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 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?

How can I sell something on eBay without a PayPal account? How can I get the money directly to my credit card??

I want to buy something on eBay and the seller tell me to purchase but to dont pay ...How you can do this

Hello, I bought 2 items on ebay, y 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

At what point prior to closing on "Buy Now" item is shipping & handling charges identified? Who pays, seller or purchaser?

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.

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.

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!

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.

Can you use your debit card via a PayPal account?


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