How to Get and Use eBay Coupons to Save Money

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Want to get even better deals on the things that you buy on eBay? There are eBay coupons scattered all around the Internet that you can use to get a better deal on your order when you check out.

What are eBay coupons?

eBay coupons are special codes that you can get from eBay through email, or that you can find scattered around various coupon websites. You can use them when you pay for an order to reduce the cost by, say, getting free shipping or by getting a percentage off an order’s price if it’s over a certain amount.

How do I get eBay coupons?

Getting eBay coupons directly from eBay

You can sometimes get coupons straight from eBay by signing up to receive them at the email address that you used to register for eBay. To do this:

1. Go to in your web browser and log in.

2. Move your mouse cursor over your name in the top-left corner, and then click Account Settings.

eBay account settings

3. Click Communication Preferences.

Select Communication Preferences

4. Click Show beside “Promotions and Surveys” and make sure that the check box beside “General Email Promotions” is checked. If it isn’t, click it to mark it, and then click Save.

Click to enable email promotions

Getting eBay coupons from external websites

Certain virtual coupon websites on the Internet, such as FatWallet, GoodShop, CouponFollow, and UltimateCoupons contain coupon codes for certain products or services on eBay. They generally look like this (though you may have to click Reveal Coupon or something like that to get to them):

Find eBay coupons on other external websites that you can use on eBay

In either case, once you find a code, be sure to write it down, as well as information on what it can be used for or when it expires.

How to use eBay coupons

1. Go to in your web browser and log in.

2. Find an item (or items) on eBay that you wish to purchase and Buy It Now (or add it to your virtual shopping cart, and then proceed to the virtual checkout). See steps 1 through 6 in our How to Buy on eBay tutorial for help with this.

3. Once you get to the checkout page, click in the box that says “Redemption Code” and type in the code that you wrote down. Then click Apply.

Type in your redemption code to get savings on eBay

If the code doesn’t work, re-check the fine print on it (including the items you can or can’t use it on, or when it expires), or try a different code.

That’s a brief lesson on how to use eBay coupons! Our next tutorial will teach you how to update your eBay account settings.