How to Use eBay’s Navigation Bar - dummies

By Marsha Collier

The navigation bar is at the top of the eBay home page and lists five eBay links that take you directly to different eBay areas. Using the navigation bar is kind of like doing one-stop clicking. You can find this bar at the top of every page on eBay. Hovering over some of the links reveals a subnavigation list with links to other, related (and important) places.

Here, without further ado, are the links on the navigation bar — and where they take you:

  • My eBay: Clicking the top level, the my eBay link, may bring you to different places. If you are new to the site, it will bring you to your personal my eBay transactions page. This is where you keep track of all your buying and selling activities and account information.

    If you’ve been selling on the site and are using Selling Manager, clicking this link will take you to those pages.

    By mousing over (and not clicking) the my eBay link, you make a drop-down menu appear with additional links:

    • Summary: Clicking here takes you to your eBay Summary page or your Selling Manager, based on how you’ve been using the site.

    • Bids/Offers: Clicking here takes you to a page that tracks any bids you’ve placed on items up for auction. It also shows any fixed-price listing in which you’ve placed an offer.

    • Watch List: Every eBay item has a link you can click to Watch that item. Doing so gives you the opportunity to bookmark an item for possible future purchase, or to keep an eye on bidding in an auction. Any item you’ve marked to Watch will be listed on this page.

    • Wish List: Here you can add eBay items to a wish list that you can share with friends who may feel the need to send you a gift. It is a very handy tool for birthdays, holidays, and major family events.

    • All Lists: This page duplicates the listing of items you are watching, along with any other lists you’ve set up.

    • Purchase History: If you buy on eBay, the site keeps an online record of every purchase you make. Clicking, and going to the Purchase History page, allows you to view all your purchases as far back as three years ago.

    • Selling: Here you’ll find an interactive list of all the items you currently have up for sale on eBay.

    • Saved Searches: If (like me) you have many different things you search for, eBay gives you a tool for saving certain searches you make. On the Saved Searches page, you can view, edit, or add product searches.

    • Messages: Click this link and you’ll be brought to the eBay message area. When someone wants to contact you regarding an eBay item, that person’s e-mail will appear here. You’ll also find messages from eBay — which it also sends to your registered eBay e-mail address.

      This is eBay’s private e-mail system where you can reply without exposing your personal e-mail address.

  • Sell: Takes you to the start of the Sell an Item form, which you must fill out to start your sale. The Sell drop-down menu also gives you these options through convenient links:

    • Sell an Item: Here’s your direct link to the Sell an Item form. Try to remember to click here directly when you want to list an item for sale — one step is easier than two, especially when the first step has promotional information.

    • Check for Instant Offers: This option is eBay’s little known recycling service for small electronics like phones or iPods. If you don’t want to put something up for sale and will accept quick cash, you can input the item here. You will find out how much eBay is willing to pay you before you complete the transaction.

    • Sell It For Me: If you’re new to eBay and think you’d much rather have someone else do the work for you, by clicking here you’ll be brought to eBay’s Trading Assistant page.

    • Seller Information Center: On this hub page, you’ll find tips on how to sell. You’ll also find links to eBay resources for sellers.

      Keep in mind that all informational links provided to you by eBay in these drop-down menus are just that: from eBay. They may be influenced by sponsorship deals or alliances with providers…get the drift? Don’t ever consider the information you get on eBay as unbiased.

  • Community: The drop-down menu you’ll find here gives you four options. Clicking the various options takes you to pages where you can find the latest eBay news and announcements, chat with fellow traders in the eBay community, try out new features, and find out more about eBay.

  • Customer Support: Mousing over this link gives you several options in which you can find answers to your questions about eBay. The most important is the Resolution Center. Here you can file cases with eBay regarding problematic transactions.

  • Cart: When you’re in a shopping frenzy on eBay, you’ll see your cart fill up. Click here to check out and pay for your items.