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Using the listing page
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The listing page displays when you click a title in search results. From this page, you can read about, watch, bid on, and purchase an item.

When buying an item, read the information in each section of the listing page carefully. It's important to understand the seller's description of the item, shipping terms, refund and return policies, as well as any other terms and conditions before you bid on or buy the item.

The top of the listing page

The first part of the listing page displays general  information about the item:

  • Item condition

  • Time left for auction-style listings

  • Current bid or price

  • Shipping information, including where the item is located and where the seller ships

  • Delivery

  • Payment type accepted

  • Return policy

You can also add the item to your watch list or wish list in this section.

Auction-style listing information

  • In auction-style listings, the current bid and the time left in the auction is displayed.

  • You can also see the bid history by clicking the number in parentheses next to the current bid.

  • If a Reserve not met link appears below the current price, the seller has a minimum price that they will accept for the item. As a buyer, you can't see the minimum price, but you can see if it has been met. Learn more about reserve price listings.

  • During the final 24 hours of an auction-style listing, the time remaining for the listing is updated once every second. (Your experience may vary according to your connection speed, computer capacity, and other factors.)

  • If you see a Buy It Now price on an auction-style listing, you can purchase the item right away without waiting for the listing to end. For items that show both a bid price and a Buy It Now price, the Buy It Now option may disappear if a buyer places a bid.

Fixed-price listings

  • For items that have a Buy It Now price only, there is no bidding and you can purchase the item right away.

Learn more about different buying options.

Seller information

The Seller information section, found in the top section of the listing page, contains information to help you understand the seller and the seller's reputation.

Click the seller's User ID to:

  • See an overview of the seller's Feedback for the last 12 months

  • See other items the seller has for sale

  • Contact the seller

Click the seller's Feedback score (the number in parentheses next to the User ID) to see:

  • Recent Feedback ratings

  • Detailed seller ratings

  • Feedback comments left for the seller

  • Feedback comments the seller left for buyers

  • Quick links to contact the seller, view other items the seller has for sale, and add the seller to your favorite sellers list

Learn more about how Feedback works.

Learn more about how you can get to know your seller.

Detailed information about the item

The second part of the listing page shows a detailed description of the item as well as addition shipping and payment information. Review this information carefully to help make an informed buying choice.


  • The Description section shows any item specifics, such as brand or material, along with a detailed description of the item by the seller. Some sellers also include shipping, payment, return policies, additional pictures, links to their Store, and more in this area.

  • A seller may have revised the listing to make clarifications or enhancements. Click the View all revisions link to see changes. If you are watching the item, you may want to review the listing again before you bid on or buy the item.

  • If you have any questions about the listing, click the Ask a question link at the bottom of the Description section.

Shipping and payments:

  • Read the Shipping and payments section carefully for details on shipping and handling, the seller's return policy, and the type payment methods accepted.

  • The shipping and handling section tells you where the seller will ship to, shipping discounts, choice of shipping methods, and estimated delivery time. If the item is eligible for free in-store pickup or same day delivery, you'll see this information here, too.

  • You can also find details about the seller's return policy, including when the item needs to be returned by, how refunds are given, and how you are protected on eBay.

Viewing the listing after a purchase

If you have already purchased an item from the listing, you can still review the listing information. Click the View purchased item link at the top of the listing, or go to the Order details page and click the View purchased item link.

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