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eBay Status Messages


Did you lose a snipe?
Increase your success rate dramatically by reading the following links.

  1. Read the Bulletproofing Checklist.
  2. Read Why Did I Lose?
  3. Read this page.


eBay continues to crack down on security and give sellers more and more ways to make sniping harder. Sellers can block buyers based on criteria, or eBay can randomly throw up interim pages that require your acceptance. These things defeat sniper programs.

In other situations, there is an issue with the customer account. Here is how to determine if this is the case.

The following is a list of status messages that you may see in your Completed Snipes tab. Our sniping technology is able to detect the following conditions below. eBay is adding new ones all the time, so refer back to this page often.

Bid Placed OK!Your snipe was successfully placed and you won the item.
High BidderYou were already the high bidder before the snipe was placed.
Win in GroupYou already won another item in this Bid Group.
Status PendingWe are currently evaluating the win/loss status of this snipe. Please refresh in a few minutes.
Auth token is invalid.Our authorization with eBay to bid on your behalf has expired. Please visit your Preferences and click 'Renew Authorization'.
Unknown ErrorOur authorization with eBay to bid on your behalf has expired. Please visit your Preferences and click 'Renew Authorization'.
Bid Too LowYour snipe could not be placed because your maximum bid was below the current minimum bid.
Proxy Bid WaitingYour Snipe was successfully placed, but another bidder had a proxy bid waiting.
eBay Password not AcceptedWe could not log you into eBay using the password we have. The password is likely invalid and needs to be updated in our Preferences.
Reserve Not MetYour snipe was successfully placed and you were the high bidder, but the reserve price was not met.
Blocked By SellerYou were blocked by the seller. This seller has set buyer requirements and only sells to buyers who meet those requirements.
Bid Increment Not MetYou missed the minimum bid increment, which is a small amount that eBay adds to the cost to encourage price escalation. Please refer to our help section for more information on bid increments.
eBay Timed OutWe placed your bid on time, however, eBay timed out (lagged) during this snipe. This problem is nearly always caused by eBay or excessive Internet traffic and is beyond our control.
Item Ended EarlyBidding ended early for this item, the Seller most likely changed the duration or canceled the listing. Or, it was sold.
Server Not RespondingYour snipe could not be placed because eBay did not respond to our request due to an error with one of their servers, or network congestion that caused the request to lag or time out.
Buy-it-Now Exact Value RequiredeBay rejected the bid since it was a Buy-it-Now auction and the bid was above or equal to the Buy-It-Now price. The item must be purchased.
PayPal RequiredYour bid could not be placed because this seller requires you to have a PayPal account before you can bid on this item.
Bad Ship LocationThe seller has specified that this item cannot be shipped to your address.
Seller Ended EarlyThe seller ended the listed early because the item may no longer be available, there was an error in the auction, or the seller wanted to end the auction and sell to the current highest bidder.
Seller Requires Credit CardThe seller set a requirement for you to have a credit card on file with eBay.
PayPal Link RequiredYou either don't have a PayPal account or your PayPal account is not linked to your eBay account.
Blocked - Not PermittedUnfortunately, this seller has decided that you are not permitted to bid on their listings.
Not AvailableThis item is not available for purchase on eBay United States.
Consumer RecallWe placed your snipe, but eBay requires that you accept a notice from the US Consumer Product Saftey Commission notice about recalls.
Watch ItemWe did not place a bid because you had specified this as a watch item with a bid of zero.
Blocked - Seller Buy Limit ReachedYou have bid or bought the maximum-allowed number of this seller's items.
Blocked - Unpaid Item StrikesSeller blocked transaction to buyers with 2 or more unpaid item strike(s).
Item RemovedThe seller ended the listed early because the item may no longer be available, there was an error in the auction, or the seller wanted to end the auction and sell to the current highest bidder.
Export RestrictedWe placed your bid, but the seller requires that you accept the has export restrictions imposed on them by the U.S. Department of State.
Error in ListingThe seller ended the listed early because the item may no longer be available, there was an error in the auction, or the seller wanted to end the auction and sell to the current highest bidder.
Buy it Now EndedThis was a Buy it Now listing and someone purchased it outright before it ended.
Ticket RestrictionsWe placed the snipe, but the seller requires you to accept their printed terms prior to purchasing the item.
Blocked - Unresolved ComplaintsWe placed the snipe, but the seller has set restrictions for buyers with unresolved complaints in your eBay account.
Blocked - eBay Registration ProblemeBay blocked your bid because your registered status is blocked. You must resolve any outstanding issues at eBay before proceeding.
Blocked - No PO BoxesThe seller has specified that this item cannot be shipped to P.O. box addresses.
Seller Ended Item EarlyThis listing was ended by the seller because the seller claims the item was sold.
Cutlery Age DisclaimerYou did not win this item because this seller requires authorization that you are over 18 to purchase cutlery-related items (e.g. knives)
Cosmetics Age DisclaimerYou did not win this item because this seller requires authorization that you can purchase cosmetics from them.
eBay Password InvalidYour eBay password is incorrect and needs to be updated in BidSlammer Preferences.
Captcha page encounteredWe successfully placed the snipe, but we encountered a "Captcha" page when we tried to log you in. To correct this problem see Bulletproofing Your Account, item number (3).
Customs/Duties DisclaimerYou did not win this item because this seller requires authorization to include customs duties, taxes, brokerage and other fees. For additional information, read about eBay's Global Shipping Program terms and conditions.
Adult Item DisclaimerYou did not win this item because this seller requires authorization to allow the purchase of Adult listings.
Too Many Invalid Password AttemptsYour eBay password failed 3 or more times, so we shut off your other snipes to prevent your userid from being banned from eBay. The banned perious is approximately 12 hours.
Fixed PriceYou cannot bid on a Fixed Price item.
CorrectedWe refunded this item due to a reason given in a customer request.