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Getting paid with PayPal

PayPal is a safe and efficient way of getting paid on eBay, and is how most eBay users pay for their purchases. In most categories, you're required to accept either PayPal, or credit and debit cards payments.

When you accept PayPal, buyers are able to check out using credit cards, as well as via their PayPal account, and you and the buyer are both covered by the eBay Money Back Guarantee.

How to set up PayPal as a payment method

To use PayPal to receive payment for your eBay sales, you'll need a PayPal account. If you don't have an account, we'll ask you to sign up when you create your first listing.

When you create a listing, just select PayPal as a payment method and enter the email address associated with your PayPal account in the Payment options section of the listing form.

You can also set up PayPal as your preferred payment method for all your listings. Select the button below, and then Tell Buyers that I prefer PayPal payments.

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Remember, if you offer PayPal as a payment option on eBay (either using logos or text in the item description) you must accept all forms of PayPal payment including payments from an existing PayPal account balance, bank account transfers, and credit card payments. You can't tell buyers that you'll only accept specific forms of PayPal payment. See our Accepted payments policy for more information. When a buyer sends you a payment through PayPal, the money is usually available in your PayPal account right away. However, in some cases, the payment might be "pending" for a few days, or it might be held by PayPal for up to 21 days.

For sellers, there's usually a fee for each payment completed through PayPal. Check with PayPal - opens in new window or tab for current terms and conditions.

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You can check the PayPal account information section in My eBay - opens in new window or tab to see what PayPal account you have linked to your eBay account.

Additional information on PayPal

Here are some additional resources if you need help related to PayPal:

To use PayPal as a payment method, you'll need a PayPal account. If you don't have one, we'll ask you to sign up when you create your first listing.

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