Finally, I have successfully made my first purchase from eBay. Undeniable, there are plenty goods available in eBay that are quite difficult to be find in local. The main problem I faced was to make a payment to sellers.
The most widely accepted payment method in eBay may be Paypal. Interestingly, some sellers only allow Paypal verified members to be their customers for security issues. Thus, Paypal appears to be indispensable for us to make a deal in eBay.
For international purchases, US dollar may be the most convenient currency. Due to the fact that I cannot convert my RM (Malaysia dollar) to US dollar in my Paypal account, the use of credit card appears to be my last resort. For consumers who do not have a credit card, debit card is now accepted by Paypal to make payment. Nonetheless, please make sure you have enough balance in my saving account when you use your debit card.
The following three steps summarise the ways I used to buy my interested goods from eBay.
1. Maybank Debit Card to PayPal
First thing first. The first thing is to set a limit of my purchase via Maybank ATM. After that, register/login your Paypal account. Then, add your debit card to your Paypal account. (P/S: Before that, I set 'no purchase' via Maybank ATM. Consequently, Paypal was unable to add my debit account. It costed me few hours to figure out that was wrong)
2. To be verified Paypal user
Simply click on verify option that available in your Paypal account. RM10 from your credit / debit card account will be deduced for this verification. You need to key-in the number that appears on your statement (please follow Paypal comprehensive instruction if confused) to verify your credit / debit card. After that verification, the RM10 will be return to your Paypal account. For my case, no fee has been charged.
3. Link eBay to Paypal
To link your Paypal account to your eBay account, you need to login your eBay account first. Click on "My eBay", then select "Account". In that section, you should find an option to add your Paypal account.
After these three simple steps, you shall be able to buy your interested goods from international sellers via eBay.
Somethings that shall be considered:
- Make sure the address in your PayPal account is the address for your shipment. For security purpose, sellers tend to ship the goods to the address that stated in your Paypal.
- Make sure your Password is a combination of number and alphabet for security purpose.
- To have a good reputation. Buy and pay what you want. Don't play cheating or stupid in eBay.
- Contact seller for any enquiry before make any purchase.
- For debit card user, make sure your bank account have enough money for payment.
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Written by: Xaivier Chia
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