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Get help if you bought as a guest

If your item hasn't arrived, has turned up damaged or faulty, or if you just want to return it, let the seller know so they can help you out. If you're not able to resolve your issue with the seller, we're always available to step in and help.

If you don't have an eBay account, or didn't sign in to your account when you made a purchase, you're still protected by our eBay Money Back Guarantee. If the item you bought hasn't arrived, or if it's faulty, damaged or doesn't match the listing, you can get your money back.

If you've changed your mind and no longer want the item, most sellers offer returns. Check the listing to see the seller's full return policy, including how long you have to request a return and any other conditions. If the seller states in their return policy that they don't accept returns, you can ask them to see if they'll make an exception.

Your guest order confirmation email

When you buy an item as a guest on eBay, we'll send you an order confirmation email with all your order details. The subject line starts with "Order Confirmed". If your order hasn't arrived, or if you need to return it for a refund, you'll need to use your guest order confirmation email.

If you can't find your guest order confirmation email, select the button below and we'll send you a link to your order details.

Find guest order details

Your item hasn't arrived

If your item hasn't arrived, you're protected by eBay Money Back Guarantee and can ask the seller for a refund. Some sellers may also be able to send you out a replacement item, if they have one.

Check when your item is due to arrive

The first thing to do is check your item's estimated delivery date in your order confirmation email. You can also select View order details in your order confirmation email to see all the delivery information for your order, including the postal carrier, any tracking information the seller provided, and your item's current location. If the estimated delivery date hasn't passed yet, your order is probably still on its way.

Confirm your delivery address

It's a good idea to check that the delivery address you used at checkout is correct. You'll find the address your order is being sent to in your order confirmation email and on the order details page.

If your delivery address is incorrect, select Contact the seller on the order details page and ask the seller if they'll cancel the order. They can then relist the item and you can buy it again with the correct address.

Tip
If the estimated delivery date has passed, and the delivery address is correct, you may want to check with a neighbour in case you weren't home when the package arrived and they took delivery of it for you.

Let the seller know your item hasn't arrived

If the estimated delivery date for your item has passed, the delivery address is correct, and you still haven't received your item, let the seller know. Here's how:

  1. Find your order confirmation email. The subject line starts with "Order Confirmed".
  2. Select View order details in the body of the email.
  3. Select Contact seller.
  4. Select I haven't received my item yet.
  5. Choose No, I want to contact the seller.
  6. Fill in the details and then hit Submit.

You'll receive a confirmation email once you've let the seller know.

What happens next

Once you've opened your request, the seller has 3 business days to get back to you. If your item still hasn't arrived by then, they'll need to either provide tracking information/evidence of delivery or a refund.

If the seller is issuing you a refund, you'll receive an email letting you know. It usually takes 3 to 5 business days for a PayPal refund to go through. If you paid with a credit card, it may take up to 30 days to process, depending on your card provider. If you'd paid using Afterpay, Afterpay will refund your card and/or adjust your repayment plan accordingly.

You need to return an item

If you want to return an item, either because you've got a problem, or just because you've changed your mind, you start your return by letting the seller know. If the item is faulty, damaged, or doesn't match the listing, you're covered by eBay Money Back Guarantee, and the seller has to accept your return.

If you no longer want an item, check the seller's return policy in the listing to see if they offer returns, how long you have to request a return and any other conditions. To find the return policy:

  1. Find your order confirmation email. The subject line starts with "Order Confirmed".
  2. Select View order details in the body of the email.
  3. Select the description of your item to go to its listing.
  4. Go to Returns to see the seller's return policy.

You can ask the seller if they'll accept a return, even if their policy says they don't offer them – but they may not say yes.

Let the seller know you've had a problem

Here's how to start a return for an item you bought as a guest:

  1. Select View order details in your order confirmation email.
  2. Select Return item.
  3. Select your reason for the return and select Next.
  4. You can add a message to the seller and also upload up to 10 photos showing the item's condition.
  5. Select Confirm return.

Tip
If you and the seller agree, the seller could send you a replacement (another of the same item) or exchange (a different, but similar item). The seller should upload the tracking details for the replacement or exchange item to the return request.

What happens next

Once you've opened your request, the seller has 3 business days to get back to you. How they respond will depend on the reason for your return.

