Almost 70,000 people in the UK make at least a quarter of their annual income by trading on Ebay, according to a survey by market research outfit, A C Neilsen.
The survey revealed that there are more people in Britain earning a significant income from Ebay – 68,000 of them - than in any other European country.
Germany came second, with 64,000 people relying on the site for a proportion of their income, while France was third.
The survey also found that Ebay businesses are far from being one-person operations, with each employing an average of nine people. Almost half earn more than three-quarters of their income from the site.