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Celebrating 25 Years of eBay: The People and Technology that Fuel Our Global Marketplace

During this milestone moment for eBay, our President and CEO Jamie Iannone reflects on the magic of eBay — for the last 25 years and beyond.

Over a Labor Day weekend 25 years ago, Pierre Omidyar wrote the code for what became eBay. Started as an experiment, eBay is fueled by a bold notion that creating a truly open, fair and honest marketplace would level the playing field and foster economic opportunity for all.

eBay's 2020 U.S. Small Online Business Report: How We're Creating Economic Opportunity

In our new report, we explore how the eBay marketplace levels the playing field for Main Street businesses across America by enabling them to reach millions of shoppers worldwide.

In our increasingly global economy, small brick and mortar businesses are often at a huge disadvantage in terms of scope and reach, especially in rural areas with lower foot traffic and sprawling nearby chain stores. This inequity has only been heightened over the past several months, as independent small businesses and entrepreneurs across the United States have been faced with unprecedented and complex challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paying It Forward Through Animal Therapy

How eBay seller Mike Dixon combined his passion for animal welfare and his dedication toward supporting children with disabilities to create a pet store and community gathering space.

British entrepreneur Mike Dixon was determined to make a meaningful contribution to his community even as he strove to build a thriving business from scratch. Determined to do good while making a living, he created his store in a way that could evolve into a project that would give back and benefit the most vulnerable members of society. What originally started as a side hustle selling puppy crates on eBay would quickly transform into a successful business supporting children with disabilities and older adults.

How a Father and His Teenage Daughter Bonded Over a Motorcycle Retrofit

Over the course of a month, Gwen and John Jessup completely revamped a 1982 Harley-Davidson together — and received a coveted award in recognition of their efforts.

Forget malls and movie theaters; sixteen-year-old Gwen Jessup prefers to spend time in her father’s motorcycle shop. So when her dad, John Jessup, suggested completely remaking a classic Harley-Davidson bike last summer with Gwen to exactly fit her tastes and style, she jumped at the chance. The only hitch was that they had a month deadline to finish their project before showing their bike at the renown Sturgis Motorcycle Rally — and eBay was the perfect place to source their specialized products.

Mini Stories: How an eBay Seller is Helping Donate Protective Gear to South Korean Groups

In South Korea, eBay seller Jacob Jonghyung Lee is donating protective gear to children’s cancer associations, community centers and nonprofit organizations to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Editor’s note: During this unprecedented time, we’re highlighting the individual acts of kindness from our global seller community. Now through June, we’ll share a story about one of our sellers on how they’re paying it forward in our Mini Stories column.


Editor’s note: During this unprecedented time, we’re highlighting the individual acts of kindness from our global seller community. Now through June, we’ll share a story about one of our sellers on how they’re paying it forward in our Mini Stories column.

eBay Foundation Increases Grantmaking to Nearly $15 Million to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts and Employee Matching

Additional $10 million in grants, the largest in the Foundation’s history, will support nonprofits and small businesses amid global pandemic.

The eBay Foundation is announcing this week $10 million in grants to support COVID-19 relief worldwide, increasing its efforts to a total of nearly $15 million in COVID-19 related grants to date. So far in 2020, the Foundation has tripled grantmaking from 2019; this week’s additional funding round is the largest in its history and comes at a vital time for communities and small businesses adversely impacted by the pandemic. 

eBay Launches Up & Running To Immediately Bring Small Businesses Online

With a new accelerator program that waives selling fees, eBay pledges up to $100 million in support of small business over the next three months.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, brick-and-mortar retailers are closing their physical doors, and economic data shows that half have only enough cash to survive for 27 days without new money coming in. In light of this situation, people everywhere are searching for ways to support the businesses in their community and beyond.

eBay to Match $1 Million in Funds Raised by Sellers Who Donate to COVID-19 Response

Now through April 14, the marketplace will match charitable contributions from US sellers who give a portion of sales to Feeding America, Direct Relief and The Opportunity Fund

The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every one of us. One simple way you can make an impact is to sell for good. If you’re looking to declutter while social distancing, you can clear out and help make a difference. Now through April 14, eBay will match up to $1 million in contributions made by U.S.

Tech for Good: Innovating for a Better World

The December Workshop — hosted by eBay, MIT Solve and The Tech Interactive — centered around developing solutions for challenges in sustainability and economic prosperity.

Earlier this month, in partnership with MIT Solve and The Tech Interactive, eBay co-hosted the MIT Solve challenge design workshop in San Jose, California, bringing together Bay Area technologists and innovators to brainstorm the most pressing global challenges around sustainability and economic prosperity.

eBay Utah Office Announces 100% Renewable Energy

Milestone in working toward eBay’s 100% renewable energy goal across all offices

At eBay, we believe it is our responsibility to encourage the development of renewable energy, which has the potential to benefit economies around the world. This is why we’ve made it our goal to reach 100% renewable energy by 2025.

As we work toward this goal, eBay participates in local utility-driven green power programs at multiple offices around the globe. 


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