(Finance and Banking)
(Retail and On-line shopping)
Pierre Omidyar
Meg Whitman
(Civil society)
John Donahoe

See also


Knowledge Identifier: &EBay



American multinational internet consumer-to-consumer corporation, headquartered in San Jose, California add

Category: Business

Founded in 1995.

Countries: United States (39%), (36%), United Kingdom (14%)

Main connections: PayPal,, Pierre Omidyar

Linked to: PayPal, CloudRaker, Democratic Party, Public company




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It was founded in 1995, and became a notable success story of the dot-com bubble; it is now a multi-billion dollar business with operations localized in over thirty countries add something


Pierre Omidyar - He created a simple prototype on his personal web page, and on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 1995, he launched an online service called, Auction Web, which would eventually become the auction site eBay


Chris Agarpao was hired as eBay's first employee and Jeffrey Skoll was hired as the first president of the company in early 1996 add something


Doom (series) - Additionally, a comic book was issued in May 1996, produced by Tom Grindberg of Marvel Comics as a giveaway for a video game convention, and original art from that project was put up for auction on eBay in April 2004


In November 1996, eBay entered into its first third-party licensing deal, with a company called Electronic Travel Auction to use SmartMarket Technology to sell plane tickets and other travel products add something


The frequently repeated story that eBay was founded to help Omidyar's fiancée trade Pez candy dispensers was fabricated by a public relations manager in 1997 to interest the media, which were not interested in the company's previous explanation about wanting to create a "perfect market" add something


Pierre Omidyar - In 1997, Pierre Omidyar changed the company's name to eBay and began to advertise the service aggressively


Pierre Omidyar - The frequently repeated story that eBay was founded to help Omidyar's fiancée trade Pez candy dispensers was fabricated by a public relations manager in 1997 to interest the media


Growth was phenomenal; in January 1997 the site hosted 2,000,000 auctions, compared with 250,000 during the whole of 1996 add something


Pierre Omidyar - He became a billionaire at the age of 31 with eBay's 1998 Initial Public Offering


ZURB - Since 1998, ZURB has designed sites including eBay, &Facebook, Photobucket, NYSE, and ClickTracks, which was purchased by J.L. Halsey


Meg Whitman - Whitman served as president and chief executive officer of eBay from 1998 to 2008


Billpoint - "'Billpoint"' was the name of a person-to-person money transfer service founded in 1998 and purchased in 1999 by online auctioneer eBay


Meg Whitman was hired as eBay President and CEO in March 1998 add something


Pierre Omidyar - In September 1998, eBay launched a successful public offering, making both Omidyar and Skoll billionaires


For instance, in late 1999, a man offered one of his kidneys for auction on eBay, attempting to profit from the potentially lucrative market for transplantable human organs add something


John Donahoe - Before joining eBay he worked for Bain & Company for 20 years, starting as an associate consultant and becoming the firm's president and CEO in 1999


Billpoint - Billpoint's website was taken offline while eBay integrated Billpoint into their auction service, and it did not reappear until the Spring of 2000 when it was relaunched as a joint-venture with Wells Fargo bank


Google Groups - By late 2000 the company, in financial distress, sold the shopping service to eBay, who incorporated the technology into their service


Disney Store - "'Disney Auctions"' was created in October 2000 with a partnership between The Walt Disney Company and eBay


Vendio - As eBay became the dominant online auction site, increased its focus on solutions for online sellers, and in 2001 the company changed its name to Vendio, derived from the Latin root to sell


Eonon - Eonon started business on Ebay in 2001


This was revealed in Adam Cohen's 2002 book, "The Perfect Store", and confirmed by eBay add something


Pierre Omidyar - This was revealed in Adam Cohen's 2002 book, and confirmed by eBay


Billpoint - In July 2002, eBay CEO Meg Whitman agreed to the acquisition of PayPal with its CEO Peter Thiel


Billpoint - When the deal was closed in October 2002, eBay began the process of phasing out Billpoint


PayPal - On October 3, 2002, PayPal became a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay


In February 2002, the company purchased IBazar, a similar European auction web site founded in 1993 and bought PayPal on October 14, 2002 add something


MissionFish - In 2003, & eBay and MissionFish collaborated to build the eBay Giving Works programme, which enables eBay sellers to donate a percentage of their proceeds to the registered nonprofit of their choice - It was acquired by eBay on January 31, 2003


PayPal - In June 2003, filed a lawsuit against PayPal and eBay claiming breach of contract, breach of the implied covenants of good faith and fair dealing, and interference with contract, among other claims


PayPal - In November 2003, AT&T Corporation filed suit against eBay and PayPal claiming that their payment systems infringed an AT&T patent, filed in 1991 and granted in 1994


