Escrow - high value items

If you are buying (or selling) a high monetary value item then a safe way of managing the financial transaction is through using an escrow service. This is an option available to both the Buyer or Seller.

What is escrow?

Definition :
Noun : Money, property, a deed, or a bond put into the custody of a third party for delivery to a grantee only after the fulfillment of the conditions specified.
Verb : Place in custody or trust in this way.

The word 'escrow' is derived from an old French word 'escroue'; the meaning of which is a scrap of paper or a roll of parchment; this indicated the deed that a third party held until a transaction was completed.

Basically a 'Third Party' ("Escrow service provider who is a licensed and regulated company") that sits between the Buyer and Seller looking after both parties interests; ensuring the goods are recieved  and seller gets paid.

     Use caution when considering an escrow service

There are unfortuantely some fraudulent escrow services, the recommendation from ebay is to only use their approved escrow service from For the avoidance of doubt the escrow providers mentioned here are those specifically recommended by ebay. There are other approved and regulated escrow companies around the world which could be used to transact with, subject to the agreement of all interested parties.

For more information and advice from ebay on escrow services visit the ebay websites.
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     ebay approved escrow service -

It is important that only the approved escrow services are used. The ebay approved service is or the ebay approved international escrow service.

If you want to use escrow, then here's a simple quick overview of how it works:

  • Both the Buyer and Seller agree to use/transact payment through ebay approved escrow service (
  • The Buyer sends the payment to rather than paying the Seller directly.
  • tracks the delivery of the item.
  • The Buyer confirms receipt of the item to and only then does release the payment to the Seller.

To review the detailed process of how to use the escrow service on ebay - click here.

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Fees for escrow services varies in keeping with the value of the financial transaction. Click here to learn more about service fees.

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     International escrow services approved by eBay