In his responding email, the buyer explained: "I'm a collector of broken laser pointers." The frequently repeated story that e Bay was founded to help Omidyar's fiancée trade Pez candy dispensers was fabricated by a public relations manager, Mary Lou Song, in 1997 to interest the media, which were not interested in the company's previous explanation about wanting to create a "perfect market".
Reportedly, e Bay was simply a side hobby for Omidyar until his Internet service provider informed him he would need to upgrade to a business account due to the high volume of traffic to his website.
Reduced Final Value Fees are available to business registered customers.
Under US law, a state cannot require sellers located outside the state to collect a sales tax, making purchases more attractive to buyers.
e Bay requires sellers to include the VAT element in their listing price and not as an add-on and thus profits by collecting fees based not only on the sale price "ex VAT" but also on the VAT.
e Bay has already expanded to over two dozen countries, including China and India.
Although some state laws require resident purchasers to pay use tax on out-of-state purchases, it is not a common practice.
However Value Added Tax (VAT), the EU countries' sales tax, is different.Strategic international expansion has failed in Taiwan and Japan, where Yahoo!had a head start, and New Zealand, where Trade Me is the dominant online auction website.The Final Value Fee amounts to 10% of the total amount of the sale, which is the price of the item plus shipping charges.takes from £0.15 to a maximum rate of £3 per £100 for an ordinary listing and up to 10% of the final price.The resulting price increase (from /month to 0) forced him to start charging those who used e Bay, and was not met with any animosity.