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Using the listing page

A listing page displays when you click a title in search results. From this page you can read about, watch, bid on and purchase an item.

When buying an item, make sure you carefully read the information in each section of the listing page. It's important that before you bid on or buy an item, you understand the seller's description of the item, delivery information, refund and returns information and any other terms and conditions.

The item description

The first part of the listing page displays general information about the item, including:

  • The item's condition

  • Time left for auction-style listings

  • Current bid or selling price

  • P&P information, including where the item is located and to which locations the seller will post

  • Delivery information

  • Accepted payment types

  • Returns policy

You can also add the item to your watch list or wish list in this section.

Auction-style listing information:

  • In auction-style listings, the current bid and time remaining for the auction is displayed.

  • You can also see the bid history by clicking the number in parentheses next to the current bid.

  • If a Reserve not met link appears below the current price, the seller has a minimum price that they'll accept for the item. As a buyer, you can't see the minimum price, but you can see if it's been met or not. Learn more about reserve price listings.

  • During the final 24 hours of an auction-style listing, the time remaining for the listing is updated once every second. Your experience may vary according to your connection speed, computer capacity and other factors.

  • If you see a Buy it now price on an auction-style listing, you can purchase the item right away without waiting for the listing to end. For items that show both a bid price and a Buy it now price, the Buy it now option may disappear if a buyer places a bid.

Fixed-price listing information:

Seller information

The Seller information section, found in the top section of the listing page, tells you about the seller's Feedback, experience and contact methods. You can get a good idea of your seller's reputation by looking at it.

Click the seller's User ID to:

  • See an overview of the seller's Feedback for the last 12 months.

  • See other items the seller has for sale.

  • Contact the seller.

Click the seller's Feedback score (the number beside the User ID) to see:

  • Recent feedback ratings

  • Detailed seller ratings

  • Feedback comments left for the seller

  • Feedback comments the seller left for buyers

  • Quick links to contact the seller, view other items the seller has for sale and add teh seller to your favourite sellers list.

Learn more about how Feedback works.

Learn more about how you can get to know your seller.

Detailed information about the item

In the second part of the listing, you'll find a detailed description of the item as well as additional payment and delivery options. Make sure you have a good look at this information so you can make an informed buying choice.


  • TheDescription section shows item specifics, such as brand or material, along with a detailed description of hte item by the seller. Some sellers also include payment, postage and returns policies, as well as additional pictures and links to their Shop.

  • A seller may have revised their listing to fix or improve something. Click the View all revisions link to see changes. If you're watching the item, you may want to review the listing again before bidding or buying an item.

  • If you have any questions about the listing, click Ask a question at the bottom of the Description section.

Postage and payments:

  • Make sure you read the Postage and payments section carefully to find out about the seller's payment, delivery and refunds and returns policy information, as well as accepted payment methods.

  • This section tells you details about where the seller will post to, postage discounts, a choice of delivery methods and estimated delivery time.

  • You can also find details about the seller's returns policy, including when the item needs to be returned by, how refunds are given and how you're protected when you shop on eBay.

Viewing the listing after a purchase

If you've already purcahsed an item, you can still review the listing information. Just click on the 'View purchased item' link at the top of the listing, or go to the Order details page and click the 'View purchased item' link.

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