eBay America is the company's American site, which is found at eBay.com. eBay has several country-based sites, such as Australia, Canada, France, India, United Kingdom and Japan. Customers can switch between sites by choosing a country from the "eBay Sites" drop-down menu at the bottom of the home page.
Founded on September 4, 1995 by Pierre Omidyar, eBay was first known as AuctionWeb. The first item sold was a broken laser pointer for $14.83, which was bought by Mark Fraser of Canada. The site was primarily a side project for Omidyar until he was required to upgrade to a business account by his Internet service provider. eBay began charging fees and, in 1996, hired its first employee, Chris Agarpao. In September 1997, AuctionWeb became eBay. As of 2015, eBay is headquartered in San Jose, California.
eBay America is the company's original site. In 1999, it began to expand to other countries. The first three eBay international sites were Germany, Australia and the U.K. The local sites are set up to follow the laws of the home country. For example, U.S. sellers that operate as a business include their state's sales tax, while European sellers add the Value Added Tax when required. As of 2015, eBay has localized sites in more than 30 countries.