Joseph Bonanno - In 2004 Joe's daughter-in-law began putting Joe's personal items up for auction on eBay


Pierre Omidyar - It was established in 2004 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. The organization invests in and helps scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic, social, and political change


PayPal - Starting in the second half of 2004, PayPal Merchant Services unveiled several initiatives to enroll online merchants outside the eBay auction community, including:


Participant Media - The company was founded in June 2004 as "'Participant Productions"' by Jeffrey Skoll, the "second employee" of eBay, to produce projects that were both commercially viable and socially relevant


ProStores - Formerly known as Kurant StoreSense, ProStores was acquired by & eBay Inc. by the end of 2005 changing the name to ProStores by eBay


Bobby Fischer - In 2005, some of Fischer's belongings were auctioned on eBay


MissionFish - MissionFish was set up in 2005, and began working on eBay for Charity that year


Locanto - was bought by Ebay in 2005 and merged with its classifieds site Kijiji one year later


Virtual economy - The global secondary market - defined as real money trading between players - turnover was estimated at 880 million dollars in 2005 by the president of the, at the time, market leading company IGE. Before that, in 2004, the American economist Edward Castronova had estimated the turnover at over 100 million dollars based solely on sales figures from the two auction sites eBay and the Korean itemBay


In March 2005, eBay launcher the classifieds service Kijiji add something


John Donahoe - In March 2005 he was hired as president of eBay Marketplaces


Meg Whitman - Meg hand picked John J. Donahoe for & eBay in March 2005 as President of eBay Marketplaces, responsible for all elements of eBay's global ecommerce businesses


Loquo - Loquo was acquired by eBay in May 2005 for an undisclosed sum


In June 2005, there were more than 15,000 members in the eBay Developers Program, comprising a broad range of companies creating software applications to support eBay buyers and sellers as well as eBay Affiliates add something


The Darkness (band) - In October 2005, a month before the album was to be officially released, Justin Hawkins won an eBay auction for a copy of "One Way Ticket to Hell


MissionFish - The first eBay for Charity auction took place in November 2005 for the charity BBC Children in Need


In 2006, eBay launched its Business & Industrial category, breaking into the industrial surplus business add something


Google Checkout - In 2006, & eBay, which owns PayPal, added & Google Checkout to its banned payment methods list, forbidding the use of Google Checkout to pay for eBay transactions


MissionFish - In 2006, the NSPCC ran part of its Dream Auction through eBay for Charity, raising over £500,000


Disney Store - In fall of 2006, Disney ended their partnership with eBay and moved the Disney Auctions website under its own banner


The Million Dollar Homepage - On 1 January 2006, Tew announced that because the demand was so great for the last 1,000 pixels, "the most fair and logical thing" to do was auction them on eBay rather than lose "the integrity and degree of exclusivity intrinsic to the million-pixel concept" by launching a second Million Dollar Homepage


The Million Dollar Homepage - On 1 January 2006, the final 1,000 pixels were put up for auction on eBay


In April 2006, eBay opened its new eBay Express site, which was designed to work like a standard Internet shopping site for consumers with United States addresses add something


Rapleaf - On May 15, 2006, eBay removed a number of auction listings where the seller had included links to Rapleaf, claiming they were in violation of its terms of use


Tucows - On 26 August 2006, Tucows was the winning bidder on an eBay auction for the web calendar site


The UK version was launched to eBay members in mid-October 2006 but on January 29, 2008 eBay announced its intention to close the site add something


In 2007, eBay Canada partnered with Montreal-based digital branding agency CloudRaker to develop a campaign to raise money for Sainte-Justine children's hospital in Montreal add something


In 2007, eBay began using detailed seller ratings with four different categories add something


Wikia - An ArmchairGM contributor operating under the pseudonym Manny Stiles auctioned his blogging services on eBay in early 2007


Reputation management - In 2007, a study by the University of California Berkeley found that some sellers were undertaking reputation management on eBay by selling products at a discount in exchange for positive feedback to game the system


Virtual economy - Since January 2007 it is no longer allowed to sell virtual goods in online games on eBay due to the ambiguous legal status of real world trading, though


AllOfMP3 - In May 2007, UK police arrested a 25-year old man on fraud charges for selling vouchers on sites such as eBay and allofmp3vouchers


StumbleUpon - In May 2007, StumbleUpon was purchased by eBay


Wispa - On 24 August 2007, the first box of the relaunched Wispas was put up for auction on eBay, with a press release from & Cadbury saying that the auction was real and that the proceeds were going toward the Cadbury Charity, Ghana for the Source


Meg Whitman - Whitman resigned as CEO of eBay in November 2007, but remained on the board and served as an advisor to new CEO John Donahoe until late 2008


