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How can I "unbid" on an item I have placed a bid on?
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎06-19-2013

I placed a bid on an item and then found the same one for a better deal and bought it. I do not want the one I originally placed a bid on but I can't a figure out how to undo my bid. And Im the only bidder on the one I am trying to stop.

Other Answers: 8
Community Member
Posts: 3,027
Registered: ‎02-11-2004
in reply to ksauer2929

You can't. You're obligated to buy it if you win. You don't get to shop around after bidding.

Community Member
Posts: 16,580
Registered: ‎08-24-2010
in reply to ksauer2929

DITTO to all my above savvy responders....There's no 'unbid' button....


You signed up with ebay under ebays' rules and policies. Until you can find a way to circumvent your agreement, you're SOL...


Ebay states that buyers should not bid on 'like' items just in case they win and end up with 2 'won' items...Best that you go re-look at what you signed up to do as an ebay buyer. There are consequences.


OK, here's how you handle this:


1) Write to the seller that you won an item from and ask if s/he will send you an Transaction Cancellation....Don't be surprised if all you get is an email from ebay, to pay, OR ELSE.


2) PAY or else.


Sellers are not required to communicate OR let a bidder who won, off the hook.

Community Member
Posts: 674
Registered: ‎01-18-2007
in reply to ksauer2929

Finding an item for a better price or whatever is not an authorized reason to cancel your bid.


You are still legally bound to your original bid.  Hopefully someone will outbid you.


However, if you win, you will have to pay for it.

Community Member
Posts: 5,013
Registered: ‎10-21-2010
in reply to ksauer2929

If you win you can turn around and sell it on ebay. Hopefully you won't get a buyer that changes their mind and tries to get out of the deal. Shoe...other foot.

Community Member
Posts: 743
Registered: ‎09-20-2008
in reply to ksauer2929

LOL you CAN'T .


A bid is a binding contract , you bid , you win , you pay . This is what you agreed to when you signed up .

Community Member
Posts: 835
Registered: ‎03-05-2010
in reply to ksauer2929

It is not wise to bid on an item while you are window shopping. If you win this item you must pay for it.

Community Member
Posts: 8,117
Registered: ‎05-24-2009
in reply to ksauer2929

There is no unbid button.

Bids are binding and active for the full duration of the listing.

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Community Member
Posts: 16,580
Registered: ‎08-24-2010
in reply to ksauer2929

I'm sorry to take a 2nd spot.


Next time you see something of interest, it would behoove you to place it in your 'watch list' till you decide whether or not it is something you really need or want...This will be a better way so as not to be in this contractural dilema, you are now in.


True, that you don't have to go ahead and pay but try this action TWICE and see where it gets you..Not a good place to be...Savvy sellers have a way to deal with non payers.