If at all possible, try to avoid cancelling an order because you don't have the item to send – it's considered a transaction defect and may affect your seller performance level. The buyer will still be able to leave you negative or neutral Feedback about the transaction.
You can cancel a transaction up to 30 days after a sale, even if your buyer has already paid.
There are situations when you can't cancel a sale:
- You've already sent the item
- The buyer has asked us to step in and help because they didn't receive the item
- You've already opened an unpaid item case.
How to cancel a sale
You can cancel a sale by selecting the button below, or by going to My eBay or Seller Hub. After you cancel, we'll let the buyer know. If they've already paid, they'll get a refund.Cancel a transaction
Here's how to cancel a sale:
- In Seller Hub, go to Orders - opens in new window or tab, or in My eBay, go to Sold - opens in new window or tab.
- Find the transaction you want to cancel, and from More actions, select Cancel this order.
- Choose a reason for the cancellation and then select Continue to finish.
Once the buyer has been refunded, you'll receive a final value fee credit.
If you'd like, you can learn more about how refunds work.
A buyer may also sometimes ask you to cancel a transaction, for example because they made the purchase by mistake. Simply cancel the sale using the steps above.
If the buyer asked you to cancel the order, it won't count as a transaction defect.
Receiving a final value fee credit for a cancelled sale
To receive a final value fee credit, the cancellation must be completed. If the buyer had already paid using PayPal, the refund is complete when their account is refunded. If they'd paid using any other method, the refund will be considered complete when they confirm they’ve received their money back.
We'll credit the final value fee to your account 7 to 10 days after the cancellation request is complete. Learn more about requesting a final value fee credit.