Display the local time on eBay for easier buying

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 19, 2013

One of the big advantages of eBay over other marketplaces is that you can sign in to all of its websites using a single account. This work similar to how Amazon handles things, but eBay does not appear as restrictive as Amazon in terms of what you can buy or cannot buy on the site if you are accessing it from another country.

While it does not make sense at all times to purchase items in foreign eBay stores, it may sometimes be your only option to purchase an item. It is also great for bargain hunters as you may be able to buy items for far less than you would have paid in your own market.

One of the issues that you may run into is that you may not be familiar with the time format used on the foreign eBay website. At the very least, you may want to know exactly when the auction or offer ends, so that you can make a bid that counts.

The German eBay website displays time information in MESZ while the US American eBay website in PDT and the UK eBay website in BST.

The time left acts as an indicator but it is not exact, as it highlights days and hours only at first, and switches to minutes and seconds later on only.

eBay Local Time

ebay local time
local time for auctions

While it is possible to look up the time zones only, or use a converter to convert it to your time zone, you may prefer an automated solution. The userscript eBay Local Time is one.

The script supports the US, UK and German eBay website currently, and will automatically change the time displayed to the computer's local time.

This is not only done on individual item pages on eBay, but also active and completed listings, the purchase and bid history, search results, the watch list or the revision summary.

Note: The script uses the local time of the computer. If that is not set up correctly, it will display the time incorrectly on eBay as well.

The local time is displayed automatically replacing the original time displayed on the eBay website. You can move the mouse cursor over the time to display the original time as well.

The default time scheme uses a 24 hour format. If you prefer a 12 hour format, double-click on the time to change it. This takes effect on the next page load and remains until you double-click again.

The script works fine in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Firefox users need to install Greasemonkey or a comparable extension, while Chrome users can use it right away.

Closing Words

If you shop on at least two of the supported eBay websites regularly you may want to give this a try as it changes all times and dates on eBay to local ones.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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