Inventory Optimization

Category changes, expanded item specifics guidance, new item specifics listing requirements in certain categories, and vehicles package pricing update.

What you need to know

  • Category changes
  • New item specifics recommendations and requirements

Category changes to create a more intuitive shopping experience

Starting this fall, category changes including additions, removals, and renames will go into effect. Category updates will create more intuitive buying, selling, and search experiences and bring eBay into closer alignment with industry-standard classifications. The updates will also help international buyers find your items.

If you listed an item in one of the below categories and your listing is impacted by these changes, eBay will automatically move your listing to the most relevant category.

Changes effective October 15, 2019

  • Business & Industrial
  • Cameras & Photo
  • Cell Phones & Accessories
  • Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
  • Computer/Tablets & Networking

  • Consumer Electronics
  • Home & Garden
  • Toys & Hobbies
  • Video Games & Consoles

Changes effective January 28, 2020

Home & Garden

  • Kids & Teens at Home
  • Bath
  • Yard, Garden & Outdoor Living
  • Wholesale Lots
  • Home Improvement

Pet Supplies



View impacted categories for more information. As a result of the changes to the category structure, if your listing is moved to a different category, you may experience a change in the fees (either an increase or decrease). Learn more.

List your items in “best fit” categories

Review your listings to make sure that they are located in “best fit” categories. If they are not in the “best fit” categories, use these eBay tools to revise your items:

  1. Listings tab in Seller Hub
  2. Bulk edit functionality in My eBay
  3. Selling Manager/Selling Manager Pro
  4. File Exchange

If you are using an off-eBay listing tool, be sure to use the new category tree to select the best category for your item so that revisions or relists done through the application result in the item moving to the desired location.


Category Changes FAQs

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  • Why is eBay making these changes?

    Updates to categories will create more intuitive buying, selling, and search experiences and bring eBay into closer alignment with industry-standard classifications.


Updates to Item specifics that will help buyers find your listings

We’re continuing to make it easier for buyers to find your listings quickly and easily by providing you with targeted guidance about item specifics that matter most to buyers. Item specifics describe the item you are selling, such as brand, make, model, size, color, and style. If you do not include item specifics when you list, your listings may not appear in natural and filtered search results.

We’re adding hundreds of new item specifics across several categories. Item specifics are surfaced in order of importance (e.g., frequency of use by buyers in search). Some item specifics are already required when you create a new listing or revise an existing listing in the Home & Garden category. Starting October 15, 2019, additional item specifics will be required. If you do not fill out the required item specifics, your listings will not successfully publish. Affected categories include Toys, Fashion, Home & Garden, Collectibles, and Media & Gift Cards. In early 2020, we’ll introduce new requirements in Electronics, Home & Garden, & Fashion.

We strongly encourage you to include recommended item specifics ahead of the requirement. Complete and accurate item specifics can increase the visibility of your listings in eBay search results, Google search, and Google Shopping, and help your buyers find exactly what they are looking for.

In addition, we’ve enhanced our listing tools to help you derive the most benefit from using item specifics. Now when you create a new listing, you will see recommendations for trending item specifics and search terms frequently used by buyers. Starting in October, we’ll add indicators that will make it easier for you to identify listings that could benefit from additional item specifics. We will also provide single and bulk capabilities on the Active listings page in Seller Hub to help you add them.

See how many more searches your item appears in as you add item specifics.
Example of Required and Recommended item specifics in the listing flow. See how many more searches your item appears in as you add item specifics.

Learn more about key item specifics in other categories.


Item Specifics Updates FAQs

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