There are new item specifics mandates and changes to the eBay category structure

We’re adding new item specifics in some categories. These item specifics won’t be required until early 2022 but you’ll be able to add them to your listings starting on 12 October.

Read this if:

  • You list in any of the below categories:
    • Collectibles & Art
    • Jewellery
    • Musical Instruments
    • Parts & Accessories
    • Sporting Goods

Key dates:

  • From 12 October 2021
    • You’ll be able to start editing item specifics in preparation for mandates coming in 2022
    • You’ll see changes to the category structure on eBay 
  • In early 2022:
    • Certain item specifics will become required in some eBay categories

What’s changing?

We’re adding new item specifics in the categories listed above. These item specifics won’t be required until early 2022 but you’ll be able to add them to your listings starting 12 October.

You’ll see some changes to category structures and item specifics names when we release new item specifics.

Why is eBay making this change?

Adding item specifics is an important way to make sure buyers can find your listings. These descriptive keywords tell a buyer about your item and help make sure your listings show up in buyers’ search results both on eBay and on external search engines. 

When you add more item specifics, your listings have a better chance of matching what buyers are searching for.

Detailed item specifics also enable buyers to make better buying decisions by helping them choose the item that best suits their needs with more complete information.

What does it mean for me?

New Soon-to-be-Required item specifics will be available on 12 October

If you list in any of the below categories, new item specifics will be required in early 2022. These item specifics will be available for you to add as you edit or create new listings starting on 12 October.

  • Collectibles & Art
  • Jewellery
  • Musical Instruments
  • Parts & Accessories
  • Sporting Goods

You’ll see these item specifics tagged as required soon in Seller Hub and the eBay listing flow, to let you know that you’ll soon be required to add them to affected listings. You’ll also see more updates as these item specifics become available including the date they’ll become required item specifics.

Changes to categories and item specifics names 

As we introduce new item specifics in certain categories, you’ll also see updates to the structures and item specifics names in those categories. These updates are based on input from industry experts to make listings in these categories easier for buyers to find.

In the week following our 12 October release of new item specifics, you may see changes to the structure and item specifics names in the categories listed above. We’ll automatically adjust your affected listings to reflect these changes as well as proactively work with your 3PP Providers to facilitate a smoother transition Learn more about category changes.

What should I do next?

We strongly recommend adding new Required Soon item specifics to your listings as soon as they’re available.

Tools to help you find and update missing item specifics 

  • Download/upload file: Available in the Seller Hub Active Listings page, this tool allows you to download an Excel file of your listings, identify and update missing item specifics in bulk and re-upload the file to apply the changes

  • Task reminders in Seller Hub and My eBay: If you have listings missing required, required soon or recommended item specifics, you’ll see corresponding tasks in Seller Hub or corresponding modules in My eBay Selling Overview

  • Quick filters: If you have listings missing required, required soon or recommended item specifics, you’ll see quick filters on your Seller Hub Active Listings page. These quick filters show you all listings missing those particular item specifics

  • Required Soon feature: When you create a new listing or revise an existing one, you’ll see indicators above item specifics that will be Required Soon. These will include the date the item specifics will become Required

  • Edit item specifics in bulk: When you add item specifics on the Seller Hub Active Listings page, you can select multiple listings and click the “Add item specifics” button. This will load all of your selected listings into a pop-up window where you can add any missing item specific