How to Delete an eBay Listing

Sometimes, after you’ve listed an item on eBay, you may want to end your listing early. While this isn’t usually a good idea as it can lead to disappointed customers (and perhaps even penalties on your account), there are certain circumstances in which it has to be done. This lesson will explain when it’s okay to prematurely remove an item from eBay, what happens when you do it, and how the process actually works.

When can I end an eBay listing early, and what happens when I do?

Delete an eBay listing

There are two general reasons why you may be allowed to delete a listing on eBay before it expires:

  1. The item it advertises is broken, lost, or otherwise unfit/unavailable for sale.
  2. You made a mistake when creating the listing, such as entering an incorrect opening bid, sale price, or reserve price.

Generally, there are no restrictions on ending a “fixed price” listing early. However, there are restrictions on ending an “auction-style” listing early, depending on how much time is left in the listing and whether or not any bids have been placed for your item.

If your “auction-style” listing has 12 hours remaining or more:

  • If there are no current bids for your item, you may delete the listing without restriction.
  • If your item currently has one or more bids on it, you can end the auction early and sell your item to the current highest bidder.
  • If your item currently has one or more bids on it, you can cancel all bids on your item at once and end the listing early. However, if this is not the first time that you have done so during the current calendar year, you will have to pay a fee equal to the final value fee that you would have incurred if the auction had ended naturally and you had sold your item to the current highest bidder. See our article on eBay seller fees for more information about final value fees.

If your auction-style listing has less than 12 hours remaining:

  • If there are no bids currently on your item, and you haven’t manually blocked any bids for it, you can cancel the listing without restriction.
  • If your item currently has one or more bids on it, you can delete the listing early and choose to sell your item to the current highest bidder.
  • If there are no current bids for your item because you have manually blocked them all, you cannot end the auction early.
  • If your item currently has one or more bids on it, but the highest bid isn’t enough to meet your reserve price (if you’ve set one), you cannot end your listing early.

Those are the rules for when you can or can’t delete a listing early, and the potential conditions on doing so. Now, we’ll explain with step-by-step instructions how the process actually works.

To remove a listed item from eBay:

  1. Navigate to in your web browser and log into your account there.
  2. Move your mouse cursor over My eBay in the top-right corner of the home page. A drop-down menu will appear, from which you should select Selling.eBay Selling menu
  3. In the “Sell” menu on the left-hand side of your “Activity” page, click Active to see all items that you’re currently selling. Then, find the listing that you wish to cancel, click the check box beside it to select it, and then click End (or else click More Actions beside the item and then click End Item). Note that you may be asked to provide your account log-in credentials again; do so.End an Active Listing on eBay
  4. If the item that you are trying to delete is an “auction-style” listing that already has bids placed on it, you must choose how you wish to handle the cancellation of your listing on the next page. Click Cancel Bids and End Listing Early if you wish to delete all bids on your item and remove it from eBay without selling it to anyone.Or, you can click Sell Item to High Bidder if you want to end the listing, but still get some money out of it by selling your item to the current highest bidder. Note that if your listing expires in less than 12 hours, only the latter option will be available.If you are trying to cancel a “fixed price” listing, or an “auction-style” listing that currently has no bids for it, then you will skip this step.
  5. On the next page, you must choose a reason for why you wish to delete your listing. This reason will appear on the “Removed Item” page if anyone tries to find your listing after you have cancelled it. Click the button beside the reason that best corresponds to why you want your item removed from eBay, and then click End My Listing.End My Listing button


Those are the basics of cancelling an eBay listing! Remember, though, only delete a listing when you really need to. Doing it too often will frustrate your customers, and may even prompt eBay to restrict your selling privileges. It may be a better idea to simply revise the listing, or add a note to it. We’ll talk about that in our next tutorial on how to manage your eBay listings.

How to List Items for Sale on eBay

Now that you have your eBay Store created and designed the way you like it, it’s time to bring it to life by actually advertising the items that you want to sell! Hold on, though… there are several elements that go into creating a good listing. These include a thorough description of what your item is, a careful consideration of what price and selling format you want to go with, and a plan for getting your item to whoever buys it.

