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Buying on eBay couldn't be easier. Just follow these 4 steps - Register, Browse or Search, Bid or Buy, and Pay - then you're ready to go.
 
It's easy and free!

Registration is required to buy or sell on eBay. Register by clicking on the Register link at the top of any eBay page.
 
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New, Brand Names or Collectibles
Browse through categories to see the variety of items for sale
OR
Search
for items by typing a few key words into the search box.
 


Narrow search results by clicking on a matching category

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Want to try for a lower price? Place a bid! Want it fast? Use Buy It Now!

When you find an item you like, simply place a Bid or choose Buy it Now:
 
When you place a Bid, enter the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the item. eBay will bid on your behalf only if there is a competing bidder and only up to your maximum amount.
 
When you click Buy it Now, you agree to pay the stated Buy it Now price and avoid competing for the item.
 
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If online payments by PayPal is an option on the listing, eBay buyers can pay with a credit card or checking account simply by clicking the "Pay Now" button on the item listing page or My eBay when the listing ends. Clicking on Pay Now will also give you a seller's payment address should you chose to mail the payment.
 
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Buying Resources

Visit our new Learning Center!
 
About eBay
Get the book!
How does eBay Work?
About Feedback
Buy with Confidence
 

Take a Guided Audio Tour
Registration
Buying on eBay
Successful Searching
 

Getting Started
Getting Started Tutorial
Place a practice bid
Attend eBay University

 

More About Buying
eBay Toolbar
Open a PayPal Account
Track Purchases with My eBay
 

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