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To purchase an item on eBay you can Buy It Now at a fixed price, make a best offer, or place a bid on an auction.

Buy It Now

In some listings you can select Buy It Now to buy an item immediately at a fixed price. In auction-style listings, the Buy It Now option is only available in most categories until someone makes a bid. The option goes away and the item is then sold to the highest bidder.

Make a best offer

Some Buy It Now listings give you the option to make an offer at a lower price. Enter the price you’d like to pay, and the seller then decides whether to accept your offer or counteroffer.

Place a bid

You can bid on an item in an auction by entering your bid amount in the listing. We'll let you know if someone else bids higher so you can bid again.


To avoid being outbid, enter the highest amount or maximum bid you're willing to pay. Our automatic bidding system increases your bid in increments so you're the highest bidder until it reaches your maximum bid. If someone bids higher than your maximum, we'll let you know in case you want to bid again.

Only bid on items you intend to buy. In most cases, you can’t retract your bid. If you win, you must pay the seller.

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