It’s an involved process, to be sure, but eBay makes it easier than it sounds. This lesson will tell you everything you need to know, including how much creating a listing costs (spoilers: it’s usually free!), some things you should do before you start, and a step-by-step walkthrough of how to get your item advertised for sale on eBay.

How much does it cost to list items on eBay?

eBay’s listing fees differ depending on the type of item that’s being advertised, the type of listing itself (i.e. “auction-style” vs. “fixed price”), and the type of Store that you have (if any). Generally, you are given a certain number of free “auction-style” or “fixed price” (or both) listings per month, and then are charged extra money for each one you create beyond those limits.

Here’s a breakdown of how many free listings you get per month, along with how much extra ones cost.

No Store Basic Store Premium Store Anchor Store
Free auction-style listings per month 50 combined
of either type
250 500 1000
Free fixed price listings per month 250 1000 10, 000
Over monthly limit auction-style listing fees $0.30
$0.25 each $0.15 each $0.10 each
Over monthly limit fixed price listing fees $0.20 each $0.10 each $0.05 each


Note that for an auction-style listing, you can be charged extra fees if you set its length to be unusually short, or set a “reserve price” to avoid selling the item for less money than you want to make off it. However, you can increase your limit of free auction-style listings for a particular month if an item in an auction-style listing sells AND you have any type of Store.

Also note that certain categories of items aren’t subject to standard listing fee rates, and therefore, don’t count towards your monthly allotment of free listings (and can’t increase your monthly free auction-style listing limits if they sell at auction). Examples include motorized vehicles (such as boats, cars, and motorcycles), real estate, and certain classes of industrial equipment (such as printing presses and other heavy imaging machines).

For a full explanation of fees, see our article on eBay seller fees here.

3 tips before you list on eBay

1. Research and write down as much descriptive information about your item as you can.

Descriptive information about a watch

A big part of whether your item will fetch a good price in an auction – or sell at all – is if prospective buyers know what they’re getting. Find out as much information about your item as you can, and write down key points like brand, material(s), colour, size, serial number, country of origin, condition, notable features or markings, or extra parts.

Also be sure to use a smart phone or digital camera to take at least four photographs of the item to show it off from different angles, and load these onto your computer ahead of time. This helps to ensure that you have everything you need to describe your item on-hand before you even create its listing.

eBay itself has some tips on YouTube for how to take photos of your items, as well as how to write titles and descriptions for them, in order to generate interest and get people buying and bidding on them as soon as possible!

2. Decide which selling format(s) you will use to sell your item, and what your item’s price or opening bid will be.

Listing format and price selection form

What your item is – and what your goal is in trying to sell it – will affect whether you choose an “auction-style” listing (to find out what your item is worth) or a “fixed price” listing (to make at least a certain amount of money off an item). However, there are other options that you can choose, depending on your needs, such as allowing users to buy an item up for auction immediately, or allowing them to submit alternative price offers for your item. See our article on eBay selling formats for descriptions of the various formats, as well as advice on when you should use them.

You’re also going to need to determine what the opening bid (for an “auction-style” listing) or sale price (for a “fixed price” listing) will be. You’re going to want one low enough to attract buyers, but high enough that you stand to make at least some money. Also be sure to take into account any selling fees that you may incur. Searching around for the prices or opening bids of similar items should give you an idea of what your ballpark should be.

3. Prepare your item for shipping by “test packing” it and measuring the package’s dimensions.

Coffee mug packaged safely in a box

It’s usually a good idea to get your item ready to ship before you even list it. This cuts down greatly on handling time, which lets you get your item to its buyer faster, which generally makes them a happier customer! Make sure that you have the necessary packaging materials on-hand, and do a “test packing” of the item (i.e. pack it but don’t tape it shut).

