eBay UK surprise Easter Holiday Flash Sale Coupon Code

Today, on Thursday 31st March between 4pm and 10pm BST there will be a for users with a UK Paypal account. You can get up to £50 off your eBay purchase today but it will only apply to UK registered PayPal purchases.

UPDATE: We have eBay’s 20% off coupon code for today:

There is a minimum spend of £20 and the maximum coupon value is £50 so spend up to £250 to get the maximum discount. (The discount doesn’t apply to P&P)

One coupon per customer but it will apply to your total basket, not individual items. To get maximum benefit add multiple items to your basket and spend £250 to get the maximum £50 off.

I’ve already taken advantage of the full £50 discount with a couple of items I had on my watch list to buy later – I don’t need them yet but with fifty quid off I’ll store them a couple of weeks until I do need them! Let us know in comments how much you save.

Last time eBay ran a flash sale many small businesses benefited. If you’ve a little free time between now and 4pm we’d recommend you get an email promo out to all your customers letting them know that they can save 20% of purchases from you today and of course tweet and Facebook too.

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Finally we actually have some good news from eBay :)

Dave • 31st March 2016 •

...just tried to purchase £266 worth of stuff (various sellers) and the whole thing has messed up. I have no idea if the order has gone through. eBay are showing the payment as pending, yet there are more than enough funds to cover the order in PayPal. No message from either eBay or PayPal as to the state of play so I am left in limbo - did I just purchase these items or not and most importantly, did I get the discount via the code provided??? - as I wouldn't normally have placed this order today. You would think they would have got this right before launching it!! ...annoyed punter.

Pete • 31st March 2016 •

...all resolved now, the order has now gone through 100%. Good stuff!

Pete • 31st March 2016 •

Yippee! Another fifty quid from eBay's coffers into eBay users's pockets :-)

Chris Dawson • 31st March 2016 •

Same problem for me, see full message below, you might get an email shortly with bad news!

Peter • 31st March 2016 •

Didn't get an email with any bad news, I did get 3 sellers say the items had been dispatched already though. Hopefully there was no jumping the gun on their part as they won't be to pleased if eBay/PayPal reverse the orders, not my problem, all done in good faith on my part and the funds have indeed left the building!!! ...on a brighter note, looks like I did some extra multi purchase sales too, so that's a welcome bonus :) - oh hang on, they could also suffer reversal ...omg double jeopardy :( - why do I keep putting myself through this?

Pete • 1st April 2016 •

Great was watching an item & saved £15 off £75 item would have cost £83.50 elsewere so well Happy :)

Tony • 31st March 2016 •

Just emailed a guy who purchased from us at lunchtime thinking I'm doing a good deed, told him about the code, refunded him so he could buy again with the £50 discount and he bought one from somebody else. LOL. Time for gin, no tonic, hold the ice.

whirly • 31st March 2016 •


Dan Wilson • 31st March 2016 •

Ha, nobody died, it's all good but It's a shame the bods at eBay don't give us some notice, 10000+ email addresses on file, could have helped them market it.

whirly • 31st March 2016 •

Oops :-D

Chris Dawson • 31st March 2016 •

A 6 hour sale on a business day when I dont even get home on time, great! They even mess up the good news

Tinker • 31st March 2016 •

Eventually the discount code worked for us however noticed that paypal have taken the full amount, there's others reporting the same thing, during checkout it says you saved xxx amount however paypal is taking the full payment not the discounted one, ebay can't even set this up properly.

Mark • 31st March 2016 •

Have you clicked into the PayPal transaction(s) to see the detail? In the summary it says the full amount, click into the detail to see the funding sources and you should see the discount.

Chris Dawson • 31st March 2016 •

Also, it's one coupon per ACCOUNT, not per CUSTOMER. Wink wink. Nudge nudge.

Danny • 31st March 2016 •

When your a seller and a buyer and have a few accounts the savings can be quite a lot even after fees :-)

Steve • 1st April 2016 •

I had the same issue as Pete, (above), maybe it's our name! It did eventually go through, but 30 mins later eBay emailed me to say they were unable to take payment and to retry. I try again and the voucher code no longer works. I sign into PayPal to see all the original payments that were successfully completed have now been refunded to me! Currently on hold to eBay CS, who wants to bet I'll never get through tonight? Another poorly thought out 'promotion' it seems.

