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Print Cite This! Close Please copy/paste the following text to properly cite this HowStuffWorks article: Layton, Julia. "How eBay Works" 15 November 2005. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/ebay.htm> 30 September 2011. Cite Feedback Need tech help? Check out our how-to tech articles. Inside this Article 1. Introduction to How eBay Works 2. eBay Basics 3. eBay Infrastructure 4. Using eBay: Browsing for Items 5. Using eBay: Searching for Items 6. Using eBay: Buying Items 7. See more » 7. Using eBay: Paying for Items 8. Using eBay: What Can I Sell? 9. Using eBay: Selling Items 10. Using eBay: Security 11. The Business of eBay 12. Lots More Information 13. See all Internet Basics articles
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eBay Infrastructure A series of service disruptions in 1999 caused real problems for eBay's business. Over the course of three days, overloaded servers intermittently shut down, meaning users couldn't check auctions, place bids or complete transactions during that period. Buyers, sellers and eBay were very unhappy, and a complete restructuring of eBay's technological architecture followed. In 1999, eBay was one massive database server and a few separate systems
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