Once you have the item “test packaged,” measure the weight and dimensions of the package with the item inside. You will need these statistics if you wish to charge your buyer exact shipping costs, or if you wish to estimate fixed shipping costs to charge your buyers by using eBay’s shipping calculator (which, incidentally, you will need to log into your eBay account to use). See our lesson on how to ship items sold through eBay for more information and tips.

How to list on eBay in 9 easy steps

Unless you’re selling a whole bunch of stuff (which you likely won’t be allowed to do early in your selling career anyway), the easiest way to advertise an item for sale on eBay is by using the quick listing tool. This gives you help such as price estimates and other research advice. Here’s how to use it.

1. Log into your eBay account.

Using your web browser of choice, navigate to and log into your account.

2. Enter eBay’s selling section.

In the top-left portion of the home page, click Sell.

eBay Sell menu

3. Describe the item for sale.

On the next page, click in the box labelled “Give Your Listing a Descriptive Title.” Type in some basic information describing the item that you wish to sell, as if you were writing a classified advertisement for it. Then click Sell It.

eBay selling search bar

4. Pick a category for your item.

Based on the description that you gave of your item, eBay will try to guess what category it falls into. You can click one of the buttons beside the category in which you think your item belongs, or you can click Select Another Category and click through a hierarchy of categories until you find the one that best fits your item. Once you’ve found the right category, click Create Listing.

Choose an eBay category

5. Add details about your item.

Click in the box marked “Title” and give your listing a title. Try to use words that describe exactly what your item is, such as what colour it is, the brand that made it, its (relative) size, and so on. You can also click the drop-down menu marked “Condition” and indicate whether your item is New or Used; however, you are not required to do so.

The next thing you should do is add photos of your item so that buyers can actually see what it looks like. Click Add Photos, navigate through the explorer window that appears until you find a picture of your item that you want to display, click the image, and then click Open.

Once an image is uploaded, you can click the pencil icon in the top-left corner of the image to make adjustments to it (rotate, crop, brighten/darken, etc.), or click the trash can icon in the top-right corner of the image to remove it. You can also click and hold the mouse button down on an image and drag it to another position, and then release the mouse button to re-order your images.

(HINT: you should have at least 4 images of your item in order to show it from multiple angles. You can include up to 12 images of an item for free; any more will cost you extra money.)

Item description form

If you wish, you can also click the check box beside “Item Specifics” and select additional details that may be applicable to describing your item, such as country of manufacture, brand, size, etc. Again, though, this is not required.

Finally, you should click in the box marked “Details” and type out a description of your item that is more detailed than its title. Include information such as your item’s brand, colour, size, serial number, etc., what condition the item is in, whether or not the item has any notable features or markings (such as if it’s autographed), and what the item comes with (if it has any extra parts, etc.).

6. Select a selling format and price.

Initially, you will have two choices for a selling format for your item: Auction and Fixed Price. Click on one to see the options available for that type of listing.

If you select Auction, click in the box labelled “Starting Price” and type in an opening bid for your item (you will get a suggestion based on the type of item you’re selling). If you want to give prospective buyers the choice to purchase your item immediately instead of bidding for it, click the check box beside “Add Buy It Now,” and then click in the box labelled “Buy It Now Price” and type in a fixed price for your item.

You can also click the check box beside “Add a Reserve Price” to set a minimum price that you want your item to sell for; note, however, that you will have to pay extra money for this regardless if your item sells or not. If you want to use this option, click in the box labelled “Reserve Price” and type in your reserve price.

Select format and price form

If you select Fixed Price instead, click in the box labelled “Price” and type in how much you want to sell the item for. You can also click the check box beside “Add Best Offer” if you want to allow potential buyers to make price offers for your item. Then, click in the box labelled “Quantity” and type in the number of copies of your current item that you’re selling.

Regardless of your choice, click the drop-down menu labelled “Listing Duration” and select how long you want your item to be available for (note that durations will differ between “Auction” and “Fixed Price” listings). You can also click the check box beside “Schedule Your Listing’s Start Time” if you want your item to become available at a later time; note that this feature costs extra money to use. However, if you want to use it, click the calendar icon and select a date that your advertisement will be published, and then click the drop-down menu next to it to select what time your item will be available.

