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





if the seller's PayPal will not accept your Credit Card, you should be able to sign up for a PayPal account and use your credit card to pay.
If you cant/dont want to do either of those, I think you will have to cancel your order.

Thanks but, I think and hope the order was canceled by now. but, I dont want to set up a pay pal account just use my credit card but, I think that is the only way you can buy something using your pay pal account not using only credit card. Thanks for you help and now I know for next time but, I think I will stick to amazon from now on which I can use my credit card and dont have to set up account with pay pal its easier to use then e-bay. Thanks again, Kay

There is the old style cash Wire transfer through the Federal reserve available from your banks customer service.

I've payed for something on ebay with paypal but it still says i havent paid for it on ebay. When i was putting in my card info it asked me to confirm my card within 2-3 days because it was my first time using it for ebay but i filled out all the info to purchase it.

I just opened an ebay account about two or three days ago. I purchased a purse today (through Paypal) and have not received the tracking number so I can know when my purse will be on the way. Why don't I have a tracking number on my emailed receipt?

--A tracking number won't exist for your item until they ship it... this can take a few days

You also don't always get a tracking number... sometimes they will email it to you after they ship it... sometimes you can go to your recently won items on ebay and they'll put the tracking number somewhere in there... sometimes you have to contact the seller and request a tracking number (I would suggest this BEFORE they ship it) and sometimes you just don't get one and get to wait and see...

If you don't get one, check the shipping information on the items page (should get an estimate time frame, and keep in mind, they won't ship until you pay so if you wait a week to pay, add at least week to the shipping time) and after that time has gone by, contact the seller and ask what's up... if after a few days you still don't have the item or they haven't responded, I would start going through the process to get a refund.

Also keep in mind that shipping time doesn't usually start until they get the item to the company shipping it... so if it's 3 day shipping, that 3 day count down doesn't start until they package the item and mail it.... some sellers only ship on certain days... so if they only ship on Monday and you buy and pay for an item on Tuesday, it's going to be about a week before they get your item in the mail, and then the shipping timeframe countdown begins.

how do you use moneyorders?

[quote=Anonymous Visitor]how do you use moneyorders?[/quote]
Take cash to the local post office or 7-11 where you see the big "money orders here" sign
Hand them the cash, and say, "i want a money order"
If you want a $50 money order, you will have give them something like $55 because they will charge for the service
They will give you a blank money order and you will need to write in a few things like who the receiver is, what it's for, etc.
Put in envelope, mail away, and wait for your goods to be sent!

Note that a money order is almost the same as cash. Meaning that if you send it to them and they cash it, it's very easy for them to say "i never got it" and rip you off. Since i dont trust anybody on eBay, I would try to use PayPal so you get the protection it offers.

i paied for something with credit card when it asked me for paypal, i paied and put my card details through, but nothing has come back. im scared that i just lost money. helpp??

[quote=Anonymous Visitor] nothing has come back. im scared that i just lost money. [/quote]

Do you mean you have not received the item?


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