eBay Trading APIVersion 1085

AddSecondChanceItem

Use this call to create a Second Chance Offer (that is, an offer for an unsold item) for one of that item's non-winning bidders.

AddSecondChanceItem creates a special type of listing in which only the specified Second Chance Offer recipient may purchase the item. The recipient who is chosen by the seller must be one of the non-winning bidders from the ended listing. The listing must have ended with a winning bidder, but the item did not sell for some reason. For example, the winning bidder, for whatever reason, did not purchase the item. Alternately, the seller may offer an item that is similar to the one previously listed as a Second Chance Offer item. In this case, the specified recipient may be either one of the non-winning bidders, or the winning bidder in the ended listing.

Use GetAllBidders to retrieve a list of bidders from the item that ended. The seller needs to select the recipient for the Second Chance Offer from this list.

For general information on Second Chance Offers and more detailed information on using AddSecondChanceItem, see Making Second Chance Offers for Items.

Usage Details

To call AddSecondChanceItem, the requestor must be the one who listed the original item and the item must meet the Second Chance Offer eligibility requirements (see Determining Item Eligibility for a Second Chance Offer).

AddSecondChanceItem takes as input the following values:

If the call is successful, it returns the following information:

When you create a Second Chance Offer, eBay sends the recipient a message letting them know that the offer has been made. The price of the offer is normally set to the highest bid the recipient made on the original item.

Note that sending a Second Chance Offer, a new listing is not created on the eBay site. Instead, a special item is created for the targeted buyer. If you want to relist an item, use RelistItem, this can help to save on relisting fees.

Use VerifyAddSecondChanceItem to test an item's definition before calling AddSecondChanceItem. This can reduce the number of item listing errors the application needs to handle.

Testing AddSecondChanceItem

You can test AddSecondChanceItem in the Sandbox environment. To test the call, you need three or more test users. One test user is needed to act as the seller, the others act as bidders.

  1. List an auction item using a test user account.
  2. Have two or more other test users submit bids on the item. This can be done in the Sandbox UI (http://sandbox.ebay.com).
  3. Have the seller end the item early using EndItem with EndingReason set to SellToHighBidder, which results in the listing ending as a successfully concluded auction with a winning bidder.
  4. Call AddSecondChanceItem to extend a Second Chance Offer to one of the non-winning test users that bid on the item.
  5. Use an item data retrieval call (like GetSellerList or GetItem) to retrieve the data for the Second Chance Offer you just created. Verify that the listing has all of the desired values, including the value in the Item.ListingDetails.SecondChanceOriginalItemID property: it should contain the item ID for the original listing.

    Optionally perform a search using findItemsAdvanced (Finding API). This search should use criteria that would definitely find the item.

Related Information

See Making Second Chance Offers for Items.

See also the reference documentation for this call:



Input

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See also the Deprecated Objects link above. Fields presented in this color are deprecated, and fields presented in this color are (or soon will be) non-operational.

The XML prototype does not include requester credentials. This is a documentation limitation only (see Standard Requester Credentials for Making Calls).

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<AddSecondChanceItemRequest xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
  <!-- Call-specific Input Fields -->
  <BuyItNowPrice> AmountType (double) </BuyItNowPrice>
  <Duration> SecondChanceOfferDurationCodeType </Duration>
  <ItemID> ItemIDType (string) </ItemID>
  <RecipientBidderUserID> UserIDType (string) </RecipientBidderUserID>
  <SellerMessage> string </SellerMessage>
  <!-- Standard Input Fields -->
  <ErrorLanguage> string </ErrorLanguage>
  <MessageID> string </MessageID>
  <Version> string </Version>
  <WarningLevel> WarningLevelCodeType </WarningLevel>
</AddSecondChanceItemRequest>
Argument Type Occurrence Meaning
Call-specific Input Fields [Jump to standard fields]
BuyItNowPrice AmountType (double) Optional The amount the offer recipient must pay to purchase the item as a Second Chance Offer. This field should only be used when the original item was listed in an eBay Motors vehicle category (or in some categories on U.S. and international sites for high-priced items, such as items in many U.S. and Canada Business and Industrial categories) and it ended unsold because the reserve price was not met. Otherwise, eBay establishes the price and no price should be submitted. The price offered to the Second Chance Offer recipient is generally the highest bid that the user made on the original listing.
Duration SecondChanceOfferDurationCodeType Required This enumeration value indicates the length of time (in days) that the Second Chance Offer will be available to the recipient. Upon receiving the Second Chance Offer, the recipient bidder will have this many days to accept the offer before the offer expires. Use ne of the values in SecondChanceOfferDurationCodeType must be used.