7. Specify your shipping options.

You will always have at least two options for how you’re going to get your item to a buyer if it sells: Select Shipping Myself or Offer Local Pickup Only. Depending on what you’re selling, you may also be able to choose Select Shipping for Me.

If you click Select Shipping for Me, shipping options will automatically be suggested for you based on how similar items have been shipped in the past by other sellers. If you click Offer Local Pickup Only, you won’t need to ship your item, but anyone who buys it will have to visit your locale in order to pick the item up in person.

If you click Select Shipping Myself, you can manually designate your shipping parameters. First, click the drop-down menu beside “Shipping Option” and select either Charge Actual Cost or Charge a Fixed Cost. Depending on which one you select, your options will differ.

Shipping options form

If you click Charge Actual Cost, the shipping cost that a buyer must pay for your item will automatically be calculated, based on both the buyer’s location and the weight and dimensions of your item plus its packaging. Under the “Package” heading, click in each of the boxes on the right side of the page and type in, respectively, the length, width, and height of your item (when fully packaged). Then, click in the boxes on the left side of the page and type in the weight of your item (or click the drop-down menu and select a general weight range). Then click the drop-down menu labelled “Service” and select which postal service you will use to ship your item.

You can click the check box beside “Offer Free Shipping” if you don’t want to pass on your shipping costs to the buyer. You can also click the check box beside “Offer Another Shipping Service” if you want to offer a buyer an alternative (usually expedited or express) courier service for having the package shipped. Then, simply click the drop-down menu that appears and select a secondary shipping service. (HINT: Both of these options are by-and-large attractive to buyers, so use them if you think the potential cost of doing so is worth the possible positive ratings and increased business!)

If you select Charge a Fixed Cost instead, you will charge a flat shipping cost to all buyers, regardless of where in the world you have to ship to. This cost will show up in the item listing itself. Like before, you will have to select a courier service to ship with, but you will also have to click in the box labelled “Cost” and type in how much you want to charge for shipping. You will also, again, have the options of offering free shipping and/or an alternative shipping option (but you will have to specify an alternative cost as well for the latter). You will also be able to click the check box beside “Offer Local Pickup” if you want a buyer to be able to simply pick up the item in person, instead of having you go to the trouble of shipping it to them.

Below “International Shipping,” you can also choose whether or not you want to offer your item for sale in countries besides your own. If not, click the button beside “No International Shipping.” If you do, click the button beside “Create My Own International Shipping Option.” Like when selecting your regular shipping options, you will have to select to charge the actual cost of your shipping or to charge a fixed cost, as well as select which courier service you will ship with. You will also need to click the drop-down menu beside “Destination” and select what other country you want to ship your item to (or select Worldwide if you want to allow a buyer in any country to be able to purchase it).

Like before, if you choose to Charge Actual Cost for international shipping, you will need to enter the weight, dimensions, and type of your package in order to calculate your shipping costs (note that you will not need to do this if you selected Charge Actual Cost for your regular shipping options, too). Or, if you choose to Charge a Fixed Cost for international shipping, you will have to enter that cost manually instead.

8. Enter remaining required information.

There are a few final settings that you have to take care of before your listing is complete. First, click the box beside “PayPal Email Address” and type in the email address that corresponds with your PayPal account. This makes sure that eBay knows where to send your money to when your buyer pays for your item. See our article about how to get paid on eBay for more information about how – and when – you get your money.

Final preferences form

Next, click the box beside “Item Location” and type in your regional mailing code. This not only lets eBay know where you’re shipping from, but it also lets buyers know where you’re located in case they want (or have) to pick the item up in person. Next, click the drop-down menu beside “Handling Time” and select how long you think it will take you to get your item to a shipping station after it has been purchased (HINT: shorter is usually better; you don’t want to keep your customers waiting!).

