How to Cancel a Bid on eBay?

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Patrick asked 2 years ago
Hi everyone, 
A quick help from you: how do I cancel a bid on eBay??

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Francesca Staff answered 2 years ago
Hi Patrick,

eBay is an online shopping platform that is globally known for its bidding system. It allows sellers to set up listings and auctions for buyers to bid on, and they have the freedom to choose the highest paying or most reliable buyer. This has made eBay an extremely popular selling site for online merchants as they have the freedom to choose who to sell to and at what price point.

One of the best features of eBay is the ability to find items being sold by local merchants by entering your zip code. This allows buyers to get their items shipped to them ASAP without having to spend weeks waiting for the products to arrive.

Making an account on eBay is free of cost, so anybody can join the platform and start buying or selling. However, if you’re a seller, you will need to pay a certain amount as the listing fee before you can start an auction for your items to be sold.

Once you start selling, you will receive bids from different buyers. The more bids your listing receives, the better it is. But, there can be instances where you wish to cancel a bid. Let’s find out how to do so.

Please remember that eBay discourages sellers from cancelling any bids unless it is absolutely necessary. This is because it can be quite disappointing to potential buyers and would reduce the chances of them putting their bids forward in the future.

But if you want to do it anyway, keep reading!

Cancelling a Bid on eBay

If you’re a seller on eBay, chances are you will come across a situation that requires you to cancel a bid. This is true for bids that are conducted in the auction-style option one eBay. Sellers have the opportunity to cancel any bids that they may deem fitting. However, it is important to keep in mind that once cancelled; a bid cannot be reinstated on their auction.

Here are some instances in which you can cancel a bid on eBay:

  • The buyer requests you to cancel the bid they placed on your auction.
  • The item is no longer on sale, and you want to end the listing early.
  • You have made an error in your listing.
  • You have noticed suspicious activity from the bidder and are concerned that it may be a fraudulent bid.

If you’re sure that you want to cancel your bid on eBay, here are the steps to follow.

Step 1 – Log in to your eBay account from which you made the listing,
Step 2 – Visit the ‘Cancelling bids placed on your listing’ page.
Step 3 – Enter the item number of your listing in the top-most box, the buyer’s username in the middlebox and your reason for cancelling the bid on the last box.
Step 4 – Click ‘Cancel bid’ once you’ve filled out the boxes correctly.

Important Note: When a seller removes a bid, eBay calls it cancelling a bid. On the other hand, if a buyer wishes to remove a bid that they made on a listing, it is called retracting a bid and the steps to do it differently.

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