eBay pen

Happy Bday eBay! 23 years ago today, the digital titan sold its first item – a broken laser pointer:

  • In 1995, back when eBay was called AuctionWeb, its owners set out to test the new website by listing a broken laser pointer for sale. Much to their surprise, the laser pointer was quickly purchased by someone for $14.83. Confused, the owners asked the customer if they knew that the laser was broken. When the customer replied, ‘I’m a collector of broken laser pointers,’ they knew they were onto something big.”

One person’s trash…

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