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Unpaid item policy

Members must pay for the items they win or buy on eBay within 4 days of committing to the purchase.

From May 2021, sellers will no longer need to open an unpaid item case if a buyer doesn't pay. Instead, sellers can simply cancel an order if payment hasn't been made starting on the 5th calendar day from when the listing ended. This change is already available to some sellers – if it's available to you, you'll see Buyer hasn't paid as an option when cancelling an order in Seller Hub or My eBay Sold. If you can't see this option, don't worry – it'll be available to you in the coming weeks.

What is the policy?

When a member wins an item, or uses Buy It Now to purchase an item, they must complete the purchase by sending full payment to the seller within 4 days. Buyers must note:

  • The cost of postage and handling, and all terms that the seller has included in the listing before deciding to purchase
  • Bids can only be retracted under exceptional circumstances

A seller may open an unpaid item case in their Resolution Centre if the buyer does not pay or contact them within 4 days.

Managing unpaid items cases

  • Sellers may close the case when a buyer has not paid within 4 days
  • Sellers may be eligible to receive a final value fee credit, and if they relist the item, eBay may also refund the insertion fee for the relisting
  • Buyers have the option of appealing an unpaid item if they believe it was undeserved
  • Sellers should avoid falsely reporting unpaid items or they may:
    • Have all credits reversed for the time period in question
    • Lose the ability to use the final value fee credit system
    • Be subject to suspension
  • Unpaid items are considered a violation of our buying policies. All unpaid items are recorded on a buyer's account. Buyers who have excessive unpaid items, or cancelled transactions, may have limits imposed, or lose their buying privileges.
  • eBay will automatically remove Feedback from a buyer who didn't pay. However, if we missed something, buyers can contact us. Feedback may be removed when:
    • The buyer didn't pay or respond to the unpaid item process
    • The buyer is suspended
    • The buyer's communication in the Resolution Centre undermines the purpose of the unpaid item process and feedback system

Activity that doesn't follow eBay policy could result in a range of actions including for example: administratively ending or cancelling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller rating, buying or selling restrictions, and account suspension. All fees paid or payable in relation to listings or accounts on which we take any action will not be refunded or otherwise credited to your account.


Why does eBay have this policy?

This policy ensures buyers follow our guidelines on purchasing items in order to protect sellers and maintain a fair and safe marketplace.

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