Ebay is 15 in the UK and Europe. They'll be celebrating down at their HQ. But are we?
Ebay changed collecting habits overnight and for me personally the increase in items from around the globe suddenly being available was the single biggest change.
Some of the social side went out of collecting though, but this could have been the internet overall and not just Ebay. I used to go to far more swapmeets especially small evening ones. But big swapmeets and toyfairs have survived so there must still be a demand.
One of the things I miss most are the small ads in magazines like Model Mart. Its through these Ads I got to know Bill and Paul V. These ads also allowed sellers to circulate their lists of wants and items for sale or trade. Those lists were just great. I sent loads out and loved getting other collectors' through the post.
All this being said, Ebay, for all its ills and commercialism, has shown us more toys from around the world than ever before. I'm not sure that the net itself, without Ebay, would have done that. Certainly not as quickly. So more than anything for me that is Ebay's legacy.
What do you think readers? Has Ebay changed things?