eBay Money Back Guarantee
Most eBay sales go smoothly, but if there's a problem with a purchase, the eBay Money Back Guarantee ensures that buyers receive the item they ordered or get their money back.
Buyers can use the eBay Money Back Guarantee when:
They don't receive an item
They receive an item that doesn't match the listing description
Most sellers work with buyers to quickly resolve issues, but if a solution isn't reached, we can help.
Most transactions on eBay.com are covered by the eBay Money Back Guarantee.
Purchases are covered by the eBay Money Back Guarantee when all of the following are true:
An item isn't received or it isn't as described in the listing.
The buyer made the purchase on eBay.com via checkout or an eBay invoice with one of the following payment methods:
Credit card or debit card
The item was paid for in a single payment (including payments with PayPal Credit).
If the listing was a live auction by an auction house seller, the buyer made the purchase on eBay.com and paid by any payment method, the purchase is covered as long as the buyer provides a copy of the seller invoice and proof of payment. Items sold through Sotheby's are excluded.
Buyer's remorse or any reason other than not receiving an item or receiving an item that isn't as described in the listing (see the seller's return policy for return options).
Items damaged during pick-up or shipping or not delivered when the buyer arranges pick-up or shipping of the item (for instance, the buyer arranges freight).
Items shipped to another address after original delivery.
Items sold through Sotheby's.
When a buyer doesn't receive an item
If a buyer doesn't receive an item, the buyer needs to report that they didn't receive the item by contacting the seller from My eBay. The seller should address the buyer's concern and provide updates on the delivery of the item, tracking information, or a refund.
If the buyer isn't happy with the seller's response or doesn't receive a response, the buyer can ask us to step in and help.
If asked to step in and help, we review the information provided by the buyer and seller for evidence of successful on-time delivery to the buyer's address. We require proof of signature to confirm delivery for items with a total cost of $750 or more.
If we determine that the item wasn't successfully delivered, we refund the full cost of the item and original shipping via PayPal. The seller is required to reimburse us for the amount. Learn more about reimbursement.
Generally, the buyer is responsible for accepting the item when it arrives. If the buyer refuses delivery, their claim is not eligible for the eBay Money Back Guarantee.
The buyer can provide, via written proof from the carrier, that they refused the package because it arrived empty or was damaged in shipping
The buyer accepted and opened the package only to determine that it was an empty box
The item arrived COD because it didn't have enough postage on it
The buyer is responsible for paying any customs and duty fees for international shipping.
The seller overstated the value of the item, which caused customs fees to be higher
When an item doesn't match the listing description
If a buyer receives an item that doesn't match the listing description, the buyer needs to request a return from My eBay. The seller should address the buyer's concern and offer a solution, such as accepting a return, offering a replacement or refund.
If the buyer doesn't receive a response or solution, or returns the item but doesn't receive a refund or replacement from the seller, the buyer can ask us to step in and help.
If asked to step in and help, we review the item description, photos of the item, if provided by the buyer or seller, and any other information about the item that the buyer and seller provide. If we can't determine that the item matches the listing description, if the seller has already offered a return, or the seller's stated return window and policy applies, we may ask the buyer to return the item to the seller.
When an item is returned to the seller
The buyer must return the item in the same condition in which it was received.
The seller is required to accept the return at the same location specified in the listing.
The cost of return shipping is the seller's responsibility. For return of items with a total cost of $750 or more, we require signature confirmation.
The seller pays for any customs charges on the returned item.
Either we generate a return shipping label or the seller can provide a label. We add the cost of an eBay-generated label to the seller's monthly eBay invoice.
When a return shipping label is made available to the buyer and/or the buyer chooses to purchase a separate label, the buyer won't be refunded by eBay for the cost of the label.
After confirming that the item was returned to the seller, we refund the full cost of the item and original shipping via PayPal. We require the seller to reimburse us for the amount. When the buyer arranges shipping or picks up the item, we may not refund the cost of original shipping or pickup.
Find out more about reimbursement.
When an item isn't returned to the seller
In some instances, we may not require that an item be returned to the seller. In these situations, we refund the buyer and may seek reimbursement from the seller, for example if:
The seller chooses not to accept a return request or provide a return shipping label.
The item location was misrepresented.
It's hazardous to ship back the item.
The item no longer has a value (for instance, a ticket for a cancelled event).
Alternatively, with the buyer's consent, we may give a partial refund to cover differences between how the item was described in the listing and the actual item the buyer received. When given a partial refund, the buyer isn't asked to return the item to the seller. We may require the seller to reimburse us for the partial refund.
If a buyer suspects that an item is counterfeit, and there are strong indicators that the item is counterfeit, we don't require the buyer to return the item to the seller. The buyer agrees to cooperate with us to ensure the proper disposal of the item. In such instances, we refund the buyer for the full cost of the item and original shipping, and the seller reimburses us for the refund. The buyer may not sell the item on eBay or elsewhere.
eBay Money Back Guarantee timelines
Item not received
A buyer can report in My eBay that they didn't receive an item once the item's latest estimated delivery date has passed, and for 30 days after the latest estimated delivery date.
For event tickets, a buyer must report that they didn't receive the tickets no later than 7 days after the event date or 30 days from the latest estimated delivery date, whichever is later.
