At 25, eBay is a reminder of a bygone internet

eBay is officially old. It turns 25 today, joining the likes of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Yahoo, both of which also had their quarter-century anniversaries earlier this year. Like Internet Explorer and Yahoo, eBay is showing its age. But while eBay isn’t exactly trendy anymore, it has an impressive legacy worth recognizing.

When eBay got its start way back in 1995, the internet was a very

different place. The company was an early leader, and it survived ups and downs, including the dot-com bubble collapse. It’s probably safe to say that PayPal wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for eBay owning it from 2002 until 2015, and Elon Musk might not be who he is today if eBay hadn’t originally purchased PayPal for $1.5 million.