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eBay Explained

Launched in 1995, eBay started as a place to trade collectables and hard-to-find items. Today eBay is a global marketplace where businesses and individuals can buy and sell practically anything.

You don't have to register to take a look at what's available, but you will need to register if you want to buy or sell. Register today. It's FREE!

There is something for everyone. You can buy practically anything at great prices. Whether you're looking for the latest electronics, designer fashion, rare antiques, your favourite toy, furniture for your home or even a new car, eBay has something for you.

There are many ways to buy, so you can choose the format that is best for you.

  • Experience the thrill of placing the winning bid on an auction-style item.
  • If you know what you want and you want to pay for it instantly, look for items that offer Buy It Now.

Find out more about Bidding & Buying

Making money on eBay is simple. Millions of people just like you sell on eBay everyday for lots of reasons:

  • Make some extra money
  • Clear up clutter around the house
  • Start your own business
  • Jump-start holiday savings

With millions of buyers and a safe and easy system, eBay is a great place to sell.

Get started selling

One of the safest places to trade online.

We are committed to making your experience on eBay safe and fun. Millions of items are sold every day and our community and Trust and Safety teams work together to provide a great way to complete your purchase or sale. There are many programmes in place to help you trade with peace of mind.

  • Feedback system
  • Buyer Protection programme
  • Dedicated Security Centre

Things rarely go wrong but should something happen, eBay is there to help.

Find out more about Trading Safely