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How do I pay for my item?

How you pay for an item depends on the payment methods accepted by the seller. Carefully read the item description before you bid or buy to find out what methods the seller accepts. Find out more about the advantages of different payment methods.

Most sellers use eBay checkout, so you can pay straight away after the listing ends. If your seller chooses not to use eBay checkout, they'll send you an invoice or other payment instructions to help you complete your purchase.

You can also check out and pay for Buy It Now purchases from your eBay shopping cart.

To pay for an item when the seller uses eBay checkout:
  1. After you buy an item using Buy It Now or win an auction-style listing, you'll see a Pay Now button in the listing.

    • You can also pay for an item from the confirmation email you receive, the Purchase history section of My eBay or the invoice email we send you on behalf of the seller.

    • If you added items to your shopping cart, you'll see a Proceed to checkout button in the cart.

    • If the seller requires immediate payment on a Buy It Now item, you'll be taken straight to checkout.

  2. Select a payment method and make sure that your postage details and order details are correct.

  3. Select Confirm and pay on the right of the page.

Things to know

  • Make sure you pay for your item as soon as possible. If you don't pay within four days, the seller may open an unpaid item case.

  • You are only obliged to pay the seller using one of the payment methods specified in the eBay listing. If you have questions about your payment, contact your seller.

  • A seller can require you to pay immediately for an item. For immediate payment listings, the item remains available for purchase until you complete payment, or until the listing expires.

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