How To Unbid on eBay


It iseasy and pretty quick bid on eBay.

A world’s online marketplace used by millions of people around the world.

A place for buyers and sellers to come together and trade almost anything.

It´s really easy to buy items on eBay. The seller sets a price and you can start bidding against other buyers. In the end, the highest bidder wins the auction and completes the purchase.

However, eBay is an auction platform and bidding is a form of contract. Once you bid, you are committed up to that amount.

Does it mean, when you’ve made a mistake while bidding on an item, you can retract your bid? There is no easy answer to that, but in some situations, eBay allows you to retract your bid.


How To Unbid On eBay

When you place a bid on this auction platform, you are committing to buy the item. What does it mean for you? That means it is pretty difficult to unbid on eBay. However, if you meet certain criteria, you have an option to retract your bid on eBay.

If the seller has changed the description of the item after your bid, you can ask that your bid is canceled. This is probably the only proper way without trashing your eBay account.


How to cancel a bid on eBay as a buyer

You may retract a bid if you meet these requirements:

  • The seller significantly changed the description of the item
  • You accidentally bid the wrong amount. For example, you meant to bid $50, not $500.
  • You can’t reach the seller.
  • All of your bids can be retracted, if there are 12 hours or more left before the listing ends.
    If the listing is ending in less than 12 hours, you can retract your most recent bid if it’s been less than an hour since you placed it.
  • Another option how to retract a bid is by contacting the seller directly on eBay and explaining in a polite tone why do you need to cancel it.

To unbid successfully, you have to meet eBay’s requirements. The following process is really simple.


Step 1

Go to eBay’s Retract Bid page.


Step 2

Enter the item number or press “Ctrl” and “P” to paste the number, and choose your reason from the drop-down menu.


Step 3

Click Retract Bid button


Step 4

You will receive a confirmation of your bid retraction via e-mail. Keep a copy of it until the auction is completed.


How to cancel a bid on eBay as a seller

As a seller, you can also retract a bid on eBay, but only in certain circumstances. For example, If your listing contains an error if you feel that the buyer is not legitimate or if the buyer contacts you with a reasonable explanation to cancel their bid.


Step 1

Go to the Help section on eBay


Step 2

Click on Selling


Step 3

Click on Canceling bids and managing bidders


Step 4

Click on the Cancel a Bid button


Step 5

Now click Get Started


Step 6

Select the item on which the bid was placed.


Step 7

Fill out the bid cancellation forms. Select a reason for why you are retracting the bid.


Step 8

Click Cancel Bid


Retracting eBay Bid and Its Consequences

It doesn’t matter if you are a buyer or seller, you should be careful about how often you retract bids. If you canceling your bids too often, you give eBay a reason to investigate your account. And not only investigate. Your account may become limited or suspended ( for the seller) or suspended either temporarily or permanently (buyer). The advice is to try your best to avoid these negative consequences.


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