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Buying and selling on eBay to benefit non-profit organisations

With eBay for Charity, you can support the causes you care about when you buy and sell items on eBay.

Both buyers and sellers can take part in eBay for Charity - opens in new window or tab and support causes that are important to them.

In Australia, eBay for Charity is supported by Bid For Good - opens in new window or tab. Bid For Good has been supporting eBay sellers to list items for charity and managing high-profile charity auctions since 2007.

Buying to benefit charitable organisations

We have a great selection of items listed by charitable organisations on eBay which you can bid on or buy now. To start browsing, select the button below.

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Pre-approval for charity auctions

High-profile charity auctions on eBay may require bidders to register beforehand. By ensuring that all bids are serious, the charity involved can get the most out of their fundraising on eBay.

Apply for pre-approval on a charity auction - opens in new window or tab

The pre-approval process is managed by Bid For Good*. They'll be in touch to confirm you're registered to bid.

*Bid For Good - opens in new window or tab is a third-party service provider. For more details on how Bid for Good will use your information, visit: https://www.bidforgood.com.au/privacy - opens in new window or tab

Selling to benefit charitable organisations

There are two options to fundraise for charity on eBay.com.au:

  • Charity accounts: Registered charities can set up a business account - opens in new window or tab on eBay to start selling straight away. You'll need to comply with the rules for charity listings set out below. Learn more about registering as a seller. Once your business eBay account is active, you can apply to receive reduced final value fees
  • Community selling: Individuals can fundraise by selling items on eBay and donating the proceeds to their chosen charity. You'll need to have the organisation's written consent in advance. After the item has sold, you'll need to transfer the money to the charity using your chosen payment method. Individual sellers pay standard selling fees or Stores selling fees when listing for charity

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If you think your auction will be high profile, generate media interest or sell for a high value, eBay recommends you use a professional third-party supplier, such as Bid For Good - opens in new window or tab, to manage the auction on your behalf. This will ensure professionalism, efficiency and quality service to help you get the best result possible for your auction.

Rules for charity listings

Charitable fundraising is a highly regulated area. Whether you're selling as an individual or as a registered charity, you'll need to include certain information in your listing. Please be sure to read our eBay.com.au Charity and fundraising policy for more information and guidelines.

You'll also need to comply with all other eBay rules and policies, including listing policies and our rules about prohibited and restricted items. Please note that we don't allow listings that sell an opportunity to win an item or prize – read our Chance listings policy for more information.

Fees for registered charities

We're pleased to provide registered charities with a significant discount on final value fees. Regardless of which category you sell in, you'll pay just 1.0% of the total sale amount per item (item price + postage and handling charges), plus a fixed charge of $0.30 per order (excl. GST).

Here's how to apply for reduced final value fees as a registered charity:

  1. If you haven't already, create a business account - opens in new window or tab on eBay. Learn more about registering as a seller.
  2. Download our application form (PDF) - opens in new window or tab.
  3. Send your completed form to ebayforcharity@bidforgood.com.au.

Our third-party service provider Bid for Good will work with eBay to review your eligibility and enable the discount. For more details on how Bid for Good will use your information, visit: https://www.bidforgood.com.au/privacy - opens in new window or tab.

Charities are responsible for all other fees and selling costs associated with their accounts, including but not limited to any Store subscriptions - opens in new window or tab, listing upgrades and fees for international sales. Learn more about eBay fees.

High-profile charity auctions

If you are planning a one-off charity auction that you think will be high profile, generate media interest or sell for a high value, email ebayforcharity@bidforgood.com.au* with the details below. Bid For Good will then be in touch to discuss your campaign in more detail.

  • Contact name, phone number and email address
  • Your organisation's name and Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission ABN
  • Your eBay username, if you already have one
  • Details of your item/campaign – what you're selling, when you intend to launch, how many items, how you intend to promote your presence on eBay, and how much money you're hoping to raise

*Bid For Good - opens in new window or tab is a third-party service provider. For more details on how Bid for Good will use your information, visit: https://www.bidforgood.com.au/privacy - opens in new window or tab

If you are an Australian charity with a business eBay account, you can apply for heavily discounted selling fees. Charity fundraising is highly regulated, so ensure you include all the required information in your listings. If you're selling to fundraise on behalf of a charity, ensure you have their written permission in advance and display a copy in your listing.

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