Buying basics

You can find great deals on just about anything on eBay. Whether you want to buy something at a fixed price, or take part in an auction-style listing to win that perfect item, it's easy to get started.

Solve a problem

Before you bid, review the item description, seller information, P&P options and return policy. If you have any questions, email the seller.
If a seller (or someone claiming to be a seller) contacts you to complete a sale outside of eBay, don't accept the offer. Sales that take place outside of eBay aren't eligible for eBay services and protection, including dispute resolution, Feedback, requests for contact information, and PayPal buyer protection. Learn more about offers to buy or sell outside of eBay

Help topics

All about buying
Knowing a few key concepts will help you become a successful buyer.

Auction tips
Make a smart, safe purchase by following these tips.

Using eBay mobile apps on your mobile device
Use our mobile apps on your smartphone or tablet to browse, bid on or buy items.

Different buying options
Bid on an item, or buy it at a fixed price.

Buying with the Buy it now option
Find the types of listings that have a Buy it now price. Items in some locations may also be available for free Click & Collect.

Contacting your seller
If you have a question or problem with an item, it's best to contact the seller first.

After you buy your item
You've made a purchase, now what? Find out what to expect.

Buying as a guest
Buying as a guest lets you try shopping on eBay without registering as an eBay member.

Buying an item through the Global Postage Programme
This programme makes it easier for buyers in some countries outside of the US to purchase items from sellers on

Delivery and pickup options

In some locations, you can buy an item on eBay and arrange to pick it up, or have it delivered directly to you.

Creating, sharing and finding wish lists
Add items to your wish list, share it with your friends and family, and find other wish lists.

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