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How to Save Money at eBay

Find out what kind of sales you'll find at this popular auction marketplace.
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eBay is an online marketplace that offers millions of new and used items for sale through auction-style or fixed-price listings. You can buy practically anything on eBay, from individual sellers or major retailers with storefronts on the site.

Here are the types of discounts you can expect to find at eBay, and tips on how you can save on your next purchase.

Types of Coupons at eBay

Getting a deal on eBay often involves scouting for auctions to bid on the item you want to purchase or locating steep discounts on Buy It Now items, but eBay also offers coupon codes that can potentially yield extra savings at checkout. These codes are released up to three times per month and are typically available for one to four days at a time, but most are specific to certain products or purchases from select sellers. Using a coupon at eBay requires payment by PayPal.

Discounts to Expect

The most general coupons eBay offers for use by any customer give discounts of $5 to $20 off fixed-price listings in broad categories, such as home and garden, tech, or fashion. Some coupons do not require selecting from a particular category, but instead apply to select sellers. Coupons that give a percentage off occasionally come up, but they usually have a max discount amount and may only apply to one item. The minimum purchase for codes is often $100 or more, although it can be much less for smaller ticket items, such as cell phone accessories.

In addition to codes released for use by anyone, eBay also sends offers to select customers by invitation only. These will only work for those who receive an email with details of the promotion or a message in My eBay and use the account associated with the recipient to redeem the offer.

More Ways to Save at eBay

Since eBay coupon codes come up fairly infrequently and often apply to specific purchases, they can't be heavily depended on to get a discount. But, there are other ways to save money shopping at eBay.

You can sign up for the eBay Bucks program, which is free to join and offers 2% back on qualifying purchases with payment by PayPal. Items that are eligible will have a Bucks icon listed on the product page. Bucks are calculated quarterly and earning a minimum of $5 in a quarter is required to receive any rewards. That's a $250 minimum purchase per quarter, but it can work well for those who shop at eBay frequently or have a larger purchase to make. There are also cases where special bonus offers for earning extra Bucks become available on select purchases.

You can also frequently check the eBay Daily Deals page for featured discounts of up to 90% off and free shipping on a wide range of fixed-price items from select top sellers. These deals are updated each day and some offers may last for less than a day if inventory runs out. There are also various sale events featured on the Daily Deals page, as well as in other places around the site, that offer discounts on a selection of products, either from one seller or multiple sellers. These sales last for a few days to a couple of weeks and also typically include free shipping. We've seen some cases where a major retailer with an Bay storefront offers a sale event on eBay that they don't make available on their own website.

Shipping Costs

Free shipping is included with many items sold on eBay, but it is dependent on the seller. Check the product page for details on shipping costs.

How to Redeem a Code at eBay

Add an item to the shopping cart and click Proceed to Checkout. On the Review Order page, select the PayPal payment option and enter the code in the redemption code box. There is a limit of one coupon per order and many coupons can only be used once per account.

Where to Find eBay Coupon Codes

If you're ready to shop at eBay, be sure to check our eBay coupons page for all of the discounts available now and check back often for newly released offers.

Do you have a tip for saving money at eBay? Please share in the comments below.


Coupon Editor

Sarah Jones joined DealNews in 2005 and currently manages the team that publishes coupons and breaks down the info in Black Friday ads, one item at a time. She enjoys family, music, writing, and fashion.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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