One way to measure a company is by its acquisitions.
eBay has not been overly successful in the eyes of investors with a majority of its acquisitions. To be sure, there are some notable flops in the list below.
However the flops fly, there are also some superstar Investments in this list.
I thought we would present a list of all of the eBay purchases over the years in one place, (at least all we could find) just to give everyone a better idea of how big and what kind of global reach eBay really has.
(Not all aquisition prices found) - Believed to be accurate but not guaranteed
1998-07-16 Up4Sale.com Online auction United States]
1999-04-27 Butterfield & Butterfield Auction house United States $260,000,000
1999-05-18 Billpoint E-commerce payment systems United States
1999-06-22 Alando Auction house Germany $43,000,000
2000-06-13 Half.com Online marketplace United States $318,000,000
2000-12-12 Precision Buying Service E-commerce payment systems United States
2001-01-08 Internet Auction Co. Online auction South Korea $120,000,000
2001-03-05 iBazar Online auction France $66,000,000
2001-10-01 MercadoLibre.com Online auction Argentina
2002-07-08 PayPal E-commerce payment systems United States $1,500,000,000
2003-01-31 CARad.com Online auction United States
2003-07-11 EachNet Electronic commerce China $150,000,000
2004-06-22 Baazee.com Online auction India $50,000,000
2004-08-14 Craigslist Classified advertising United States $250,000,000 (25% Stake)
2004-11-10 Marktplaats.nl Online auctions Netherlands $290,000,000]
2004-12-16 Rent.com Classified advertising United States $415,000,000
2005-05-18 Loquo Classified advertising Spain
2005-05-19 Gumtree Classified advertising United Kingdom
2005-06-02 Shopping.com Online shopping United States $620,000,000
2005-06-30 OpusForum.org Classified advertising Germany
2005-09-13 Skype Voice over Internet Protocol United States $2,600,000,000
2006-03-09 Meetup.com Social network service United States $10,000,000
2006-04-24 Tradera Online auction Sweden $48,000,000
2007-01-10 StubHub Electronic commerce United States $310,000,000
2007-05-03 GittiGidiyor Electronic commerce Turkey
2007-05-30 StumbleUpon Canada $75,000,000
Various Sources - Including Wikipedia,.com