eBay Canada's 2012 International-preneur of the Year: Bernd Eisele, Williams Lake, BC (eBay ID: xenalook)
Bernd Eisele turned to eBay full-time after his motor vehicle arbitrage business was impacted by the recent economic downturn. Looking to find a niche market, and one that did not compete solely on price-point, Bernd decided to revive his childhood hobby of building and flying model airplanes. Against the objections of friends and family around him, Bernd and his partner Xena sought out miniature gas model engines and soon collected enough inventory to build a store. Bernd receives an overwhelming response from buyers around the world, who share his passion for model airplanes. In fact, approximately 50 per cent of sales transactions take place beyond the borders of North America, in countries such as Australia, Pakistan, Indonesia and United Kingdom.
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About eBay CanadaFounded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) is a global commerce platform and payments leader connecting millions of buyers and sellers. We do so through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, which allows users to buy and sell in nearly every country on earth; through PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive digital payments; and through GSI, which facilitates ecommerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. In Canada, eBay was visited by more than 7.8 million Canadians in June 2012 (comScore Media Metrix). SOURCE eBay Canada Image with caption: " Jean-Francois Lapointe of Gatineau Quebec is eBay Canada's 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year. Selling more than $1 million bicycle parts each year, Lapointe started his online store BDH Bikes in 2006 after purchasing his father's bicycle shop. Since launching on eBay, he has racked up sales of $6 million, and now employs five full-time eCommerce personnel. (ebay ID: bdhbikestore) (CNW Group/eBay Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121001_C2975_PHOTO_EN_18685.jpg Image with caption: "Tina Kastana of Ste-Rose, Quebec takes home the inaugural crown for eBay Canada's Fashion-preneur. She set herself apart from thousands of eBay fashion sellers by catering to both high-end and vintage buyers, offering incentives like free shipping worldwide and customer loyalty coupons. (ebay ID: fashionalacarte_com) (CNW Group/eBay Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121001_C2975_PHOTO_EN_18687.jpg Image with caption: " Bernd Eisele of Williams Lake, British Columbia is eBay Canada's first International-preneur. A model airplane engine retailer, Eisele grew up building and flying model airplanes powered by Cox engines, and decided to revive his passion for Cox products after discovering a niche-market opportunity. His eBay business now attracts model airplane enthusiasts from around the world. (ebay ID: xenalook) (CNW Group/eBay Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121001_C2975_PHOTO_EN_18683.jpg