What is eBay?

Quote of awesomeness: “Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement.” ~ Bill Watterson

In 1995, eBay was created by Pierre Omidyar in his living room as this idea went to him. In the beginning, this site was first called AuctionWeb. The main goal of the website created was for people to have the ability to post and sell on auctions. At first, when Omidyar launched his website, no one was going to his site because the link to his site wasn’t known to anyone else but himself. So then, he started creating ads which showed things about what his site could do. Omidyar created eBay “dedicated to bringing together buyers and sellers in an honest and open marketplace.”

Did you know that the first thing that was listed and sold was a broken laser pointer which was bought by Mark Fraser? Yeah. It was. And, one of the most amazing things that I found was that just in the second year of release (in 1996, around June), $7.2 million was the total value of the merchandise sold on AuctionWeb.  Then in October 1996, eBay got their first office in a small suite at 1025 Hamilton Avenue in San Jose, CA. At this time, Omidyar has had his first employee and has paired up with his longtime friend, Jeff Skoll making him the president, who he knew had an excellent skill at business.

A myth went around for a while that Omidyar created AuctionWeb (now eBay) to help his wife to sell Pez, but this was later found false. 

 It was in September 1997 when AuctionWeb was officially renamed into eBay!

Remember in Transformers when Sam Witwicky was trying to sell some of his great-great-grandfather’s stuff? That’s right! He did that on eBay. 

From 1995 to the present time, eBay has reached so many people everywhere and has even funded charities and helped nonprofit organizations. With eBay, it has been able to create this community where people trust each other more. Imagine how ideas could turn into something so much more and help so much more. This is exactly what eBay is, an amazing concept turned into reality. And, one thing that I believe we could really use here is: Trust.

Yours truly,



 © Elizabeth Anne Villoria