eBay by the Numbers

By: Adam Kohler, eBay Staff

See how eBay connects millions of buyers and sellers around the globe to the things they love — anywhere, anytime and on any device.

Twenty years ago, nobody could have imagined a time when the online and offline worlds would merge, when the internet would no longer be something you would actively seek out, but something that was present all around you. A time when you could use the watch on your wrist to order a new pair of sneakers while you’re out for a run. A time when every blank surface in your home would become an opportunity for connection -- your fridge, your bathroom mirror, the dashboard or your car. A time when we won’t even refer to ‘mobile’ commerce anymore, because the distinction will be meaningless.

That time is now. At eBay, over half our sales are already touched by mobile, and we are a leading mobile commerce player, with almost 280 million mobile apps downloaded in 8 languages across 190 countries. Last year alone, there were $28 billion of sales through mobile.

Take a look at 20 fast facts from some of our major markets around the world which show how mobile is changing the way we do business.

In the United States . . .

1. A car or truck is bought via mobile every 4 minutes. 
2. A pair of ladies shoes is bought via mobile every 7 seconds. 
3. A ladies handbag is bought via mobile every 10 seconds. 
4. A tablet is bought via mobile every 40 seconds. 
5. A cell phone is sold every 4 seconds.

In the United Kingdom . . .

6. A car is bought via mobile every 2 minutes. 
7. A pair of ladies shoes is bought via mobile every 6 seconds. 
8. A ladies handbag is bought via mobile every 17 seconds. 
9. A tablet is bought via mobile every 1 minute.

In Germany . . .

10. A car or truck is bought via mobile every 9 minutes. 
11. A pair of ladies shoes is bought via mobile every 15 seconds. 
12. A ladies handbag is bought via mobile every 58 seconds. 
13. A tablet is bought via mobile every 3 minutes.

In Australia . . .

14. A car is bought via mobile every 20 minutes. 
15. A pair of ladies shoes is bought via mobile every 1 minute. 
16. A ladies handbag is bought via mobile every 2 minutes. 
17. A tablet is bought via mobile every 10 minutes.

In Canada . . .

18. A pair of ladies shoes is bought via mobile every 5 minutes. 
19. A ladies handbag is bought via mobile every 6 minutes. 
20. A tablet is bought via mobile every 25 minutes. 


Data reflects Q2 2015