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eBay: Orders Over Mobile Devices Triple During Holidays

Online auction giant eBay Inc. (EBAY) says it sold three times more items through mobile apps this holiday season than last.

The company said 1.5 million items were bought using mobile devices; people from more than 165 countries made the purchases.

“eBay buyers and sellers have rapidly embraced mobile commerce this year, and this holiday season has been a mobile commerce tipping point,” said Lorrie Norrington, president of eBay marketplaces, in a prepared statement. “Shopping will never be the same again.”

To that point, some of the most notable mobile transactions include:

  • $19,108 for a 23-foot deck boat
  • $10,025 for 250 grams of pure gold bullion
  • $10,000 for a Boston grand piano made by Steinway
  • $3,888 for a Hermes Kelly bag
  • $770 for a Jean Paul Gaultier wool and leather coat
  • $600 for a pair of Christian Louboutin camel colored patent leather pumps

Texans made up four of the top 10 zip codes in the United States for people buying over their mobile phones.

IDC earlier this year said mobile Internet users will double in number by 2013 to surpass 1 billion.


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