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How to use eBay gift cards

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Published onSeptember 29, 2022

You can use eBay gift cards to pay for all or part of your next purchase on the site. They also make a great gift if you’re unsure what someone would like; if you want to buy one, they’re easy to find online and in stores. However, finding where to redeem them on eBay can be tricky.

Read more: How to find a seller on eBay


To use an eBay gift card to pay for an item, enter the redemption code on the back of the card at checkout.

How to use eBay gift cards

So you’ve got yourself a gift card. Now you’re probably wondering how to use it? The first thing to do is to find the redemption code. Scratch off the security coating on the back of the plastic card to reveal your code. It’s easier using a coin. With digital cards, eBay will email the code to you.

When you’ve found an item you’d like to buy, you can use that code to apply the gift card towards your purchase. Once you are in the checkout phase of purchasing an item, scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter the redemption code in the Gift cards and coupons field.

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Select Apply to see your new total. Check the details to ensure the count is correct before selecting Confirm and pay. You can check your gift card’s balance here.

If you don’t have enough money on your gift card to cover the total cost of an item, you can pay the remaining balance using another payment method, such as a credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or PayPal. If there’s a remaining balance after using it, the amount will remain on the card for the next time you buy an item on eBay.


Yes, you need an eBay account registered in the country the card was purchased. You can create an eBay account at any time.

If you return an item you bought with a gift card, the amount you used will be refunded to your account.

If you use a gift card to buy an item, you won’t get your money back unless you request a refund. Learn how to contact eBay support.

You cannot use an eBay gift card to buy bullion, coins, paper money, virtual currency, or coupons.

You can buy them at a variety of stores. For a complete list of retailers, click here.

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