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How to Use eBay's Checkout

When you buy something in a store, you need to check out to pay. eBay isn't much different. eBay's Checkout is a convenient way to pay for your completed auctions and Buy It Now sales with a credit card or eCheck through PayPal.

Checkout is integrated directly onto the item page so that you can win and pay for an item in less than a minute. You may also be forwarded to a link to the seller's Checkout page if the seller uses a third-party Checkout system. When an auction is over, the item page will have Checkout information.

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When you click the Pay Now button, you're taken through the Checkout process. You pay for the item, and the seller is notified. You also get an e-mail confirming your payment, along with the seller's e-mail address.

If you don't have a balance in your PayPal account (from selling items), PayPal defaults to taking the payment from your registered bank account. If you prefer to pay with a credit card, you must find the link to change your payment method.

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If you're dealing with a Buy It Now or fixed-price listing, the page won't change much after you've purchased the item. After you commit to buy and confirm to eBay that you want to make a purchase, you're taken immediately to a page with a Confirm and Pay button.

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