How to Purchase an Item On Etsy

To purchase an item on Etsy:

  1. Find an item you want to purchase on
  2. Choose the options you want for that item, if applicable.
  3. Click Add to cart.
  4. Take any of these optional steps:
    • Add a note to the seller.
    • If the item is a gift, check the box next to This order is a gift.
    • If you have one, apply shop coupon codes. Coupon codes are unique to specific Etsy shops.
  5. Choose your preferred payment method under How you’ll pay.
  6. Click Proceed to checkout.
  7. If you’re signed in to your Etsy account, confirm your shipping address and payment details.
  8. If you’re checking out as a guest, click Continue as a guest. Fill in your shipping and payment details. There are benefits to creating an Etsy account before buying, but there are some purchases that you can make using guest checkout.
  9. Review your order to check that your information and order are correct.
  10. Click Place your order.

When you buy on Etsy, you're purchasing from individual shops. If you have any questions about an item or order, reach out to the seller.

We also recommend reviewing our Introduction to Buying on Etsy.

Shopping internationally? Learn how currency conversion works on Etsy.

For buyers in the EEA

If you're in the EEA, which comprises the EU, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein, you may be asked to authenticate your payment after you click Place your order

To authenticate a payment, you'll need to respond to a prompt from your card issuer and provide additional information. Depending on your card issuer, this additional information may include a correct response to a question, a password, or a passcode.


Etsy will send you an email for each shop that you’ve purchased from. If you have any questions about your order, be sure to reach out to your seller directly.

You can view your order information by going to You > Purchases and reviews.

Download a digital item you purchased

If you purchased a digital file that's available for instant download, you can access the file from your Purchases and reviews page. You’ll also receive a separate email with a download link. 

If you purchased as a guest, you'll find the link to download your items in the receipt that was emailed to you after purchase.The link will direct you to the order’s Downloads page. Learn more about downloading digital purchases.

Having trouble checking out? Click one of these issues for more information:

If your credit card was declined, check each of these issues:

  • Update the payment information for your order: Make sure that your billing address and expiration date are up-to-date.
  • Authorize the transaction with your bank: Your bank may flag any unexpected activity on your account. Check with your bank to see if they flagged the transaction.
  • Check that you're within your daily withdrawal limit: Most banks have limits on how much money can be charged or accessed in a single day. Your bank may require you to request a higher purchase limit to complete the transaction.
  • Register your prepaid credit card: If you're using a prepaid credit card or gift card, register your personal information with the card issuer before checking out.
  • If you're in the EEA: Check your security authentication answer. To authenticate a payment, you may need to respond to a prompt from your card issuer and provide additional information. 

If none of these solutions worked, you may need to use a different payment method.

  1. Find the items from the shop you have a promo code for. If you’re buying items from more than you shop, your cart will be divided up by shop.
  2. Click Apply shop coupon codes.
  3. Type or paste the code into the box.
  4. Click Apply.

Your coupon code applies only to the shop that offers that coupon. Shops are run by individual sellers, who manage their own promotions. Coupon codes are available at the seller's discretion and can expire at any time.

If you have items from multiple shops in your cart, you can purchase them in one transaction. If you purchase them at one time, you need to use the same payment method and shipping address for the entire transaction.

If you want to purchase these items in separate transactions, you can click Save for later next to the items you want to purchase later. You can find the items you saved for later at the bottom of your Cart.

If you weren’t redirected back to Etsy after completing the transaction on your bank’s website, your order may not have completed.

Your bank account may be charged but the order won't be registered on Etsy. An automatic refund should have been processed when this occurred. These refunds typically take up to 5 business days to appear back in your bank.

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