Fix ‘There was an error sending your Trade Offer Please Try again later’ on Steam

Steam is one of the biggest video game and software sales and trading platforms that was launched in 2003. You can buy video games and other downloadable extensions for the games. Some people are not familiar with the concept of making trade offers on Steam.

Trading on Steam can cause an error regarding the Trade URLs in Steam trade. This article has instructions on what you do if you see a message that reads “There was an error sending your Trade Offer. Please try again later.

What is the Steam Trade URL Error?

The Steam Trade error is a problem that comes up when you try to make a trade offer for cards or other stuff in the Steam Inventory with a friend of yours on Steam. This error has been reported largely in the Steam and Reddit forums, lately, by people seeking to share games but end up facing this error on their Steam client.

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Error Window stating that the trade offer cannot be placed at the moment

Reasons behind the “There was an error sending your trade offer. Please try again later” error

1. Steam Guard is disabled

If the Steam Guard feature is disabled, you may have to enable it again and wait for 15 days after enabling to create a Trade URL and start making trade offers. 

2. You are banned from trading

Sometimes the trader may be banned, temporarily or indefinitely. You can contact Steam support to know more about your/their ban.

3. Suspicious Steam Profile

If Steam finds your Steam account to be shady, you will not be able to make trade offers. To become a trusted account, you need to have a game that is purchased within a period of from 30 days to 1 year from the account being created. 

4. The payment method is new

If you recently added a method of payment for purchasing games on your Steam account, you might have to wait for 7 days before you can start trading.

5. Password has been changed recently

If you changed the Password for your steam account recently, you will have to wait for 5 days to start making Steam trade offers. 

6. You logged in with a new device

If you logged into your Steam account with a new device, you have to wait for 15 days for the Steam trade URL feature to be re-enabled on your Steam profile.

7. The commodity is Unavailable

You will not be able to make Steam trade offers if you do not have the items that you want to trade. 

8. The Account was disabled

If you disabled your Steam Profile, there is a period of 2 months during which you have to be active to go to your Trade link. You have to wait for 30 days before you can make another trade URL using Steam. 

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Finding your Trade link

  1. Open the Steam Client on your PC, click on the View menu on the top-left part of the screen and select the Inventory option from the drop-down menu.
The opened View menu, with the Inventory option highlighted by a brighter shade of white, than other options
  1. You’ll see all game items in your inventory that are available for trading. On the right side of the screen, click on the Trade Offers button. 
A Steam account item inventory with items and the Trade Offers button in blue on the top right corner of the window
  1. On the right panel, click on the Who can send me Trade Offers? Option.
The Trade offers window containing various options on the right, including the Who can send me trade offers? option
  1. In this page, scroll down, and under the Third-party sites, you will find the Trade  URL. You can copy and paste your trade URL wherever you need it
The Trade URL in the Third-party sites section, just above the Create New URL button to generate a new Trade URL

Methods to Fix the Trade Offer URL Error on Steam

Enable your Steam Guard

  1. Open the Steam settings, from the Steam menu.
  2. Choose the Account menu from the left panel on your Steam settings.
  3. Select Manage Steam Guard Account Security.
The Manage Steam Guard Account Security option in the Account Settings
  1. Uncheck the Turn Steam Guard off switch
The Turn Steam Guard off round checkbox at the bottom of the window

Get in touch with Steam Support

You can contact the Steam support team, through the Help menu on the top of the Steam page and selecting the Steam support option from it. From there, you can contact the support team and seek help with any problems that you have been facing.

The Help menu opened, with the Steam Support option being a brighter shade of white

Set your Profile Up For Public view

  1. Open the Steam app and click on the small arrow next to your name on the title bar of the page. 
  2. From the drop menu, choose View my profile
The small drop-down menu that appears when you click on the Profile settings
  1. In the next window, select the Edit Profile on the upper right part of the window.
The Profile Settings window for a profile on Steam
  1. In the Edit profile menu, Open Privacy Settings and change all your settings to Public
The Privacy Settings page for a Steam profile

Use a browser to process the request instead of your Steam client

Instead of using the Steam desktop application for Windows or Mac, you can try making trades on your mobile app or the official Steam site on a browser.  

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Remove Items from the Receiver

If the person you are trading with has a completely full catalog, you will not be able to send them any items. Ask them to clear their storage before you can trade from your profile to theirs.

Retry the Process

Sometimes, trying to make trades, again and again, might work, if you have problems regarding the trading process. Keep repeating your attempts to make trades. Click on the Accept button multiple times. 

Restart the Steam Client

Close the Steam application by opening the task tray, right-clicking on the Steam icon, and selecting the Exit option. Double click on the Steam icon to re-launch it. Try to make trades after you open Steam again.

Remove & Re-Install your Steam Client

Uninstalling the application and installing it can set your Steam privacy settings and app settings to default. 

  1. Type in Add or Remove Programs in the search bar. 
  2. Locate the Steam application in the list and click on the Uninstall button under it.
The Add or Remove Program window with the Steam application and the Uninstall button highlighted

You can download the Steam software from the official website and install it again.

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