At the 2008 eBay Developer's Conference, eBay announced the Selling Manager Applications program add something


In its Q1 2008 results, total payment volume via PayPal increased 17 percent, but off the eBay auction site it was up 61 percent add something


Barefoot Foundation - During February, 2008, Shakira auctioned some of her tour clothes and guitars on eBay to support her foundation


PayPal - In 2008, PayPal's TPV off eBay exceeded volume on eBay for the first time


Lolly Wolly Doodle - In 2008, as the eBay store was bringing regular extra income into the household, Will's business began to decline as the housing bubble collapsed, slowing new-home construction


Grantsmart - Grantsmart donated its Xserve and two NexSan ATAboy RAID arrays to the SETI project at the University of California at Berkeley, and announced that in January 2008 all remaining hardware and equipment and the domain name would be auctioned on Ebay


On January 23, 2008 the company announced that Whitman would step down on March 31, 2008 and John Donahoe was selected to become President and CEO. Whitman remained on the Board of Directors and continued to advise Donahoe through 2008 add something


Wispa - In February 2008, Rebecca Wells auctioned an original out-of-date Wispa bar, which she found in a sofa, on eBay for the charity LAM Action - officially launched a partnership with & eBay in April 2008, striking a deal to sell millions of items on eBay


Craigslist countersued in May 2008 "to remedy the substantial and ongoing harm to fair competition" that Craigslist claims is constituted by eBay's actions as a Craigslist shareholder add something


Quicksales - The website rose to prominence in May 2008 after rival auction site eBay announced it would force all customers to use PayPal for payment processing


On May 8, 2008, eBay announced the opening of its newest building on the company's North Campus in San Jose, which is the first structure in the city to be built from the ground up to LEED Gold standards add something


MissionFish - As of July 2008, there were over 100,000 live listings benefiting charities on the eBay websites


StumbleUpon - In September 2008, eBay hired Deutsche Bank to try to sell StumbleUpon again


UGG Australia - According to Deckers' brand-protection unit, in 2009 it took down 2,500 fake websites, 20,000 eBay listings and 150,000 other online auction listings with 60,000 pairs of counterfeit UGGs confiscated by customs agents


Niklas Zennstrom - In 2009 Zennström was part of the investment consortium that bought $ Skype Technologies from eBay and re-joined the Skype board


Billy Nicholls - In 2009 a promo copy of Would You Believe was sold on eBay for £7,312


MissionFish - In 2009, MissionFish launched new giving products on & eBay, enabling eBay users to make cash donations to charity when they shop and browse the eBay site


Meg Whitman - Whitman served on the board of directors of the eBay Foundation, Procter & Gamble and DreamWorks SKG, until early 2009


Shiply - In March 2009 Shiply launched an & eBay widget to be inserted by sellers into eBay auction listings


PayPal - At an analyst day on March 11, 2009, eBay CEO John Donahoe announced that PayPal could be a larger driver of revenue than the eBay marketplaces business


Electric aircraft - In April 2009 the ElectraFlyer-C prototype was offered for sale on eBay


Clif Bar - In April 2009, Clif Bar joined Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy, a coalition of companies including Nike, eBay and The North Face, with the goal of passing progressive climate and energy legislation


Oldsmobile Toronado - In April 2009, one of these cars came up for auction on eBay


Netdisaster - On April 20, 2009, Netdisaster received another legal threat, this time from & eBay. eBay complained about a specific URL at


In October 2009, eBay changed to an affiliate payout system that it calls Quality Click Pricing, in which affiliates are paid an amount determined by an undisclosed algorithm add something


To focus on its core e-commerce and payments businesses, eBay Inc. sold a majority stake in Skype in November 2009, retaining a minority investment in the company add something


Marketspace - By 2010, we see the emergence of numerous online marketplaces: Amazon, eBay, Facebook, and a number of other large online retailersyet these were still largely inventories of supply that consumers would browse and purchase from


Peter Thiel - In 2010, Thiel supported Meg Whitman, who as CEO of eBay had purchased PayPal from Thiel and his co-founders and investors, in her unsuccessful bid for the governorship of California


Pacifier - Since the early 2010s, there has been the advent of generic, NUK-style pacifiers on eBay, which have both adult-sized silicone nipples and adult-sized face guards and rings to match


In a reversal of roles, on January 24, 2010 held an open survey in which sellers could effectively rate eBay itself, as well as competing auction and marketplace sites add something


Scott Schwartz - In the wake of his former castmate Corey Haim's death in March 2010, Schwartz sold Haim's personal belongings on &Ebay at the behest of the Haim family


On December 20, 2010, eBay announced its acquisition of a German online shopping club, brands4friends add something


It is subject to regulatory approval and expected to close it in the Q1 2011 add something


