How to Give up a Bid on eBay

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How to Give up a Bid on eBay
Give up an eBay bid by filling out the online bid retraction form. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Bidding for items on the eBay online auction site can be exciting, but it's possible to make mistakes in the heat of the moment. eBay doesn't allow users to give up or cancel bids that they've made on auction items unless the erroneous bid meets certain criteria. According to eBay's terms and conditions, you can give up a bid only if you can't contact the seller by e-mail or telephone, the seller changed the item listing description after you bid for it, or you mistakenly entered the wrong bid amount. To cancel or remove a bid that meets these criteria, you must complete and submit a bid retraction form.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch your Web browser and sign in to eBay. This opens your "My eBay" account page.

  2. 2

    Find the "Bidding" section on your "My eBay" page.

  3. 3

    Double-click the item with the bid that you want to cancel. This opens the item listing details.

  4. 4

    Copy the listing item number from the "Other Item Info" box.

  5. 5

    Enter "" into the Web browser's address bar to navigate to the eBay bid retraction form.

  6. 6

    Paste or type the listing item number into the input field. Select your reason for cancelling the bid from the drop-down list. You must select one of the supplied options.

  7. 7

    Click "Retract Bid." This automatically cancels and removes your bid.

Tips and warnings

  • If the auction has less than 12 hours to run, you must cancel your bid within an hour of placing it. You can cancel bids on auctions with more than 12 hours to run at any time.

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