In October 2013, e PN launched a new pricing model.

The new model is more transparent and is based on category-level base commission rates with bonuses available for referring new and reactivated 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.

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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.

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.

It previously offered online money transfers (via Pay Pal, One of the first items sold on Auction Web was a broken laser pointer for $14.83.

Astonished, Omidyar contacted the winning bidder to ask if he understood that the laser pointer was broken.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.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.Jeffrey Skoll was hired as the first new president of the company in early 1996.In November 1996, e Bay entered into its first third-party licensing deal, with a company called Electronic Travel Auction, to use Smart Market Technology to sell plane tickets and other travel products.