eBay is a global ecommerce site that allows users to both buy and sell online. From its humble beginnings in 1995, eBay has quickly progressed to become a platform that sees millions of transactions go through it every single day.
Users have the option to shop for new and second-hand products available both nationally or internationally. As anyone can sell their wares on eBay, you can find just about any product listed on the site.
You can shop on eBay even if you haven't registered an account, though there are some restrictions. If you're buying as a guest you'll only be able to purchase items under $6,000. You'll also only be able to purchase an item if it's listed as "Buy it Now", which means you won't be able to bid on items without an account. To find out more, check out eBay's Buying as a guest guide.
If you're looking to use eBay as a selling platform, you'll need to create a registered account. The registration process is simple and allows you to choose either a personal or business account depending on your needs. See the Signing up for an eBay account page for more information.
eBay's goal is to be an online destination where you can buy and sell all items, new and old. As such, you can find just about anything on the site. From apparel and homewares to rare, one-of-a-kind items, whatever you're looking for is probably for sale on eBay.
Some of the most popular categories on eBay include:
Remember, anyone can jump on and start selling items at any time so even if something isn't currently on eBay, there's a strong possibility it will be added at some point. To ensure you don't miss out, you can even set up a listing alert to notify you when the item you want goes up for sale.
To find out when an item you'd like to purchase is listed, follow these steps:
That's it! Now, even if you aren't on the eBay site, you'll be notified if a seller lists the product you're looking for.
This really depends on the item you're purchasing. eBay allows regular retailers to sell their stock on its site, meaning you can purchase products from stores like Myer through the eBay site.
As anyone can sell on eBay, you could also be buying through an independent seller. Seller details are listed on each product page, so you can see which seller you're buying from before you shop. Sellers are also given a rating by previous customers so you can see their feedback before you make a purchase.
Many popular retailers have stores on eBay alongside their own websites. Some of these include:
More brands with eBay stores:
This also depends on what you're buying as each seller may select certain payment methods to accept. This information will be listed alongside the product so you know in advance how you can pay.
In most cases, though, you can shop with PayPal, credit cards or debit cards. Bank transfers and payment on pick-up are also sometimes available.
Mostly, yes, but you should still use due diligence. As with any purchases made online, there's always a slight risk involved. Here are some tips for safe shopping on eBay:
eBay Plus is a subscription shipping service that allows you to receive free shipping on a range of items for an annual fee of $49. Over 15 million items on the eBay site are eligible for free delivery with eBay Plus. The subscription also includes free returns, exclusive deals and sales and double flybuys points.
As the eBay site has sellers from all over the world, once again, this will depend on the item and the seller's location. However, you can refine your search to items located in Australia. You can also browse items guaranteed to be delivered within a time frame of your choosing through eBay Plus.
All other items will give a shipping estimate on the product page.
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