3 min article

Buying and selling on eBay to benefit non-profit organisations

With eBay for Charity, you can support your favourite charities when you sell and buy items on eBay.

Both buyers and sellers can take part in eBay for Charity - opens in new window or tab and support a cause they care about.

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.

Shop Charity Stores - opens in new window or tab

Unlike a direct donation to a charity, you generally can't claim a tax deduction for eBay for Charity items that you buy. If you're unsure about your tax obligations, you should consult a tax professional with questions about your specific circumstances.

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 Stores: If your organisation is registered as a charity in Australia, we can provide you with a free eBay Store and waive listing and final value fees, meaning your selling proceeds will go to supporting your cause. Please see the information below and get in touch.
  • 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.

Tip
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 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 and fee credits for charity listings

Individual sellers pay standard insertion and final value fees when listing for charity. If you have a registered charity, we can provide you with a free eBay Store and waive listing and final value fees. Certain listing upgrade fees and PayPal fees still apply and do not qualify for credit.

Charities who don't contact us will still pay eBay selling fees. Learn more about fees for selling.

Getting in touch as a non-profit organisation

Whether you want to set up a one-off charity auction or establish your Charity Store on eBay, please email ebayforcharity@bidforgood.com.au* with the details below. Bid For Good will then be in touch to help you get started on eBay.

  • 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're selling to fundraise for a charity, ensure you have their written permission in advance and include all the required information in your listing. We can provide non-profit organisations with a free eBay Store and waive most fees.

Was this article helpful for you?