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Opportunity for All

Enabling everyone to participate in— 
and benefit from—global commerce

Our Approach

We believe that everyone should be able to participate in the global economy. Our open platform and tools enable anyone with a bank account and an Internet connection to access the global market and buy and sell online.

Technology enables sellers of every size, location and circumstance to tap into eBay’s expanding customer base of more than 160 million buyers and grow sales across the globe. That means more jobs and greater economic stability, which improves lives and strengthens communities.

 For buyers coming from more than 190 markets, eBay provides access to over a billion items they might otherwise not be able to find or afford—including goods to inspire, start or grow their own eBay business.

Fast Facts

Total number of sellers that benefited from eBay’s platform in the U.S. in 2016
Sales of established eBay small and medium business sellers grew five times faster than GDP*
Percentage of eBay’s small and medium business sellers that export to other countries**

*eBay (2016) Small Online Business Growth Report [Weighted 18-country average from Figure 4.2 data, page 31]

**Based on a Sidley Austin LLP analysis of 2014 eBay transaction data

Our Goal

Increase the total number and success rate of eBay sellers from low-income, underserved communities after conducting a baseline Digital Density study in 2017. We will announce a quantitative goal in January 2018.

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Opportunity In Action

When Paolo Benasciutti’s grandma, Nene, started selling products from her home in the 1950s, her customer base was limited to her local community. Today, on eBay, the world is Benasciutti Casa’s marketplace.

Read Our Global Impact 2016 Summary

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