The heart and soul of eBay are the tens of millions of people that sell on our platform. They are a diverse, dedicated and endlessly passionate group of individuals. Some have faced adversity or doubt and overcome odds with eBay’s help, others have walked away from traditional careers to pursue their dream of becoming successful business owners. Come explore the stories that breathe color into our marketplace.
KIT Xenon Tuning, Romania
Exporter of the Year — Female award winner at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Alina Pascu is a Business Director of KIT Xenon Tuning, which specializes in car lighting and body tuning parts. It all began in 2007, when her sons, huge car enthusiasts, decided to start selling abroad. Today Alina leads the business: her store has more than 14,000 active listings on eBay and a 100% positive feedback rate.
Exporter of the Year — Male award winner at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Pavels is CEO of AutoBodyShop company that sells original parts for German cars. It is also the largest supplier in the region of Magneti Marelli, Hella, Bosch, Febi, and Continental. His business started small with one tiny office, a couple of desks, one computer, and a few employees. Now there are 50 people in the company, and they ship more than 500 items all over the world every day with YoY growth of 10-15%.
Best Customer Service award winner at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Kristina Stankevice is a customer support specialist at Sportclothes, whose sales area is fashion, from casual footwear and sports footwear to clothing and accessories. Kristina believes that personalization is a deal breaker – she replies to every message using her name, so people know exactly who they talk to, and a significant part of them have become loyal customers and friends of the brand.
Justinas Baranovskis, Vilius Civilka, Karolis Nauburaitis
Widest Sales Geography award winners at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Justinas Baranovskis, one of the founders and CEO of OVOKO, launched a used car parts business 6 years ago. What once started as a very small company, with only a few dozen sales, is now converted into a successful business with a growth rate of 3 times per year and thousands of sales. Today OVOKO sells to 65% of the world.
Igor Smelyansky, Artem Shevchenko
Rising Star award winners at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Ukrposhta became the first postal service in the world to open its shop as a merchant on eBay. Igor Smelyansky, CEO of Ukrposhta, says that the beginning of the full-scale invasion made it difficult for everyone, and they felt it was important to support and encourage the people of Ukraine. Postage stamps helped them in this. In just 5 months, the company sent more than 5 thousand orders worth more than 200 000 USD to people from all around the globe and received a Top Rated Seller badge.
Deimante Sejonaite, Rolandas Tarnauskas, Ernesta Grigaravičiūtė
POPPRI Fashion Auctions, Lithuania
Decade of Excellence award winner at the eBay Exporter of the year 2022 ceremony
Exporter of the Year award winner at the eBay Exporter of the year 2022 ceremony
Deimante Sejonaite, Rolandas Tarnauskas and Ernesta Grigaravičiūtė are a part of POPPRI Fashion Auctions, a platform that sells collection leftovers of world-famous fashion brands by auction. The company's story began in 2012 in the small town of Siesikai, Lithuania, with only 300 inhabitants. Having started off with only 30 employees, their team now includes 120 people. Their shop has 140K positive reviews over the last year and more than 400K happy customers from all over the world.
Ytu & Daughters, Romania
Rising Star Award winner at The eBay Exporter of the Year 2021 Ceremony
Andrea Pop is a part of a family business that creates musical instruments in the small Romanian town of Reghin. Her father has been an instrument maker for 35 years and for the last 25 years, he has run a business called Ytu Pop Strings, where his entire family is involved. He believes the main asset in his business is his daughter Andrea, who is a professional cello player and helps to adjust the sound and functionality of each instrument once it’s made. This company entered eBay only last year, but thanks to the platform, their instruments are already well-known and played across the world – in Europe, the United States, Canada, even Japan, and China.
Widest sales geography Award winner at The eBay Exporter of the Year 2021 Ceremony
Olgerdas Trakimas is Head of Sales at Elart. A company started off in 1995 with engine repairs but eventually shifted to selling spare parts. The team has chosen eBay because they wanted to reach worldwide buyers, and they have succeeded greatly – now the company has clients in more than 149 countries around the world. Elart’s overseas sales account for 15% of the company’s total revenue growth. The team believes the secret to their success is always caring about customers’ needs.
Best customer service Award winner at The eBay Exporter of the Year 2021 Ceremony
Konstantinos Spiliadis is owner of YouHerbIt_Hellas store, which is located in Patra, Greece, and specializes in herbs, teas, spices and handmade olive oil soaps. He began to operate the company In 2011, together with his mother in the basement of his house. 10 years later Konstantinos’ business has 9 employees and receives 60-70 orders on a daily basis. YouHerbIt_Hellas is highly trusted by its customers – only last year the team received 2,500 positive reviews. Konstantinos shares the universal secret of his success: “The common language we have with all our customers is respect, honesty, and understanding, which translates very easily into all languages.”
ScaraBeads, Czech Republic
Sellers’ Choice Award winner at The eBay Exporter of the Year 2021 Ceremony
Olga was a housewife and a mother, who strived for self-fulfillment, professional development, and financial independence. 10 years ago, she started selling Czech beads on eBay. Back then, her business was basically a couple of boxes, which has now transformed into an office building with a warehouse.
IKRE, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Crafts and Roses, Bulgaria
Stelios Motorradladen, Greece
Kinkal Brass, Czech Republic
Postcardsfantasy, Cluj, Romania
Cycle Machine Works, Hungary
BMA Medical, Bulgaria
Jeep Antallaktika, Greece