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Delivery date options for buyers

Estimated delivery dates let you know when you can expect an eBay item to arrive. Some items even offer a guaranteed delivery date.

You can find an estimated delivery date on any eBay listing that offers postage. The estimate will usually cover a range of days, but can get more precise after you confirm your delivery address during checkout. On items with eBay Guaranteed Delivery, you'll see a guaranteed delivery date instead of an estimated one.

After completing your purchase, you'll see an updated estimate in your Purchase history - opens in new window or tab along with any tracking information if it's been uploaded by your seller.

Estimated delivery dates are based on:

  • Handling time – Sellers set their handling time. This can range from the same working day, to up to 30 business days from when they receive payment.
  • Postal or courier services – Delivery times can vary depending on which service is used. Most sellers offer a variety of delivery options, so you can choose the service you prefer when you're checking out.
  • Cleared payment – If you're using a payment method such as a bank transfer, where the money isn't available to the seller immediately, the seller may wait until the payment is in their account before they send your item.

Tip
If you need to get your item urgently, check to see if your seller offers an express delivery option or use the search filters to find items with eBay Guaranteed Delivery.

Weekend delivery

Whether an item can be delivered during the weekend depends on the postage options provided by the seller. An item's estimated delivery date is based on working days, so weekends and public holidays aren't included in that calculation.

If the seller doesn't offer weekend delivery, you can contact them to ask if it's possible. If the seller agrees to your request, you may have to pay extra postage.

You'll see a more precise estimated delivery date after you confirm your postage option and delivery address during checkout.

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