How you pay for an item on eBay will depend on the payment methods that your seller accepts. In most categories, sellers have to accept either PayPal or credit cards, but they may choose to offer other options as well.
It's quick and easy to bid on eBay. When you place a bid on an auction-style listing, enter the maximum amount you feel comfortable with and we'll place bids for you, up to that limit. We call this automatic bidding.Automatic bidding
Find out how automatic bidding can increase your chances of winning an auction.Retracting a bid
If you've made a mistake, you can retract your bid in some situations.Bidding strategy
Discover tips to give you the best chance of winning.Responding to Second Chance Offers
If you missed out in an auction, sometimes the seller will give you another chance to get the item.Reserves and reserves not met
Find out everything you need to know about bidding on items with reserve prices.
Frequently Asked Questions
To see your bid history, go to My eBay and select Bids/Offers - opens in new window or tab.
There you'll find any items you're currently bidding on, items you bid on but didn't win, and any Best Offers you've made.
If you want to delete your bid history, tick the box next to items you want to remove and select Delete.
Sellers sometimes create private listings that keep bidders and the buyer anonymous, particularly when selling highly priced items or pharmaceutical products. There will be a note on these listings stating that they're private, and that only the seller can see your username.
The seller may have had to end the listing early – although this is something we strongly discourage. Or, if the seller breached one of our policies, we may have had to cancel the listing.
Sellers sometimes set requirements for potential buyers, based on their payment or postage preferences. For example, if you don't have a PayPal account, or you live in an area that the seller doesn't post to, you may not be able to bid on their item.
If that happens, you'll see a message when trying to place a bid, asking you to contact the seller. Let them know you'd like to bid, and they may change their requirements to allow you to take part.
It's important to us that auctions are always fair and honest. Sometimes a member who knows the seller – perhaps a family member or friend – bids on an item to drive up the price. This is known as shill bidding and isn't allowed on eBay.
When bidding on an auction, enter the maximum bid you feel comfortable with and we'll place bids for you, up to that limit.
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