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Retracting a bid

If you've made a mistake when bidding on an item, you can retract your bid in certain circumstances.

Whenever you place a bid, you're agreeing to buy the item if you win the auction. However, in some situations you can retract your bid.

Keep in mind that you can't always retract a bid once it's made. Bids on items listed in Trading Cards categories, for example, can't be retracted. If you're not able to retract your bid, you can also try contacting the seller to see if they'll cancel your bid for you. The decision to cancel is at the discretion of the seller.

Here's how to contact a seller to ask them to cancel your bid for you:

  1. Go to Bids/Offers in My eBay - opens in new window or tab.
  2. Select More actions and then Contact seller.
  3. Choose the item and then Continue.
  4. Select Contact the seller.
  5. Enter your message and hit Send message.

When you can retract a bid

You can retract a bid if (Note: these options are only applicable for up to 1 hour after making the bid when the listing is ending in less than 12 hours):

  • The seller significantly changed the description of the item
  • You accidentally bid the wrong amount. For example, you meant to bid $20, not $200. In this case, enter the price you intended to bid as soon as you've retracted the incorrect bid

Any other bids can't be retracted, but you can still contact the seller to see if they'll agree to cancel a bid for you. Remember, the seller isn't obligated to cancel the bid so they may not agree.

When bidding, always double-check that you've entered the correct amount – especially when making a last-minute bid.

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