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Buying globally

eBay is a worldwide marketplace that connects you with sellers around the globe. The Global Buying Hub lets you shop for products from sellers worldwide who will ship to your location.  After you sign in, you specify your country and the language you want to use. When you search for an item, listings are shown in the currency and time-zone for the country you specify.

Using the Global Buying Hub

To use the Global Buying Hub:
  1. Sign in to the Global Buying Hub. If you're not already registered on an eBay site. you'll need to register on any eBay site. If you are already registered on any eBay site, you don't need to register again to use the Global Buying Hub.

  2. Select the country where you live, or from which you want to shop.

  3. Select the language you prefer.

  4. Search for items.

Language and communication with sellers

Your shopping experience will reflect the language preference you select. If you want to change the language you’re using, find the language drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the page and select the language you prefer. The listing description and title will remain in the language of the seller.

When communicating with the seller, remember that some phrases and terms are understood differently in different languages. If you don’t speak the same language as the seller, you might want to use translation software to translate key phrases. Some free translation services are available on the Internet, but many aren't 100% accurate, and eBay cannot guarantee their services. If you use such a service, provide simple, grammatically correct phrases to maximise the chance that the translation will be understandable.

The close time for all listings will be in the time zone for the country you’ve selected.

Currency

In your search results, prices are shown in local currency. Click the item you are interested in to see more details, including the current bid both in local currency and in the currency from where it is shipped. You can also use this currency converter.

Using PayPal

PayPal  is a safe, secure way to pay for your items and the preferred payment method for most eBay buyers and sellers. PayPal lets you send payments securely online using a credit card or bank account. When you send a payment using PayPal, the recipient won't ever see your credit card or bank account information.

Postage and customs information

The cost of postage to your location is usually listed in the item description. If you find that postage costs are not shown, you’ll need to contact the seller to find out the postage costs. Buyers and sellers are responsible for meeting any customs and documentation requirements for postage to a country or region.

Managing risk

You can minimise your trading risk by following these suggestions:

  • Carefully review the seller’s Feedback rating and comments.

  • Consider using escrow services for expensive items.

  • Use PayPal as a payment method to minimise the risk of unauthorised use of your credit card or bank account.

  • Insure your items in case they are damaged in postage.

Learn more about tools for international trading.

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