Category & Item Specifics Updates

Updates to categories, item specifics, and the eBay catalogue—find out if your category is affected.

Category, item specifics, and catalogue updates will be released this fall to provide a more intuitive buying, selling, and search experience. Check the list of affected categories and make any necessary updates to ensure uninterrupted sales.

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See if these updates apply to you

When listing with any of the new or changed categories, always use the eBay recommended item specifics.
Fill out all applicable item specifics in order to optimize visibility on your listing.

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Category

Update

Baby

Additions, removals & renames

  • Baby Gear
  • Strollers
  • Stroller Accessories

Coins & Paper Money

Additions

  • Wholesale Bullion

Collectibles

Removals & renames

  • Historical Memorabilia
  • Sewing (1930-Now)

Crafts

Additions, removals & renames

  • Sewing & Fabric

Health & Beauty

Additions, removals & renames

  • Bath & Body
  • Dietary Supplements, Nutrition
  • Health Care
  • Massage
  • Medical, Mobility & Disability
  • Natural & Homeopathic Remedies
  • Over-The-Counter Medicine
  • Sun Protection & Tanning
  • Vision Care
  • Weight Management

Home & Garden

Additions, removals & renames

  • Yard, Garden & Outdoor Living
  • Home Improvement

Jewellery & Watches

Additions, removals & renames

  • Loose Gemstones

Motors

Additions, removals & renames

  • Cars & Trucks
  • Other Vehicles & Trailers
  • Powersports
  • Sailing Hardware

Musical Instruments & Gear

Additions, removals & renames

  • Accordion & Concertina
  • Brass
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Pianos, Keyboards & Organs
  • String
  • Woodwind

Sporting Goods

Additions, removals & renames

  • Archery
  • Baseball & Softball
  • Camping & Hiking
  • Golf

Stamps

Additions, removals & renames

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia & Oceania
  • Central & South America
  • Publicans & Supplies
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Thematics
  • Worldwide

Maximize your listing visibility and sales

  • Use eBay-recommended item specifics whenever they’re available to help buyers find your items quickly.
  • Provide plenty of photos that complement the description of your item. Remember, every listing must have at least one picture, but you can include up to 12 for free.
  • Be sure to describe your item as completely and accurately as possible in the body of your listing, and make sure this description is consistent with the item specifics you choose.
  • Be sure to list your item with the eBay catalogue whenever there’s a product in the catalogue that’s an exact match to the item you have for sale and/or required by the category. To list an item with the catalogue, select it from the list presented as you are listing. You can also use the catalogue photo of the item.
  • Remember, catalogue images cannot be used as the primary photo for non-new items.
  • Only list your item with the eBay catalogue when the catalog product is an exact match to the item you have for sale. If it is not an exact match, please complete your listing without selecting a product from the catalogue list presented. You can also request that your product be added to our catalogue.
  • Maximize your visibility on eBay as well as on external search engines by using product identifiers when you list new, branded items in certain categories.

Follow these steps to successfully update your listings

  • Item specifics updates in existing categories are now available. Take the time now to revise your listings with new item specifics to help ensure they’re moved to the correct category when the category changes are made beginning in October.
  • Refer to your listing improvement recommendations on your Selling Manager and Selling Manager Pro summary page to promote optimal visibility for your listings.
  • In many categories, unique identifiers are required for your items to show up in Google Product Search. The best way to ensure your listing contains the information required by Google Product Search is to list your item with the eBay catalogue whenever there’s a product match. If listing with the eBay catalogue isn’t possible, fill in the item specifics for Brand, Model, UPC, ISBN, EAN, Color, Size, Gender and/or MPN wherever they are available/applicable.

Use any one of the following eBay tools to update your listings:

  • Bulk edit functionality inside My eBay
  • Selling Manager/Selling Manager Pro
  • File Exchange
  • Turbo Lister
    • Category and item specifics are updated every 24 hours. To manually update, go to the “Refresh” tab and select
      “Update eBay Categories and Item Specifics”.

Frequently asked questions

Find your answers here

  • Which categories are being changed?

    Please see the complete list of category updates.

  • When can I start listing in the new or revised categories?

    Start using the new and revised categories as soon as they become available in October.

  • Which item specifics are being changed?

    Please see a complete list of item specific updates for Fall 2015.

  • When can I start using the new and recommended item specifics?

    Item specifics for categories that will be going away will appear on the site starting in October.

    Use the newly-added item specifics to help ensure items are moved to the best possible replacement category on October 12th. Using the recommended item specifics will also help ensure that:
    a) your item is classified correctly and is more likely to be returned in search
    b) buyers can find your item more easily by refining their search results using the left hand navigation refinements

  • What happens if I don’t use the new and recommended item specifics in my listings?

    Excluding recommended item specifics will prevent your item from surfacing to buyers when they use the left hand navigation refinements.