Next, click the drop-down menu beside “Returns” and select whether you are willing to let a buyer return the item if they are unsatisfied with their purchase (HINT: this is usually a good idea; it demonstrates good customer service, which is attractive to buyers). Finally, you can click the check box at the bottom to indicate that you would like to automatically renew this listing up to twice if it expires before your item sells. Note that these renewals count towards your monthly allotment of free listings, and may result in extra fees if they take you over your monthly limit.

9. Review and confirm your listing.

Before you make your item available for sale, be sure to take at the “Listing Fees” box on the right-hand side of the page to see how much your item will cost you to list. If everything looks good, click List It.

eBay List It button


Congratulations! That’s all there is to offering an item for sale on eBay! Now, you’ll just need to watch your item to see if anyone buys or bids on it, which we can show you how to do. Once your item sells, we can also show you how to ship it, as well as how and when you’ll get paid for it. If you need to cancel your listing because you made a mistake or something happened to the item, we can even teach you how to end it early.

How to Create and Design an eBay Store

If you have some experience selling things on a large scale – either on or off eBay – then you might want to consider opening an eBay Store. One of the biggest benefits of doing so is that it lets you list more items for sale each month without paying listing fees. It also lets you pay lower listing fees for any additional listings that you post beyond your monthly limit. In addition, having any kind of Store lowers the final value fees that you pay when selling an item, depending on what you’re selling. You also get a whole bunch of free marketing tools and selling supplies.

Do note, however, that a Store will cost you money each month (or year). Therefore, you have to balance the cost of your Store primarily against the reduction in costs that it gives you when selling your items. For information and tools to help you decide which type of Store – “Basic”, “Premium”, “Anchor”, or none at all – would best serve your needs, see our article on eBay seller fees, this help page in eBay’s Seller Centre, or eBay’s Fee Illustrator.

What do I need to open an eBay Store?

There are three types of Stores: “Basic,” “Premium,” and “Anchor.” In order to set up any of them, you need to have already done at least two things:

  1. Created an eBay account and changed it to a seller account.
  2. Created a PayPal account, gotten it “verified” (by completing your profile), and linked it to your eBay account.

If you haven’t done either of these things, our lessons on how to create a PayPal account and how to create an eBay seller account should give you all of the instructions that you need.

In addition to completing the requirements above, in order to open a “Premium” or “Anchor” Store, you must have (and maintain) at least an “Above Standard” seller level. For information on how to maintain your seller level, see this article on eBay seller performance standards.

No matter what type of Store you want to open, though, the process for doing so is relatively the same for each. We’ll walk you through it step-by-step below.

How to set up an eBay Store

  1. Go to in your web browser and log into your account.
  2. In the top-left corner of the home page, you should see your name. Move your mouse cursor over it to make a drop-down menu appear, and then click Account Settings.eBay Account Settings button
  3. In the “My eBay Views” box on the next page, click Subscriptions. Scroll down until you see the “eBay Stores” section, and then click Subscribe beside the type of Store that you want to open.Choose store type
  4. On the next page, you will be able to choose the billing schedule – monthly or yearly – for each type of Store (the “yearly” option for the type of Store you selected in step 3 will be selected by default). Click the button beside the plan that you wish to select.Select billing period
  5. After you have chosen a Store plan and billing schedule, scroll down the page and click in the box labelled “Store Name.” Type in what you want your store to be called, and then click Continue.Name eBay Store
  6. On the next page, you will be able to review the cost of your subscription order, as well as what you are getting with it. To confirm your order, click Submit at the bottom of the page.Submit button

How to design an eBay Store

Once your Store is ready, you’re probably going to want to spruce it up a little. This will make it more attractive to potential customers, as well as let you highlight the products that you really want to sell as soon as you can. To do this:

  1. Go to and log into your account (if you haven’t already).
  2. Move your mouse cursor over My eBay in the top-right corner of the home page, and then click Selling in the drop-down menu that appears.eBay Selling menu
  3. While viewing your selling activity, scroll down the page until you see the “Shortcuts” menu on the left-hand side of the page. Click Manage My Store (or, if you don’t see this option, click Edit Shortcuts, click the check box beside “Manage My Store” to mark it, and then click Save).eBay Store managing menu
  4. Once you’re on your store management page, turn your attention to the “Store Management” box on the left-hand side of the page. Under “Store Design,” click Edit Store.Edit eBay Store design
  5. On this page, you can edit various design elements of your Store.Add image to eBay Store billboardFor starters, you can click in the box labelled “Store Name” and type in a new name for your store, should you wish to change that. Whatever you choose to name your store, it cannot be more than 35 characters long.

