How to become a Verified Buyer How to become a Verified Buyer

How to become a Verified Buyer

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Sellers can require buyers to be Whatnot Verified Buyers in order to bid or enter giveaways in their shows.

To qualify as a Verified Buyer, you must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Have a history of successful purchases on Whatnot
  • (iOS users) Authorize a temporary hold of $10 on your account. Note: we may finalize this charge if you place a misleading or troll bid in violation of our Terms of Service or Community Guidelines. Otherwise, the hold will be released in 24 hours, but it may take a few days for your bank to process the release.
  • Submit a government-issued ID for automated verification by our partner Stripe.

Even if you don’t meet the criteria above, you’ll still be able to watch shows that require you to be a Verified Buyer, though you won’t be able to place bids or enter giveaways.

Steps on how to become a verified buyer: 

  1. Access Your Profile
    1. Open the Whatnot App and go to your profile.
    2. Select the two lines in the top-right corner to open the menu.
  2. Submit Your ID
    1. Under the "Buying" section, select "Verified Buyer."
    2. Tap on "Submit Photo of Your ID."
  3. Redirect to Secure Page
    1. You will be redirected to your browser and taken to a secured page through Stripe.
  4. Agree to Terms
    1. Review the terms listed, then select "Agree and Continue" if you agree.
    2. Prepare Your ID
  5. Have a government-issued photo ID ready.
    1. You will need to grant Stripe temporary access to your camera to scan your ID.

  6. Scan Your ID
    1. Scan the front and then the back of your ID.
      Tip: Ensure a solid-colored background and bright lighting for a clear scan.

  7. Complete Verification
    1. Once your ID is scanned, the verification is automatically submitted.
    2. Return to the Whatnot App, and you will now see that you are a verified buyer!


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