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Managing your bidding and buying

View and manage your bidding and buying from the Activity tab in My eBay.

Managing items you're watching

The Lists section of My eBay lets you create multiple lists where you can track up to 200 items that interest you before you bid or buy. You can add any active listing to your lists.

To add an item to your watch list, click the Add to Watch list link in the listing.

To watch an item in a listing with variations, select the specific variation you want before you click the Add to Watch list link.

To manage items you're watching:
  1. Go to My eBay. You may need to sign in.

  2. Choose any of your lists from the Lists section on the left side of the page.

    Note: To see all your lists, click the All lists link.

  3. Select from the following activities:

    • See groups of items: Select All, Active or Ended at the top of the list.

    • Delete an item from your Watch list: Tick the box next to the listing and click Delete from lists.

    • Add a note to an item: Tick the box next to the listing and click Add note. Type your note and click Save.

Managing items you're bidding on

In the Bidding section of My eBay you can view all the items you're currently bidding on, whether or not you're the current high bidder.

To manage items you're bidding on:
  1. Go to My eBay.

  2. In the Buy section, click Bids/Offers in the left column.

  3. You can also filter this list to see only the items you're winning or not winning by selecting Winning or Not winning at the top of this section.

After a listing ends, it automatically moves to the Purchase history or Didn't win sections. You can't delete an active item until the listing ends.

Buying items in listings with variations

Some items have several variations to choose from, such as shirts that come in various sizes or colours. Select the variations and quantity you want before you click Buy it now.

Managing your Best Offers and Second Chance Offers

The Best Offer option lets you offer to purchase a Buy it now item at a price that you choose.

With a Second Chance Offer the seller can offer an item to any buyer who bid on the listing if:

  • the winning bidder doesn't pay the seller

  • they have duplicate items

  • the reserve price was not met in a reserve price auction

To manage Best Offers and Second Chance Offers:
  1. Go to My eBay.

  2. In the Buy section, click Bids/Offers in the left column, and then scroll down to the Offers section.

If you receive a Best Offer or a Second Chance Offer, we'll add a note to the item to let you know.

For a Best Offer, you'll see 2 prices in My eBay. One shows the highest bid the seller received. The other shows the amount of your offer.

Creating custom lists of items, searches and sellers

You can create a custom list from items in different sections of My eBay and name the list whatever you'd like. For example, add items from your Watch list and Purchase history into a list and name it 'Birthday presents for Mum'. You also can save your searches and save your favourite sellers and Shops to your list.

To create a custom list, select the Add to a new list option in the listing in the Add to Watch list drop-down menu.

When the listing is over

After the listing is over, and if you won the item, you'll need to pay for it and leave Feedback.

Use the Purchase history section of My eBay to view all your recent purchases and check whether you've paid for the items and left Feedback for the seller.

The Didn't win section shows listings that ended but were won by another member.

For items that you: You can:



Click the 'Won' link on the left side of the page to:

  • Track where you are in the purchase and Feedback process

  • Delete the item from My eBay

  • Add the item to a list

Didn't win

Click the 'Bids/Offers' link on the left side of the page to:

  • View Didn't win section

  • View similar items

  • Contact the seller

Use the filter on the top right of the Didn't Win section to:

Deleting and restoring items

You can delete items from most of the sections in My eBay, including Lists, Didn't win, Sold and Unsold. You can't delete items from your Purchase history, but you can archive them.

To delete an item from Lists, Didn't win, Sold, or Unsold:
  1. Tick the box next to the items you want to delete.

  2. Click the Delete button at the bottom of the section.

You can restore deleted items that you've bid on or received offers on. You can't restore deleted items that you were watching, but didn't bid on. You have 60 days to restore deleted items.

To restore an item:
  1. Click the Deleted link in the Buy section to view the items you've deleted.

  2. From the list of items, tick the box next to the items you want to restore.

  3. Click the Undelete button at the bottom of the Deleted section.

Note: You can sort your deleted items using the Sort by drop-down menu. This option is useful if you've deleted many items and want to find and restore one or more of them.

To archive an item in your Purchase history:
  1. Click the Purchase history link on the left side of the page.

  2. Select the items you want to hide and click the Hide button.

Note: You can find the items you've hidden by selecting the Archive option in the Purchase history section.

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