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





hey, i'm really new to ebay and was wondering if i could buy items with a debit card (redicard)?? thankyou.

i put my card info in ebay and clicked ok then it said undefined

Okay Well I Am Compleetly New To ebay, And Also Compleetly Clueless, Can anyone Help Me? Possibly ASAP? Well Im Just Looking Around and I Found a New Ipod Touch, Mine has Currently Broke And It Saves Getting it fixed, Any way i Realy like this one But it currently has (9 bids) Does This Mean That I can Not Buy this Item? or Do I Have To Bid Aswel, Im Lost, Can Any one Help Me By Any Chance??

If you do not see a Buy It Now button, it means that it's only an auction, and you have to place bids...

You can however search for an item, and using the left side-bar, narrow your search, and there should be an option to select only listings that have a Buy It Now feature.

If you are new, I would make sure you have an account set up to pay quickly before you try to buy something (like PayPal), because a lot of times a buyer expects payment within a few days, and depending on the route you go, you may not be able to set up a payment within that time-frame depending on the method you use.

i had bought 4 or 5 items on ebay. im a lil bit iffy about ebay just because of some horror stories ive recently heard. i have no idea how it works .lol its been 4 or 5 days and im strtin to get a little bit worried. (I do not know y) but can any one make me feel a little bit better abut the whole ebay thing? i used a debit card not paypal, I do not know anything about paypal either. lol. but anything ya'll can say to get me caught up with the whole ebay thing and/or paypal will be greatly appriciated.. sorry bout the bad spelling

ok, so i just got a visa debit card and put the card information on my paypal account, then i connected my paypal account to my ebay account. Now i want to buy something but the person says on his profile, "PayPal Prefered." can i still pay by using my Visa debit card information??? plese help! D:

I think that as long as you pay with your PayPal account, you should be good.

I dont use paypal, I hardly even know what it is. How do you know if credit card payments are unacceptable for certain items? this is the item I am looking at I dont want to click "commit to buy" only to find out I cant use credit card payments.

You can use your credit card but you will have to do it via a PayPal account.

This may sound very silly but, how do you do it via paypal account..?


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