That equates to one in two online buyers in the UK using eBay to buy a product. There are also over 200,000 businesses registered to sell on eBay UK.
Around 40% of eBay UK sales are being driven through its mobile app.
Another giant in the online market space is Amazon, which generated UK sales of £4.47bn in 2013, an increase of 12.6% on the previous year. Amazon is easy to use; businesses simply register as a seller and list an inventory of products.
The opportunities for Northern Ireland businesses created by online marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay are huge. They are great places to learn about selling online, for relatively low cost and with minimal risk. Many businesses in Northern Ireland successfully sell large volumes of products through these online marketplaces.
Invest NI runs a series of ICT workshops which are designed to provide practical advice to businesses interested in developing their ICT expertise. Each workshop series focuses on a different theme. During the June series Dan Wilson, an eBay and ecommerce expert provided insight to businesses who are seeking to enter the ecommerce marketplace.
Getting quite excited about my three days touring Northern Ireland talking eBay and Amazon with InvestNI next month.— Dan Wilson (@wilsondan) May 30, 2014
If you would like to explore your options for selling online there is a selection of information guides on the nibusinessinfo.co.uk website.