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Selecting Payment Methods You’ll Accept

Offering payment choices makes your listing more appealing, and most sellers offer more than one option. However, not all payment methods provide the same value to inspire buyer confidence. It’s important to consider the buyer’s perspective when selecting typical payment options. You should offer as many payment options in your listing as possible.

Buyers’ questions about payment methods include:

  • Is it traceable and is there proof of payment?

  • Is it fast and convenient?

  • How secure is it?

  • What is the liability coverage in case something goes wrong?

For a comparison of payment methods from a buyer’s perspective, see About Payment Methods.

Tip: Save time specifying payment methods by using eBay Checkout. You can set payment preferences for all of your listings using My eBay.

Payment methods used by eBay sellers include:

Important note for cross border trade sellers: To keep eBay a safe place for both buyers and sellers, you must have a PayPal account verified and linked to your eBay account if you want to sell globally. Learn more.

Cash - eBay does not recommend cash or cash wire transfers as a payment method. The lack of transaction protections, and traceability represent major risks with little to no remedy for transaction problems (see Sending Payments: Benefits and Risks).

Getting paid with PayPal

PayPal is a safe and efficient way to get paid on eBay, and it's the payment method used most frequently by our buyers.


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