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Solved: How to Delist on OpenSea the Right Way

So you want to delist one of your NFTs on OpenSea?

Did one of your favorite NFT collections just enter a new bull market and you’re afraid that the current list price of your NFT is too low?

There are many reasons why one would want to delist an NFT.

In this article, you’ll learn multiple ways you can delist your NFTs on OpenSea including which methods will cost you gas and which ones are for free.

Let’s get started.

Key Points (tl;dr)
  • You can delist any NFT that you’ve previously listed on OpenSea. Some listings will automatically expire while others need to be actively canceled.
  • Actively canceling a listing on OpenSea comes at a cost. You will have to pay the gas fees for processing the transaction.
  • There are 3 recommended ways to delist on OpenSea.
    • Method 1: Proactively cancel and pay gas
    • Method 2: Wait for the listing to expire by itself
    • Method 3: Delete the NFT completely (if you’re the creator)
  • There is a 4th method which involves transferring the NFT into a different wallet. However, this is not recommended as the old listing still remain active in the old wallet.
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Can You Delist on OpenSea?

Yes, you can delist an NFT from OpenSea. The exact process of how to delist on OpenSea depends on whether you created the NFT yourself and how you listed it in the first place. This also determines whether you will incur any costs for delisting or not.

Infographic explaining how you can delist on OpenSea.
Infographic explaining how to delist on OpenSea.

Perhaps you decided to list your NFT for sale on OpenSea at a price of 1 ETH.

You assumed that a 10x return on your initial investment is absolutely great and if the floor price of the collection ever reached that point, you’d be ecstatic and take profits.

But then the project really started to take off, much more than you had ever expected.

In a massive bull run, the floor rises to 0.8 ETH and then 0.9 ETH.

You start receiving the first unsolicited bids and that’s when you start to get nervous.

You start to think about how disappointed you’d be if you sell your NFT for 1 ETH and the floor price eventually reaches 3 or maybe even 4 ETH.

So you ask yourself: Can I delist my NFT from OpenSea so that it doesn’t sell at the current price?

And the answer is: Yes you can.

There are multiple ways to do this and we tackle all 3 of them in this article.

Does It Cost to Delist on OpenSea?

Yes, it does. Unless you are the creator and owner of an NFT or listed it with an early expiry date, delisting on OpenSea will cost you gas fees for processing that transaction on the blockchain.

Infographic explaining the cost of delisting an NFT on OpenSea.
Infographic explaining the cost of delisting an NFT on OpenSea.

Delisting sounds like a really easy process and technically it is.

You see while listing an NFT for sale on OpenSea is free, proactively canceling an existing listing will cost you gas fees.

And depending on the current price of gas, that might turn out to be an extremely costly decision.

Before you make that decision, you should always check the current cost of gas.

There are ways to avoid these costs, but that depends on whether you originally created the NFT yourself or listed it with a short expiry date.

In most cases, actively canceling a listing will come at a cost.

How to Delist on OpenSea

So let’s show you how to delist on OpenSea.

Delisting an NFT on OpenSea is a lot easier than you might think.

However, the exact method you must follow depends on your specific circumstances.

Here are 3 methods that teach you how to delist on OpenSea:

  • Method 1: Cancel Your Listing Right Now
  • Method 2: Wait for the Listing to Expire
  • Method 3: Delete Your NFT Completely

Method 1: Cancel Your Listing Right Now

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 1
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 1

The easiest and most immediate way how to delist on OpenSea is to simply cancel the listing.

WARNING: Doing this requires a gas fee in order to make the item unavailable for purchase to other users.

Here are the steps you need to take if you want to cancel your listing:

Step 1: Click “Cancel listing”
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 1 – Step 1
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 1 – Step 1

Browse to the NFT’s item page and click the “Cancel listing” button in the top right corner.

Step 2: Confirm the cancellation
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 1 – Step 2
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 1 – Step 2

Once you hit the “Cancel listing” button, you’ll be presented with a popup window asking you to confirm whether you really want to cancel the listing.

If you want to proceed, click the “Cancel listing” button again.

Step 3: Confirm transaction

After confirming the cancellation, your wallet will be triggered.

It will estimate the gas you’ll have to pay and you must confirm the transaction.

You can still change your mind at this point and simply reject the transaction.

You might think it’s expensive to cancel your listings but bear in mind that active contract approvals can also be an attack vector for malicious actors.

Method 2: Wait for the Listing to Expire

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 2
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 2

Let’s move on to the next way how to delist on OpenSea.

If you want to avoid paying gas for delisting an NFT you can do so by simply setting a short expiry date.

A lot of people find this inconvenient because it requires them to re-list their NFTs on a regular basis.

However, since listing an NFT is for free on OpenSea, it’s probably the best solution out there.

In fact, you really shouldn’t be listing your NFTs unless you really want to sell them soon.

Listing NFTs long-term is actually detrimental to price action because it generates an artificially high supply and creates price ceilings that act as resistance.

We recommend that you only list when you actually want to sell and limit the listing’s expiry date to 3 days or 1 week at most.

Method 3: Delete Your NFT Completely

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 3
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Delist on OpenSea – Method 3

Now it’s time to look at a very different way how to delist on OpenSea.

Things get extremely easy when you’re not just the owner of an NFT but also the creator.

If you’ve created an NFT using OpenSea’s set of tools and listed it for sale, it’s extremely easy to delist it by simply deleting the NFT altogether.

Obviously, this only makes sense if you don’t want to keep the NFT in your wallet.

But if you were just experimenting with creating your own NFTs and now want to remove them, deleting the NFT will not just cancel the listing but also burn it completely.

Delisting by Transferring to Another Wallet

You should never try to delist an NFT by transferring it to another wallet unless you are absolutely certain that you will never use the original wallet again. If you do, you are putting your NFTs are at risk.

WARNING: This is NOT how to delist on OpenSea. This method is NOT recommended because you could lose your NFTs to “hackers” who know how to exploit this technical weakness.

It seemed advantageous to do so because the associated gas fees were much lower.

However, the problem with this method is that the listing in the original wallet (wallet A) is never actually canceled and remains active indefinitely.

So, as soon as you transfer the NFT from wallet B back to wallet A, the old listing is valid again and can be executed.

This is precisely how a lot of lazy owners of Bored Apes lost their precious NFTs.

The NFTs were sold at ridiculously low prices and not at market value, simply because the old list price has never been canceled.

Conclusion

So it’s absolutely normal for them to list their NFTs on OpenSea.

The problem is that sometimes you change your mind and actually want to hold on to your NFTs for as long as you can.

That’s why it’s important that you understand how to delist on OpenSea.

And it’s even more important that you know which methods will cost you gas and which ones are for free.

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