That isn’t to say that it’s not worth using eBay in Portugal. It is. Even though there aren’t a huge number of Portuguese sellers on eBay, there are plenty from other European countries like the United Kingdom and Germany. Even with the cost of postage included, it’s often cheaper to order through Amazon or eBay particularly for many household and electrical items.
That doesn’t necessarily mean second-hand items, either. Although eBay started out as an auction site for second-hand items, these days, most of the items sold through eBay are brand new.
Of course, a large proportion of the products sold on eBay are second-hand and it is a great place to go to find second-hand or vintage products. The sellers will generally be from Northern European countries (UK, Germany, Ireland, etc.) but many will post to another country, especially a European country like Portugal.
If you’re specifically looking to buy second-hand items from Portuguese sellers, you are probably better off looking at one of the many classifieds websites that exist in Portugal like OLX, Custo Justo, and segunda-mão.net.
How to use eBay in Portugal
Regardless of which eBay site you’re using (eBay.co.uk, eBay.de, eBay.es, etc), what you want to be able to see is the cost of the product (including postage) to Portugal.
The easiest way to do this is to create an account and register your Portuguese address. Then, when you’re logged in eBay will show you 1) listings that can be sent to Portugal and 2) the final cost, including postage costs.
Tip: if you already have an eBay account, make sure your primary address is your Portuguese address.
You can also go to eBay.es and search for whatever you’re looking for in English (toaster, kettle, football jersey, etc). Most of the results you get back will be from UK sellers who ship to Spain. And, if they ship to Spain, there’s a good chance they ship to Portugal as well. (This also works if you search eBay.es in German.)
Other tips for using eBay in Portugal
Ordering from within the EU is easier
If you buy a product from outside of Europe (for example: the USA) then it’s likely to get intercepted by Portuguese customs. Aside from the import costs you’ll have to pay, this can be quite annoying and will delay your package for at least a few days.
Now eBay does have a ‘Global Shipping Program’ where you can prepay the import charges, however, doing this doesn’t mean your item won’t slide through customs effortlessly. You’ll still get a phonecall and be asked to produce paperwork showing the item’s value and whether or not the customs charges have been paid.
So, if you can, order from a European seller unless the payoff is worth it. The easiest way to avoid US sellers is to go to eBay.co.uk (for English speakers) and then also to make sure European Union is selected from the checkbox on the left-hand side.