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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 must accept PayPal or credit cards, but they may choose to offer other options as well, such as Apple Pay or Google Pay.

We're aware of reports that some sellers are charging unfair or unreasonable prices for certain items on eBay. We encourage our community to report any listings they suspect of unfair pricing to us. See our page on Reporting price gouging on eBay for more information and details on how to start a report.

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

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Our guides below will show you 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 card, a debit card, Google Pay, or Apple Pay. Learn how to add or update the card saved to your account and how to troubleshoot card payment problems.

Coupons and discounts

Find out how to receive promotions and discounts from eBay and how to use them.

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 genuine 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. Find out when and how to appeal a case opened against you.

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. See our Payment methods policy for more details.

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