Join Christopher Matthew Spencer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an eBay account, part of eBay Essential Training: Buying.
In order to buy on the eBay web site, you'll need an account so that you can be identified by other users and eBay staff. This account will permit you to both buy and sell. A seller's account does require more steps, but to start buying it's fast and easy to become a member of the eBay community. In this movie, we'll focus on opening an eBay account, so that you'll be allowed to place bids on auction-style listings and use the Buy It Now feature of the web site, as well as participate in other parts of the eBay site--such as posting to the various eBay communities.
From the ebay.com homepage, click on the register link here by the eBay logo. In the individual registration page, you'll see that you can register as an individual, but you also have the option, if you want to, to register as a company. Go ahead and fill in all the information. So first, you fill in your name, and then your address, and then your telephone number. Then you'll need to fill in your e-mail address. Then you need to re-enter it.
Select the user ID that you'll use on eBay. This user ID is how everyone on the site will identify you, and it's your legitimate alias for eBay trading. Use an ID that fits your personality, such as for me I might use chrislovescollectibles. Keep in mind that there are millions of eBay users, and your preferred name may be already taken. But you can always add some additional information to the name to get that name you want, such as chrislovescollectibles2010.
So I entered in chrislovescollectibles2010, and eBay tells me this ID is available for me to use. Go ahead and enter a password. It's important to select a password that is hard to guess but it is easy for you personally to remember. Then go ahead and re-enter your password. In this next section, you'll need to select a secret question. Pick a security question and answer to assist you in recovering your account information in case you lose your password, or if eBay needs to identify you when you're calling customer support.
Then go ahead and enter your date of birth. Don't be shy about it. eBay needs to confirm that you are at least 18 years of age, and this also helps ensure that everyone on the eBay community is a real person and not an Internet scammer. This makes the entire eBay marketplace a much better and safer trading environment. Trading on eBay is safe, and you can trust this company. Next, you want to enter the verification code, which is the random number on the form, to prevent automated computers from registering on the eBay site.
You'll see this option, but hang on for a second. We'll cover doing that in the later movie. eBay might limit buying activity for new members or when the activity of a member is unusual. As your feedback rating on eBay improves, limits can be avoided. You can also avoid bidding and buying limitations by registering for a PayPal account, or optionally placing a credit card or a debit card on file, or becoming an ID-verified member of the eBay community. Any bids over $15,000 do require a valid credit or debit card, or ID verification of your account to help ensure that members making large purchases are of legal age and prepared to follow through with the transaction.
We're all done with basic registration. As a registered user on eBay, you can start making purchases right away. It's important to learn about the eBay online marketplace, so before you do anything or bid on anything, I'd like to give you a full education about this process of finding deals and paying for them.
- Creating an eBay account
- Contacting Customer Support
- Browsing listings
- Shopping for real estate and cars
- Saving and filtering search results
- Reviewing seller feedback
- Reviewing payment terms and shipping options
- Bidding and re-bidding on an item
- Using the Shopping Cart feature
- Handling problem transactions
- Avoiding phishing attempts and scams