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Timeline: Here's How eBay Became an Online Marketplace Powerhouse

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Online auction and trading platform eBay, Inc. ( (EBAY) - Get Free Report) transformed the marketplace. It got its start as AuctionWeb and has grown to become the #1 marketplace for all collectibles.

Though, TheStreet's Jim Cramer reviews eBay's earnings report and believes they could be expanding more through acquisitions.

Watch the video above for a look at its history.

  • 1995:  Founder Pierre Omidyar launches AuctionWeb, a site "dedicated to bringing together buyers and sellers in an honest and open marketplace."  Canadian Mark Fraser purchases the first item that Omidyar lists -- a broken laser pointer.  
  • 1997:  AuctionWeb is officially renamed eBay.  
  • 2002: eBay acquires PayPal, unifying the marketplace secure payment.  
  • 2005: eBay Acquires Skype. We complete our acquisition of pioneering Internet communications company Skype.
  • 2007: eBay purchases StubHub and becomes the world's largest online marketplace for tickets.  
  • 2008: eBay goes public on September 21.
  • 2009: Skype is sold to a group of investors while retaining a 30% stake in the company. 
  • 2014:  eBay spins off PayPal on the Nasdaq stock exchange.  
  • 2017:  eBay Authenticate Launches to guarantee the authenticity of luxury bags sold on eBay.  
  • 2021: eBay launches 2021 'Up & Running Grants' to support small businesses
  • 2021: eBay initiates the buying and selling of NFT's

EBay's latest earnings bounced back from the previous earnings report, exceeding estimates

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