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Paying for items

How you pay for an item on eBay will depend on the payment methods that your seller accepts. In most categories, sellers have to accept PayPal or credit cards, but they may choose to offer other options as well, such as Apple Pay or Google Pay.

When you buy an item on eBay, whether you won an auction or used Buy It Now, you'll need to pay the seller. You need to pay for purchases within 2 days, but the sooner the seller receives your payment, the sooner they'll ship your item.

You'll find everything you've bought recently - and whether you've paid - in your Purchase History - opens in new window or tab.

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Our guides below will help answer any questions you might have about how to pay for items on eBay.


Ways to pay

Paying with PayPal

Learn how to link your eBay and PayPal accounts together, and what to do if you need help with a PayPal payment.

Paying with a credit or debit card

Discover how to pay for items with a credit or debit card, Google Pay or Apple Pay, how to add or update the card saved to your account, and troubleshooting card payment problems.

Coupons and discounts

Find out how to receive promotions and discounts from eBay, and how to use them to grab a bargain.

Using an eBay gift card

Learn how to buy and use eBay gift cards and how to check your balance.

eBay Bucks

Everything you need to know about the eBay Bucks rewards program, from how to sign up and start earning points, to how to use your Bucks to shop on eBay.

Help if you've made a mistake

Cancel an order

Learn how and when you can cancel an order.

Retract a bid

Find out how to retract a bid if you’ve made a mistake.

Contact the seller

If there's an issue with a bid you made or an item you bought, your seller may be able to help.

Appealing an unpaid item

When you buy an item, it's important to pay as quickly as possible. If you haven't paid in 2 days, a seller may open an unpaid item case against you. If a case is opened against you, find out when and how you can appeal it.

Other terms

Checks, money orders, and bank wire transfers aren't allowed for most eBay purchases. However, you can use these payment methods to buy vehicles, capital and business equipment, real estate, and items you pick up in person. For more details, see our Payment methods policy.

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