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Almost Half Of Canadians Plan To Shop Via Their Mobile Devices Or Online This Holiday Season

While 30 per cent of Canadians have already browsed or made purchases via their mobile devices, eBay Canada wants to expose even more Canadian consumers to the ease of mobile shopping. On November 15, eBay Canada will open a three-day pop-up Holiday Market in downtown Toronto that will allow consumers to browse a curated collection of this season's most inspired gift ideas and shop right from their phones or tablets. For a full look at the top gift ideas from eBay, check out

Making their lists and checking them twice On average, Canadians surveyed said they plan to buy gifts for nine people this holiday season, spend $586 on those gifts and spend 11 hours shopping for them. And the hardest person to shop for? Forty-two per cent of respondents said it was their significant other, followed by mom and dad (25 per cent and 24 per cent, respectively) with children coming in at 20 per cent.

"With more than 350 million live listings, eBay has something for everyone," said Stairs. "In fact, there are more than 1.3 million clothing items and more than 1.5 million consumer electronics listed on right now - and the vast majority of them are brand new.  Last year alone, 70 per cent of purchases made by Canadians on eBay were for new products, and more than 60 per cent were bought at fixed price."

For on-the-go shopping, Canadians can download eBay Mobile apps for their iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone 7 device.  For more information, visit

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  • A doll is purchased every 2.7 minutes
  • An action figure is purchased every 1.5 minutes
  • A women's handbag is purchased every 3.2 minutes
  • A pair of women's shoes is purchased every 2 minutes
  • A men's sweater is purchased every 7.3 minutes
  • A GPS is purchased every 50 seconds

About the survey

The data featured in this release was conducted by the integrated Consumer, Retail & Shopper Insights Team of Vision Critical. Results are based on a national online study conducted among 1,005 Canadian adults aged 18 or over across Canada on November 9, 2012. The margin of error, which measures sampling variability, is +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada.

About eBay Canada

Founded 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 8.8 million Canadians in October 2012 (comScore Media Metrix).

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