Step-by-step guidelines on how eBay works in South Africa

eBay South Africa is notable for the comfort it grants customers in the sense that anyone can buy different products online and also sell at the same time.

The online store has come a long way a marketplace that consists of selling, trading, and buying many different types of products. 

The website is free to use for buyers, but sellers are charged fees for listing items after a limited number of free listings, and again when those items are sold.

But how do you go about buying and selling things on eBay in South Africa? Do you know the processes involved? Do you know how to access the eBay official website in South Africa?

If No!, these are the things that are discussed in this article. Take your time and learn.

How South Africa works

As said earlier, eBay operates in localised marketplaces that grant users the opportunity to buy local products and have them delivered wherever they want within the country.

When signing up an account, the only thing that you need is a functioning email address. And guess what? Once your account is set, not only will you be able to buy and sell, you will also have access to the benefits that other members enjoy. To sign up for an account, you will need to visit the official website of eBay za which is

You will need a business account if you want to sell large quantities, or if there are items that you made or bought and you are considering selling back. To register for a business account, simply choose the “create a business account” when you are on the “create an account” page.

How to buy from eBay South Africa

When buying on the marketplace, your first step, of course, is to browse the categories of products which are available on the marketplace. Once you see an item that you like, you can click on it to get further information, including the product description and pictures, payment options, and the shipping method.

Then, when paying for a chosen item, you have two options that you can choose from. You can opt for “Buy It Now” option, or you bid on the item.

Does eBay ship to South Africa?

The thing is that anyone can buy from the global marketplace and have the item(s) shipped into the country. The seller would have added a shipping method on the item that you can make use of by paying a token (depending on the quantity and weight of what you buy). Then, what influence the time of delivery are the country where your seller is and the shipping company that you use.

How to sell on eBay from South Africa

If you have some unwanted items that you want to clear out, you have something that you make and want to sell to others, then, selling on the platform is a good option worth considering. To go about that, here is what you need to do:

  • Once you log in to your account on the official website, at the top of your page, you will see the “Sell” button; click it, so that you can be redirected.
  • The other option is to go to “Sell your item” and you will be able to give your items descriptive titles. Then, you need to create a list of everything you want to sell.
  • Once you have done that, ensure that the details you inputted are correct and add an automatic payment method for whatever fees that may apply.

How do I sign in to my eBay account?

What you need to do is to visit South Africa through your smartphone or on an internet-enabled personal computer. Once you are on the official page, you will need to supply the correct email and password that you used to set up your account.

eBay South Africa app

Apart from trading on their website, there is a developed app that you can also download and use for buying and selling on their platform. In fact, among other things, you have the benefit of buying and selling while you are on the move. And good enough, the app is available for both Android and iOS.

If you use an iOS device, follow these steps:

  • Go to “Settings” and then click on “Notifications”. Once you have done that, choose eBay and then, “Allow notifications”, which you will turn on.
  • To choose the kinds of notifications that you want to be receiving, open the eBay app and go to “My eBay”. Then, go to “Settings” before clicking on “Notifications” to pick from the options.

If you use an Android device, do the following:

  • Go to “Settings” and scroll down to Apps. Choose eBay app and click on “Allow notifications”, which you will turn on.
  • To choose the kinds of notifications that you want to be receiving, open the eBay app before selecting from the dropdown list, which you will find at the top left corner of your device.
  • Then, go to “Settings” before clicking on “Notifications” to pick from the options.

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