Investor FAQs


General Company Information

How long has eBay been in business?

eBay was launched in September 1995. The first auction was conducted on Labor Day, and within a few weeks, buyers and sellers began flocking to the site.

How does eBay make money?

eBay's generates revenue from a variety of sources such as advertising, listing and value fees, merchant fees, revenue sharing agreements, contractual service fees and classified and lead referral fees. See our latest quarterly earnings for more information.

What is eBay's fiscal year-end?

eBay's year-end is December 31st. Reporting quarters correspond with calendar quarters.

How many employees does eBay have?

As of December 31, 2013 eBay employed approximately 33,500 people (including temporary employees).


Investor Information

When did eBay go public and at what price?

eBay went public on September 24, 1998 at an IPO split adjusted price of $0.75

Where is eBay traded?

Shares of eBay common stock are traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "EBAY."

How can I invest in eBay?

You can purchase shares of eBay stock through a brokerage or a stock purchase service of your choice. Click here for more information about using a stock purchase service.

Where are my stock certificates?

Most eBay stockholders own the stock in Street name (i.e. their broker) and do not receive stock certificates. If you would like to request a stock certificate to be mailed to you, please contact Computershare.

Who is eBay's transfer agent and how do I contact them?

Mailing addresses
Stockholder correspondence should be mailed to:
P.O. Box 43006
Providence, RI  02940-3006

Overnight correspondence should be mailed to:
250 Royall Street
Canton, MA  02021

Shareholder website
Shareholder online inquiries
Phone Number: 800-305-4605

Does eBay pay a cash dividend?

No, eBay has never declared a cash dividend and presently intends to continue this policy.

Does eBay have a direct purchase plan?

No, eBay does not have a direct purchase plan. Shares of eBay can be purchased through a broker or stock purchase service of your choice. Click here for more information about using a stock purchase service.

Has eBay had any stock splits?

eBay has had four stock splits since going public. The first split was a 3 for 1 on March 2, 1999. The remaining three splits were all 2 for 1 and occurred on May 25, 2000, August 29, 2003 and February 17, 2005.


Literature Requests

Can I request information to be sent to me?

Can I receive my annual report, proxy statement, and vote on my proxy electronically rather than through the mail?

Yes. eBay, through ADP Investor Communication Services (ICS), is pleased to offer electronic delivery of annual reports, proxy statements and proxy ballots. Click here to register.


Investor Relations Contact

Who can I contact about specific investor relations issues?

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for about eBay on this website, you may forward your issues and/or concerns to:

Investor Relations
2145 Hamilton Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
Investor Relations hotline: (408) 376-7493