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William & Kate marriage boosts sales on eBay

By Chris Dawson April 29, 2011 - 10:18 am

People across the UK and around the world are sitting down to watch the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton who will hence forth be known as their Royal Highnesses Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the highest rank in British Peerage.

William also became the Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, which means Kate will become the Countess of Strathearn and Baroness Carrickfergus.

eBay has been a bellwether of the interest in the Royal marriage with sales on eBay UK in the ‘Royal’ category up 132% year on year and sales of items relating to the future king, Prince William up a staggering 12,491% year on year.

Street parties will be taking place across the country with over 5000 road closures so it’s no surprise to hear sales of bunting on eBay having risen 168% and flag sales are up 32% with eBay UK is currently selling a Union Jack item every two minutes.

The romantic engagement has also sparked wedding fever across Europe – a wedding dress has sold every minute on eBay since January.

eBay spokesperson Ruth Szyszkowski said “The Royal Wedding has been a great boost for the retail sector, and we’re sure the Prime Minister will be pleased to see that Brits are stocking up on bunting, flags, and all things British to make today a real day of celebration for all to remember for a long time to come.”

We wish the Royal Couple a long and happy marriage.

  • northumbrian
    6 years ago

    couldnt see it properly I was blinded by the glare from willies bonce

  • Bob
    6 years ago

    America is number 1

    • northumbrian
      6 years ago

      not for this
      cant beat liz and her crew for a good event,
      even though charlies comb over is going walkabout

  • jack
    6 years ago

    The government are not paying me for this undemocratic experience.

  • Mark
    6 years ago

    I think people need to get a grip, seems some kind of national psychosis has taken hold ;-) The Pomp and ceremony hyperbole is just a symptom of the Great British Malaise, and our rapidly waning national identity. A great deal of irony here IMHO. Tis all Fantasy Island and PR. Best of luck ’em both though (although whoever did Kate’s fierce makeup might want to have be had a quiet word! She’ll be on Dragon’s Den next!)

  • Warren
    6 years ago

    I thought the goverment was trying to get people off a life time of benefits and back into employment. Now we have another pounce on the Civil List.

  • northumbrian
    6 years ago

    great bit of business for UK plc better than any email marketing campaign , or google ad
    Londons throbbing with yanks and Aussies it might mean we will be able to flog some dead stock of Royal memorabilia tat,
    its also kept those bloody awful armed toyota hilux 4x4s racing up and down the desert off the news

  • Mark
    6 years ago

    it’s only good PR if people buy into it. It’s based on a premise that you, me, and everyone else on this site are “commoners”. Well, apart from Chris, of course!

    Surprising number of Us based eBayers saying the same thing on the latest Royal eBay.com facebook update (come buy/ sell your silly merchandise, and pay through the nose to do so, too).

    People get wrapped up in the furore and spectacle. If you stand back, it’s utterly bonkers (notwithstanding the historical legacy). I know plenty of people around the world who all think it’s a trifle silly (although Pippa and i will be announcing our coupling soon).

    • Warren
      6 years ago

      Don’t leave me with Camilla.

    • northumbrian
      6 years ago

      of course its all twaddle
      though people love it .the soaps on tv ,the cleb mags what pillock did next, dipstick the true story ,
      plonkers life story , etc etc prove the point

  • 6 years ago

    Don’t I remember an American(I think it was Mark Twain) who said “All Kings are descended from Sheep Stealers”. Over hundreds of years they have gone from such “humble” origins to what you all saw on TV(I was watching the Indian Premier League Cricket and World Championship Snooker)

  • northumbrian
    6 years ago

    there decended from sheep shaggers up here

    • 6 years ago

      I am always amused by the idea that the “Royal Family” is something special descended from hundreds of years of a special family. Go back to 1066 William the Bastard(William 1st to those who do not have a Historic Interest) was descended from a Viking War Leader(His Grandfather Rollo-sometimes called Rolfe). There is a funny story about when Rollo swore allegience to the French King at the end of the War. He was advised that he had to go down on his knees and kiss the King of France’s feet. Rollo had never gone on his knees to anybody in his life and he was not starting now. So he approached the King of France as if he was going down on his knees, siezed hold of the Kings ankles and stood up with the King of France hanging upside down and then he kissed the Kings feet(in case anybody doubts this story Rollo was described as being 7 foot tall and 7 foot wide all muscle-Similar description to Viking King Harold Hardrada who died at the Battle of Stamford Bridge(in Yorkshire) in 1066(he is believed to have been defending a Bridge against the Saxons when a Saxon drove a spear up through the rough planks of the Bridge up into the Kings body-perhaps the first Toffee Apple). He led a Viking Army to Invade France and after many years of War when the Peace was finally declared the French had granted the Vikings the territory that they had siezed and it became Normandy. William himself his mother was a Milk Maid(a Commoner). Then several Kings won the Crown on the Battlefield. Some like Henry Tudor was hardly “Royal” in fact during the Wars of the Roses it was a case at the end “Just who is still alive”. The current lot have more German blood than they have British Blood. The only trouble with the alternatives is that they are all far worse. Can you imagine an Elected President? Maybe a President Blair, or President Brown or even worse a President Thatcher. With those alternatives even I become a Royalist but its not out of conviction only horror at the alternative.

    • northumbrian
      6 years ago

      its breeding dear boy

      there are Race horses and cart horses

    • 6 years ago

      Breeding – Years ago I used to have some Pet Goats – None were Pedigree although I was told that in reality most Goats were Pedigree its just that somebody had lost the papers. But if you look back to 1066 I don’t think that anybody trying to justify “Breeding” would say that a Milk Maid was “Pedigree” and somebody had lost the paper-She was just a Commoner who took Williams fathers eye but there again was a Viking War Leader “Pedigree” or was it more likely that he was just a stronger fighter than others. As I said before I am not a Royalist its just that the alternative(A Republic with an Elected President) is so much worse. There is another funny story that actually involves a Viking who its suggested was an ancestor of mine. Rollo was out hunting Wild Boar. The procedure was to stand back and let Duke Rollo make the kill. The trouble was that the (enormous and very unhappy)Wild Boar charged out of the undergrowth behind Duke Rollo and was heading at a high rate of knots towards Rollos rear end. My (supposed ancestor) saw this and stepped between Rollo and the charging Wild Boar and thrust his sword into the face of the charging wild Boar. The impact was supposed to be so great that his sword, hand and much of his arm penetrated into the Wild Boar. Rollo turned round and saw how close the now dead Wild Boar was to his rear end and did not complain that the kill should have been his.