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Buying globally


eBay is a worldwide marketplace that connects you with sellers around the globe. Follow these tips to help your international transactions go smoothly.

Communicating with sellers

When communicating with a seller in another country, remember that some phrases and terms may have different meanings in another language. If you don't speak the same language as the seller, consider using a free translation service, such as Google Translate. Use simple, grammatically correct phrases to increase the chances of getting a correct translation. These free translation tools may not always give you a correct translation, and we can't guarantee their accuracy.

Currency

When shopping on one of our international sites, prices for items are shown in the country's local currency. To find exchange rates, you can use a currency converter.

Using PayPal

PayPal is one way for eBay buyers to pay sellers in other countries. PayPal lets you send payments online using a credit card or bank account, without the recipient seeing your credit card or bank account information. Learn more about using PayPal internationally.

Postage and customs information

The cost of sending the item to your location is usually listed in the item description. If the postage cost isn't shown, contact the seller. Buyers and sellers are responsible for meeting any customs and documentation requirements for posting to another country.

Managing risk

You can minimise potential risks when buying internationally by following these suggestions:

  • Carefully review the seller's Feedback rating and comments.

  • Consider using PayPal as a payment method to minimise the risk of unauthorised use of your credit card or bank account.

  • Insure your items in case they're damaged in transit.

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