Posted by Chuck on January 30, 2018
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Published on January 30th, 2018 | by Chuck

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eBay Now Allows Gift Cards Usage without Paypal

We can now enter a gift card or promo code on eBay without using Paypal at all.

Back in mid-2015, eBay split Paypal off into a separate company, though there remains a 5-year agreement between the two about certain key partnership operations. In April 2016, eBay began tying an eBay gift card to the eBay account where it began it’s use, not the Paypal account. Sometime later, eBay introduced the option to checkout without logging into Paypal by simply entering your card information on the eBay site directly (though these payments are still processed by Paypal, whatever, it’s complicated…).

More recently, perhaps within the past month, eBay began allowing eBay gift cards or promo codes to be entered directly on their site, entirely without Paypal. (Hat tip to reader JasonP) Oddly, the eBay gift card terms have not yet been updated to reflect this change.

[Update 3/31/19: this is no longer working; you now need Paypal to apply a gift card or promo code. Terms are all the same, but they are now being enforced.]

As an aside, the current limits on eBay gift card usage are $2,000 per day, $5,000 per calendar month, and max eight gift cards in a single transaction. This used to be more interesting to us back in the day when it was possible to buy third party gift cards with eBay gift cards. Those days are long over.



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SG
SG

When I tried using my eBay bucks without paypal about a month ago it errored out

CMB
CMB

Yes, it works. I tried it yesterday (1/29) for the first time. I bought an ebay-gift card at Shoprite (with Chase-Pay for their promo) and then paid for my purchase with it on ebay. No paypal sign-in needed, and it paid for the purchase.

Ike
Ike

so can you use ebay gift cards to buy other gift cards?

Jason
Jason

already dead since 9/30/2016

chinagel
chinagel

“and max eight gift cards in a single transaction”
this used to be the case, but i recently checked out using 20 gc in on transaction.

Frank
Frank

So I assume the 2k/5k limits are limited to each eBay account now? Seems like an easy way to skirt the limits by just having multiple eBay accounts

John
John

I’ve had 4 out of 5 accounts shut down and “banned” for doing that but its probably due to me being sloppy with IP address/shipping address

Jonathan S
Jonathan S

If you don’t mind sharing, what kind of items were you purchasing?

Also, were you collecting eBay Bucks?

Dan
Dan

Kudos to whoever the ebay exec was that was able to launder all of that money under the guise of rolling gift cards. You da real MVP

MNY
MNY

OK, here’s something I have to try out, gosh would this make my year better.

My daughter (hmmmm) back in 2015 used some ebay gift cards to buy some metal, and shortly thereafter the purchase was reversed. We no longer use her ebay/PP acct. But those damn ebay gift cards got stuck in her ebay acct and PP refuses to unlock them from her account unless we send copious amounts of paperwork, which is not going to happen.
So if this changes somehow unlocks those gift cards, it’s a really good day.

Keeping fingers crossed.

Jason
Jason

eBay abandon PayPal, that’s good!

Tyson
Tyson

I’v never used eBay Gift cards before. No other card needed like credit card or anything?

Alex
Alex

Sadly, the limit is only $1.500 per month now. “no more than a total of $1500 in Gift Cards may be redeemed per calendar month”

Superman
Superman

Chuck This expired within the past month.
I avoided white ($25) and red ($50) GCs w/ fine print, “you need a PayPal account registered in the U.S.” and only used green ($25) and purple ($50) GCs w/ fine print, “you must have a U.S. registered eBay account and a U.S. shipping address.” Now, eBay points out that their online T&Cs never really did change.

Humberto
Humberto

I was able to buy an item with (debit card + eBay gift card). However I am trying again and it won’t let me. At first I thought it was due to the seller because I had to switch sellers in order for the combination to work (debit + gift card). But I have been trying several sellers now and it won’t work anymore.

04/18/2019

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