Google Checkout - As of June, 2011 & eBay forbids the use of "any" external checkout system to pay for eBay transactions


UShip - In 2011, eBay Motors began incorporating uShip's Shipping Price Estimator as a vehicle shipping option within all of its U.S. auto, motorcycle and power sports listings


Fiat Cinquecento - In March 2011, the car was listed on eBay, in order to raise money for "Red Nose Day 2011"


Gwen Stefani - Stefani ran an auction on eBay from April 11 to April 25, 2011, allowing participants to bid on vintage clothing items from her personal wardrobe and custom T-shirts designed and signed by her, as well as on admission to a private Harajuku-themed tea party hosted by her on June 7, 2011 at Los Angeles' first-ever Japanese-style maid café and pop art space, Royal/T, with proceeds from the auction going to Save the Children's relief effort


Leo Apotheker - On September 22, 2011, the HP Board of Directors replaced Apotheker as chief executive, effective immediately, with fellow board member and former eBay chief Meg Whitman


James Ellington - In November 2011 Ellington attracted widespread press coverage by selling his sponsorship rights on eBay in the run up to London 2012


PayPal - In November 2011, PayPal moved all shipping to eBay


Raspberry Pi - During the first week of 2012, the first 10 boards were put up for auction on eBay


Merseyside Skeptics Society - Vice-president Michael Marshall supported the ban of the sale of tarot readings and spells on eBay in 2012, stating he thought it was "solid consumer protection"


Poundworld - In May 2012, the company launched a new wholesale website, targeted at market traders, eBay sellers and independent retailers


Tencent Holdings - It is the fourth-largest Internet company in the world behind Google, Amazon, and Ebay, as of August 2012


In September 2012, eBay introduced a new logo set in Univers add something


The logo was introduced to the main website on October 10, 2012 add something


ZeroCater - In 2013 ZeroCater was feeding over 350 companies a month, including Sony, Zipcar, Yelp, eBay, GitHub, and Foursquare - In 2013, the eBay Boston office houses several operating entities including & PayPal, StubHub, and PayPal's Start Tank


Holly Fulton - She produced four limited-edition pieces for Ebay to promote autumn/winter 2013 London Fashion Week


David Gandy - The first was an auction on eBay in March 2013 which included collectible items and fashion experiences donated by Victoria Beckham, Mollie King, Dolce & Gabbana, Lucky Brand Jeans, One Direction and others


Glenn Close - During the month of July 2013, Close put up over 380 designer items up for auction on eBay from the wardrobe her character Patty Hewes wore on "Damages"


The total earnings amount is divided by the number of clicks the affiliate sent to eBay and is reported as Earnings Per Click, or EPC. In October 2013, ePN launched a new pricing model add something


Jeremy Scahill - In October 2013 Scahill joined with reporters Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras to establish an on-line investigative journalism publishing venture funded by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar


Tencent - It is the fourth-largest Internet company in the world after Google, Amazon, and Ebay as of April 2014


On May 21, 2014 the company revealed that the consumer database of usernames, passwords, phone numbers, and physical addresses had been breached add something


It was announced on September 30, 2014, that Ebay would spinoff PayPal into a separate publicly traded company, which is taking steps that were first demanded nine months ago by activist hedge fund magnate Carl Icahn add something


As of November 2014, the board of directors was as follows: add something


The spinoff is expected to be completed sometime in second half of 2015 and after the separation add something


Google Now - In January 2015, Google introduced the ability for participating, installed third-party apps to generate cards; on launch, this included apps such as Airbnb, eBay, "The Guardian", and Lyft among others


Ecwid - In January 2015, Ecwid introduced eBay integration that simplified export of goods to auctions


Craigslist - On June 19, 2015, eBay Inc. announced that it would divest its stake back to Craigslist for an undisclosed amount, and settle its litigation with the company


Twice (online retailer) - Twice was acquired by eBay in July 2015


Abz Love - On 8 September 2015, Abz put the Brit *award he won with 5ive in 2000 on eBay, with the intention of gaining some money to buy soil for his farm


Propay and Skrill will be banned effective September 27, 2015, citing low usage add something


Newspaper - Newspapers have classified ad sections where people and businesses can buy small advertisements to sell goods or services; as of 2017, the huge increase in Internet websites for selling goods, such as Craigslist and eBay has led to significantly less classified ad sales for newspapers


In July 2017, eBay released an image search capability allowing users to find listings on the site that match an item depicted in a photo, using artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies add something


Shopkick - In August 2017 Shopkick launched Mobile Shopping with partners like eBay, Groupon, Apple, Boxed and


On January 31, 2018, eBay announced that they would replace PayPal as its primary payments provider with Netherlands based start-up, Adyen add something