The breadth and depth of eBay's website can seem daunting to users who have recently joined eBay, but eBay's website is actually not difficult to navigate once you consider its basic functions. At the simplest level, eBay is composed of eight basic website areas. Click on the links below to read more about them:
- The front page at www.ebay.com.
- Lists of the categories in which sale items can be found.
- Search or browse results that list items for sale within a category or based on your keyword searches.
- Individual item listings giving price, description, and (usually) a photo of the item.
- Selling tools used to list your own items for sale.
- My eBay, the page used to manage your own account, purchases, and items for sale.
- eBay Help, where you'll find instructions, rules, policies, and answers to common questions.
- eBay Community, where you can interact with other eBay users.
You Don't Need to Master Them All
Though you should understand the basics of eBay's front page and of your own "My eBay" page, you don't need to master every area of the website in order to use eBay effectively. For example, if you only wish to buy on eBay and have no intention to sell, you need only learn about those portions of the site used to buy items. Similarly, many members have used eBay successfully for years without ever having accessed either the Help or Community portions of the site.
Still, if you plan on or find yourself doing a lot of eBaying as you become more familiar with what eBay has to offer, explore Searching Effectively, Buying Effectively, and Selling Effectively for tips and tricks that will help you to enjoy eBay to its fullest.