FIRST THINGS FIRST
We take a look back at some of the milestones in our history
1995: FIRST MOMENT ONLINE
AuctionWeb is launched by our founder Pierre Omidyar on September 3, 1995.
1995: FIRST ITEM SOLD
The first item sold is a broken laser pointer — for the princely sum of $14.83.
1996: FIRST EMPLOYEE HIRED
The company is no longer a one-man show as Pierre recruits his first employee – Chris Agarpao, to handle all the checks coming in for fees.
1997: FEEDBACK FEVER
Buyers can now leave feedback for sellers, based on how happy they are with their purchases.
1997: eBay GOES LIVE
The site officially changes its name to eBay. The rest, as they say, is history…
1998: FIRST CEO HIRED
It’s onwards and upwards as Meg Whitman is hired as the company’s first CEO.
1998: WE HIT WALL STREET
After a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) in September, we list shares on NASDAQ under the symbol EBAY. Expected to trade for $18, our shares exceed expectations and reach $53.50 on the first day of trading.
1998: FOUNDATION LAUNCHES
Launch of the company’s charitable fund, eBay Foundation. It goes on to help hundreds of important causes with donations and grants.
1999: GOING GLOBAL
From our base in the USA, we launch in the UK, Germany and Australia.
1999: STARTING THE ENGINE
Cars can now be bought and sold via eBay Motors.
2000: ‘BUY IT NOW’ DEBUTS
Launch of the Buy It Now button, allowing users to purchase fixed-price products. The button now accounts for the majority of eBay sales.
2001: SALES SOAR
We make headlines around the world when a Gulfstream II Jet is reported to have been the most expensive item ever sold on eBay, selling for $4.9 million.
2002: OUR NEW PAL
We acquire online payments company PayPal.
2005: IT’S CLASSIFIED
Launch of Kijiji, the free online directory for posting local advertisements, includes the sale of pets. Kijiji is now part of eBay Classifieds.
2007: DREAM TICKET
We buy StubHub, the San Francisco-based online ticketing agency.
2008: AWARD WINNER
eBay becomes the first internet company to be honored with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from the President of the United States.
2008: GOING MOBILE
Our iPhone app launches in the US, becoming available in Europe a few months later.
2008: THANKS A MILLION
Jack Sheng of eForcity becomes the first seller to receive a feedback score of one million after eight years on the site. At eBay HQ, one of our most used meeting rooms is named after him.
2010: SHOPPING SPREE
We acquire US shopping engine Milo and German online shopping club brands4friends. We also buy RedLaser, a popular barcode scanning app.
2011: ON THE LIST
We make our debut on the fifth annual list of the world’s most ethical companies, compiled by the Ethisphere Institute.
2011: WELCOME DEVIN
Devin Wenig joins eBay as President of Marketplaces
2012: THE 100 MILLION MILESTONE
Our mobile apps hit the magic 100 million download mark for the first time since being launched in 2008. Some 25 million apps were downloaded in six months in 2012 alone.
2012: BREAKING THE $2B BARRIER
Our Marketplaces revenues for the fourth quarter of the year pass the $2 billion mark for the first time ever.
2012: SHIP AHOY!
Our new Global Shipping Program launches – an easier way for sellers to send items to other countries.
2013: WE CLICK WITH ARGOS
We announce our first Click & Collect deal with UK high street chain Argos, allowing customers to order selected goods on eBay, then pick them up from an Argos store.
2014: A NEW CHAPTER
eBay and PayPal to become new companies.
2014: A RUSSIAN ADDITION
Launch of our new domestic selling business in Russia — our first in an emerging market for nearly a decade. Russian retailers gain the ability to connect to new customers by selling directly on eBay.
2014: 'HOLA', 'BOM DIA'
We launch Spanish and Portuguese versions of eBay.com, offering a better experience for our two million customers in Latin America.
2015: IT’S HAMMER TIME
Our first live Sotheby’s auction takes place on April 1 with the ‘Photographs’ and ‘New York’ sales, allowing art aficionados to log in and bid in real-time auctions.