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eBay Inc. (/ˈb/ EE-bay, often stylized as ebay) is an American multinational e-commerce company based in San Jose, California, that facilitates consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales through its website. eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar in 1995 and became a notable success story of the dot-com bubble. eBay is a multibillion-dollar business with operations in about 32 countries, as of 2019.[1][2] The company manages the eBay website, an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a wide variety of goods and services worldwide. The website is free to use for buyers, but sellers are charged fees for listing items after a limited number of free listings, and an additional or separate fee when those items are sold.[3]

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eBay Inc.
FormerlyAuctionWeb (1995–1997)
FoundedSeptember 3, 1995; 28 years ago (1995-09-03)
FounderPierre Omidyar
HeadquartersSan Jose, California, U.S.
Area served
Key people
ServicesOnline shopping
RevenueDecrease US$9.79 billion (2022)
Decrease US$2.35 billion (2022)
Decrease US$−1.27 billion (2022)
Total assetsDecrease US$20.85 billion (2022)
Total equityDecrease US$5.15 billion (2022)
Number of employees
c.11,600 (December 2022)
SubsidiariesAuction Co., iBazar, GittiGidiyor, G-Market,, Edit this at Wikidata
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In addition to eBay's original auction-style sales, the website has evolved and expanded to include: instant "Buy It Now" shopping; shopping by Universal Product Code, ISBN, or other kind of SKU number (via, which was shut down in 2017); and other services. eBay previously offered online money transfers as part of its services (via PayPal,[4] which was a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay from 2002 to 2015);[5] online classified advertisements (via Kijiji, or eBay Classifieds Group); and online event ticket trading (via StubHub). On July 25, 2018, eBay announced a new partnership with PayPal's rivals Apple and Square in place of its longtime payment partner PayPal.[6]