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.
Exporter of the Year — Female award winner at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Nataliya Zhestkova is a Russian migrant who has built her home in Ecuador, from where she runs her online store. She sells ponchos and blankets made with alpaca wool and llamas to five continents through eBay.
PLC Company, Mexico
Exporter of the Year — Male award winner at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Emanuel Aguirre is an electronic engineer. After spending many years working primarily in the automotive industry, he entered ecommerce, where he has become eBay Exporter of the Year 2022, selling his products in the US, Canada and Asia thanks to eBay.
Widest Sales Geography award winner at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Francisco Ortiz is a lawyer by profession who, thanks to his passion for music, has built one of the most successful eBay stores in Latin America and this year was recognized for the Greatest Global Reach. He currently employs two other people who help him with the logistics and tracking of orders and has sent packages to places he never thought of going like Indonesia or Malaysia.
Railou Brasil, Brazil
Best Customer Service award winner at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Allan Santos opened an eBay store in 2013, but it wasn't until 2019 that he stopped doing it as a hobby to turn it into a business. Although he studied a master's degree in chemistry, he has dedicated the last few years to ecommerce, where he has been recognized for the best customer service. "eBay is a world and you are always learning new things and gaining experience."
TCG Kings, Panama
Rising Star award winner at the eBay Exporter of the Year 2022 ceremony
Daniel Hidrie is a Panamanian collector who began to search his country for Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Digimon and Panini collectible cards, discovering an important market niche. Together with his brothers, Daniel has managed to turn his hobby into a profitable business through different channels.
LM Corporation, Brazil
Exporter of the Year Award winner at The eBay Exporter of the Year 2021 Ceremony
Lucas Moura has always been interested in ecommerce. When he started using eBay, he discovered new opportunities and realized that he had to diversify the products he offered to increase his presence in the international market. After doing a little research on eBay, Lucas discovered that there were few sellers offering components for car interior customization: “What motivated me the most to invest in my eBay store was the ease of selling and the support that the platform offers to sellers."
Andrés Pinzón & Jessica Vargas
Segen Online, Colombia
Widest sales geography Award winner at The eBay Exporter of the Year 2021 Ceremony
Andrés Pinzón and Jessica Vargas are a Colombian couple with an entrepreneurial mindset. Their effort and dedication have been rewarded with great results. Their online store focuses on the sale of spare parts and accessories for "campers" and cars in general. The first thing they began to offer in their store were spare parts for the Suzuki LJ80 model: "We owe everything to eBay, we owe our life to eBay."
Sellers’ Choice Award winner at The eBay Exporter of the Year 2021 Ceremony
Angélica is a freelance jewelry and graphic designer from Mexico. Tired of not having access to the benefits of a formal job due to her motor disability, she began to look for a way to generate more income. Her first eBay sale was in May 2014. She started selling used and vintage Nintendo cartridges, GameCube and bottles of Pepsi Perfect: "It's a great responsibility, you give everything to your family."
12 years ago Aberto began to sell custom toy cars on eBay. It started as a hobby but later developed into a business that allowed Alberto and his family to improve their life. Alberto works in an automotive paint shop, but he is also the founder of the Monterrey Hot Wheels club and the winner of several prizes and awards for his custom painted model cars.
Feldens Jewelry, Brazil
Bruno Roncolato used to work in sales, and eBay was just a website where he occasionally bought some products, mainly cosmetics. After losing his job at a printer toner company, Bruno was walking the streets of downtown São Paulo with its myriad of jewelry shops. Suddenly he got an idea how to earn some money. He bought two scapulars (religious necklaces) and listed them on eBay — that is how he started his business on the platform.
José Luis Orellana
fullbanknotes, El Salvador
José Orellana had had a passion for coins and banknotes from the age of 7, specifically for those from his country and Central America. It inspired him to open an eBay store to share his collection with people from other parts of the world. In 2001, the US dollar became the official currency in El Salvador, and the local currency (colón) inevitably disappeared. Thanks to this, many people all over the world wanted to buy colóns for collections or sell them locally and internationally.
William Rodríguez is a lawyer specializing in labor legislation, but he also has a passion for action figures. Thanks to eBay, he has turned his hobby into a business that helped him and his family get through the pandemic crisis. What started as a hobby in his early 20s, today is part of William's family's livelihood and his main occupation.
Tropical Plantae, Porto Rico
Iván Blazquez decided to start his online business as a way to earn additional income apart from his daily work. He chose eBay to start this project as it seemed to him the most friendly and simple platform for such projects. About a year ago, Tropical Plantae, Iván's online store, opened its virtual doors to consumers interested in buying plant products. The objective of the store is the reforestation of the planet and sustainable food production.
The story of Bernardo Brum and his RetroMotorTeile store has been full of ups and downs. However, this entrepreneur has found a way to merge his passion for retro cars with a successful global business on eBay.
Auto Diagnostic, Chile
Isabel Durán & Guillermo González
Juan Manuel Sánchez
The Collection Experts, Colômbia