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eBay Inc. - statistics & facts

On September 3, 1995, Pierre Omidyar founded AuctionWeb. Though this name may not ring a bell today, in 1997, it would give rise to the multinational e-commerce empire known ever since as eBay. More than two decades after its inception, the shopping and auction website has become one of the consumer internet and online services companies with the largest market capitalization globally. eBay’s platform connects buyers and sellers in more than 190 markets worldwide, and it ranks as the second most visited online marketplace in 2022, only surpassed by long-time rival Amazon.

New challenges, new priorities

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the California-born giant experienced an increase in annual net revenue since 2019, hitting a record of 10.4 billion U.S. dollars worldwide. Twenty years of marketplace expansion, acquisitions, and brand building gives eBay a massive competitive edge that keeps them ahead of their competition.

Despite these positives, the post-pandemic increase in revenue has done the opposite of continue its upward climb. In the first two quarters of 2022, eBay’s financial status has become more questionable. Besides 2022 quarterly revenue figures matching lows last seen in 2019, there has been a continuous decline in eBay’s number of active buyers, and customer satisfaction levels are also decreasing each year. Additionally, eBay reported further decline of its gross merchandise volume. It's unsurprising that the company is making moves to rethink its business model. In 2022, eBay announced a handful of new acquisitions—including the NFT marketplace KnownOrigin, the automotive software company myFitment, as well as TCGplayer, an online marketplace for trading card game collectibles.

A mobile marketplace

In addition to being a pioneer in e-commerce, eBay is also a forerunner in mobile shopping, launching its app as early as 2008. With over 13 million downloads recorded in 2021, the United States is by far the largest market for eBay's app. The app averages about 1.7 million active iOS users, and 1.6 million Android users per day in the U.S. alone. Globally, the eBay shopping app is downloaded by millions of interested users each month.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 35 most important statistics relating to "eBay Inc.".

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