    You can also click in the box labelled “Billboard” to add a header to your storefront. This is great for showcasing the types of items you sell, or to alert buyers to current promotions. Once you click in the box, use the explorer window that appears to navigate through your computer files until you find a suitable image. Click the image to select it, and then click Open to make it your Billboard. Note that the image you select cannot take up more than 12 megabytes of memory storage space, and cannot be larger than 1200 pixels wide or 270 pixels tall.

  6. If you have a brand logo, you can add that to your Store, too. Move your mouse cursor over the image underneath “Logo” and click Add Image. From there, the process of adding your logo is the same as adding a Billboard, as described above. Note that your logo cannot be more than 300 pixels in either width or height, and – like your Billboard – cannot take up more than 12 megabytes of memory storage space.Add logo and description to eBay StoreClicking in the box labelled “Description” also allows you to type out a short explanation of who you are, what you are selling, and what your Store is all about. Part of this description will also appear in search engines, like Google Search, so that people can more easily find your wares even if they aren’t currently using eBay. Note, however, that your description cannot be more than 1000 characters long.
  7. If your Store has at least 30 items listed in it, you can also select up to four items to be “featured” in your store. Under “Featured Listings,” click Add Listing in one of the four boxes shown, and then select the item that you want to feature from the list (you can also search for it by keyword if you need to).Manage featured listings menuBelow these boxes, you can click the drop-down menu to select whether to order your featured items by either how soon their listings end or how recently their listings were created. You can also click the check box here to mark it if you don’t want to feature particular items in your store, even if you have over 30 different items listed.
  8. Finally, you can change how the rest of the items in your store are organized. Under “Listings,” click the first drop-down menu to select how you want to order the items in your store. You can choose to do so by: how recently listings were added, how soon listings will expire, how expensive or inexpensive items are (with or without shipping costs factored in), or “Best Match” (e.g. based on items’ search viability, popularity, listing end time, etc.).Organize listings viewYou can also choose how your listings display in your store by clicking the other drop-down menu and selecting List (a more information-oriented view) or Gallery (a more image-oriented view). When you’re done, click Preview to see an example of what your store will look like with your current settings. If you like what you see, click Publish to save your changes.


Alright! Now you have your very own Store, and it looks just the way you want it to! Next comes the moment of truth: getting your items ready for sale by listing them!

How to Create an eBay Seller’s Account

Once you’ve planned out what you’re going to sell on eBay and how you’re going to sell it – taking into account the costs that you might incur – it’s time to actually start the process! The first thing you’re going to need to do is set up an eBay account (if you haven’t already), making sure that it’s seller-ready. That means verifying your personal information, setting up an automatic payment method to cover any fees that you’re charged, and partnering your account with a PayPal account. This tutorial will walk you through it all, step-by-step!

Getting your eBay selling account started

Part 1 – Create a buyer account, or log into your existing one.

You don’t necessarily have to have an account on eBay in order to buy things. But if you want to sell, then having an account is a must. You can learn how to make one in our tutorial on how to create an eBay account.

(NOTE: You may be asked to provide a phone number when creating your eBay account. This is optional and is mainly used if you need to reset your account password. However, you’re probably going to need it anyway as contact information for when you’re buying or selling, so go ahead and enter it. Click the button below and to the right of the phone number entry box to switch between entering a mobile phone number or entering a landline phone number.)