  • I use a third-party listing tool through ChannelAdvisor (or another Certified Provider).
    Do I have to do anything to make sure my listings comply with the new category, item specific, or catalogue updates?

    ChannelAdvisor and other Certified Providers typically update their tools with the new category structure. In instances where third-party tools haven't been updated, eBay will automatically map new listings with the old category IDs to the new categories. Once the Certified Provider has updated their category structure, use the new category as opposed to the old category ID.

  • Can I get guidance on what item specific changes will impact my listing?

    Yes. Check Selling Reminders on your My eBay > All Selling page or the new Listing Improvement section of the Selling Manager summary page to identify your listings without item specifics. You can then easily edit those listings in bulk. Remember, using eBay-recommended item specifics in your listings makes it easier for buyers to find your items.

  • What happens to my listing if my category now has subcategories?

    If new subcategories have been added below your category, your listings will be moved to the subcategory with the best fit based on the item specific used in the listing. If the eBay-recommended item specifics are not utilized, your item will be moved to the “best fit” category based on keywords in the listing title. If the item cannot be moved based on key words then it is moved to the nearest “Other” category. When you relist these items, be sure to list in the appropriate subcategory and use eBay-recommended item specifics for the best potential visibility in a buyer's search results.

  • What happens if I don’t believe my listing has been moved to the most appropriate category?

    Starting in October, if your listing has not been moved to the most appropriate category, you’ll need to revise the listing and select a category that’s better suited to your item.

  • What happens if I can’t find a product in the catalogue that is an exact match to my item?

    It’s a good idea to try to match your item with a product from the catalogue as often as you can. However, if you're unable to find a product in the catalogue that's an exact match to the item you have for sale, create your listing without selecting a product from the catalogue. Remember, selecting a product from the catalogue for your listing that's similar, but not an exact match, to the item you have for sale may be confusing for your buyers and could create a bad buying—and selling—experience. Therefore, in cases where an exact match cannot be found, please complete your listing without selecting a product from the catalogue.

  • What happens to my listing if a category gets merged with another category or parent category?

    If your category gets merged with another category, your listing will automatically move to the new category. If the item specifics differ from the previous category, you'll need to update your listing using our suggested item specifics for greater visibility on the search results page. Be sure to check your listings to see if any of them have changed categories.

  • How will changes to category IDs affect my multi-quantity listings?

    Your active multi-quantity listings will be moved to the correct category for you. Please make sure you have the latest version of Turbo Lister (or other third-party tool) to ensure that the category IDs reflect the latest changes.

  • How will this change impact my Good ’Til Cancelled listings?

    Any of your Good ’Til Cancelled listings that used the catalogue information prior to it being updated will remain intact and continue to include product details from that version, even after the catalogue has been updated in October. Should you ever decide to revise these Good 'Til Cancelled listings, however, you will be asked to select a product from the updated catalogue.

  • What happens if the updated item specifics don’t match my current custom item specifics?

    We recommend you use the eBay-recommended item specifics whenever possible, since custom item specifics won't be matched to the left navigation on the search results page. To make it easier for buyers to find your item, revise your listings using eBay-recommended item specifics.

  • How do I edit my listing when the item specifics in my category change?

    To edit a single listing, select the listing you want to revise in My eBay, then click the “Edit” button. From the “Actions” menu, select “Edit listings”. To edit multiple listings, select the listings you want to revise, then click the “Edit” button. From the “Edit” drop-down menu at the top of the page, select “Item specifics”. From the drop-down menu at the top of the next screen, select “Edit listings in bulk”. Make the changes you want in the grid, then click the “Save and close” button.

  • I’m using item specifics, but they aren’t showing up in the filter options on the results page. Why is this happening?

    If you add your own custom item specifics and values, they will not show up in the left hand navigation. When buyers use the item specific filters, your listing will only get matched if you use an eBay-recommended item specific and value.

  • How will category updates affect my fees?

    Generally speaking, when your item or items are moved to a new category with different final value fees, they take on the final value fees of that new category. Insertion fees and advanced listing upgrade fees will be based on the original category. In cases where the original category has been merged with a category with different fees, you'll be charged the insertion fees and advanced listing upgrade fees for the original category until the listing ends and the final value fees for the category into which the original category was merged. See fees for selling on eBay for details.

  • What happens if I don’t associate my listing to a matching product in the catalogue?

    While it’s always a best practice to list your item with the eBay catalogue whenever there's an exact match available, it is not a requirement to complete your listing. It's important to note, however, that product descriptions from the old catalogue will be removed from all listings if you revise, relist, or create a similar listing. If your listing contained a product description from the old catalogue, you will either need to update your listing by selecting a new product from the catalogue, or by adding your own product description.

  • If I can’t find a matching product in the eBay catalogue, is there some way to add my product to the catalogue?

    Yes. For more information on how to request that your product be added to our catalogue, click here.