eBay Mobile Sales Spike 300% in 2010

Perhaps Time magazine put it best: online shopping on your computer is so 2009. As the overwhelming evidence suggests, consumers are going mobile with their shopping preferences and patterns to an unprecedented degree. One need not look further than eBay Mobile for validation of such claims. eBay announced Thursday that the company’s worldwide mobile sales …   Read More

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Perhaps Time magazine put it best: online shopping on your computer is so 2009.

As the overwhelming evidence suggests, consumers are going mobile with their shopping preferences and patterns to an unprecedented degree. One need not look further than eBay Mobile for validation of such claims.

eBay announced Thursday that the company’s worldwide mobile sales ballooned 300% last year, effectively tripling from $600 million in 2009 to $2 billion in 2010. Incredible but true, connected shoppers coughed up better than $2 billion last year via eBay’s mobile applications alone.

“It’s staggering to think that $2 billion worth of sales has been generated through a platform that didn’t exist a couple of years ago, and on a device that didn’t exist three years ago,” said VP of eBay Europe Clare Gilmartin.

Last week, Mobile Marketing Watch covered eBay’s holiday sales report, which showed global sales from Nov. 25 to Dec. 25, 2010 up 166% to $230 million over the same period last year.

With 2011 poised to be eBay’s most profitable yet to date, eBay Mobile continues to show the mobile world at large that smartphones are doing more to make antique relics out of our wallets than almost anyone may presently realize.

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6 comments

  1. Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    BTW EBay stock is down 50% from its 2004 peak. If 2011 will be its most profitable it should be closer to its peak price. Maybe buy some of it’s stock?

  2. Howie at Sky Pulse Media

    What is important is not how much was spent via Mobile for Ebay, but how much of a sales increase they had this holiday season. If it is just a sales migration what does this mean for anyone? Really nothing. Buying something via EBay on your Phone is NO different than a laptop. Just smaller screen.

  3. philipcohen

    My problem with this story is that I take everything that comes out of the eBay Dept of Spin with a grain of salt. Who cares if consumers are going mobile if previously those same consumers were using their PCs. The point is, is anyone benefiting from this development; is eBay benefitting from this development, or is eBay, relative to all other e-commerce, still going backwards.

    eBay/PayPal/Donahoe: Dead Men Walking.

  4. sheilajbowen

    I found a site where you can get coupons for restaurant called "Printapons" they are on all over the news, search online

  5. philipcohen

    More disingenuous nonsense from the eBay Dept of Spin.

    What does this increase actually mean? Where did this increase come from? At the cost of a loss elswhere? Did eBay actually increase its sales?

    “Online Holiday Spending Up 12% to a Record $32.6 Billion”—WSJ

    But how much up is eBay’s Marketplace sales? Five percent? There will be no records broken here at eBay. In other words, relatively speaking, eBay is still going backwards under the policies of the current chief headless turkey, John “Noise” Queeg-Donahoe. Well done John, keep up the good work for Mr Bezos.

    1. Mobile_Web4.5

      @philipcohen; With all due respect, I believe you are missing the point of this particular article. The story is suggesting that ebay saw a 300% increase on use of mobile phone to "access ebay" which was 300% over last year same time.

      "As the overwhelming evidence suggests, consumers are going mobile with their shopping preferences and patterns to an unprecedented degree. One need not look further than eBay Mobile for validation of such claims."

      So what the article is suggesting the obvious, mobile phone (smartphones) are becoming more and more mainstream.

      Hope this sheds some light on the article.

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