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Responding to Second Chance Offers

If you lost out in an auction, the seller might send you a Second Chance Offer, giving you another opportunity to get the item you were looking for.

Sometimes after an auction ends, a seller might offer to sell you the item you were bidding on, even though you weren't the winner. This could be because they found more stock, or their reserve price wasn't met but they still want to sell the item.

The item is available for you to buy at the amount you offered in your last bid.

If you don't want to receive Second Chance Offers, you can opt out of receiving them by changing your communications preferences - opens in new window or tab in My eBay.

How Second Chance Offers work

If a seller makes you a Second Chance Offer, we'll send you a "You have a Second Chance Offer" email. It'll also be in your eBay Messages - opens in new window or tab.

Depending on the offer, you'll have either 1, 3, 5, or 7 days to consider the offer and respond. If you want to accept the offer, just select Buy it in the email and complete payment like any other eBay purchase. You can also view and accept any Second Chance Offers you've received the Bids/Offers section of My eBay.

With a Second Chance Offer, the item is available for you to buy at the amount of your last bid.

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