Peter • 31st March 2016 •

Well, well, well so lots of problems on ebay according to downdetector - what a surprise when there's a promo running ! Have a look at the comments on downdetector - not good reading at all, with at least one thinking like me, that ebay must be feeling the pinch to be doing this as well as the unlimited free listings which end tonight. No sales this evening for me, so no benefit in that sense from this promo, and I've got too many bills to pay to go splashing the cash if I'm not selling enough to cover it. Hope the majority of you gain from it one way or another. By the way, this message posted at 9.47pm, so tamebay clock is wrong perhaps ?

Sam O'levski • 31st March 2016 •

Well that didn't work for me. Coincidentially the Mrs sent me a link for a Dyson Vacumm cleaner that is on sale at the moment. An extra 20% would have sealed the deal for me but when I try to pay I got the message. "We are having a technical hiccup and Paypal isn't available right now". So I change to the option for credit or debit card, only to be told that "If you switch your payment method, we can no longer apply vouchers or donations to your order." Thanks for nothing Ebay!

paddy • 31st March 2016 •

Didnt work for me, paypal technical issues apparently. Usual ebay farce, just ike the CTWENTY joke last year. Not surprised one bit, i have screenshots clearly showing it was done long before 10pm, but no doub be like the last one and require ASA intervntion to get anywhere with it Farce again, no wonder ebay is losing customers

AndrewP • 31st March 2016 •

ASA? I still have a query outstanding with them from a £10 voucher I had the other week ??

Brett • 31st March 2016 •

Nice and busy on eBay last night but one guy already asking how we managed to dispatch his bath to Ireland so quickly. I guess it's going to be one of those Fridays.

whirly • 1st April 2016 •

Didn't hear about this discount code until Tamebay newsletter dropped in my inbox at 10.04am on 1st April - a bit late for an offer that expired yesterday! I have 3 Ebay accounts and there was no notification from Ebay to any of those about the code. Some April Fool's joke!

Chris • 1st April 2016 •

I believe it was on the top of every single page on eBay, I do agree though that maybe it should not of been in todays newsletter

JC • 1st April 2016 •

It was the same for me, the first I heard of it was in today's newsletter (1st April), so after it finished even though I have 2 ebay accounts and 2 PayPal accounts, shame as I have a £150 item on my watchlist I wouldn't have minded £30 off of!!!

Gary • 1st April 2016 •

ASA = advertising standards agency. Also trading standards as the offer was simply none usable despite being advertised as such. In the end I got an email from some eBay head honcho apologising and offered me the full discount back into my PayPal account. The service from eBay is absolutely shambolic at best, basically repetitive cut and paste responses saying, more or less saying "whatever". So I stood my ground and kept pushing, the ASA said they got inundated with complaints so they pursued eBay to get it sorted. I'll be going that route again, it's not the £50 it's the principle of it. You advertise an offer, you are legally obliged to see it through. One or two issues are solvable, but again ebays incompetence saw hundreds, if not more unable to use it.

AndrewP • 1st April 2016 •

attempted to process 17 items before 10pm deadline last night total value less than £200, discount code was accepted so paid in 1 go for 17 items at 9.35pm via Paypal. 30mins later 1 item was paid and notified, the rest were "payment pending"..this morning 16 items were not paid for and moved back into basket awaiting payment. I called ebay and they admitted having many problems but my problem was a bit different to most of the others. After she contacted their technical support they said that the problems on ebays system caused problems for Paypal and they are not yet sure what they will do about it.. i am to await their reply on it ...when that will be I have no idea. grrr

AdrianC • 1st April 2016 •

I had exactly this ^ 1 item went through but left 3 items pending last night, and awaiting payment this morning Spoke with ebay via a chat session and was told to expect an e-mail by the 6th April with a resolution. Would be interesting to see how it works out for you AdrianC.

