How Consumers Around the World Spend Their Money

This pseudo-map shows how people spend their discretionary income – the cash that goes to clothing, electronics, recreation, household goods, alcohol – depends a lot on where they live. People in Greece spend almost 13 times more money on clothing as they do on electronics. People living in Japan spend more on recreation than they do on clothing, electronics and household goods combined. Americans spend a lot of money on everything.

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Green companies: Consumer perception vs Environmental realities

The graphic is based on the companies' Earthsense and Trucost scores. Earthsense asked 30,000 US consumers to rate companies' and products' greenness on a scale of 1 to 10 in a 2008 survey. A company's Trucost score is the estimated cost of its environmental impact under a "polluter pays" system, as a percentage of its annual revenue.

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eBay: The World's Marketplace

Today nearly everyone knows eBay. The giant hub of buying and selling on the internet is ubiquitous, appearing in everything from google searches to forum posts. From its birth to its current domination of the collectable and tading markets, the story of eBay is fascinating!

This infographic shows, the growth of eBay has been truly phenomenal (with the possible negative side effect of the political career of one Meg Whitman). eBay enjoys estimated annual sales of $60 billion, with 89.5 million "active" users, enough so that the site would rate as the 13th largest country in the world. Also, who knew what the first sale was?