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First eBay Millionaire in the UK: How He Did It

Updated on December 11, 2011

First eBay Millionaire in the UK

His tiny eBay shop grew to became a major success in the UK, selling everything from mobile phone accessories to protein supplements. Mark Radcliffe, 30, has made history by becoming the UK's first eBay millionaire.

His ten-year rise as a tycoon started in his parent's garden shed in 1999, where he invested a little over $200. to start. At that time he was working as a trainee manager for Tesco, the supermarket chain.

How it Began

He says it began innocently enough; all his friends had mobile phones and needed accessories; he thought it would be a good way to make money. He then started selling computer accessories and it all just escalated.

In 2003, Mr. Radcliffe moved from the garden shed to a 10,000 square foot warehouse and set up his own brand, in 2005, known as First2save. Now he sells a range of more than 3,700 items and employs a staff of 19.


Today, Mr. Radcliffe processes about 36,000 orders per month, and has sold 472,966 items as of March 15th, 2009. His business offers 6,000 different product lines including protein supplements, mobile phone chargers, computer cables, racing kits and train sets. His monthly orders make him the largest eBay trader in Britain, based on sales, and the 6th largest in the world.

He remains ambitious. His next goal is to expand from his 10,000 square foot site to a 50,000 square foot site. He will increase his workforce from 19 to 34.

Why did he decide to open an eBay store? Mr. Radcliffe says it's because eBay offered a low-risk opportunity to set up a business.

He gives credit to the people in his life who have been helpful; he says he could not have got where he is today without them. He also said it is important to be aware of the latest in technology.

His Advice

His advice? He says that the internet means that virtually anyone can succeed in business with a low start-up point. All it takes is a lot of hard work and determination.

Mr. Radcliffe is married with one daughter. He owns a home valued at over a million dollars and in his driveway is parked a Ferrari and an Aston Martin.

Some eBay statistics:

1.5 million people make all or part of their living on eBay

There are 212 million eBay users worldwide

1 billion pages are viewed every day

3 mobile phones are sold on eBay each minute

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This article was reported in the Daily Mail, Monday, March 16th, 2009

Meanwhile, if you are looking for other ways to make money or save money, see the links below:

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    • cristina327 profile image

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      7 years ago from Manila

      Great hub, very inspiring success story. Thank you for sharing it here at Hubpages.Remain blessed always and regards.

    • BennyTheWriter profile image


      7 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

      I agree...Niceness is an awesome way to get a lot out of life. It's not one of those depressing "it's so hard, very few make it"'s pleasant to read because it makes you realize that, if you just put in the work and appreciate those who help you along the way, you can be a success too!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      And he seems like such a nice guy BennyTheWriter - I think that's what I like most when I read about him. I do like a good story like this - it serves as a pep talk. We have to be open to opportunity so we can welcome it when it comes knocking.

      Thanks for commenting!

    • BennyTheWriter profile image


      7 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

      Very encouraging hub! Not so much the "millionaire" aspect, but the idea that one can make a respectable income online and even build a reasonably successful business. And it's always nice to hear that it can start in the simplest of ways and that takes simple hard work and determination.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true Dave. I have sold on ebay many years ago but in the last year I was horrified at all the changes. To sell a few items I can advertise on craigslist for free and sell instantly (of course you have to be careful)- so ebay is no longer worthwhile for me. We have endless flea markets here and I can have a garage sale - even got the best deal selling a camera at a pawn shop. So there are options.

      Big volume is fine and then having your own website to cut out the 3rd party - makes a lot of sense.

      Thanks for your input!

    • dave1973 profile image


      8 years ago from UK

      Great hub, it shows what you can do with hard work I would just like to add that eBay's charges are extortionate and its hard to make any money unless you sell a large volume of goods, however over time if you can build up a mailing list then this is where you can make some serious cash by tempting your old customers with products and sending them direct to your website that way they is no third party to take a slice of your profit.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for checking back. Sounds like we are sharing a million good wishes. Great!

    • Grant's World profile image

      Grant Handford 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I agree BK. I haven't sold anything yet on ebay ad I guess that would be the first thing to do. get some experience on how their system works while also trying to find your niche on ebay.

      I wish you millions right back :)

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I agree with you Grant's World - we need to find just the right thing(s) and get them out there before anyone else - then invest our $$$ and go on to something else.

      This guy inspires me because...well, because he is so nice - and you kind of feel...well, he deserves this.

      Thanks for commenting - I wish you millions!

    • Grant's World profile image

      Grant Handford 

      8 years ago from Canada

      hmm what to sell what to sell.

      Thanks for the info it has me wondering what I could possibly sell on ebay.


    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I need to reread this hub again Maita - because I like how this guy thinks. I need to make my millions$$$$ - like now!

      Glad you paid me a visit!

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      8 years ago from US

      hard work and determination, HMMM< wow, can we be Mr Radcliffe, LOl, Maita

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Bbudoyono! Thanks for writing!

    • Bbudoyono profile image


      8 years ago

      Interesting hub. Thanks for this inspiring information.


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