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Once the domain of small sellers, eBay has become a valued resource for entrepreneurs.

This story appears in the January 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Fifty million registered users can't all be wrong. EBay is an empire that was built on a foundation of individual sellers and raised up on the back of collectibles and antiques. But if that's all you think eBay is, then you probably haven't entered the terms "pocket PC," "printing labels" or "small business" through its search engine lately. Even the word "yak" reveals over 200 listings.

EBay isn't a cure-all for lagging business sales, and it can be a very involved and time-consuming operation. It's had its share of complaints from small businesses unhappy about fee increases and the site's policies. But eBay is still a valuable tool for many entrepreneurs, offering opportunities, such as a venue for selling excess inventory, that can help your business grow to new heights.

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