How to Revise Your eBay Listing before Bidding Starts

If you made a mistake filling out the Sell an Item page on eBay but didn’t notice it until after the listing is up and running, don’t worry. Pencils have erasers, and eBay allows revisions. Here’s what you can change about your auction before bids have been placed, as long as your auction does not end within 12 hours:

  • The title, subtitle, or description

  • The item category

  • The item’s Minimum Bid price

  • The item’s Buy It Now price (you can add or change it)

  • The reserve price (you can add, change, or remove it)

  • The URL of the picture you’re including with your auction

  • A private-auction designation (you can add or remove it)

When you revise a listing, eBay puts a little notation on your page that reads: Description (revised).

To revise a listing (or auction before bids have been received), follow these steps:

  1. Go to the item page and click the Revise Your Item link.

    This link appears only if you’ve signed in on eBay. If the item hasn’t received any bids, a message appears on your screen to indicate that you may update the item.

    You’re taken to the Revise Your Item page, which outlines the rules for revising your item. At the bottom, the item number is filled in.

  2. Click Revise Item.

    You arrive at the Revise Your Item page which looks uncannily like the Sell an Item form.

  3. Scroll down to the area you’d like to change.

  4. Make changes to the item information.

  5. When you’ve finished making changes, click the Continue button at the bottom of the page.

    A summary of how your newly revised listing appears in search is on your screen. If you’ve incurred any additional fees, the amount is listed at the bottom of the page. If you want to make more changes, click the Back button of your browser or the Edit Listing link.

  6. When you’re happy with your revisions, click Submit Revisions.

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