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When should I pay?

In general, you're expected to pay as soon as possible and no later than 2 days after you win or commit to buy an item. You can pay by clicking the Pay Now button in the email notification or in the listing. The seller will be paid and will know to ship your item immediately. Contact your seller right away with any questions about payment.

How do I pay for an item?

No matter which payment method you use, clicking the Pay Now button is the fastest way to pay on eBay. For more information on how to find this button and make a payment, see How do I pay for my item?

What payment method should I use?

How you pay for items you buy on eBay depends on the payment options offered by the seller. Before you bid, read the item description carefully to learn what kinds of payment methods the seller accepts.  

Cash, checks, and other non-secure methods aren't allowed for most eBay purchases, with a few exceptions.

All sellers offer at least one of the approved electronic payment methods—PayPal, ProPay, or Skrill—or accept credit card payments through their merchant credit card account. (When you pay with a credit card using the Pay Now button, your seller never sees your credit card number.)

In some circumstances, you may be able to pay upon pickup, where you can use whatever payment method the seller specifies, including cash.

To compare payment methods, see choosing a payment method (for buyers).

If you have questions about your payment, contact your seller.

How do I make an online payment?

After you've won an auction-style listing or clicked Buy It Now, you see the Pay Now button in the listing. You can also pay for the item:

  • From the confirmation email you receive from eBay

  • From the invoice email we send you on behalf of the seller

  • From the Won section of My eBay

To pay for an item:
  1. Click Pay Now.

  2. Check your shipping information. If you need to correct or update anything, click the Change shipping address link.

  3. Review your purchase, including shipping, and taxes. Select the check box next to the items you want to pay for. If the seller offers more than one shipping option, select the one you want. If you're paying with an e-gift certificate, coupon, or gift card, enter the redemption code (you need to pay with PayPal to redeem any eBay coupons or gift cards). If you have questions about the total amount you owe, click Request total from seller.

  4. Click Continue.

  5. Select a payment method.

  6. Confirm your payment. Make sure your shipping details, payment method, and order details are correct. If you're paying with PayPal, you can also give a donation to a nonprofit using Give at Checkout.

  7. Click Confirm Your Payment. You receive an email confirming receipt of your payment and letting you know when your item will ship.

What if a seller wants to change payment methods?

Sellers can't require you to use payment methods that aren't allowed on eBay or weren't described in the listing. If a seller wants to change payment methods after a listing ends, you can still pay using one of the methods mentioned in the original listing. For details, see the accepted payments policy.

Other terms

  • If your seller doesn't use eBay checkout, you receive an invoice or other payment instructions from the seller to help you complete your purchase.

  • PayPal, Skrill, and ProPay are available for US purchases only and aren't available for eBay Motors, Real Estate, Business & Industrial, or capital equipment purchases.

  • Checks, money orders, and bank wire transfers aren't allowed for most eBay purchases. But you can use these payment methods to buy vehicles, capital and business equipment, real estate, and items you pick up in person. For details, see the accepted payments policy.

  • Contact your seller right away with any questions about payment. Once you've won or bought an item, you're expected to pay as soon as possible and no later than 2 days after you win or buy an item. If you don't pay for your item, the seller may open an unpaid item case against you in our Resolution Center.

  • If you don't receive your item or it's not as described, you can request a return or refund, or report that you didn't receive the item, from My eBay > Purchase history.

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