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Problems with completing a purchase

If you have any problems with a purchase, eBay recommends that you contact your seller first.

To contact a seller during a listing, click the Ask a question link in the listing.

To contact a seller after a listing ends:
  1. Go to My eBay.

  2. Click the Purchase History link on the left side of the page.

  3. Locate your item, and select Contact seller from the drop-down menu under the Action column.

  4. Enter your question, and then click the Send button.

However, if you're not able to resolve your issue by contacting your seller the following tips may help you.

Payment methods

Sellers specify in the listing which payment methods they will accept. If you place a bid on an item or use Buy It Now, you are obligated to pay for the item using one of the payment methods specified in the listing. If you're unable to pay by the methods included in the listing, you might want to consider bidding on or purchasing a different item.

If the seller offers more than one payment option, you can select which payment method you want to use when you purchase the item by clicking the Pay Now button. Only the payment methods accepted by the seller will be available.

Some payment options offer more protection than others, so be sure to select a payment method that you're comfortable with. Learn more about the Accepted payments policy and the different types of payment methods.

If you have questions about a payment method, you should contact the seller before you bid on or buy the item.


Shipping costs are part of the total cost of purchasing an item. To avoid possible problems or misunderstandings, you should consider the shipping costs and shipping services before you bid on or buy an item.

Sellers may charge reasonable shipping and handling fees to cover the costs for mailing, packaging, and handling the items that they sell. However, charging excessive fees for shipping violates the selling practices policy.

Review the item description carefully to make sure you understand what the shipping costs are. If you have any questions about shipping, contact the seller before you bid on or buy the item.

If you don't receive the item or if the item is significantly different from how it was described in the listing, you may be eligible for our buyer protection programs.


When you win an auction-style listing or purchase a fixed price item, you agree to purchase the item at the winning bid or Buy It Now price.

If you have questions about the total cost of your item after you've purchased an item, you can request the total from the seller. To do so, click the Request total from seller link on the Review Your Item page when you use the Pay Now button to purchase your item on eBay.

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