The seller has 3 business days from the report to respond to the buyer or offer a solution. If the seller does not respond or offer a solution, the buyer can ask us to step in and help.
If the buyer doesn't ask us to step in and help within 30 days of reporting that they didn't receive an item, the request closes automatically.
Item not as described
A buyer must request a return no later than 30 days after the actual (or latest estimated) delivery date, or, if the seller's return window is longer, within the return window.
For event tickets, a buyer must request a return no later than 7 days after the event date or 30 days from the actual (or latest estimated) delivery date, whichever is later.
The seller has 3 business days from the request to respond to the buyer or offer a solution. If the seller does not respond or offer a solution, the buyer can ask us to step in and help.
The buyer must ship the item back to the seller within 5 business days from when the buyer starts the return. If a seller offered a replacement and the buyer has not shipped the original item back within 30 days of the buyer starting the return, we charge the buyer for the replacement.
If the seller offers a refund and doesn't issue it within 6 business days of the item's delivery to the seller, the buyer can ask us to step in and help for a period of 10 business days after the refund deadline has passed. For items that offer hassle-free returns, eBay automatically issues a refund after the refund deadline has passed.
If the seller offers a replacement and doesn't ship the replacement within 5 business days of buyer starting the return, the buyer can ask us to step in and help for a period of 14 business days after the replacement deadline has passed or the day the original item was returned to the seller, whichever is later.
If the buyer doesn't ask us to step in and help within 30 days of starting a request for a return (or the timelines described if a refund or replacement isn't received), the request closes automatically.
Latest estimated delivery date
When we have no information about the actual delivery date, we use the latest estimated delivery date. When we have no estimated delivery information, we consider the latest estimated delivery date to be 7 days from payment date for transactions between a buyer and seller in the same country, and 30 days from the payment date for buyers and sellers in different countries.
Extended timelines for eBay Money Back Guarantee coverage
In some limited situations, we may extend the period of time in which a buyer is eligible for the eBay Money Back Guarantee. This extra time allows us to take into consideration the buyer's location, the shipping service used, a seller's extended return window, national holidays, or delays due to circumstances such as natural disaster, national emergency, labor strike, or governmental act, or other circumstances such as fraud. In most instances, when we extend timelines for eBay Money Back Guarantee coverage, in cases where the seller is responsible for requests opened during such an extended timeline, we notify sellers with an announcement on eBay.com.
Buyers and sellers have an opportunity within 30 days from when we make a decision about a transaction issue to appeal our decision by providing appropriate documentation. We have the right to seek reimbursement from the seller if a buyer successfully appeals.
Refunds to buyers
We refund buyers via PayPal. If a buyer doesn't have a PayPal account, we ask the buyer to create one with their eBay registered email address to claim their refund. In the unlikely event we're unable to send refunds to a PayPal account, we may provide refunds by coupon redeemable for purchases on eBay.
Seller funds, reimbursements, and fees
After a buyer reports that they didn't receive an item or requests a return, or when a buyer asks us to step in and help, a seller's funds may be set aside by PayPal, as outlined in the PayPal User Agreement.
If a seller is required to reimburse the buyer or eBay, the reimbursement amount is removed from the seller's PayPal account, placed on the seller's invoice and/or charged to the seller's payment method on file. The seller is required to have a valid payment method on file. The cost of return shipping for an item that is not as described is the seller's responsibility and if an eBay-generated return shipping label is used for the return, the return shipping label cost is placed on the seller's invoice. You can find further details about reimbursements in our User Agreement.
If a seller issues a buyer a full refund before we're asked to step in and help, we credit the seller's final value fee. Insertion fees and other eBay fees aren't refunded.
Using other programs to address a concern
Buyers can't use more than one resolution method to get a refund. After selecting a resolution process (eBay Money Back Guarantee, PayPal Purchase Protection, or requesting a chargeback from their payment provider) a buyer is required to use only that process to resolve the transaction issue.
If a buyer files a chargeback, any requests opened through the eBay Money Back Guarantee for the same transaction are immediately closed.
If a buyer files a PayPal Purchase Protection dispute, the buyer can't open an eBay Money Back Guarantee request for the same transaction.
If a seller loses a chargeback after they reimburse eBay or the buyer, they may appeal the eBay decision by providing evidence of the lost chargeback.
Fraudulent claims may include:
A buyer opening excessive requests
A buyer colluding with a seller to misdeclare an item's value for customs
A buyer filing a chargeback after knowingly receiving a refund
Buyers who file fraudulent claims are subject to consequences outlined in the Abusing eBay section of the User Agreement. In addition, we reserve the right to indefinitely suspend the buyer's coverage under the eBay Money Back Guarantee.
Buyers and sellers permit us to make final decisions about all cases, including appeals.
We may provide buyers and sellers with access to each other's names, user IDs, contact information, and other information relating to a request.
When a buyer and seller don't speak the same language, we may assist with communication until the issue is resolved.
The eBay Money Back Guarantee is not a product warranty.
In some situations, we may open and decide on a request on behalf of the buyer. This includes situations in which a seller is suspended for fraudulent activity.
For items shipped through the Global Shipping Program, the program's terms and conditions for buyers describe how members are protected by the eBay Money Back Guarantee.
We reserve the right to fix any processing errors we discover by debiting or crediting the payment method used for the incorrect refund or reimbursement.