you for many good articles! I just wrote a story about my first item sold on eBay. Maybe you like to publish even a German eBay story. I hope that my English is good enough that everybody understands me :-)

My first item sold: The first item I sold on eBay was a second-hand sweater. This was in 1999. It was an auction, starting at 1 German Mark and I really don't know how often I checked up if there are new bids. At least 100 times. It was really exciting! Later on I have had private contact with my first buyer for a long time.

Three years and many, many auctions later, I wrote the first German Book about eBay and accompanied eBay as a speaker on the eBay Universities.

Today I am Editor of and teach people how to use ebay in the best way. eBay changed my life and even though I experienced so much with eBay within the years - I'll never forget my first sale on eBay!
Viele Grusse
Marion von Kuczkowski

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to

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