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Using the eBay shopping cart

The eBay shopping cart makes it easy for buyers to keep track of items they want to buy. It lets buyers check out and pay for purchases from different sellers at the same time.

Buying with the eBay shopping cart

Adding items to your cart

To add an item to your cart, select the Add to cart button in the listing. You can see the items in your cart at any time by selecting the shopping cart icon at the top of most eBay pages.

You can add items from the same or different sellers to your eBay shopping cart, and check out and pay for all the items in your cart at once. Each item will show up as a separate purchase with its own item number and the seller's username, the same as it does in My eBay. If you add multiple items from the same seller, the seller's items are grouped together in your eBay shopping cart.

You can only add items to your cart that have a Buy It Now option. For auction-style listings with a Buy It Now option, you can add the item to your cart but if someone else places a bid on that item before you purchase it, the Buy It Now option will no longer be available and you'll need to place a bid instead.

Purchasing items

Select Proceed to checkout to pay for your items.

Where a seller has specified a postage discount, it will be applied automatically. If a discount isn’t displayed and you believe it should be, you can select request total from seller.

You can also check out with selected items and save others for later. To remove an item you've placed in your eBay shopping cart, select the Remove link. If you're not ready to pay for an item but don't want to remove it, you can select the Save for later link.

You can also purchase any item in your eBay shopping cart separately. You may wish to do this if your sellers accept differing payment methods or if you would prefer to pay for just one item (and keep the others in the cart for later) or if you would prefer to pay using a payment method other than PayPal. To do this, mouse over the item you want to buy and click on Pay only this seller.

Remember that adding a fixed price item to your eBay shopping cart doesn't remove it from the site. It will remain available for others to purchase until you commit to buying the item. If you see a message that an item is not available, it could be because the listing has ended or the item sold out before you purchased it.

Items that can't be added to your eBay shopping cart

Some listings can't be added to the eBay shopping cart:

  • Auction-style listings (without a Buy It Now option)

  • Motors Vehicle listings

  • Real Estate listings

  • Classified Ad listings

  • International items listed in foreign currencies

Selling with the eBay shopping cart

If you sell on eBay, there's nothing you need to do to make your listings work with the eBay shopping cart. However, here are a few tips to make it easier for buyers to purchase your items using the cart:

  • If you offer PayPal on your listings, the items can be checked out together.

  • Specifying postage for international countries such as the US and UK becomes an even greater advantage with the eBay shopping cart. Buyers who have all the postage information they need can check out faster and easier. As always, offering a range of postage options ensures quicker checkout as well

  • Offer free postage where it makes sense to do so

  • Specify combined postage discounts in My eBay and not just in the item description. This will make checkout more efficient for buyers. Properly specified combined postage discounts will be prominently displayed in the eBay shopping cart

  • If you're selling multiple identical items, you can create a listing with variations such as colour or size. A buyer can place the multi-quantity listing in the eBay shopping cart, browse through the variations, select the one they want, and then quickly move through checkout.

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