Professionals Podcasts - eBay

Listen to this business school seminar from the year 2006 where the seminar leader talks about how eBay achieved its success.

Do the Preparation task first. Then listen to the audio. Next go to each Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.



I dont think eBay hepled selling stolen goods. People in America have a good education and good work environment . Why they did that

Hello, team!
In the task 1 we have: "In 2005, eBay employed 11,600 people around the world."
Can I use "all over the world" here instead of "around the world"?
Or they have different meanings?

Hi Yshc,

Perhaps in a specific context, one could argue that 'all over the world' implies more diverse locations than 'around the world', since 'around' just means in different points whereas 'all over' implies being more spread out. But in most cases, such as this one, they mean the same thing.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there, people from BC,
Please, I haven't understood the following sentence:
"they didn’t feature in stories headlining the excesses of the dotcom boom years"... Would my sentence below have the same meaning?
...they didn't put themselves in stories exposing themselves to the excesses of the dotcom boom years...
Thank you all!

Hello Evandro Diniz,

The meaning here is a little different. Ebay, according to the speaker, had a low profile and so when journalists wrote about the excesses of the dotcom boom years they did not use Ebay as an example. It wasn't really Ebay's decision directly, more that their behaviour meant that journalists did not focus on them in that way.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks Peter. I get it now.

Hello BC,

Can we use together in the end of this sentence?

eBay uses the internet to bring buyers and sellers together.

Thanks and Regards!

Hello caonhunguyen,

Yes, you can use 'together' at the end of the sentence like that. Your sentence is correct – good work!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

ebay is a good website that allows seller to post their products online to sell their products to other people. The person who thought of this business idea is great and imaginative! It brings a lots of conveniences to people for their buying and selling activities. Even though ebay is successful in the past eleven years, it will face more challenges going forward due to the emerging of other similar websites like TaoBao in China and etc.

In China , TaoBao is a very popular websites like ebay .People use it's services to buy or sell anything such as cosmetic , book and clothes . It is convenient and saving for people who live in the big cites such as beijing or shanghai . It changes the traditional style of business and generates a lot of job opportunities .I hope that  I can buy products from TaoBao in the Uk in the further .