How To Buy Something On Ebay

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





Hi, I recently just brought 2 items and the seller send me an invoice with regular air mail shipment. I asked him to change the shipment to EMS because that's more secure and he said just add an additional 10 dollars and he'll ship through EMS. He can not send me an invoice again because he already did send me one.
So how do I add the 10 dollars when I check out the stuff? Is there an opinion during checkout that will allow me to change the total? I'm paying with Paypal.
Thank you

if I recall correctly there is an option to either add a fee or change it on the checkout page, been a awhile since I used it though.



I recently bought something on ebay but it didnt ask for any of my credit card information, how do I know I actually paid for the item I purchased?

Check your PayPal transaction history... If you paid it will be listed there. Did you have a balance in your account? if so, it would deduct from that balance.

Hi....Im looking to purchase a phone on ebay but how do i know who to trust or even if they have what they say they are selling? Someone please help.....

The only way to tell is to look a the ratings/reviews of the seller.. however, if the account has been recently hijacked, even the reviews arent helpful. Also, Ebay/paypal have "seller protection" which will protect you as long as you use Paypal. But still, buyer beware..

hello im new on ebay and want to buy something. i already registered with paypal but seems my credit card has got a prob. I want to pay using my ban account. How do I do that. Please help ! Thanks.

If you go to the Add Funds section and select add funds from bank account, you should be given a link that says 'add bank account' and you can set it up from there... I believe it's a process that takes a few days to verify that it's your account (if I remember correctly they deposit two amounts into your bank account, both less than a dollar, and then you have to find out how much and then answer via the amounts they deposited)

From there you should be able to add funds to your paypal via your bank account (which takes like 3 days)... I can't remember if you can set it up to take from your bank account when your paypal is empty like you can with a credit card... maybe someone else can chime in on that.

Stupid BIDS and stupid PAYPAL and all the other stuff and stupid owner of EBAY who PEOPLE have WATCHING FREAKIN' items and then they get the STUFF THAT I WANT and the TIME EXPIRES TOOOOOOO EARLY LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE. AND I DON'T HAVE ebay account or a freakin' Paypal and STUPID usless CRAP MONEY!!! ALLL EVERYBODY WANTS IS treeBARK MONEY AND PAPER!!!!! STUPID I WANT MY STUFF NOW FOR FREE!!!

hi...i just bought something from an ebay user who only uses paypal. I was wondering how does it work? All I would have to do is just pay my card statement when it comes in the mail, right?


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