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Signing up for an eBay account

Opening an account allows you to buy and sell on eBay. It also gives you access to My eBay, which keeps track of all your buying and selling activities, items you've saved to your watch list, and your favorite sellers and searches.

You can set up your account in just a few minutes by registering.

Here's how to open an account:

  1. Go to the registration page - opens in new window or tab.
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Choose a password.
  4. Select Register. (By selecting Register, you're agreeing to accept the terms of our User Agreement and User Privacy Notice.)

We'll send you a welcome email, with tips on how to get started.

If you want to register as a business, select Business account on the registration page. We'll ask for some additional details, like your business name, type, and address.

If you are a US based seller with inventory outside the US, you may have additional tax obligations. You can find more information about these possible obligations, in the Seller Center - opens in new window or tab.

Tip
Before you register your account, make sure to read our User Agreement and Privacy Notice.

Creating an account using Facebook

If you have a Facebook account, you can use it to create an eBay account. Here's how:

  1. On the Registration page - opens in new window or tab, select Continue with Facebook.
  2. Sign into your Facebook account.
  3. Allow eBay to access your public profile and email address.
  4. Confirm the email address you want to use for your eBay account.
  5. Select Create account.

We'll use this information to create an account for you, and send you an email confirming your account details.

Linking an existing eBay account to a Facebook account

When you allow us to access your Facebook details, we'll check the email address for any existing eBay accounts. If the email address you provide already has an existing eBay account, you can link it to your Facebook account. Simply enter your eBay password, then select Link your accounts.

If your eBay account has a different email address to your Facebook account, you can still link them. Here's how:

  1. On the Sign in page - opens in new window or tab, select Sign in with Facebook.
  2. Sign into your Facebook account.
  3. Allow eBay to access your public profile and email address.
  4. Confirm the email address you want to use for your eBay account.
  5. Select Link to an existing account.
  6. Enter the email address linked to your eBay account and your password.
  7. Select Link your accounts.

You may need to clear your browser's cache and cookies in order to use Facebook to create or sign into your eBay account.

How to verify your eBay account

Before you can start buying, we'll ask you to verify your email address. We'll send you an email to the address you entered when registering with further instructions.

Opening an additional eBay account

Some members find that having more than one account is a convenient way to organize a large number of items, or to sell different kinds of items.

If you do open additional accounts, you'll need to use different usernames and email addresses. Please be aware that you can't use more than one account for activity related to the same listing (for example, you can't bid on the same item from multiple accounts, or bid on an item you're selling from another account). Also note that if one of your accounts becomes suspended, all of your accounts may be affected.

If you want to move an email address from one eBay account to another, you'll need to remove it from the first account and wait 60 days. Then you'll be able to add that email address to another eBay account. Learn how to change your email address.

To open an eBay account, you’ll need just your email address. To open a business account, you need a bit more information, including your business name, type of business, and address.

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