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Expected delivery dates for buyers

Expected delivery dates let you know when you can expect an eBay item to arrive.

If you need your item to arrive before a specific date, check the expected delivery dates on the listing before you go to checkout.

Where to find the expected delivery date

You can find an expected delivery date on any eBay listing that offers shipping. This is usually an estimated date range, and it can get more precise after you confirm your delivery method and address during checkout.

After completing your purchase, you'll see an updated date range in your purchase history - opens in new window or tab along with any tracking information uploaded by your seller.

If you bought as a guest, the expected delivery date will be in your order confirmation email.

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How expected delivery dates are calculated

"Estimated between" delivery dates are calculated by eBay, whereas "Get it by" delivery dates are indicated by the seller.

Delivery times can vary based on:

  • Handling time and when you order: Sellers specify how long it takes them to package the item and prepare it for shipping. This can range from the same working day, to up to 30 business days from when you placed the order. If you order late in the day or over the weekend, handling will usually take a little longer
  • Shipping or courier services: Most sellers offer a variety of delivery options, so you can choose the service you prefer when you're checking out – bearing in mind that some services may take longer than others
  • Item location and shipping address: We'll take into account how far the item has to travel overall (including any international shipping), and whether delivery is to a metro or rural area
  • Cleared payment: Once the order is confirmed, the seller can ship the item. However, sometimes the seller may wait until the payment is in their account before they send your item

If you need to get your item urgently, check to see if your seller offers an express delivery option.

Weekend delivery

Whether an item can be delivered during the weekend depends on the shipping options provided by the seller. An item's expected delivery date is based on working days, so weekends and public holidays aren't included in that calculation.

If the seller doesn't offer weekend delivery, you can contact them to ask if it's possible. If the seller agrees to your request, you may have to pay additional shipping fees.

Free shipping

If you see a free shipping message in a listing, you can expect to receive your item within 4 business days and you won't be charged for delivery. You'll see free 1, 2, 3, or 4 day shipping in the listing, as well as the date you can expect to get your order by.

You'll see a more precise expected delivery date after you select your preferred shipping option and confirm your delivery address during checkout.

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