How To Buy Something On Ebay


Want to get started buying on eBay but not sure how?

eBay.com is a great place to buy virtually anything - but if you've never purchased anything online, how do you get started? This short article will walk you through getting started on eBay and making your first purchase.

Step one: Have a look around eBay

First, get yourself familiar with eBay and what it has to offer. If you havn't already, go to www.eBay.com and look around.

Step two: Sign up for an eBay account

The next step is registering which is quick, easy and free. To register all you need to do is fill-out an online eBay form with your information. You will be asked for your name, email address, real address, & phone number. You will also be asked to choose a member-name and password. Don't worry about your privacy - eBay is one of the largest and most trusted companies on the internet. They will not sell your personal information or abuse it in any way. To register go to the eBay sign up page by clicking here. or go directly to ebay.com. After filling-in the registration form eBay will send an email message to the email address you provided. Check your inbox and follow the instructions to activate your account. If you have questions about registering, see the eBay help page.

Step three: Find something to buy!

Now that you have an eBay account, you need to find something to buy. For beginners, the easiest way to find something is to use the eBay search page. Once on the eBay search page just type in what you are looking for and a list of auctions will be displayed.

When buying or bidding on something for the first time, look for something cheap and inexpensive. This will let you get a feel for how the auctions work without the stress or pressure of worrying about something going wrong and loosing a large sum of money. Once you've found something cheap, place your bid by clicking the "Place Bid" button and entering the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the item. eBay will automatically increase your bid amount in small increments up to the maximum amount you enter.

What is Buy It Now?

Many eBay sellers offer a Buy It Now (BIN) option. Using Buy It Now will bypass the auction process and lets you "Buy it now".

Pay for your items:

Once you win your auction or use the Buy it Now option it is time to pay. You can pay via Pay Pal or with credit card. I recommend using a credit card because of the protection it offers, but many sellers only accept PayPal payments. PayPal also offers fraud protection if you follow their guidelines, and is generally very safe to use.

Congratulations, that's all there is too it!

Ok, there is a lot more to learn, but I've covered the basics. If you have questions, post them below and we will answer them as best as we can.

 

To learn about selling on eBay, see the page on How to Sell on eBay

 

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Pricila Guadalajara (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
I don't get it
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
Hi Can I shop on Ebay using a redicard? Thanks
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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If I buy stuf from USA do I get charge ?
George EliasAnonymous Visitor (not verified)
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I bought a book, I don't recall exact name, but it was a Dictionary of Architects and Contractor, about 3 weeks ago; delivery promised 2 weeks ago; nothing received. What gives?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay

What gives?
*Maybe the seller shipped to the wrong address
*Maybe it was lost in the mail
*Maybe it's just delayed/late in shipping
*Maybe seller took your money and did not even ship

The only way to know is to contact the seller, not post on some website

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
How to cancel a purchase on eBay
How do I un-purchase something on eBay?
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Re: How to cancel a purchase on eBay

i think, usually, you dont? Unless you recive the item and it's junk or has a problem then you contact the seller.

Florin (not verified)
Re: How To Pay Somethin on Ebay
I would like to now why I had to wrote my personal data from my debit card when I brought throught buy it now, and then, after 2-3 days I received a email witch told me '' Don't forget to pay for your...." product. i already wrote my number card and all stuf for paying, I need to write for two times that information from my debit card, or what's the deal?
gypsygal13 (not verified)
How To Buy Something On Ebay with Credit Card HELP
I bought an item on ebay, and when it came time to pay for the item i clicked on the "credit card" option because i don't have a paypal. But when i clicked continue it said everything was complete and never gave me a page to type in the information on the card so because it didn't let me do that, they wont ship the item. Is there a way for me to go back somehow and enter the card information or what can i do?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
what is a paypal
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
It's a site where you can make payments and money transfers online.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
Can you use your debit card via a PayPal account?
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Re: How to use a debit card with Paypal

PayPal does not want you to use a debit card or credit card, because then they can't soak you for as much/many charges - so they don't make it easy!
The only way i've ever been able to use a debit card or credit card via my Paypal was to buy something that costs more than my Paypal balance (or, have a zero balance) - THEN I get an option to use a card.
Might be another way, but if their is, Paypal has hidden it so well i've never seen it.

