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Requiring immediate payment

As a seller of an Auction Buy It Now listing or a Fixed Price (Buy It Now) listing, you have the option of requiring a buyer to pay immediately with PayPal before that buyer can purchase your item.You might use this feature if you're selling a time-sensitive item or if you want to avoid unpaid items. This feature is only available for PayPal payments.

How it works:

  1. A buyer who clicks Buy It Now in your listing is directed to pay immediately for the item using PayPal.

  2. Until the buyer completes payment, the item remains available to other buyers to purchase for the duration of the listing. The first buyer to complete their PayPal payment officially wins your item.

  3. Once a buyer completes payment, the listing ends and you are directed to post the item.

    • You can use the immediate payment feature with any selling format (Auction, Fixed Price), as long as your item has a Buy It Now price.

    • If you have an Auction listing the Buy It Now button and the immediate payment requirement disappear once a bid is placed (or once a bid meets your reserve price). In that case, the listing becomes a regular auction-style listing, with the item going to the highest bidder.

    • If the listing reaches its ending time before any buyer has completed payment, then no one wins the item and you can relist it.


To require immediate payment for your item, you must:

  • Have a PayPal Premier or PayPal Business account when you list your item

  • Specify a Buy It Now price no more than AU$3500

  • Specify postage costs to all locations you are willing to post to

  • Have an eBay seller account in good standing.

A message from our lawyers

The PayPal service is provided by PayPal Australia Pty Limited (ABN 93 111 195 389) which holds an Australian Financial Services Licence, number 304962. eBay International A.G is an authorised representative number 308318 of PayPal for the purpose of providing information about PayPal. eBay and PayPal are not acting as your agents, are not providing personal financial advice to you and do not take your individual circumstances into account in providing information about PayPal. You should consider PayPal's Combined Financial Services Guide and Product Disclosure Statement before deciding to sign-up for or use the PayPal online payment service. For further information about PayPal services visit the PayPal website at www.paypal.com.au.

PayPal Buyer Protection and PayPal Seller Protection are also subject to the terms and conditions in PayPal's User Agreement, incorporating the Buyer Protection policy and Seller Protection policy which include details on eligibility criteria and the discretionary nature of the policies.

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