How to Create an eBay Seller Account

Step-by-step guide

Want to sell online for export? eBay is the best place to do this!

Here you will find:

  • A worldwide community of more than 180 million shoppers
  • Rich selling management functionality and useful tools to increase sales
  • Transparent fees
  • Russian-speaking support

Get inspired by these eBay successful sellers!

To start selling on eBay you need to create a Seller Account.

We will be with you at every stage of this journey and support if required.

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How to create a PayPal account

To accept payments from buyers, you need to create a PayPal account. PayPal is a worldwide online payments system that allows you to securely send and accept payments.

We recommend you to create a PayPal account in advance, before you get your eBay Seller Account. But you can do it any time later.

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How to register for an eBay Account

If you already have an eBay account, you can skip this step by going directly to the seller’s registration page.

If you don't have an eBay account, it's time to create one right now.

Step-by-step guide:

  1. Go to ebay.com
  2. Select Register and click on it
  3. You'll be redirected to the Registration page — it opens in new window or tab

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You can create an eBay account in several ways:

  1. By filling in the Registration form
  2. By using Facebook account
  3. By using Google account

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You need to follow a few simple rules when filling in the Registration form:

  1. Fill in the form using the Latin alphabet
  2. Use your current email address
  3. Remember or write down the password you use during registration. Do not transfer the password to third parties
  4. Click Create Account Button

How to create an eBay Seller Account

Now when you have an eBay account and a PayPal-linked bank card, you can get an eBay Seller Account.

To do this, you need to fill out a form with your contact information. This form will be offered to you at any first contact with the seller's services. For example:

  1. Main page > My eBay drop-down menu > Selling
  2. My eBay > Account tab > Seller Dashboard
  3. My eBay > Activity tab > Sell

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Confirming personal information

At one of the stages, the registration system may ask you to confirm your phone number using a form. To do this, you need to enter a security code in a special field.

You can get the security code (PIN code) in two ways:

  • by SMS to the specified phone number
  • by call to the specified phone number

Enter the PIN you received and select Continue to finish updating your settings.

Seller's account created. You will be automatically redirected to the Selling Overview page with a welcome message.

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On the Selling Overview page you can create your first listing by clicking the List an Item button.

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However, we recommend that you complete the Seller Account settings first. 

You should now:

  • Set up your eBay payment method
  • Link your PayPal account to your eBay account

To do this, go to the Account tab.

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On the Account tab, select the Personal Info section. 

Then select the Personal Information section in it.

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  • Select Update your automatic payment method
  • Click the link in it
  • You'll be redirected to the Automatic payment method page

Setting up the Automatic payment method to pay for any eBay selling fees or charges

On this page, you can choose the Automatic payment method.

The best payment method is PayPal. So you can get paid for the goods and pay fees from the same account.

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If you choose to pay by PayPal, you'll be redirected to the PayPal website to complete the process.

If you already have a PayPal account, after logging in to the PayPal site, you will be asked to confirm the selected payment method.

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If you don't have a PayPal account yet, you need to register and confirm the chosen payment method.

Remember that you can always change the payment method or make a one-time payment.

To link your eBay account to your PayPal account

  • In My eBay, select the Account tab
  • Then select the Payments section and select PayPal Account in it

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  • If you don't already have a PayPal account click the Register button
  • You will be taken to the PayPal site. You'll be asked to log in to PayPal to finish linking your accounts

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Congratulations! You have an eBay Seller Account!

Some settings of an eBay Seller Account

There are two types of eBay Seller Accounts:

  • Personal, created for a private individual
  • Business, created for a legal entity, that is, a company or a sole proprietor

If you plan to sell on eBay as a legal entity, you need to change the type of account.

Go to My eBay page:

  1. In the Account tab, select the Personal Information
  2. In the Personal Information go to Account Information, then select Account type and click Edit
  3. Put the Business name in the form and click Change to Business Account

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It is important! When you change your account type, you need to change the eBay fees payment method, because the Business Account does not allow you to pay fees via PayPal.

Please, pay attention!

If your account is showing as unverified then you may have problems with eBay or you may be at risk from attempted fraud.

To avoid this, you need to verify your PayPal account.

To become a verified user, you must do the next steps in your PayPal account:

  1. Confirm your email address.
    Go to the Profile tab, click Edit next to the email address you wish to confirm. Follow further instructions.
  2. Add and confirm your bank card. To do this, go to the Account tab in your account.
    • Linking the card to PayPal account will start when you click on the Bank Accounts and Cards button
    • To begin, click on the Add card button in the card menu
    • To link the card to PayPal, enter all the data and click the Save button

To confirm your bank card that linked to PayPal account:

  • Click the card that needs to be confirmed to open information about it
  • Click on the Confirm button. After that, PayPal will charge a certain amount from your card and transfer it to your wallet. Then you’ll receive an SMS that the money is written off with a code like this: PP*1234
  • Click Confirm button again, you will be prompted to enter the code. Enter the code from the SMS
    To enter the code:
    • Log in to your PayPal account
    • Click Profile
    • Click My money
    • Click Update beside Credit cards
    • Follow further instructions

A 4-digit PayPal code appears on your debit or credit card statement with the charge. Your code will look like this in the item description section of your statement: PayPal*1234 CODE or PP*1234 CODE.

If you view your card statements online, you can check for the code in a few days. Otherwise, check for the code when you receive your next statement by mail.

Note: PayPal will charge $1 from your card. Once you have confirmed your card, this amount is refunded to your PayPal account immediately or to your card within 30 days.

Your eBay Seller Account is ready to go.

It remains only to create a listing and post it.

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