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11/09/1995 First item sold on eBay

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Meet the Buyer Behind eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar's First Ever Sale

One of the first items sold on AuctionWeb 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."