Buying and Selling on eBay in Pakistan

Updated on May 14, 2018
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The author is an undergrad electrical engineering student continually facing challenging doses of higher engineering mathematics!

Fortunately for you, there are some ways that can give you the power to use eBay in Pakistan. Selling and buying on eBay whilst being in Pakistan is difficult (due to the restrictions imposed by Paypal) but not impossible. You can employ a few shrewd ways to see if it works for you.

Ebay Pakistan
Ebay Pakistan

Selling on Ebay in Pakistan

To date, as per my current research, their is no direct way through which Pakistani's can sell on eBay. eBay does accept credit and debit cards which may be processed through an internet payment gateway but eBay only allows Authorize.net as its official payment gateway partner which is also not offering its services in Pakistan, not even through its re-sellers.

The Work Around

The only way we can follow is to ask our friends and relatives residing abroad (not only in the United States but other countries as well) to manage a PayPal account or a Payflow services (PayPal's payment gateway) integrated API for us.

It is then possible to send the goods via DHL, FedEx or UPS while staying complaint with eBay's policies. The process will work as follows:

  1. Your relative sets up a PayPal account or a Payflow services payment gateway and an eBay account from abroad.
  2. He also links both of them as required by eBay.
  3. You can login to that account from Pakistan and create listings.
  4. If a buyer purchases a product, he will make a payment to your relative's PayPal account or Bank account connected with Payflow gateway.
  5. You ship the item from Pakistan upon receiving verification of payment.
  6. Your relative may remit the total earning back once a month via Western Union.

I know a few people running their businesses using this way but it is still a difficult work around and will require full support of your relatives and friends.

What can you sell on eBay?

You can try eBay to see who will pay the best price for your branded items or precious collectibles, things that are best to sell for Pakistani sellers may include:

  • Handicrafts
  • Gemstones
  • Antiques
  • Jewelry
  • Leather goods

You may however find it difficult to beat the competition on eBay for other products because of high postage prices which will add to the price of any product you will sell.

Buying on Ebay in Pakistan

Check out the following methods and see which one you can try. Few of them are quite risky and may result in money being lost.

Debit Cards

Virtually all of the sellers accept credit cards and debit cards on eBay so you can use your Visa or MasterCard but as these payments are processed through Paypal there is always some risk of payment being blocked.

A detailed procedure for this method is explained here.

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I suggest you use Payoneer MasterCard or Virtual Credit Cards (Google it) as they are based abroad to overcome the country restriction imposed by Paypal. Note that you will not find Pakistan in the country drop down menu on the last page so I am not sure Pakistan-based cards will work or not but Payoneer will definitely work. I am still searching for other viable alternatives and will post as soon as I find them.

Important Tip

Always try to ship your parcels via express mail or registered post. That way you will have a tracking number which will help you trace your parcel, so you will know when it gets into the customs and then you can personally go to the customs of your city and get it cleared.

Third Party Paypal Account

This is another safe and secure way however for this you need a loyal friend or relative living abroad. Easy and simple:

  • After you complete the purchase ask the seller to send a payment request to your friends Paypal account.
  • Ask your friend to pay it.
  • Remember to notify the seller about your shipping address because the seller will automatically get your friends shipping address in place of yours.

Paypal Itself!

What else could be easier than this (you won't get your money back if Paypal catches you!)?

  1. Make a Paypal account with a fake name and address using a fake IP address, few people in Pakistan are operating stealth Paypal accounts so it is not impossible for you to get one up and running.
  2. Load some funds into it.
  3. When making an account on eBay for purchasing you must ensure that your Paypal name and address match with those on eBay.
  4. Notify the seller of the correct shipping address and Pay.

Other Ways

You can contact the seller through a message and ask him to accept payment via some other methods which are not allowed on eBay however for this you will have to trust the seller and it is not recommended. They Include:

  • Western Union
  • Bank Wires (Available in Pakistan)
  • Sending cheque through the mail

What Can You Buy?

Things that are hard to find in the local market can be found on eBay. Sometimes you can find cheap secondhand items as well.

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      Muhammad Faisal 

      5 weeks ago

      which types of products we can deal over here and what is the trust worth of ebay?

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      2 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      ebay now allows sellers to accept payments through credit and debit cards as well.

      I will be updating this article on the process within a week and you can check back soon.

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      sabashah310@gmail.com 

      2 months ago

      brother I am from Pakistan and want to sell clothing stuff on eBay, will you tell me about skrill payments, that is acceptable on eBay or not.

    • alikhan3 profile imageAUTHOR

      StormsHalted 

      2 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      If you have a relative/friend abroad, then it will be a lot easier for you.

      I know people who are running businesses from Pakistan and selling abroad through DHL/Fedex, Your product will be successful if it is highly unique.

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      Maryam 

      2 months ago

      hi, i am interested in selling clothes on ebay from pakistan, can you please guide we through it. thanks

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      Waqas 

      13 months ago

      I just want to know how much money can you make on ebay maximum monthly?

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      Nuzzo 

      2 years ago

      Even though PayPal isn't supported in Pakistan, I actually contacted Auction Essistance to have them help me open an account in a different country.

      So far it has been working great as of recent.

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