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About Your eBay Member Account

Your account is your identity and your reputation on eBay. Having a member account lets you conduct transactions, communicate with other eBay members, and leave Feedback for your trading partners. If you are a seller, managing your account involves paying eBay selling fees.

Understanding the benefits and responsibilities of having an eBay member account is an important part of having a safe and successful eBay experience.

Your account as a new user

When you register on eBay, eBay creates a member account with the username you selected. You use this username and password to sign in to eBay and use the eBay site and services. As an eBay member:

  • You have a Feedback Profile as part of your account. Your Feedback Profile includes information such as when you registered and your Feedback Score. When you receive Feedback from your trading partners, you will have a Feedback Score displayed next to your username. Your account is your identity and reputation.

  • You are identified with a “New User” icon for 30 days from the time you register. This icon is displayed next to your username in your member profile.

  • You can change your username. The “Changed ID” icon will appear next to your username for 30 days.

Your member account as a buyer

Benefits
As a registered eBay member, you'll be able to shop on eBay. There are other benefits as well.

With a member account you can:

Responsibilities
To keep your eBay experience fun and safe, you should make sure to protect your eBay account. If you suspect that your account may have already been tampered with, please refer to the Securing Your Account page and follow the instructions immediately.

Your member account as a seller

When you start selling on eBay, you are charged selling fees. Your member account now becomes a seller account and you receive invoices from eBay.

Benefits
In addition to the benefits of your member account as a buyer, when you start selling on eBay you can:

  • Use My eBay’s Seller Account view to review your account status and invoices, make a one-time payment, or update your automatic payment methods for paying your selling fees. Tip: Having an automatic payment method will save time and reduce the possibility of missing an invoice payment.

  • Use My eBay to manage your selling activities and change selling preferences including the checkout preferences you want your buyers to use.

  • Contact eBay for help with your account (for example if you have problems with your credit card or need to request a refund.)

Responsibilities
As a seller, you need to pay your invoice balance in full each month to keep your account current. Your payment due date is determined by when eBay generates your invoice (either the 15th of the month or the last day of the month). For more information on your account, see Viewing Your Account Activity.

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