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SAN JOSE, CA 95125

                              September 15, 1997
Gary Bengier
1128 Wawona St.
San Francisco, CA 94116

Dear Gary:

     eBay, Inc. (the "Company" or "eBay") is pleased to offer you the position
"CFO, Vice President of Finance, at a salary, payable every other week, which is
equivalent to a yearly salary of $125,000.00.

     eBay, Inc. is also pleased to inform you that you will be entitled to the
benefits that eBay customarily makes available to employees in positions
comparable to yours and it will be recommended to the Board of Directors that
you will be granted an option for the purchase of 175,000 shares of the
Company's Common Stock.  The option will be granted under the Company's Stock
Option Plan and, assuming you remain an employee, will vest with respect to 25%
of the shares subject to the option one year after the commencement of your
employment and, at the end of each month thereafter, with respect to an
additional 1/48 of the shares subject to the option; provided, however, that if
a "Liquidation Event" occurs during your first year of employment, options will
vest, at the end of each month, with respect to 1/48 of the shares subject to
the option.

     For the purpose of this offer letter, a "Liquidation Event" is defined as a
sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation or any
transaction, or series of transactions, including without limitation a merger,
consolidation, or other corporate reorganization of the Corporation with or into
any other corporation or corporations in which more than fifty percent (50%) of
the outstanding voting power of this Corporation is disposed of or transferred,
irrespective of the form of payment made in such transaction or series of

     The Company asks that you complete the "Employee Information and Inventions
Agreement" prior to commencing employment.  In part, this Agreement requests
that a departing employee refrain from using or disclosing eBay's Confidential
Information (as defined in the Agreement) in any manner which might be
detrimental to or conflict with the business interests of eBay or its employees.
This Agreement does not prevent a former employee from using his or her general
knowledge and experience-no matter when or how gained-in any new field or
position.  If you should have any questions about the "Employee Confidential
Information and Inventions Agreement," please call me.

     Under federal immigration laws, the Company is required to verify each new
employee's identity and legal authority to work in the United States.
Accordingly, please be prepared to furnish 
appropriate documents satisfying those requirements; this offer of employment is
conditioned on submission of satisfactory documentation.

     We hope that you and eBay will find mutual satisfaction with your
employment.  All of us at eBay are very excited about your joining our team and
look forward to a beneficial and fruitful relationship.  Nevertheless, employees
have the right to terminate their employment at any time with or without cause
or notice, and the Company reserves for itself an equal right.  We both agree
that any dispute arising with respect to your employment, the termination of
that employment, or a breach of any covenant of good faith and fair dealing
related to your employment, shall be conclusively settled by final and binding
arbitration in accordance with the Voluntary Labor Arbitration Rules of the
American Arbitration Association (AAA) at the AAA office in San Jose.

     This letter and the "Employee Confidential Information and Inventions
Agreement" contain the entire agreement with respect to your employment.  The
terms of this offer may only be changed by written agreement, although the
Company may from time to time, in its sole discretion, adjust the salaries and
benefits paid to you and its other employees.  Should you have any questions
with regard to any of the items indicated above, please call me.  Kindly
indicate your consent to this employment agreement by signing and returning a
copy of this letter to me.

     Your starting date for commencement of employment will be November 3, 1997,
unless otherwise mutually agreed in writing.

     This officer, if not endorsed will expire at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 15, 1997.

Very truly yours,                  ACCEPTED:

/s/ Jeffrey Skoll                  /s/ Gary Bengier    September 15, 1997
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Jeffrey Skoll                      Gary Bengier        Date

/s/ Pierre Omidyar
Pierre Omidyar