You received the wrong item, or it arrived faulty or damaged

Here's how the seller may respond:

  • Accept your return request and offer a full refund – You'll return the item and the seller will then issue you a full refund, including the original postage cost. The seller will also pay for return postage.
  • Issue a full refund and let you keep the item – This typically happens with low-cost items where return postage would cost more than the item.
  • Offer you a partial refund and let you keep the item – This can be a good compromise when you're not completely satisfied with your purchase – for example, if it arrived with a minor scratch – but you're happy to keep it.
  • Send you a message – The seller may ask you for some more details about your return request, or offer to send you a replacement item instead of a refund.

When the seller replies, we'll send you an email with details of the next steps.

If you can't come to an agreement with the seller within 3 business days, we're always ready to step in and help.

 
You changed your mind about an item

Here's how the seller may respond:

  • Accept your return request and offer a full refund – You'll return the item and the seller will then issue you a full refund, including the original postage cost. Check the seller's return policy in your order details to see who is responsible for return postage costs.
  • Issue a full refund and let you keep the item – This typically happens with low-cost items where return postage would cost more than the item.
  • Offer you a partial refund and let you keep the item – This can be a good compromise when the seller doesn't accept returns, but wants to offer you a gesture of goodwill – say if you ordered the wrong thing by accident.
  • Decline your return request – Sellers can only decline your return request if you changed your mind about an item and they stated in the listing that they don't accept returns, or if you missed the seller's deadline to start a return.
  • Send you a message – The seller may ask you for some more details about your return request, or offer to let you exchange the item.

When the seller replies, we'll send you an email with details of the next steps.

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You can always check the status of your request by going to View order details in your order confirmation email, then selecting Resolutions.

Sending the item back

When the seller accepts your return, they may let you keep the item (for example, if it's a lower value item or they're giving you a partial refund), or you may need to send it back to them before they'll issue your refund.

If you have to post the item back to the seller, we'll send an email to your Messages - opens in new window or tab with the subject "Send the item back". You'll find the date you'll need to post the item back before in this email. If you don't post the return by the specified date, we may close the request and you won't receive a refund.

To send the item back, you can use an eBay return label, or a label from another carrier. Who covers the postage costs depends on why you're returning it. Find more information about return postage.

Make sure you add tracking details to your return to help protect against delays or issues in the refund process.

Keep in mind that the condition you send the item back to the seller in is important, so repack it carefully. If you return the item used, damaged or missing parts, or if it gets damaged during return postage, the seller may deduct an amount from your refund to cover the loss in the item's value. For more information, see our Condition of returned items policy.

Getting your money back

Once the seller receives the item back from you, or once they've agreed to refund you and let you keep the item, they have 3 business days to issue your refund. When they do, you'll receive an email letting you know.

It usually takes 3 to 5 business days for a PayPal refund to go through. If you paid with Apple Pay, Google Pay, or a credit card, it may take up to 30 days to process, depending on your card provider. If you'd paid using Afterpay, Afterpay will refund your card and/or adjust your repayment plan accordingly.

Get help from eBay

Most of the time if you have an issue with a purchase, the seller will be able to solve it for you. However, we're always ready to step in and help. If the seller doesn't sort things out within 3 business days, you can ask us to step in within 21 business days of opening your request, through your order confirmation email. Learn more about asking eBay for help.

Why was my refund less than the amount I paid?

Depending on the condition you sent the item back in, the seller may reduce the refund they issue you. For more details, please see our Condition of returned items policy.

Where do I return a Click & Collect item?

If you collected the item from the retailer, you'll need to take it back to the store along with your purchase confirmation. Check the seller's return policy for specific instructions.

If your item was sent to a Woolworths store or Parcelpoint location, you'll need to post it back to the seller. Simply follow the instructions above for starting a return request.

What should I do if I sent the item back, but the seller didn't receive it?

When returning an item you should always use tracked delivery. If you didn't, and think the seller should have got the item back by now, contact the seller through the return request.

Can I return more than one item from my order?

Depending on the listing, you can return one item or multiple items. Here are your options:

  • Lots, sets and bundled items – You need to return the entire quantity of the order. For example, if you bought a set of paintbrushes you can't return just one of them
  • Multi-quantity listings – You can return any quantity of your purchased items. For example, you selected a quantity of five t-shirts at checkout. You can return some or all of them, but you only have one opportunity to do so. If you choose to return two t-shirts, you can't return the other three later
  • Multiple listings from the same seller – You can return each item. For example, you buy three books that the seller listed individually, but you paid for all of them at once at checkout. You can return each book individually

If the item you received doesn't match the listing, or if it arrived faulty or damaged, you can return it even if the seller's returns policy says they don't accept returns.

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