eBay & PayPal Split?

What?

In the second half of 2015, pending the signing off of regulators, PayPal plans to spin off into its own publicly traded company.

Why?

Mounting pressure from the likes of Alibaba, Apple Pay, and their shareholders – and more importantly new market opportunities in mobile payments – has brought PayPal to the point where they need to go do their own thing again. PayPal’s vision & eBay’s vision no longer align as they once did, and hey there’s more money to be made outside the comfort of the tech marketplace powerhouse of eBay, so why not?

In the end, PayPal is limiting itself by staying with the eCommerce giant, so heading off on their own will open up opportunities that previously weren’t available to them (ie – having strategic partnerships with eBay’s competitors that could launch PayPal ahead into the future).

What does this mean for eCommerce store owners?

Honestly, probably not much will change as far as your current integrations, but it’s too early to tell. We’ll keep you posted as things evolve.