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(Mashable)   So, what does your state buy the most on eBay? (Travel tip: Postpone your trip to New York)   ( divider line
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2014-08-27 09:48:59 AM  
Not a single duplication? Shenanigans.
2014-08-27 10:59:11 AM  
WTF Nebraska - who buys food on ebay?  Oh and def like the fact that DC's biggest purchase is luggage (b/c everyone is planning on leaving at some point) and Colorado's is hydroponic equipment... b/c you know.

/they're all getting high
2014-08-27 11:05:50 AM  
You can buy firearms on ebay?

And Lordy - I'd think Texas would be the one to stay out of.  They buy rifles and binoculars.
2014-08-27 11:43:36 AM  
Tennessee buys freakin' DENTAL SUPPLIES?  What, are we still buying Roebuckers?  How sad, but not at all surprising.
2014-08-27 12:15:52 PM  
A lot of people die in Arizona.
2014-08-27 12:16:48 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: You can buy firearms on ebay?

And Lordy - I'd think Texas would be the one to stay out of.  They buy rifles and binoculars.

Hand guns are for close-quarters, urban combat. Like NYC.  Rifles, scopes and binos are for killin' people long before they can become a problem.
2014-08-27 12:59:10 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: You can buy firearms on ebay?

No, you can't. Well, not anything normal people would count as a firearm -- only airsoft guns, replicas and some gun parts and accessories.
2014-08-27 04:19:45 PM  

stpauler: Not a single duplication? Shenanigans.

That was my first reaction, too.  This is what they say about the methodlogy:

...eBay. The Internet retailer analyzed which items states purchase the most, finding the top 500 brands for each state and then boiling them down to general categories.  From there, eBay figured out which items shoppers buy on its site the most, in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Sounds like they aggregated order data on 500 brands and aggregated them into an unknown smaller number.  So the metholodgy might have omitted small brands, house brands, and those that cover multiple categories.

If there were enough groups, it's possible that each state would lead in at least one product.  Especially if they include things like hydroponic equipment and dental supplies.  Maybe if qualify a state didn't qualify, they went back and looked at decreasing levels of aggregation until something popped up.
2014-08-27 04:31:02 PM  
So magazines and grips counts as "firearms" and not just "supplies"? Sure, whatever
2014-08-27 04:37:04 PM  
Nice map.  Apparently Washington DC slid down the Potomac and now is oceanfront.  No wonder my commute seems to take forever.
2014-08-27 07:29:03 PM  
Thats right, so stay out.
2014-08-27 09:18:11 PM  
Colorado is big on hydroponic supplies? This is puzzling. I guess they really like fresh green vegetables.
2014-08-28 08:43:16 AM  
The way the list is presented is misleading, IMO.  Example: California - High End Women's fashion.  It makes it look like they are buying more high end women's fashion than, say, cell phones or televisions.

It's not a presentation of what each state buys the most of, but what they buy more of than any other state.  I think.

//your reality may vary
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