Computer parts retailers are among the best places to buy online as part of an online market boom.
But for many, eBay is the best place to find the latest and greatest technology.
In the U.S., the online market for computer accessories is estimated to be worth $1.6 billion, according to market researcher iSuppli.
The U.K. is estimated at $800 million and China at $1 billion.
Some parts retailers, including Computer Parts Corp., said online sales are surging in the last year, but they have yet to detail how much of a jump it is.
Some are also still figuring out how to make money.
For example, one of the biggest sellers on eBay is Electronic Arts Inc., the video game publisher behind the hugely popular Call of Duty franchise.
The company reported last month that it sold 4.8 million games in the quarter ending March 31, up from 3.7 million in the previous year.
“Our sales are up, but we still have a long way to go,” said Rob Sussman, chief executive officer of Electronic Arts.
“Our sales were down from the quarter before.
We’re not able to get into all of those new consoles that are coming out.”
For now, he said, “we have a lot of work to do on the sales side, and we’re working on it.”
While most parts sellers have had the best year ever, other retailers have not been so lucky.
eBay’s share of the total market has fallen by about 2 percent to $3.2 billion.
Computer Parts said it sold 3.4 million computers last quarter, a drop of almost 40 percent from the previous three quarters.
Computer Hardware & Parts said its sales fell 6 percent to 3.2 million, but it is still the second-largest online retailer in the U, trailing only Apple Inc., with 2.5 million units sold.
Other online retailers, such as Best Buy Co., are expected to see even bigger declines.
Its share of U.N. shipments fell by more than 3 percent to 5.2 percent, while its share of computer parts sales fell by nearly 20 percent to 9.3 percent.
The share of online sales for hardware fell to less than 1 percent from about 2.6 percent in the first three quarters of 2016.
But some parts sellers are doing better than others.
The National Association of Home Furnishers reported that its membership has more than doubled in the past six years, to more than 8 million members.
The organization said that sales of new home furnishing products rose nearly 20 million to $4.6 million in that time.
The industry also saw a spike in the number of home furnishings sold in the fourth quarter, with an average of 5.6 new furnishing items shipped per minute.
But the market is also shifting, said Jeff Pfeifer, the association’s president and CEO.
“The pendulum has swung in a different direction, so there is a lot more inventory in the marketplace now,” he said.
Home furnishing manufacturers have been buying back inventory and are also starting to sell more online, he added.
But many parts retailers remain under pressure to cut costs.
“It’s very difficult to cut down the price of a computer,” said Paul Siegel, a senior vice president at the National Association.
“There are still a lot that are very expensive, but you’ve got to pay the full price.
You can’t just buy more of the same.”
For example: Computer parts retailer iSupply reported a decline in new orders for the quarter ended March 31 to $1,531 million, down from $1 in the prior year.
That is the first time in five years that iSupples new orders have been below $1 million.
Some of the companies that have been struggling with the price drop include Computer Parts, whose shares dropped 3.5 percent to 2.9 percent.
Other parts retailers reported slower sales than analysts had expected.
The Computer Hardware Stores Association reported a 5 percent decline in its new orders to $2.2-million from $2 million the previous quarter.
The Computer Hardware Manufacturers Association reported that new orders fell 5.1 percent to 1.9 million, from 2.3 million the prior quarter.
Computer Hardware Parts reported a 6 percent decline to $7.2 in its second quarter.
Computer Electronics Manufacturers Associations Association said that new inventory decreased 2.4 percent to 7.6 times a year.
The Association of Computer & ; Electronics Manufactures also reported that inventory fell 7.1 to $12.9-million.
Computer Components Manufacturers, which sells computer parts and accessories, reported a 13.5-percent drop in new inventory to $17.2.