If you have bid on something on Ebay but changed your mind about buying it, you will need to follow a few steps.

This can become necessary for a number of reasons, so it is important that you know how to do it as efficiently as possible.

  1. Sign into Ebay

Navigate to www.ebay.com in your web browser and sign in with your username and password.

  1. Go to the Bid Retraction Page

Next you will need to go to the Bid Retractions page.

  1. Enter your Item Number

Next you will need to enter the item number for the listing that you want to retract your bid on. You will be able to do this by simply going to the listening, copying the number at the top of the page and pasting it on the Bid Retraction page.

  1. Select an Explanation

You will also have to choose an explanation for retracting your bid.

Some of the explanations that you will have to choose from include:

  • Entered wrong amount
  • Seller changed the description of the item
  • Cannot contact the seller
  1. Retract Your Bid

Once you have selected a reason for retracting your bid, you will have to click the “Retract Bid” button at the bottom of the page.


  • It’s always a good idea to think carefully before placing a bid on an item. This can help save you from having to go through this process.

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There is a possibility that the actor will request a more detailed explanation for why you cancelled your bid on the item. You have the option to reply or not, as it won’t affect your ability to cancel the bid at all. Also, keep in mind that you a seller cannot give you negative feedback for cancelling a bid on one of their items.

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