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Invalid Bid Retraction

A bid is a binding contract. All bids are active until the auction listing ends. If you win a listing, you’re obligated to complete the transaction. Except under special circumstances, bid retraction is not permitted. Furthermore, misuse of the bid retraction option to manipulate the bidding process is not permitted. This includes any manipulation of the bidding process to discover the maximum bid of the current winning bidder.

Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including:

  • Listing cancellation

  • Loss of eBay fees

  • Limits placed on account privileges

  • Loss of PowerSeller status

  • Account suspension

Mary is bidding on a rare collectable. She bids on the item and with each bid, discovers that someone with a higher proxy bid wins the item. Frustrated with bidding, she purposefully bids more than she would ever be willing to pay to uncover the winning buyer’s proxy bid and then retracts her bid afterwards.

Sarah wants an MP3 player. She places bids on many identical MP3s and then retracts bids on all listings except the one she thinks she’ll win as the final 12 hours approach.

Special circumstance where bid retraction that may be permissible: Jack bids on a laptop, but accidentally adds a zero to his bid amount.

To report a trading offence:

  1. Include the appropriate information, including any relevant emails, with full descriptions in the subject line. Only report a case once; multiple emails about the same case slow down an investigation.


  • eBay will consider the circumstances of an alleged offence and the user's trading record before taking action.

  • Disciplinary action may result in a formal warning, temporary suspension or indefinite suspension.

  • If a complaint can't be proven with certainty, we may take no action.

  • Due to privacy issues, it's not possible for eBay to discuss the results of an investigation.

Inappropriate or excessive bid retraction harms the marketplace. It is unfair to buyers who are placing legitimate bids and it can harm sellers by driving away legitimate bidders. Bid retraction undermines trust in the marketplace, since a bid is a binding contract between the seller and the buyer. Please bid responsibly.

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