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|EBay Inc was formed as a sole proprietorship in September 1995 and was incorporated in California in May 1996. In April 1998, it reincorporated in Delaware, and in September 1998, it completed the initial public offering of its common stock. The Company is a technology company that enables commerce through three reportable segments: Marketplaces, Payments and GSI. These segments provide online platform, services and tools to help individuals and small, medium and large merchants around the globe establish online and mobile commerce and payments. Its Marketplaces segment brings buyers and sellers together through fully automated and easy-to-use online websites and mobile applications that are available throughout the world at any time, including through localized eBay.com sites in many countries. The Company’s payments segment provides efficient payment and settlement capabilities for consumers and merchants on and off eBay websites and other merchant websites. It has three main payment brands: PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive payments online and through a broad range of mobile devices in approximately 190 markets worldwide; Bill Me Later, which enables U.S. merchants to offer, and U.S. consumers to obtain, credit at the point of sale for ecommerce and mobile transactions through Bill Me Later's relationship with a chartered financial institution; and Zong, acquired in August 2011, which enables users with a mobile phone to purchase digital goods and have the transactions charged to their phone bill. It also recently acquired BillSAFE, a provider of payment services for online merchants in Germany who offer their customers the ability to pay for purchases upon receipt of an invoice. Its GSI segment is a provider of ecommerce and interactive marketing services to enterprise clients that include some of the world's premier brands and retailers. It offers a suite of solutions designed to power merchants' online businesses and effectively integrate with their other sales channels. Its advanced technology, fulfillment, customer care and interactive marketing services are designed to enable its clients to elevate the consumer experience and cost-effectively sustain it over time. GSI operates two business units: Global eCommerce Services, or GeC, and Global Marketing Services, or GMS. Each business unit offers products and services that complement the other, which allows for cross-selling opportunities. The Company encounters vigorous competition in its businesses from numerous sources. The Company is subject to laws relating to the collection, use, retention, security and transfer of personally identifiable information about its users.|
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