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Dispatch time

The dispatch (or handling) time is the number of working days the seller will take to post the item after receiving your cleared payment. A payment is considered 'cleared' after the money from the buyer has been deposited into the seller's account. If the buyer pays by PayPal, the payment may clear immediately. However if the buyer pays by cheque or postal order, it may take several days.

The dispatch time does not include the transit time - i.e. the number of working days the postal service will take to deliver the item to you.

eBay provides buyers with an estimated delivery time based on the seller's dispatch time and the transit time for the delivery service(s) offered. By knowing the estimated delivery time, you can determine how long it will take to receive the item.

Working days are normal weekdays. Dispatch times don't include Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays. (Transit times don't include major holidays and Sundays, but may include Saturdays, depending on the delivery service provider.)

If you want to receive the item quickly, complete your payment to the seller as soon as possible. eBay recommends that you use a fast, safe payment method such as PayPal.