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How do I buy an item?

eBay- How do I buy an item?

You can shop for almost anything on eBay. Get started using these steps: 

1. Find an item.
Enter keywords into the search box located at the top of any page, or browse through our list of categories on the home page.
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.
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.
Bid or Buy It Now.
Check the item 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 the Buy It Now button, you're obligated 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).


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

  • Checks, money orders, and bank wire transfers aren't allowed for most purchases. Exceptions include vehicles, capital and business equipment, real estate, items in the Adult Only category, and local pickup. For specifics about payment methods, see our accepted payments policy.

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