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How to cancel a bid on eBay

Find out how you can cancel a bid on Ebay as a buyer or a seller with our step by step guide.

Published onFebruary 2, 2021

EBay is an online marketplace for buyers and sellers, and you can find just about anything at It has become a massive enterprise, with thousands of people buying and selling new and used items every single day, often by bidding in auctions. It is easy to become a buyer and place a bid, but what if you want to cancel a bid on eBay?

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Thankfully, the process is fairly straightforward, and below you will find our handy step by step guide to canceling bids on eBay as both a buyer and a seller.

Why you might want to cancel a bid

There could be any number of reasons you want to cancel your bid while shopping on eBay. You might have seen a cheaper product elsewhere or simply decided against buying the product entirely. No matter for what reason you wish to cancel, it’s very easy to do so.

On the other hand, if you are a seller, you might want to cancel a bid that someone else has placed if you think they might be trying to commit fraud. You also might want to cancel if the product is no longer for sale, or if the buyer has asked you to cancel the bid for them. EBay discourages canceling other people’s bids unless it’s absolutely necessary, but it is useful to know how to do it if the need arises.

Things to bear in mind

We’ve separated the methods below to help you differentiate between buying and selling. The process is slightly different, though not overly difficult. EBay refers to canceled bids as those canceled by the seller, and if you cancel a bid that you have placed they call it retracting a bid. This is handy to know, simply because eBay uses this terminology on their website, and it can be quite confusing if you have never seen it before.

How to cancel a bid as a buyer

As a buyer, you can cancel, or retract, your bid in just three simple steps:

  1. Go to your My eBay page.
  2. Head to the Settings page and click Bids/Offers.
My eBay Page
  • Click on the bid you want to cancel and choose a reason from the drop-down list.
  • How to cancel a bid as a seller

    If you are a seller, you can cancel someone else’s bid on your item in four easy steps:

    1. Go to the relevant listing.
    Cancelling eBay Page
  • Open the Managing bidders and buyers page.
  • Click on Cancelling Bids.
  • Follow the instructions on the screen to cancel the bid.
  • It’s easy to cancel bids on eBay if you’re a buyer or a seller, so just come back to these steps any time you need a refresher.