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Buying -- Getting Started
Welcome to eBay! It's easy to learn what you need to know to make your first purchase.
Step 1: Register
Step 2: Find items
You can find items by browsing or searching.
Step 3: Consider buying formats
There are numerous ways to buy items on eBay. Some buying formats include auction-style listings where sellers put items up for sale to the highest bidder, and Buy It Now, which allows you to buy an item when you want it at a known set price.
Step 4: Consider payment methods
Every seller is unique and may accept different payment methods. Carefully read an item description before you buy to find out what methods the seller accepts. Most sellers accept PayPal because it transfers funds immediately.
Step 5: Use My eBay (optional)
My eBay allows you to track all of your eBay activities – including buying, selling and feedback -- from one page. Once you've registered, you’ll have your own My eBay page. Visit it often to watch what’s happening with items you’re interested in.
Learn more about using and customising My eBay.
Step 6: Connect with eBay members (optional)
Once you’ve registered, you can participate in eBay's community discussion boards and chats. Connect with other members to get tips, ask for help, or just have fun. eBay Customer Support representatives also offer assistance on many boards and chats.
See the full list of boards and chats.
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Get help from other eBay members. Visit the Answer Centre to post a question.