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eBay (Firm)



  • Existence: 1995-

Administrative History

eBay (1995-) is an online marketplace where individuals auction and sell goods and services.

AuctionWeb was founded September 3, 1995 by Pierre Omidyar, a computer programmer from San Jose, in his living room. The name officially changed from AuctionWeb to eBay in September 1997, a year after the company entered into its first third-party licensing deal. In 1998, Pierre and co-founder Jeff Skoll brought in Meg Whitman to help the business succeed. In 2002 the firm purchased IBazar and PayPal, and has since acquired and sold several others. 2008 marked the worldwide expansion of eBay. The company has entered into partnerships with several firms such as GM, Disney and Sun. The firm still operates today out of its headquarters in San Jose, California.

eBay, via WWW, May 2, 2018 (eBay; founded in Pierre Omidyar's San Jose living room in September 1995; marketplace for the sale of goods and services for individuals; 1998, Pierre and cofounder Jeff Skoll brought in Meg Whitman to sustain the success; eBay is a company that's in the business of connecting people, not selling them things; partnerships with name brands such as GM, Disney and Sun; online person-to-person trading community)

The history of eBay, via WWW, May 2, 2018 (1995 eBay founded in San Jose, California, on September 3, 1995, by French-born Iranian computer programmer Pierre Omidya; online auction website was founded as AuctionWeb; 1996, eBay hires first employee; 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; officially changed the name of its service from AuctionWeb to eBay in September 1997; 2002, the company purchased IBazar and PayPal; 2008, the company had expanded worldwide)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Laurence and Thea Lancaster collection of historic Yellowstone Park eBay sales descriptions and prices

 Collection — Carton 1: [Barcode: 31197239248450]
Identifier: MSS 9146
Scope and Contents

Contains color pages of printed eBay listings of historic Yellowstone National Park items, showing item descriptions and final sale prices from the years 1998-2001. The pages were printed by Jack and Susan Davis in Bozeman, Montana, and maintained by Laurence and Thea Lancaster.

Dates: 1998-2001