eBay is an America-based, multinational e-commerce store, founded in 1995 and headquartered in San Jose, California. Initially an auction-only site, eBay has become one of the leading marketplaces, made for both consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer, as well as direct online sales of a huge variety of items. Anything can be sold on eBay, as long as it doesn't violate the law or eBay's own product regulations.
eBay was formed in 1995 as AuctionWeb, by Pierre Omidyar. AuctionWeb used to be nothing but a hobby project for Omidyar until his web hosting service prompted him to upgrade his plan, which is when he started hiring staff, and began charging users for selling and buying items. The company was growing exponentially, with the amount of completed auctions going from thousands to millions, and became a go-to site for toy collectors.
AuctionWeb was renamed to eBay after Omidyar's own consulting firm, Echo Bay Technology Group. Since the echobay.com domain name has already been taken by a gold mining company with a similar name, he had to shorten it to ebay.com, and thus the name stuck. eBay becoming a public company in 1998 and its' continued existence to this day make it a rare survivor of the dot-com bubble.
On top of the original auction-style sales, eBay has expanded to feature an instant, Buy It Now option, making it much more viable for direct business-to-consumer sales. PayPal is an optimal payment option for most items, thanks to eBay owning all of it.
EBay doesn't have an internal logistics system, not does it deliver packages by itself, but it does partner with a huge network of international couriers, as part of eBay Global Shipping Program. If the package is sent from the United States, eBay will most likely use Pitney Bowes.
Usually, the seller is the one responsible for sending out the item, disclosing the service used and estimating its' delivery date.
How to track eBay order with eTracking
eTracking allows you to track all of your parcels in one place, with minimum effort: just paste the tracking number into either our webpage or phone app, we'll do the rest for you. With eTracking, there's no need to use a dedicated eBay tracking app for every different store anymore!
All you need to do to get eBay tracking details for your package is to paste the tracking number into the appropriate field and hit Enter, the webpage or the app will do the rest for you. eBay package tracking history is thoroughly described, with delivery statuses, carriers invovled and locations it's been in. As eBay parcel tracking is done globally and is followed in real-time, getting the most up-to-date status is not a problem at all.
Note that depending on the store and the shipping method, eBay may use different couriers for the transfer, whether they are local, international or store-specific. Most popular carriers used can be DHL, FedEx, UPS, USPS, DB Schenker, China Post or Royal Mail. Our eBay delivery tracking service should be able to show all of the above, and many more.
To further simplify the tracking process, if you have to follow multiple packages at once, all the time, consider getting our phone app, available on both iOS and Android. Simple eBay shipment tracking is only a couple of taps away from you!
eBay delivery service tracking
Every order in eBay is handled by various postal shipping and delivery services. Who's handling it depends on which carrier the seller is using and whether it's an international delivery or a domestic one. Certain originally domestic carriers, such as Deutsche Post DHL and Royal Mail, now operate worldwide. Certain stores, such as Aliexpress, have their own, internal postal service, Cainiao, to sort out all of they packages before they leave China and move onto transit.
No matter how far or close, eTracking is able to determine which courier is delivering the order and where exactly, as our eBay shipping service tracking has that capability. As always, it's included in the detailed eBay shipping status report.
Check eBay order status
If you have the need to track eBay order online, eTracking provides the most relevant, up-to-date info on its' current whereabouts and its' delivery status.
eBay shipping status updates in real time, nearly always without delay - as long as either the store or the services responsible for handling the package update it, too, as soon as possible.
What is eBay tracking number
eBay order tracking number is a unique ID of the package, used both by recepients and postal workers alike for ease of identification. Those depend on the courier handling it and the country it's arriving from, as they come in different formats, with S10 being the most internationally accepted one, starting with the recepient's country code, followed by eight unique numbers, one check digit and the sender's country code.
Domestic postal services and international carriers, as well as their sister companies, each have their own tracking number formats. Some of the more popular carriers use the following:
- USPS: 20 digits; or 10 digits for Global Express Guaranteed(R);
- UPS: United Parcel Service: 18 symbols, starting with 1Z and ending with a check digit;
- DHL Express: 10 digits; otherwise, 000, JJD00, JJD01, JVGL or similar, followed by 8 digits;
- DHL Ecommerce: GM, LX, RX or similar, followed by a unique ID from 10 to 39 digits;
- Fedex: 12 or 15 digits;
- China Post/4PX Express: same as the 9-digit format, but starting with the letters AQ.
How to find eBay tracking number
eBay package tracking number is usually provided by eBay itself after the order is confirmed and the parcel is sent off. Usually, to find it, all you need to do is check either the store's orders page, or the order confirmation email.
Where is the eBay tracking number, if neither of the above have it? Bear in mind that certain items require you to pay extra to provide detailed package tracking, or any kind of tracking at all, which might be why your package isn't present in most postal databases out there. If you're not sure, or if you're certain there is tracking attached to your item, make sure you check out eBay 's help pages or, if you still have no luck finding it, call eBay 's customer support.
EBay tracking number format
The format of an international eBay tracking number varies depending on the sender. Certain items may provide a tracking number at an additional cost, otherwise, they either may omit detailed tracking or they could forego tracking completely, even in case the number is available on the order page.
A huge number of items can be sent with a tracking ID that follows the internationally-accepted S10 format: a two-letter country code of the recepient, eight unique digits, one check digit and a two-letter country code of the sender.
Some tracking ID's are different based on the courier that's responsible for delivering the package:
- GSP: UPAA or UPBE, followed by 16 digits;
- Pitney Bowes: UPAAA, followed by a number of digits; could also be 9, 14, 16, 18 or 20 digits;
- WnDirect: WNM, followed by 10 digits; could also start with WNU, LPKEN or LPDER, followed by a number of digits;
- Winit: similar to S10, but usually comes with 14 digits instead of 9;
- SpeedPAK: EE or ES, followed by 26 alphanumeric characters.