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How do I buy an item?

You can shop for almost anything on eBay. Here's how to get started: 

1. Find an item.
Enter keywords into the search box at the top of any page, or browse through our list of categories on the homepage.
2.
Learn about the item you found.
Read the item description carefully. If you have any questions about the item, you can find answers by clicking the Ask a question link in the listing.
3. Review the seller's Feedback.
View the seller's business reputation by looking at his or her Feedback score, and read the comments left by previous buyers to be sure that this is a seller you feel you can trust.
4.
Bid or Buy It Now.
Check the listing page to see what purchase options are available. You can either place a bid on an item or purchase it instantly using Buy it now. Remember, all bids are active until the listing ends. If you win or click Buy it now, you're obliged to complete the transaction.
5. Pay for the item.
After you've won or bought the item, send your payment to the seller within 3 days. To pay with one of the electronic payment methods offered by the seller, click the Pay Now button in the listing or email notification. If you're picking up the item, you can pay by any method the seller accepts (including cash).

Important:

  • Be sure to pay using one of the methods specified by the seller.

  • Some payment methods - such as instant cash transfer services - aren't allowed on eBay. For more information about payment methods, see our accepted payments policy.

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