If you already have an account, though, you don’t need to create a new one. You just might need to make a few changes to your existing account. If that’s the case, simply log into your account and move on to the next section.

eBay sign in screen

Part 2 – Verify that the personal information about you on your account is correct.

Before you start selling, eBay will need to make absolutely sure that you’re a real person who is selling legitimate merchandise (as opposed to an automated computer program trying to defraud people). That means they’re going to need to know some verifiable information about you. You may have already provided some if you already have an account and have bought something before. Just in case you haven’t, though, here’s how to do it.

  1. Go to in your web browser and log into your account (if you’re not logged in already).
  2. Move your mouse cursor over your name in the top-left corner of the home page, and then select Account Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.eBay account settings
  3. Once you’re in your account settings, click Addresses in the “My eBay Views” box, and then click Change beside “Registration Address.” As a security measure, you will be asked to provide your account log-in credentials again.Change contact information form
  4. On the next page, you will be able to enter or correct the personal information associated with your account.Account registration information formClick in each of the text fields and drop-down menus in the box labelled “Enter Your Registration Information” and fill in your name, address, city, state/province/territory, mailing code, country, and gender. If you wish to change the email address, user ID, or phone number associated with your account, click the respective links on the right side of the box and follow the directions from there. When you’re finished, click Change Registration Information.
  5. On the next page, review your registration information to ensure that it’s all correct. If it is, click Submit. If not, click Cancel to go back to step 4 and make further changes.Confirm verified account information

Part 3 – Change your buyer account into a seller account.

Once you have your information verified on your account, you can start the actual process of creating a seller’s account. It’s a bit tricky to find out where to begin, though, so we’ve provided a shortcut for you.

  1. Visit the eBay seller account creation page.
  2. You will be asked to confirm your phone number. As you already added it to your account in the last section, it should already be there for you. Simply click Call Me Now to have eBay call your phone with a code that you need to input. When you get the call, click in the box labelled “Enter PIN” and type in the code that you hear. Then click Continue.[confirm- seller-account-phone-number-5]
  3. Next, you’ll need to add automatic payment information to your account in order for eBay to have somewhere to send any fees or other charges you may incur while using their services. You are given three choices for how to do so: “PayPal,” “Credit Card,” or “Bank Account.”If you choose “PayPal,” simply click Continue and follow the on-screen instructions to finish setting up automatic payments from your PayPal account to your eBay account.[set-up -automatic-payment-details-6]If you choose “Credit Card” or “Bank Account” instead, click in each of the text fields and drop-down menus that appear and fill in the requested information. Click Continue when you finish.

Part 4 – Link your verified PayPal account to your new seller’s account.

PayPal is the default method through which you’ll get paid for your sales. Therefore, unless you want to open an Internet merchant account with your bank, the easiest way to get paid is to create a PayPal account and link it to your eBay account. In addition, if you plan on purchasing an eBay Stores subscription, then your PayPal account must be “verified” (i.e. have a complete profile).

If you aren’t on PayPal yet, we can teach you how to set up a PayPal account (here). Also, if you chose “PayPal” as your automatic payment option in step 3 of the previous section, you’ve probably already done this part, so you can skip it.

  1. Go back to your Account Settings on eBay.​eBay account settings screen
  2. In the “My eBay Views” box, click PayPal Account. Then, in the main window of the page, click Link My PayPal Account. You will be asked to provide your account log-in credentials again, as a security measure.​Link PayPal account button
  3. You will now be asked to log into your PayPal account in order to complete the link. Click in the box labelled “Email Address” and type in the email address associated with your PayPal account. Then, click in the box labelled “Password” and type in the password that you picked to protect your PayPal account. When you’ve done both of these things, click Log In.PayPal account sign in screen
  4. Once your information checks out, click Return To eBay on the next page and you’ll be all set!Return to eBay page button


Alright! You’re all set to start selling on eBay now! If you ever want to take your selling game to the next level, check out our next tutorial on how to open and design an eBay Store. Until then, if you want to just jump straight into selling, head over to our article on how to list items for sale on eBay.