Applicable values:

CustomCode
(in/out) This value is reserved for internal or future use.
Days_1
(in/out) The seller specifies this value to make the Second Chance offer available to the bidder for one day. This value will affect the EndTime value returned in the AddSecondChanceItem or AddTransactionConfirmationItem responses.
Days_3
(in/out) The seller specifies this value to make the Second Chance offer available to the bidder for three days. This value will affect the EndTime value returned in the AddSecondChanceItem or AddTransactionConfirmationItem responses.
Days_5
(in/out) The seller specifies this value to make the Second Chance offer available to the bidder for five days. This value will affect the AddSecondChanceItem or AddTransactionConfirmationItem responses.
Days_7
(in/out) The seller specifies this value to make the Second Chance offer available to the bidder for seven days. This value will affect the EndTime value returned in the AddSecondChanceItem or AddTransactionConfirmationItem responses.
ItemID ItemIDType (string) Required This field is used to identify the original auction listing through its unique identifier (Item ID). Upon a successful call, the Second Chance Offer will be identified by a new ItemID in the response.
Max length: 19 (Note: Item IDs are usually 9 to 12 digits).
RecipientBidderUserID UserIDType (string) Required This field is used to specify the bidder that is being offered the Second Chance Offer. The eBay User ID of the bidder is used in this field. Specify only one RecipientBidderUserID per call. If multiple users are specified, only the last one specified receives the offer. User ID values will be returned in the Offer.User.UserID field of the GetAllBidders call response.
SellerMessage string Optional This optional field is used to provide a message to the recipient of the Second Chance Offer. This message cannot contain HTML, asterisks, or quotes. The content in this field will be included in the Second Chance Offer email that is sent to the recipient.
Max length: 1000.
Standard Input Fields  
ErrorLanguage string Optional Use ErrorLanguage to return error strings for the call in a different language from the language commonly associated with the site that the requesting user is registered with. Specify the standard RFC 3066 language identification tag (e.g., en_US).

ID Country
en_AU Australia
de_AT Austria
nl_BE Belgium (Dutch)
fr_BE Belgium (French)
en_CA Canada
fr_CA Canada (French)
zh_CN China
fr_FR France
de_DE Germany
zh_HK Hong Kong
en_IN India
en_IE Ireland
it_IT Italy
nl_NL Netherlands
en_SG Singapore
es_ES Spain
de_CH Switzerland
en_GB United Kingdom
en_US United States

See Tags for the Identification of Languages.

MessageID string Optional Most Trading API calls support a MessageID element in the request and a CorrelationID element in the response. If you pass in a MessageID in a request, the same value will be returned in the CorrelationID field in the response. Pairing these values can help you track and confirm that a response is returned for every request and to match specific responses to specific requests. If you do not pass a MessageID value in the request, CorrelationID is not returned.

Note: GetCategories is designed to retrieve very large sets of metadata that change once a day or less often. To improve performance, these calls return cached responses when you request all available data (with no filters). When this occurs, the MessageID and CorrelationID fields aren't applicable. However, if you specify an input filter to reduce the amount of data returned, the calls retrieve the latest data (not cached). When this occurs, MessageID and CorrelationID are applicable.
Version string Conditional The version number of the API code that you are programming against (e.g., 859). The version you specify for a call has these basic effects:
  • It indicates the version of the code lists and other data that eBay should use to process your request.
  • It indicates the schema version you are using.
You need to use a version that is greater than or equal to the lowest supported version.
For the SOAP API: If you are using the SOAP API, this field is required. Specify the version of the WSDL your application is using.

For the XML API: If you are using the XML API, this field has no effect. Instead, specify the version in the X-EBAY-API-COMPATIBILITY-LEVEL HTTP header. (If you specify Version in the body of an XML API request and it is different from the value in the HTTP header, eBay returns an informational warning that the value in the HTTP header was used instead.)

See:
    Routing the Request (Gateway URLs)
    eBay Schema Versioning Strategy
    Lowest Supported Version

WarningLevel WarningLevelCodeType Optional Controls whether or not to return warnings when the application passes unrecognized or deprecated elements in a request.

An unrecognized element is one that is not defined in any supported version of the schema. Schema element names are case-sensitive, so using WarningLevel can also help you remove any potential hidden bugs within your application due to incorrect case or spelling in field names before you put your application into the Production environment.