Betty (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
Today was my first time i started buying stuff on Ebay, i bid alot stuff, (which i don't want anymore and some bids i won already) please, tell me how do i cancel it ? I really dont want to buy them.
Robert from BAM (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
If the auction has not ended, you can cancel your bid but that's not something you want to do often. Just search eBay for "retract a bid". If the auction already ended, you can contact the seller and say that you bid by mistake and would like to cancel the transaction. If seller agrees, you might be off the hook. If they don't, you'll need to pay for the item.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
If you've won the bids, you have to pay for the items. I'm pretty sure that you can't withdraw your bids, either. You'll just have to hope that someone outbids you!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
If I start bidding on an item and the auction ends up getting to a higher price than the "Buy It Now" price, can I stop bidding and take the Buy It Now price? Or once I start bidding, will that Buy It Now price disappear? I hope this makes sense.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
At what point prior to closing on "Buy Now" item is shipping & handling charges identified? Who pays, seller or purchaser?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
Hello, I bought 2 items on ebay, why chosed credit card option to pay, and the sistem just took me out. On the invoice i received, the items appear like complete checkout, but in ´my eBay´ they appear like waiting to be paid for. Now i dont find anywhere any button to pay the items, and also my paypal account now is limited. How i can pay for those items directly with mi credit card? Thank you
aleinad (not verified)
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I want to buy something on eBay and the seller tell me to purchase but to dont pay ...How you can do this
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Sell something on eBay
How can I sell something on eBay without a PayPal account? How can I get the money directly to my credit card??
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
If I have money on my paypal account, why do I need to link a credit card (when I don't even have one) to it in order to make a payment when it is already linked to my bank account?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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I am not a member of ebay, nor do i have a paypal account, but when i went to but something (buy it now) it said 'buy as a guest' for both, but now i do not know if i have actually bought the item or not, as i have had no confirmation, and i am worried ive lost money...
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
i've herd when your using pay-pal for the first time you can only make about 10 transactions? thats all then yhu have to try to switch to premium or soemthing like that
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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ive brought something from the buy it now and i put all of my card details in and went through all the steps to payment but the things i thought ive brought are still up for buying have i got them or not ?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
is there a cart option in ebay? i wanted to buy 5 items from a seller, and i only want to pay 1 shipment.
Ummm, Michael Jackson (not verified)
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Yeah but it's not called a 'shopping cart' it's called a 'wish list'. (it will say "add to wish list" on the page of the item you're looking at)
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay
Hi, please help me! I want to buy something on ebay, I have a pay pal account but my worry is that the registration on ebay should take some days to be done, I don´t want to lose the item! How many days takes to register an ebay account with pay pay verified address?! Thanks!
CrowdedCranium
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Re: How To Buy Something On Ebay

Hmm, Ebay? CAVEAT EMPTOR!!!

In all fairness, I have picked up a few items that were worthy. But, on the other side of the dead carp I have recieved some seriously stinko crap. Your radiation insulated gloves are very few! First before you spend any time and money be aware if not wary of your openent in the contest of the sale. Examine their profile. Have they completed more than twenty transactions? How many of those transactions were comented as positive or negative? If there are a high number of negatives? Look at the comments. It could well be some loony with nothing better to do or another seller out to damage the competition. Or, indeed several different injured clients. If you completed a mutualy benificial transaction do not be a troll, comment positive for the seller you patronised. Flip side, if the transaction was lame, comment the details. Keep the seething disgust and boiling vulgarity out of it just the basis of the congame they are "perpin" on people.

The simple details of the con makes it easier to deduce if they were truly removed or just changed the name on their door and are in "business as usual". Keep in mind 20 lame $30.00 deals a week is still $600.00 a week for some chissler.

Your other direction to look is at who is outbidding whom. If your item is being hammered up over retail by a bidder or pair of bidders that have not "bought" anything, walk away!

To be honest, I have not seen any common items on eBay that could not be had for less from a "legit" retailer (online and bricks and mortar included). In a real auction you have the option of looking across the room at your bidding competition and deciding if it is another person off the street or a "shill" driving up the prices for whatever nefarious reason and evaporating once it has hit retail and the great beyond.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
Re: what is show on your account to others ?
what can other users see of your e bay account as in addresss? e mail ? country from ?

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