How to Set an Ebay Listing to Start at a Certain Time

By Filonia LeChat

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For eBay sellers who believe good things come to those who wait, timing an eBay listing just right may make a major difference. Although the default when selling on eBay is to have an auction go live immediately, eBay offers timed listings for a small fee. This may be ideal when you want to create listings for merchandise not yet in hand or plan for a time when you’ll be away from the computer but want to keep selling. Sellers may list up to 3,000 items up to three weeks in advance. The ability to set an eBay listing to start at a certain time doesn’t appear by default but is easily accessed from the selling page.

Sign in to eBay, hover the cursor over “Sell” and choose “Sell an Item.”

Step through the first “Create your listing” page, including adding a title, item specifics, a description and pictures. eBay requires at least one image.

Scroll to the “Choose how you’d like to sell your item” section and click the “Add or remove options” link.

Click the “Scheduled start” check box and click the “Save” button. Note that this is not the default, so you won’t see it on the listing page until you activate the button.

Click the “Schedule start time” radio button to enable the timer selection.

Click the drop-down arrows to choose the month, day and time when the auction should start. Note that all times are Pacific Coast Time, so adjust your plans accordingly.

Continue to complete the rest of the options on the page, including how to receive payment and any buyers you wish to block.

Click “Continue” to move to the preview page and preview your listing if desired.

Click the “List your item” button. Note that this won’t list your item immediately – eBay just doesn’t have a button called “Schedule your item to be listed” but will wait until the time you selected and then list it for you.


There is a fee to use the time scheduler. This appears both when you click the “Schedule start time” radio button as well as in the “Review your fees” recap, right before you click “List your item.”