EBay is an online multinational marketplace for buying and selling items of any kind, including antiques. Headquartered in San Jose, California, eBay was founded in 1995 by Pierre Omidyar as an online auction site and it has long had a strong presence of collectables, antiques, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, watches and works of art, as well as second-hand goods of any description.

Today it is a business with operations in over 30 countries. The website is free to buyers but charges a fee to sellers. When items are offered via eBay’s auction facility, potential buyers have to make bids over a certain time period.

Over the years, eBay has had to make efforts to combat fakes and reproductions being traded as genuine or original items. It now includes guides for buyers to avoid being misled.

Tiffany lose final appeal against eBay in the Supreme Court

06 December 2010

THE U.S. Supreme Court in Washington has delivered a significant blow to Tiffany & Co’s bid to stop the sale of counterfeit jewellery on eBay.

EBay buyer sued over negative feedback

29 April 2010

EBAY users in the US are questioning the merits of the feedback system after a buyer from Florida who left negative comments for a seller has been hit by a $15,000 lawsuit for defamation.

Appeal consolation for Tiffany as eBay largely triumph

26 April 2010

TIFFANY have lost on most counts in their appeal against a ruling in a US federal district court backing eBay over the sale of the firm’s jewellery.


Buyers tackle fakes after eBay fail to act on complaints

13 April 2010

EBAY buyers have taken matters into their own hands after the online giant failed to act against sales of fakes, despite being alerted to the problem on numerous occasions.

Court order the latest salvo in eBay legal saga

22 February 2010

EBAY’s legal fortunes continue to seesaw, with a Paris court ordering them to pay 230,000 euros to Louis Vuitton Malletier in costs and damages.

Fake Olympic medals appearing on eBay

18 January 2010

SPECIALIST dealers believe fake medals from the XXIXth Olympiad in Beijing are appearing for sale on eBay.

Tide turns against eBay over fakes

28 September 2009

ON September 17, eBay delivered a petition to the European parliament demanding a law change to stop luxury brands controlling where their goods are sold.


Fake repeating clocks emerge on eBay

01 September 2009

A NEW crop of fake carriage clocks, believed to be made in China, has appeared on eBay.

EBay call on antiques industry to help them beat counterfeits

08 June 2009

EBAY UK have launched a new anti-counterfeit campaign and want to work closely with the antiques industry to beat the fakers.

EBay win against L’Oréal in the High Court

01 June 2009

EBAY have now added a London High Court victory against a claim from luxury brand L’Oréal to the one they gained in France last month.

French court turns in favour of eBay over fakes

26 May 2009

THE tide has turned in favour of eBay in the legal war over the sale of counterfeit goods on their site after a French court backed them against L’Oreal.

Ebay say call us to settle online disputes

20 April 2009

eBay are to introduce a new dispute-resolution process in America that includes the offer of a toll-free telephone number to discuss problems verbally with Ebay customer support.

EBay counterfeit case comes to UK

16 March 2009

COSMETICS giant L’Oréal took their multi-pronged legal tussle with online auction site eBay to the High Court in London last week.


ATG Media aim to fill vacuum left by eBay Live Auctions

09 February 2009

ATG Media have launched their bid to replace eBay as the primary provider of live online auctions. There have been several companies jockeying for position since the demise of eBay Live Auctions at the end of last year, but ATG Media, who also own Antiques Trade Gazette, argue that their new partnership scheme offers the best deal.


New Troika fakes emerge on eBay

26 January 2009

Readers are being urged to be aware of a new batch of counterfeit Troika wares that are being offered for sale on eBay.

Volunteer jailed for stolen medals

01 December 2008

A VOLUNTEER at the Royal Signals Regiment Museum in Blandford, Dorset, has been jailed for 12 months for stealing £33,000 of medals and selling them on eBay.

EBay ban ivory sales in US

27 October 2008

EBAY are to ban the sale of ivory products on its USA site from January.

Libel action for negative feedback

27 October 2008

AN eBay user is being threatened with a libel action after posting negative feedback about a seller.

EBay move closer to retail business model

26 August 2008

Ebay have announced more initiatives to speed their evolution from auction site to online retail environment.

Australian bank challenge PayPal policy

26 August 2008

The Reserve Bank of Australia are to challenge eBay on their decision to make PayPal mandatory on all sales listings. The RBA says it will “shortly be holding discussions with PayPal [an eBay subsidiary] with a view to seeking the removal of these rules”.