How to Delete a Bid on eBay

Normally, once you place a bid on eBay, you are committed to pay for the item if no one bids higher than you. However, eBay does provide a bid retraction process for cases of error, item information revision or unreachable sellers.

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Deleting a Bid on eBay

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Verify that you are eligible to request a bid retraction. Retraction is only allowed if you made a serious error when entering the bid amount (for example, typing $5250 when you meant $525), the seller makes changes to the item description that affect your decision or you are unable to reach the seller with questions or problems.

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Make sure that you are within the time frame to request bid retraction. As long as the auction has more than 12 hours remaining, you can request a retraction at any time. If the auction ends within 12 hours, you must submit your request for retraction within one hour of bidding.

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Fill out a bid retraction form if you meet the requirements. The bid retraction form asks for the item-listing number and an explanation for the retraction request.

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Ask the seller to delete your bid if you cannot request a bid retraction. Links to contact the seller are located on the upper right-hand side of an item listing. The decision whether to delete your bid is completely up to the seller.