James • 1st April 2016 •

Well done, and thankyou Andrew. the only reason eBay continues to get away with this crap is a) a good press department (and shockingly bad every other department). and b) a slush fund to pay out when people find the right person to complain to. they should have been officially dragged over the coals a million times over, but the press department sorts whatever the papers enquire about (every other dept says "F off" until the press go in). and people taking handouts to drop official agency investigations.

james • 1st April 2016 •

Thanks for sending me this a day late Tamebay! Your message to me only arrived this morning! I have complained about this before but you never replied. You have a habit of ignoring my direct emails. It's very sad.

Jon • 1st April 2016 •

I had exactly the same!! Why let me know after the event, its like they are taunting me! AHHHHHHH

Chris • 1st April 2016 •

On a good day I get Tamebay emails late in the day. Other days I get them the next day. I'm running a small business on eBay & my own website & have no problems with any other messages. I have signed up to Tamebay 3 times because of this problem but it does not make any difference on my own ISP, gmail & sky. They all come late or the next day. Perhaps someone at Tamebay would like to comment on this? Dan? Chris? Are you there? I forwarded today's late email on to Chris for comment but as yet no reply. Also your time clock is an hour slow.

Jon • 1st April 2016 •

Hi Jon, I did reply to your email at 12.56... surprised you haven't got it yet :o Apologies to everyone who only found out about the promotion this morning. We only had about 20 minutes notice from eBay that the event was taking place - roughly the same time as it went live on the eBay Facebook page. Our daily news letter is automated and goes out about 10am each morning with the news from the past 24 hours. Whilst it's unfortunate that we didn't get the news in time for yesterday's email, we don't have the facility (currently) to delete a single story from the following day's daily newsletter. If you want the news more frequently (including near instant notification of events like this) please follow us on twitter. like Tamebay's page on Facebook or sign up for Tamebay's RSS feed. PS Thanks for the reminder on the clock... have changed it to BST!

Chris Dawson • 1st April 2016 •

No need to wait for a newsletter, just have a look. Perhaps I'm in a different situation from many of you, in that I'm not a mega international seller, so when I've got time on my hands I have a quick look at tamebay, downdetector comments, ecommercebytes and anything else to relieve the boredom of waiting for customers in a b&m shop/online sales / paint drying !

Sam O'levski • 1st April 2016 •

Missed this alert as it only arrived today. On a good day I get Tamebay emails late in the day. Other days I get them the next day. I'm running a small business on ebay & my own website & have no problems with any other messages. I have signed up to Tamebay 3 times because of this problem but it does not make any difference on my own ISP, gmail & sky. They all come late or the next day. Perhaps someone at Tamebay would like to comment on this? Dan? Chris? Are you there? I forwarded today's late email on to Chris for comment but as yet no reply. Also your time clock is slow. I am posting this at 13.41

Jon • 1st April 2016 •

Had 5 items in my basket, mid purchase it throws out 4 of the items and only discounts 1 item. They cant even do offers right!

snowy • 1st April 2016 •

I made a purchase with the discount code last, it said paid then today I have email saying something went wrong, so I've missed out on 20% off I'm very disappointed in eBay

Andrea • 1st April 2016 •

Devin Wenig gives the money pipe a shake, as the dollar bills have stopped coming out. He yells to one of the other execs, hey guys, the money's stopped coming thru', what gives? The other exec tells him the site is f****d - the searches don't work, the checkout doesn't work, people can't log in, the messages don't work, the buyers have all gone to Amazon. What now, boss? Wenig thinks a moment and looks ruefully down the empty money pipe. Suddenly inspiration strikes! I got it guys, let's hike up the seller fees !!!

Andy R • 2nd April 2016 •

PMSL...this is how it is at my company..Same shi*** US company owned... cash cowing previous market leader till the end...when its to late the changes come. It took 13 years to go from market leader to laughing stock

Derek Duval • 2nd April 2016 •

No problems at all for me. Straight to the Royal Mail eBay store and purchased new issue stamps at 80% of their face value! Nice one eBay!

Graham • 2nd April 2016 •