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SOL REPUBLIC Launches eBay Store – Offers Limited-Edition Products and Charity Auction of Autographed Headphones Worn by Michael Phelps

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Proceeds From Charity Auction and Phelps-Inspired SOL REPUBLIC Tracks HD Anthem Headphones Will Benefit the Michael Phelps Foundation</i> </p>

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

SOL REPUBLIC Launches eBay Store – Offers Limited-Edition Products and Charity Auction of Autographed Headphones Worn by Michael Phelps16:17 EDT Tuesday, September 04, 2012 SAN JOSE, Calif. (Business Wire) -- SOL REPUBLIC, a global consumer electronics company committed to changing the world one listener at a time, today announced the launch of its official store on eBay, the world's largest online marketplace and a leading destination for consumer electronics. At stores.ebay.com/solrepublic, SOL REPUBLIC will offer its full product line including the new Michael Phelps-inspired Tracks HD Anthem headphones available for pre-order on eBay starting today. Michael Phelps-inspired Tracks HD Anthem headphones (Photo: Business Wire) “We started SOL REPUBLIC because we wanted to bring great sound and style in headphones to everyone through affordability and accessibility. By opening our 'virtual doors' and making our entire line available to eBay's 105 million users, that certainly helps us accomplish our goals," said Kevin Lee, SOL REPUBLIC CEO and co-founder. To kick-off the eBay store launch, 21 pairs of autographed SOL REPUBLIC Tracks headphones worn by Michael Phelps before his races will be auctioned for the Michael Phelps Foundation. Highlights of the charity auction include the headphones Phelps wore before for his 4x200 Freestyle relay where he earned most-decorated honors, the headphones he wore before he won his last individual medal in the 100M Fly, and the pair he wore before his final competitive race in the 4x100 Medley relay. All units are signed by Phelps and come with a certificate of authenticity. Fans can bid on the charity auction units by visiting the Michael Phelps eBay celebrity page. The charity auction will run from Noon PT, September 4 to Noon PT, September 14, with all proceeds being donated to the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives for children. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the Phelps-inspired Tracks HD Anthem on-ear headphone will benefit the Foundation. The Tracks HD Anthem headphone is finished in pearl white with metallic dark blue and jewel-toned red accents, and is available for pre-order on SOL REPUBLIC's eBay store. “Music has always been a big part of my life – it helps me focus and inspires me for every race,” said the most decorated swimmer in history Michael Phelps. “I'm a big fan of SOL REPUBLIC headphones' sound and I like the colors and how you can change them up. I'm excited to partner with SOL REPUBLIC to offer the headphones I wore before every race exclusively on eBay to benefit my Foundation, which helps me to support the next generation of swimmers.” Continues Lee, "We believe music is power. It's emotion. And that if it sounds better it feels better. For some it's celebration, for others, especially athletes, it's inspiration to train harder and win harder. Few know this as well as Michael. We are excited about what he has accomplished and thrilled to know that when it came to his music, SOL REPUBLIC headphones played a part." “The launch of SOL REPUBLIC's eBay storefront provides a single destination for millions of eBay shoppers and music fans to shop SOL REPUBLIC's highly sought after headphones,” said Noah Herschman, senior director and chief merchant for eBay Electronics. “We're honored to be a part of raising money for the Michael Phelps Foundation and to offer these limited-edition headphones.” About eBay Inc. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) is a global commerce platform and payments leader connecting millions of buyers and sellers. We do so through eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, which allows users to buy and sell in nearly every country on earth; through PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive digital payments; and through GSI, which facilitates ecommerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises. X.commerce brings together the technology assets and developer communities of eBay, PayPal and Magento, an ecommerce platform, to support eBay Inc.'s mission of enabling commerce. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50396217&lang=en eBayTodd Witkemper, 408-376-8670twitkemper@ebay.comorSOL REPUBLICPippa Edelen, 503-702-0060PippaEdelen@solrepublic.comorEdelman for eBayBao Nguyen, 415-486-3232bao.nguyen@edelman.com