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Receiving and accepting a Second Chance Offer

A Second Chance Offer comes from a seller after the item ends. If you didn’t win the item at the price you bid, you can still buy it if you get a Second Chance Offer.  

When you might receive a Second Chance Offer

You can receive a Second Chance Offer from a seller if:

  • The seller has duplicate items, or

  • The winning bidder fails to buy the item, or

  • The reserve price is not met in a reserve price auction

Making sure a Second Chance Offer is legitimate

We’ll never send a Second Chance Offer email with the subject line "Message from eBay Member." If you receive an email pretending to be a Second Chance Offer with that subject line, it's a fake. Forward the email to or

Here’s how you might receive legitimate Second Chance Offers:

  • Closed listing page: You'll see the following message: "You have received a second chance offer for this item." To view the details and purchase the item, click the Second Chance Offer link.

  • In My eBay – Messages: You'll see a Second Chance Offer email from eBay in your Messages inbox.

  • In My eBay: Sign in to My eBay and go to the Activity tab. Under the Buy heading, click Bids/Offers on the left side of the page then use the filter on the top right of the Didn’t Win section to see any Second Chance Offers .

The small print

Offers to buy or sell items outside eBay are not permitted. They circumvent (avoid) our fees and are a potential fraud risk for both buyers and sellers.

You can choose not to receive Second Chance Offers by changing your communication preferences.

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