You have well heard about eBay.  It is the world’s most famous online shopping venue. You’ve heard that it’s a great place to shop online for bargains, rare goods, or even everyday needs. You’ve heard that it’s also a great place to start your own business or maybe to turn your old, used things into extra cash. You can visit and search as a “Guest” on eBay, but to bid, buy and finally sell your items on eBay, you had to “become a member”.

Not to worry. Joining eBay is an easy process and it cost you nothing to join. If you’re ready to take the plunge and become a part of the eBay community, here’s how to do it, one step at a time.

Step 1: Click “register” on eBay

Near the upper-left of eBay’s front page, you should see a message that says “Welcome! Sign in or register.” Click on the word “register” to begin the registration process. Note: If instead you see a personal welcome phrase like “Hi, Mary! (Sign Out)” you should click on the words “Sign out” immediately to the right of the welcome phrase. The page will reload, this time showing the “register” link that you need to click.

Step 2: Tell eBay about yourself

After clicking on the “register” link in Step 1, eBay asks you to complete a web form. This form asks for various kinds of personal information, providing eBay with enough information to open a trading account for you. In the first area, labeled “Tell us about you,” enter the following:

Your first and last names where requested.

Your street address, city, state or province, zip or postal code, and country in each labeled space.

The telephone number you use most, along with an extension (leave it blank if you don’t have one).

Your email address. Enter it twice, once in the upper box and once in the lower box. Be sure that you enter it in the same way each time. eBay asks twice to be sure that you’ve typed it correctly each time.

Step 3: Choose a user ID, password, and security question

In the next area of the form, eBay asks you to choose and enter a nickname by which you’ll be known on eBay, a password to protect your account, a security question to protect your password in case you forget it, and your date of birth, which eBay must have for legal reasons. Complete this part of the form by entering or selecting a:

Nickname of your choosing be inserted in the first box. Since there are millions of users on eBay, it’s likely that no matter what your first choice is, you’ll choose a name someone else is already using. Click on the “Check your user ID” box after you enter your nickname of choice and eBay will tell you whether or not someone else is already using the name you’ve selected.

Password of your choosing. Each time you log into eBay, you’ll be asked to provide this password so that nobody else can buy or sell in your name. Enter the password twice, once in the upper box and once in the lower box. Once again, be sure that you enter it in the same way each time.

Secret question to protect your password (drop-down list). Click on the list to see a series of personal questions and choose one that you can answer easily and quickly. If you ever lose your password, eBay will ask you this question in order to verify your identity before helping you to choose a new password.

Correct answer to the question that you’ve just chosen (enter the answer in box). Again, if you ever lose your password, eBay will ask you the question you’ve chosen above. The answer you provide at that time will be compared to the answer you supply here. This is a simple way for eBay to check your identity before helping you with password problems.

Date of birth. Select the month and day that you were born from the drop-down lists, then entering the year in which you were born into the box at the lower-right.

Step 4: Prove you’re a human and agree to terms

You’ll now be asked to prove that you’re a human being rather than an Internet-based “bot” (shot for robot) creating eBay accounts for questionable purposes. This helps to keep eBay’s trading environment safe for humans. You’ll also be asked to agree to eBay’s terms of service. Here’s what to do:

Read to the best of your ability the messy, captcha text that eBay provides. Do your best to enter the identical text into the comparison box.  If you get the text wrong, eBay will ask you to try again in a few moments. This test (reading convoluted text and then entering it) is designed to be an impossible task for “bots” to complete. Unfortunately, it is also difficult for many humans to complete, so it may take you several tries to get it right.

Click on the links marked “user agreement” and “privacy policy” and read all terms, then check the box indicating that you agree with these terms.

When you’re done, click the “Register” button to complete the first form required for eBay registration.

Once you’ve clicked the “Register” button, be sure to wait for a moment to be sure that the form was accepted. If you’ve filled out any part of the form incorrectly or your answers require adjustment, eBay will tell you so. If that happens, go over Steps 2, 3, and 4 above to be sure that you’ve completed the form correctly. Read eBay’s response carefully to see if there are any additional instructions that must be followed.

Step 5: Carefully check your email box for confirmation

Once you’ve successfully submitted the first registration form, check your email box for a message from eBay with the subject “Complete your eBay Registration–last step.” Once the message arrives, open the message and look for a button marked “Activate Now.”

If you see such a button, click on it.

If you do not see such a button, but you do see a box titled “If the above link does not work,” follow the steps provided in the box carefully. They will ask you to write down a confirmation code (be sure to differentiate between upper and lowercase letters) and then to enter that code after following a link to eBay.

If you see neither an “Activate Now” button nor a box titled “If the above link does not work,” look for a box titled “This is the last step, we promise! – Activate your eBay membership” and click on the link below it.

After you’ve completed any one of the three options above, you should see an eBay confirmation page informing you that you have successfully created an eBay account.

In next article, I will explain about how to join PayPal to enable you to do your buying and selling seamlessly on eBay.  Like, eBay, PayPal is also free to join in easy steps.