A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 13, 2011
Fleabay (eBay nickname)

eBay is an online auction site that was founded in 1995. One popular nickname for eBay has been “Fleabay” or “FleaBay” (flea market + eBay). The unflattering nickname compares eBay to a large flea market.

The term “fleabay” has been cited in print since at least 1998.


Wikipedia: eBay
eBay Inc. is an American Internet company that manages eBay.com, an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a broad variety of goods and services worldwide. Founded in 1995, eBay is one of the notable success stories of the dot-com bubble; it is now a multi-billion dollar business with operations localized in over thirty countries. eBay expanded from its original “set-time” auction format to include “Buy It Now” standard shopping; shopping by UPC, ISBN, or other kind of SKU (via Half.com); online classified advertisements (via Kijiji or eBay Classifieds); online event ticket trading (via StubHub); online money transfers (via PayPal) and other services.

Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
flea market noun
Definition of FLEA MARKET
: a usually open-air market for secondhand articles and antiques
Origin of FLEA MARKET
translation of French Marché aux puces, a market in Paris
First Known Use: 1922

Urban Dictionary
Fleabay
Slang for eBay—term probably originated from the comparison of eBay and a flea market
Check out my antique IBM PCjr I just bought on Fleabay!
by Thomas L. Feb 10, 2006

Google Groups: rec.guns
Newsgroups: rec.guns
From:
Date: 1998/12/08
Subject: Re:ebay...fleabay...will it be what you think?

Ebay can be the worst place to get a great deal....millions of people can put stuff on auction...what if you get rocks in a box what recourse do YOU have! Thats right NONE

Google Groups: rec.collecting.coins
Newsgroups: rec.collecting.coins
From: (Joe Sewell)
Date: 1999/04/27
Subject: Re: Any bargains on E-Bay?

How many of us have a hope of dealing with the big auction houses?  How many of us have a hope of finding something on eBay?  It’s really two different worlds ... like an antique shop vs. a junk store, or an upscale department store vs. a flea market.  (Maybe we should call it fleaBay? smile

AVS Forum
niCKi
09-11-06, 11:59 AM
Newbie: Whats fleabay?
Ive seen a few ppl use the term “fleabay” is this just an ebay diss or a real site?

jtnfoley
09-11-06, 01:10 PM
ebay diss

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • (0) Comments • Sunday, March 13, 2011 • Permalink