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eBay Users Help Raise More than $10M for Sandy Relief

Sellers list more than 85,000 items to help victims recover.

eBay buyers and sellers, PayPal users, and StubHub have helped raise more than $10 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

eBay reports that since the hurricane hit in late October, 210,000 eBay and PayPal customers have donated $1 million through the platforms to nonprofits helping with cleanup efforts. In addition, about 7,000 eBay sellers listed more than 85,000 items on the marketplace, and donated between 10 percent and 100 percent of their items’ sales prices to help.

Twelve nonprofit organizations also used PayPal on their websites to collect donations of more than $7.2 million, eBay adds, noting that about $900,000 of that money came via mobile devices. The eBay Foundation also gave $50,000 to the Food Bank of New York City and the American Red Cross Greater New York Region to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, which caused massive flooding and structural damage in the Mid-Atlantic and on the East Coast.

StubHub reports it will donate $1 million raised from the 12.12.12 charity concert to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, an organization helping with relief efforts.

“I would like to thank StubHub for their generous support of the Robin Hood Relief Fund,” says David Saltzman, executive director of the organization. “Every penny of this contribution will go to relief organizations in the hardest hit areas that are helping victims of Hurricane Sandy rebuild their lives.”

Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub’s president, says his organization was happy to help.

“Sandy’s impact was felt far and wide, including among many of our customers,” he continues.

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Olga Munoz
Olga Munoz is editor of In addition to writing news and feature articles about e-commerce, selling trends, online marketing and other topics of interest to online sellers, Olga manages the site's social media efforts. A journalism graduate of Chico State, Olga says her favorite part of being a journalist is learning interesting facts that help put stories into perspective, attending industry events and meeting interesting people "that leave you smiling, even in tough situations." Opinions expressed here may not be shared by The Online Seller and/or its principals.

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