eBay is launching a mammoth sale tonight

Mia Steiber 21 September 2017 NEWS

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To celebrate 18 years in Australia, eBay is offering 18% off everything. Yes, you read that correctly.

Tonight at 6pm AEST, eBay will be launching its biggest sale ever. It will be offering customers 18% off everything, including items from eBay stores and auction listings. The sale will run for just four hours, ending at 10pm, so you'll have to get in quick if you want to take advantage of the discounts on offer.

It's no secret that Australians love eBay. 11 million of us use it every month and eBay has estimated that over the past 18 years, Australians have spent over 2 billion hours on the site, which equates to 228,000 years.

Since starting out in 1999, eBay Australia has evolved from an online auction house to a retail powerhouse, with more than 40,000 small businesses selling via its platform.

In addition to offering 18% off site-wide, eBay is also celebrating its anniversary with a range of quirky facts about the Australian market. For example, did you know the first item sold on eBay.com.au was a Harman Kardon amplifier? Or that in 2006 someone tried to sell New Zealand for 1 cent?

Read on for more kooky facts about eBay Australia or head to eBay to shop the sale when it starts at 6pm tonight!

12 things you probably didn't know about eBay

  1. The first item sold on eBay.com.au was a Harman Kardon amplifier.
  2. Australian coins have been the most popular collectable item over the past 18 years.
  3. In 2006, someone tried to sell New Zealand for 1 cent.
  4. One of the most expensive items ever sold on eBay.com.au was a successful fish and chip store based in Gladstone, which sold for $110,000.
  5. In 2014, the last Ford GTF to roll off the production line was sold on eBay for $394,000 to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
  6. In 2012, The Wiggles sold their Big Red Car on eBay.com.au for $35,700, raising money for SIDS and Kids.
  7. A few years ago, a Perth man sold all of his worldly possessions on eBay, including his car, his motorbike and his house.
  8. In 2016, bidders fought it out for the Kings Cross Coca-Cola sign. The lowercase "c" in the word "Coca" sold for $18,700. The total profit of $100,700 was donated to Wayside Chapel by Coke and eBay.
  9. The good folks of Toowoomba have consistently been some of the most active eBay users in Australia over the past 18 years. Good on ‘em!
  10. One lucky fella was paid $17,000 for a patch of dirt from which Jon Aloissi kicked the world cup qualifying goal.
  11. Victoria and the ACT are the biggest night owls, staying up later to shop than the rest of the nation and doing the majority of their shopping between 8pm and 10pm.
  12. Between midnight and 1am, Magic: The Gathering cards are the highest selling items on eBay.

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