WarningLevel only validates elements; it doesn't validate XML attributes. It also doesn't control warnings related to user-entered strings or numbers, or warnings for logical errors.

We recommend that you only use this during development and debugging. Do not use this in requests performed in the Production environment.

Applicable values:

High
(in) The WarningLevel value is set to High if the user wishes to receive warnings when the application passes unrecognized or deprecated elements in an API call request. Setting the WarningLevel value to High is not recommended in a production environment. Instead, it should only be used during the development/debugging stage.
Low
(in) The WarningLevel value is set to Low if the user does not wish to receive warnings when the application passes unrecognized or deprecated elements in an API call request. This is the default value if WarningLevel is not specified in the call request.

See Warning Level.



Output

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The box below lists all fields that might be returned in the response. To learn more about an individual field or its type, click its name in the box (or scroll down to find it in the table below the box).

See also the Deprecated Objects link above. Fields presented in this color are deprecated, and fields presented in this color are not returned (or soon will not be returned) or are not operational (or soon will be non-operational).

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<AddSecondChanceItemResponse xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
  <!-- Call-specific Output Fields -->
  <EndTime> dateTime </EndTime>
  <ItemID> ItemIDType (string) </ItemID>
  <StartTime> dateTime </StartTime>
  <!-- Standard Output Fields -->
  <Ack> AckCodeType </Ack>
  <Build> string </Build>
  <CorrelationID> string </CorrelationID>
  <DuplicateInvocationDetails> DuplicateInvocationDetailsType
    <DuplicateInvocationID> UUIDType (string) </DuplicateInvocationID>
    <InvocationTrackingID> string </InvocationTrackingID>
    <Status> InvocationStatusType </Status>
  </DuplicateInvocationDetails>
  <Errors> ErrorType
    <ErrorClassification> ErrorClassificationCodeType </ErrorClassification>
    <ErrorCode> token </ErrorCode>
    <ErrorParameters ParamID="string"> ErrorParameterType
      <Value> string </Value>
    </ErrorParameters>
    <!-- ... more ErrorParameters nodes allowed here ... -->
    <LongMessage> string </LongMessage>
    <SeverityCode> SeverityCodeType </SeverityCode>
    <ShortMessage> string </ShortMessage>
  </Errors>
  <!-- ... more Errors nodes allowed here ... -->
  <HardExpirationWarning> string </HardExpirationWarning>
  <Timestamp> dateTime </Timestamp>
  <Version> string </Version>
</AddSecondChanceItemResponse>
Return Value Type Occurrence Meaning
Call-specific Output Fields [Jump to standard fields]
EndTime dateTime Always This timestamp indicates the date and time when the Second Chance Offer listing will expire, at which time the recipient will no longer be able to purchase the item.
ItemID ItemIDType (string) Always This field contains the Item ID for the Second Chance Offer that was just created with the AddSecondChanceItem call. Note that this Item ID will be different from the Item ID in the original auction listing that was passed in the request.
Max length: 19 (Note: Item IDs are usually 9 to 12 digits).
StartTime dateTime Always This timestamp indicates the date and time when the Second Chance Offer became available to the recipient.
Standard Output Fields  
Ack AckCodeType Always A token representing the application-level acknowledgement code that indicates the response status (e.g., success). The AckCodeType list specifies the possible values for the Ack field.

Applicable values:

CustomCode
(out) Reserved for internal or future use.
Failure
(out) This value indicates that the call request processing failed.
Success
(out) This value indicates that the call request was processed successfully without any issues.
Warning
(out) This value indicates that the call request was successful, but processing was not without any issues. These issues can be checked in the Errors container, that will also be returned when one or more known issues occur with the call request.

(Not all values in AckCodeType apply to this field.)

Code so that your app gracefully handles any future changes to this list.
Build string Always This refers to the specific software build that eBay used when processing the request and generating the response. This includes the version number plus additional information. eBay Developer Support may request the build information when helping you resolve technical issues.
CorrelationID string Conditionally Most Trading API calls support a MessageID element in the request and a CorrelationID element in the response. If you pass in a MessageID in a request, the same value will be returned in the CorrelationID field in the response. Pairing these values can help you track and confirm that a response is returned for every request and to match specific responses to specific requests. If you do not pass a MessageID value in the request, CorrelationID is not returned.

