The power of screen
Top movies and TV shows of the year that inspired ebay buyersStar WarsThorLoveIslandPeakyBlindersTheGreatestShowmanTop categories for items selling on eBay

The power of screen

If it’s happening onscreen, it’s happening on eBay.

Brits love TV, and it’s reflected in the way they shop. Prime time shows prompt customers to buy direct from the screen, phone in hand.

From homeware and clothing to music and fancy dress for pets - explore the top movies and TV shows of the year and the variety of listings they inspired.

Star Wars

Arguably one of the most important film franchises of all time, Star Wars yet again inspired thousands of British fans to shop this year.

On peak Star Wars day, 17th December, eBay sellers sold six items of merchandise a minute, proving that it's still a huge boon for UK traders across clothing, toys, homeware and even dog costumes.


A triumphant return for one of Marvel's best loved superheroes, Thor Ragnarok demonstrated the buying power of movies that appeal to both kids and parents.

Hammering it home, Brits took their passion for Thor offline too, as the release of the film inspired the sale of thousands of original Thor comic books.

Love Island

Don't pretend you didn't watch it. ITV2's seismic hit Love Island swept the nation this summer, and with it brought enormous sale potential for UK businesses as viewers searched while they watched.

The famous water bottle was a huge hit with eBay customers, with over 90% of searches for the must-have item coming from a mobile device. The show also generated increased searches across homeware, ladies' fashion and phone accessories.

Peaky Blinders

Blinders is back this autumn, and it's one of the BBC's most influential shows ever when it comes to inspiring purchases.

When the season four trailer launched, searches for the Shelbys' signature flat caps tripled once again...

The Greatest Showman

Hot on the heels of Star Wars, The Greatest Showman was one of the year's biggest hits with British buyers.

Sellers on eBay are able to inspire purchases from fancy dress to makeup as customers look to emulate the dazzling costumes of the silver screen.