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Resolving buying problems

Find out what to look for before you bid or buy, and how to avoid common mistakes.

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Go to the seller's profile page by clicking on their username, either from the listing page or from your Purchase history page in My eBay, then click the Contact link.
It may be just a simple misunderstanding. Email your trading partner. If that doesn’t work, request their contact information and try to call them. You can also use these tips to try to work things out.
If you haven’t placed a bid yet, use the Ask a question link in the listing. If you’ve already won or bought the item, email or call the seller and ask if a different payment method can be worked out.
If your item hasn't arrived, or is significantly different from its description, first contact the seller. Find out what else you can do to resolve the issue.
If you buy an item and the seller doesn't receive payment within 4 days, eBay may open an unpaid item case. If you don’t respond within 4 days after the case is opened, the unpaid item may be recorded on your account.

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