Note: GetCategories is designed to retrieve very large sets of metadata that change once a day or less often. To improve performance, these calls return cached responses when you request all available data (with no filters). When this occurs, the MessageID and CorrelationID fields aren't applicable. However, if you specify an input filter to reduce the amount of data returned, the calls retrieve the latest data (not cached). When this occurs, MessageID and CorrelationID are applicable.
DuplicateInvocationDetails DuplicateInvocationDetailsType Conditionally Information that explains a failure due to a duplicate InvocationID being passed in.
DuplicateInvocationDetails
  .DuplicateInvocationID
UUIDType (string) Conditionally This value represents the duplicate InvocationID or InvocationTrackingID that was used in the call request.
DuplicateInvocationDetails
  .InvocationTrackingID
string Conditionally This unique identifier identifies the business item the previous API invocation created. For example, the Item ID of the item created by an AddItem call.
DuplicateInvocationDetails
  .Status
InvocationStatusType Conditionally This enumeration value indicates the status of the previous call that used the InvocationID or InvocationTrackingID specified in the DuplicateInvocationID.

Applicable values:

CustomCode
 
Failure
(out)
InProgress
(out)
Success
(out)

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Errors ErrorType Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
A list of application-level errors (if any) that occurred when eBay processed the request.

See Error Handling.

Errors.ErrorClassification ErrorClassificationCodeType Conditionally API errors are divided between two classes: system errors and request errors.

Applicable values:

CustomCode
(out) Reserved for internal or future use.
RequestError
(out) An error has occurred either as a result of a problem in the sending application or because the application's end-user has attempted to submit invalid data (or missing data). In these cases, do not retry the request. The problem must be corrected before the request can be made again. If the problem is due to something in the application (such as a missing required field), the application must be changed. If the problem is a result of end-user data, the application must alert the end-user to the problem and provide the means for the end-user to correct the data. Once the problem in the application or data is resolved, resend the request to eBay with the corrected data.
SystemError
(out) Indicates that an error has occurred on the eBay system side, such as a database or server down. An application can retry the request as-is a reasonable number of times (eBay recommends twice). If the error persists, contact Developer Technical Support. Once the problem has been resolved, the request may be resent in its original form.

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Errors.ErrorCode token Conditionally A unique code that identifies the particular error condition that occurred. Your application can use error codes as identifiers in your customized error-handling algorithms. See the "Errors by Number" document.
Errors.ErrorParameters ErrorParameterType Conditionally,
repeatable: [0..*]
This optional element carries a list of context-specific error variables that indicate details about the error condition. These are useful when multiple instances of ErrorType are returned.
Errors.ErrorParameters
  [ attribute ParamID ]
string Conditionally This optional element carries a list of context-specific error variables that indicate details about the error condition. These are useful when multiple instances of ErrorType are returned.
Errors.ErrorParameters.Value string Conditionally This is the value of the request parameter noted in the ParamID attribute. So, if the ParamID value was ItemID, the value in this field would be the actual value of that ItemID.
Errors.LongMessage string Conditionally A more detailed description of the condition that raised the error.
Errors.SeverityCode SeverityCodeType Conditionally Indicates whether the error is a severe error (causing the request to fail) or an informational error (a warning) that should be communicated to the user.

Applicable values:

CustomCode
(out) Reserved for internal or future use.
Error
(out) The request that triggered the error was not processed successfully. When a serious application-level error occurs, the error is returned instead of the business data.

If the source of the problem is within the application (such as a missing required element), change the application before you retry the request.
  • If the problem is due to end-user input data, please alert the end-user to the problem and provide the means for them to correct the data. Once the problem in the application or data is resolved, you can attempt to re-send the request to eBay.
  • If the source of the problem is on eBay's side, An application can retry the request as-is a reasonable number of times (eBay recommends twice). If the error persists, contact Developer Technical Support. Once the problem has been resolved, the request may be resent in its original form.


See the Compatible Application Check section of the eBay Features Guide for more information.
Warning
(out) The request was processed successfully, but something occurred that may affect your application or the user. For example, eBay may have changed a value the user sent in. In this case, eBay returns a normal, successful response and also returns the warning.

When a warning occurs, the error is returned in addition to the business data. In this case, you do not need to retry the request (as the original request was successful). However, depending on the cause or nature of the warning, you might need to contact either the end user or eBay to effect a long term solution to the problem to prevent it from reoccurring in the future.

