The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin explains why he owns shares of eBay. Some of the top reasons include the company's larger adoption of a fixed-price auction format, the acquisition of GSI Commerce, and most importantly: PayPal. The online payment platform is already accepted at 60% of the top 100 online retailers. Notably absent from the list is Amazon, but that doesn't matter too much. PayPal has entrenched itself as the trusted middleman in online transactions, and will only grow as consumers purchase more and more online. Forrester Research projects that 15% of retail transactions (excluding grocery) will be done online in 2015.

Of course there are other huge trends investors can profit from in the tech space; one of which is the mobile revolution. You can read about how to profit from mobile in our special free report "The Next Trillion Dollar Revolution," which highlights a hidden component play inside mobile phones that also is a market leader in the exploding Chinese market. Inside the report, we not only describe why the mobile revolution will dwarf any other technology revolution seen before it, but we also name the company at the forefront of the trend. Hundreds of thousands have requested access to previous reports, and you can access this new report today by clicking here -- it's free.

At the time this article was published Austin Smith owns shares of eBay. The Motley Fool owns shares of Amazon.com. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Amazon.com, eBay, and Visa. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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