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





im new to ebay and am interested in buying stuff. im 18 years old so i dont have a credit card. can i still buy stuff with cash and like mail it in or what? thanks!

Depends on the seller. Some sellers will accept money orders.

what can other users see of your e bay account as in addresss? e mail ? country from ?


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.

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!

is there a cart option in ebay? i wanted to buy 5 items from a seller, and i only want to pay 1 shipment.

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)

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 ?

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

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...


Add new comment