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Errors.ShortMessage string Conditionally A brief description of the condition that raised the error.
HardExpirationWarning string Conditionally Expiration date of the user's authentication token. Only returned within the 7-day period prior to a token's expiration. To ensure that user authentication tokens are secure and to help avoid a user's token being compromised, tokens have a limited life span. A token is only valid for a period of time (set by eBay). After this amount of time has passed, the token expires and must be replaced with a new token.
Timestamp dateTime Always This value represents the date and time when eBay processed the request. The time zone of this value is GMT and the format is the ISO 8601 date and time format (YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.SSSZ). See the Time Values section in the eBay Features Guide for information about this time format and converting to and from the GMT time zone.

Note: GetCategories and other Trading API calls are designed to retrieve very large sets of metadata that change once a day or less often. To improve performance, these calls return cached responses when you request all available data (with no filters). When this occurs, this time value reflects the time the cached response was created. Thus, this value is not necessarily when the request was processed. However, if you specify an input filter to reduce the amount of data returned, the calls retrieve the latest data (not cached). When this occurs, this time value does reflect when the request was processed.
Version string Always The version of the response payload schema. Indicates the version of the schema that eBay used to process the request. See the Standard Data for All Calls section in the eBay Features Guide for information on using the response version when troubleshooting CustomCode values that appear in the response.



Detail Controls


DetailLevel

This call does not support varying Detail Levels. You do not need to pass DetailLevel in the request.



Samples

New to making API calls? Please see Making a Call.

Note: Some item IDs, user IDs, or other data in these samples might no longer be active on eBay. If necessary, you can substitute current eBay data in your requests.

Sample: Basic Call

Extends a Second Chance Offer to a bidder that did not win the auction.

Description

Bountiful Buyer bid on a book, but did not win the auction. The seller (Magical Bookseller) came across another copy of the book in the same condition, and decided to offer the second copy to the second-highest bidder, Bountiful Buyer.

When a Second Chance Offer is created, the recipient is given a chance to purchase the item at the highest price that they bid on the original item. eBay sends the buyer a message stating that the Second Chance Offer has been made, along with any message the seller included in the offer.

Input

XML format.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<AddSecondChanceItemRequest xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
  <RequesterCredentials>
    <eBayAuthToken>ABC...123</eBayAuthToken>
  </RequesterCredentials>
  <!-- The user ID of an user who made a bid on the auction item. The GetAllBidders call can be used to get bidders on a listing -->
  <RecipientBidderUserID>bountifulbuyer</RecipientBidderUserID>
  <!-- The offer duration must be one of the values defined in SecondChanceOfferDurationCodeType -->
  <Duration>Days_3</Duration>
  <ItemID>110042668801</ItemID>
  <SellerMessage>
    I just got another copy of the book in stock, would
    you be interested in purchasing the copy?
  </SellerMessage>
</AddSecondChanceItemRequest>

Output

XML format.
<AddSecondChanceItemResponse xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
  <Timestamp>2015-12-22T17:45:31.032Z</Timestamp>
  <Ack>Success</Ack>
  <Version>967</Version>
  <Build>E967_CORE_BUNDLED_10284414_R1</Build>
  <ItemID>110042668984</ItemID>
  <StartTime>2015-12-22T17:45:30.000Z</StartTime>
  <EndTime>2015-12-25T17:45:30.000Z</EndTime>
</AddSecondChanceItemResponse>



Change History

Change Date Description
529
2007-09-05
  • Fees (doc change): The sample has been updated and corrected so it no longer has the Fees container in the output.
499
2007-02-07
  • CopyEmailToSeller, Fees, Site (modified): Deleted previously deprecated objects from the latest schema. Some of these objects are still supported with lower request versions. See Deprecated Objects.
479
2006-09-20
  • InvocationID (doc change): InvocationID is not recommended for use as a unique identifier input for calls that list items. It has been removed from the list of elements that apply to AddSecondChanceItem.
457
2006-04-19
  • SellerMessage (added): Sellers can use this field to send a message to the non-winning buyer that they are giving the Second Chance Offer to.
449
2006-02-22
  • BuyItNowPrice (modified): For second chance offers, just as in the case of Motors items, if the original listing was in some of the categories for high-priced items (such as items in many U.S. and Canada Business and Industrial categories) and the auction ended without the reserve price met, the seller can specify the price in BuyItNowPrice. For more information, see "Make a Second Chance Offer".
409
2005-5-18
  • InvocationID (added): Call now supports this input parameter.