As a game distribution platform, Steam offers many services that gamers could use as they see fit and trade offer is one of them. By taking advantage of trade offer, those that own Steam accounts may send and receive items at will. Usually, when a trade offer arrives and everything is in order, all Steam users need to do is to hit Accept Trade. Still, it’s uncommon for people to run into the “There was an error accepting this trade offer. Please try again later” error afterward.
A List Of Suspects
If the person you’re trying to trade with cancels the trade before it goes through, you will get the “There was an error accepting this trade offer. Please try again later” error.
Trying to accept trades while you are signed in to the steam website and the Steam Client app at the same time can result in the Steam trade error. That is likely if you have a habit of simultaneously opening a ton of windows, making it tricky for you to keep track of everything
Steam support regularly bans user accounts that have violated the terms and conditions of using the Steam app via Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Ban. Such accounts may have been reported for or flagged on suspicion of malicious activities which lead to their isolation from other Steam users. A VAC ban on an account is permanent, non-negotiable, and cannot be removed by Steam Support. Since the VAC ban restricts trading as well, trade offer is a no-go.
If there is not enough space in your inventory to accept the trade item, you may see a “There was an error accepting this trade offer. Please try again later“ error. (simonsezit)
“There Was An Error Accepting This Trade Offer. Please Try Again Later”: Advice
Message The Other Party
If the other party cancels the trade offer out of the blue, it’s only natural that the trade cannot go forward. For confirmation, you should send out a message to determine whether the other party has canceled the trade offer.
While the stability of Steam services is good in most of the cases, it’s not uncommon for hiccups to complicate processes such as trading. Hence, if you come across issues during trading on Steam, don’t panic and wait for a bit. Afterward, get the other party to resend you the trade offer and accept it again. Assuming that things proceed smoothly, you would be able to add the trading items to your items.
Trade Via Web Browsers
You keep getting the “There was an error accepting this trade offer. Please try again later“ as you trade on Steam client? In that case, you should consider trading via web browsers instead. In the case that you could accept the trade offer using a browser, your Steam client is at fault. Depending on the situation, you may update the client, uninstall and reinstall it, etc.
Clear Web Browser Cache
In case you don’t know, there is a web browser cache on Steam that affects the performance of a couple of processes. If you have difficulty trading, go through the following steps to clear web browser cache.
- Step 1: Launch Steam and log in to your account.
- Step 2: Click the “Steam” menu option located in the top left corner and select Settings
- Step 3: Navigate to Web Browser and select the Delete Web Browser Cache.
Get In Touch With Steam Support
Steam could assist users in the troubleshooting of many errors including “There was an error accepting this trade offer. Please try again later“. Therefore, if you cannot overcome the trading error on your own, feel free to contact Steam support.
- Step 1: Go to https://help.steampowered.com/en/.
- Step 2: Log into your account.
- Step 3: Pick Trading, Gifting, Market and Steam Points from the list
- Step 4: Click the issue you are having
- Step 5: Hit Contact Steam Support
- Step 6: Fill out the form
- Step 7: Pick Send
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