Requiring immediate payment
How immediate payment works
For items priced below $1000 with a specified shipping cost and where PayPal is the only payment method offered, buyers who click Buy It Now are asked to pay immediately.
For all other items, if you list with a fixed price, you can require a buyer who clicks the Buy It Now button to pay you immediately using PayPal. If you require immediate payment, the item remains available for purchase until a buyer has completed a PayPal payment, or until the listing expires. The first buyer who clicks Buy It Now and completes their PayPal payment officially wins your item. Once a buyer completes the payment, the listing ends and we let you know where you send the item.
Immediate payment is useful if you're selling a time-sensitive item (for example, concert tickets), and you want to make sure the listing remains available until the transaction is successfully completed. To require immediate payment, you must meet certain requirements and the listing must include any related costs, so your buyer knows exactly how much to pay.
Note: If you have an auction-style listing, both the Buy It Now
button and the immediate payment requirement disappear once a bid is placed (or, if you list with a reserve price, once a bid meets your reserve price). In that case, the listing becomes a regular auction-style listing, with the item going to the highest bidder.
Here are some things to remember about requiring immediate payment:
You can use the immediate payment feature with fixed price or auction-style listings as long as you include a Buy It Now price.
Listings with the immediate payment feature must offer PayPal as the only payment method. This includes auction-style listings that end with a high bidder.
If the listing reaches its ending time before any buyer has completed payment, then no one wins the item and you can relist it.
How to require immediate payment in your listing
To add an immediate payment requirement to your listing:
In the Decide how you'd like to be paid section of the listing form, select the option to Require immediate payment when buyer uses Buy It Now.
Requirements to list with immediate payment
To require immediate payment for your item, you need to meet the following requirements:
Have an eBay seller account in good standing.
Specify a Buy It Now price of no more than $10,000.
Include all other related costs, such as taxes, so your buyer knows exactly how much to pay.