A group of five people founded eBags in 1998: John Nordmark, Peter Cobb, Frank Steed, Andy Youngs, and Eliot Cobb.
They launched an e-commerce site, www.ebags.com, in 1999 with seven brands, including Samsonite, JanSport, and Skyway luggage.
eBags drop-shipped most products directly from manufacturers to customers, meaning eBags did not keep any stock but rather transferred the merchandise directly from manufacturer or wholesaler to the customer.
The company grew, experiencing some downturn which caused it to diversify into handbags and purses.
eBags expanded unsuccessfully to Europe in 2004, and ended up shutting that operation down in 2008.
Today eBags is an online retailer of handbags, luggage, backpacks, laptop bags, and accessories from more than 500 brands. It has its own brand, The eBags Brand, and also operates handbags.com.