All about buying
Welcome to eBay! Buying here is safe and easy. We'll take you through it step-by-step.
It all starts with registration. Just provide your name and email address and create a user ID and password.
||Find something to buy|
You can find almost everything on eBay, whether you have something specific in mind or you're just looking around. Still can't find what you're looking for? Tens of thousands of new items are added every day.
Browse when you’re not exactly sure what you’re looking for, or when you just want to poke around in a particular category, like Clothing or Home & Garden. To browse, click on a category on the left side of the eBay home page.
Search when you’re looking for something in particular. Just enter a few words to describe the item in the Search box, which is at the top right corner of most eBay pages.
||Understand the buying format|
There are lots of ways to buy on eBay. You'll find auction-style listings where you bid against other members, Buy It Now listings for buying something right away at a set price, and more.
||Choose a payment method|
Once you've found something you're interested in, read the description carefully to find out which payment methods the seller accepts. Most accept PayPal because it's fast and convenient. And it's especially good for you, because PayPal protects your eBay purchases against fraud and other problems.
||Track your purchases|
You can keep track of your purchases on My eBay
. After you register, you'll get your own My eBay page where you can see what's happening with items you've bought (and sold). You'll be able to keep track of your feedback from other members, and you'll even be able to keep an eye on other items you're interested in buying.
Note: Some items you find are part of the Global Shipping Program which means you can see the shipping and import charges (taxes and duties) before purchasing, and can also track your item globally. This means you will pay the import charges when you purchase the item. If you don’t want to pay these fees upfront then continue searching for other similar products not shipped through the Global Shipping Program or that are shipped from within Canada. Depending on the price of the item, you still may have to pay import charges on international purchases when your item is delivered.
Visit our Buyer Getting Started Guide for more information.