PLAIN TWP.: A man walked into Akron Music in 1999, looked at the guitars the store offered and claimed he could sell them all in two weeks.

Brian Robinson, who worked for Akron Music at the time, scoffed. But it happened, Robinson said. Two weeks later, the guitars were sold thanks to an online sales service called eBay.

Robinson now owns Music Farm at 4900 Whipple Ave. NW and he uses eBay to generate sales around the world. The online e-commerce platform recognized Robinson and Music Farm as one of its top sellers and invited him to be part of its 13th annual United State of eBay seller advocacy day in Washington, D.C.

In May, Robinson was among 20 small-business representatives selected to participate in the advocacy day and meet and members of Congress and their staff to explain how they have succeed thanks to eBay and online sales.

The eBay advocates talked with elected officials and their staffers about how the Internet, technology and different platforms have changed how they operate. They also explained that lawmakers need to keep small businesses in mind when they consider policy initiatives. One concern, according to eBay officials, is a proposed internet sales tax that would place small online sales companies on the same level as billion-dollar retailers.

Robinson said working with eBay allows him to do what he loves, which is being part of the music business. He grew up in Canal Fulton and as a teenager started helping at his church operating the sound system. He then learned about recording and production in school, before going to work as a keyboard salesman for Akron Music.

“They took a chance on me,” he said.

After more than 10 years at Akron Music, Robinson took a chance on himself and launched Music Farm from his home near Doylestown. He initially handled all sales online using eBay. He opened his first store in Orrville in 2007, with roughly 90 percent of his sales coming online.

As online sales fluctuated, Robinson decided to seek a higher profile location. He moved in 2012 to the Belden Village area. His in-store sales have grown but online sales still account for about 40 percent of his business.

Most of his online sales involve guitars. About 28 percent of his products are exported, with equipment being shipped to Australia, Canada, Israel and other countries.

While Robinson uses other online sales platforms, he believes eBay offers the best option for small businesses. “I appreciate how eBay is involved with small businesses,” he said.