Problems with Your Account

If you have a question about your eBay account or the billing process, please review the information below. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact us.

Problem Solution

I forgot my password.

Go to the Forgot Your Password page to verify your identity. Follow the instructions to complete the process.

I forgot my User ID.

Go to the Forgot User ID page and complete the information. Follow the instructions to complete the process. eBay will send you the User ID.

I need to update my contact information.

Go to the Registration Information page and complete the information. For more information, see Updating Contact Information.

I want to create an eBay seller’s account.

To start the process, click Sell at the top of any eBay page. You will be asked to:

  1. Submit a credit card for verification

  2. Submit your bank account information

  3. Choose how to pay seller fees

My bank account information is not accepted.

  • Confirm with your bank that the account number you are providing is correct and current.

  • Ensure you are using a bank account that is available for electronic payments

For more information, see Putting Your Bank Account on File .

My credit card is not accepted.

Many pre-paid cards are not acceptable for seller verification. Please verify with the card issuer that:

  • The card does not have an Internet/phone order block.

  • The billing address your bank has for you is identical to the one you are entering.

For additional information, see Solving Credit and Debit Card Problems.

I received an email about updating my credit card.

To confirm the email you received was from eBay, sign in to eBay and check My Messages. For more information, see Recognising Spoof Emails .

eBay sends email to update your card before it expires, to prevent interruption of your account at the end of the expiration period.

My account is on hold or suspended due to non-payment.

To remove the hold on your account you should pay the full account balance, so there is nothing owing. For more information, see Reinstating Your Account.

I don’t understand an account charge.

Review your account status page to see a running list of fees.Next to each fee for an item you will find an item number. The items listed within the last 90 days can be located using their item number, paste the item number into any eBay search box. For more information, see Your Account Status.

If you still need assistance with a specific fee on your account, contact us.

I need to provide a credit card before listing an item to sell.

To continue listing items for sale, a valid credit card must be on file for your account, even if you are using another payment method for fees.

I requested a refund for a Final Value Fee Credit and didn’t receive it.

Credits are issued for Final Value Fees only through the Unpaid Item Process. To confirm that you have not received your credit, first check your account status page.

If you have not received credit, please check that you closed your Unpaid Item Dispute with a reason that issues credit (see Final Value Fee Credits).

Listing fees are not refundable as they are the cost of listing your item for sale, similar to a newspaper.

I requested a refund for a credit balance.

Before requesting a refund, please ensure that the account you have on file for automatic payments is the same account that you last used to submit payment toward the account (for credit card and bank account payments).

If you most recently paid with PayPal, the PayPal account does not need to be on file, but the payment must have been made within the last 60 days.

When you have updated your Registration Information on file, please request a refund.

I don’t want to bill an amount to my card/account on file.

Once you have been invoiced, your account is scheduled for an automatic payment to the card/account on file at the time of invoicing. If you have at least five days before your automatic payment, you can submit an immediate one-time payment for the full invoice amount; this will stop the automatic payment.

If you do not have at least five days between the posting of your one time payment and the invoice payment, there is not sufficient time to stop the automatic process.

I don’t know what the Direct Debit returned item fee is (UK only).

This fee is charged for each Direct Debit payment that is returned unsuccessful (either one-time payments or automatic payments).

This fee is described in the Direct Debit Mandate when you add your bank account information to file, or submit a one-time payment. The fee is non-refundable.

I have a duplicate payment on my invoice.

If your eBay account has a credit balance that you will not use, you can request a refund.

This occurs most often because a one-off payment has been made after the account has already been invoiced.

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