Item Specifics Requirements

We’ve been implementing ‘required’ item specifics for some eBay categories to optimise listings for eBay search. Once an item specific becomes ‘required’, you can only publish your new or revised listings when the required information is filled.

Latest category changes - October 2021

We will release updates to our category structure from 12 October 2021. This is to provide a more intuitive buying, selling and search experience. These changes should ensure that your listings appear in the relevant categories. Buyers will find it quicker and easier to discover your items - especially on mobile devices. Aligning categories across international eBay sites will make cross-country trading on the eBay sites easier.

The list of impacted categories

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

See eBay’s updated category list → 

What this means for your listings in the impacted categories 

When the category structure changes, your listings may be automatically moved to another category, based on your item specifications.

You may see temporary impacts to your listing experience as category updates go into effect. This will only be short-term and you should see eBay’s category experience normalise once the changes are in effect.

Please note that changing the category structure in the affected categories might result in a change in the pricing fees in these categories.

What this means for your fees

Generally speaking, when your item(s) is moved to a new category with different final value fees, it will adopt the final value fees of that new category. Insertion fees and optional listing upgrade fees will also be based on the new destination category. 

Below are the categories with changes that impact your fees. You can look up seller fees by tier at the links below.


Original Rollup

Original Pricing

New Category Rollup

New Pricing

Jacks, Stands & Sawhorses (43593)

Business & Industrial

Tier 2 (all other)

Parts & Accessories

Tier 3 (P&A)

Development Kits & Boards (65507

Business & Industrial

Tier 2 (all other)

Parts & Accessories

Tier 3 (P&A)

Power Regulators & Converters (117000)

Business & Industrial

Tier 2 (all other)

Parts & Accessories

Tier 3 (P&A)

Other Electrical Equipment & Supplies (92078)

Business & Industrial

Tier 2 (all other)

Parts & Accessories

Tier 3 (P&A)

Switching Mode Power Supplies (181922)

Business & Industrial

Tier 2 (all other)

Parts & Accessories

Tier 3 (P&A)

Other Starters (181706)

Business & Industrial

Tier 2 (all other)

Parts & Accessories

Tier 3 (P&A)


For changes in final value fees

If you are activated for managed payments any changes in final value fee will apply when the item(s) sell. If you have not yet been activated for managed payments, any changes in final value fees will apply only when the item(s) sell after your listings renew or get relisted.

For more information on selling fees, please refer to our selling fees articles.

Fees with an eBay Store→

Fees without an eBay Store →

Why does eBay require Item Specifics?

We require Item Specifics for some categories to ensure your listing has the essential information needed to match you with buyers looking for your items. When buyers filter their search results on eBay, if you don’t have the relevant information filled out, you'll be filtered out of the buyers search results.

Filling out your Item Specifics also helps with your visibility in search engines off eBay like Google Shopping.

What does it mean when an Item Specific is Required?

Once an item specific becomes ‘required’ for a category, you can only publish your new or revised listings when the required information is filled.

The latest set of requirements - From February 2022

New item specifics in the below categories will be required on February 22, 2022 for all new and revised listings.

You can add these item specifics to your listings now and we encourage you to update your listings as soon as possible to limit any interruptions to your business. 

Filling out Required Item Specifics

Keeping your item specifics up to date is crucial to your listings’ visibility. We offer a number of resources to make it easier to find and add missing item specifics.

You can watch the video on the right to get an overview of the easiest way to fill out your required Item Specifics on eBay. You can also see a list of the tools we offer below.

eBay Tools to Help you Update Your Item Specifics

Download/Upload file: This tool is available in the Seller Hub Active Listings page. It 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 

Edit item specifics in bulk: When you add item specifics from 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 cycle through each listing one at a time and add any missing item specifics

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 in your listing flow above item specifics that will be required soon. These will include the date the item specifics will become required.

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.

Item specifics rankings: These rankings appear in the listing flow and provide guidance on which non-required item specifics your buyers are searching for.

MerchantSpring Item Specifics Editor

We’ve partnered with MerchantSpring to bring you an exclusive offer for Australian eBay sellers. You can use MerchantSpring’s Item Specifics Editor to:

  • Review Listing Quality Scores across all of your eBay stores
  • Input Data for Missing & Incorrect Category Values in-app
  • Ensure 100% compliance with eBay’s new item specifics requirements and recommendations 
  • Sync updates directly to your eBay stores or export for upload into Neto and other platforms

Exclusive Offer for eBay Sellers


  1. Get a 7-day free trial of the MerchantSpring item Specifics editor
  2. Get a 75% discount on the Standard Plan until the end of November 2021. Pay less than $10 per month for the first three months instead of $39. No obligations. Cancel anytime.
Learn more about the tool → Claim the MerchantSpring offer →

Item Specifics Troubleshooting Guide

We’re here to help make updating your Item Specifics as easy as possible. We’ve put together a troubleshooting guide based on common questions sellers have and issues you may face when filling out the required information.

Read out Troubleshooting guide →

Listings With Multiple Variations

Adding variations to your listings lets you use item specifics to group closely related items under a single listing. 

For example, if you’re selling shoes, you can create a single listing with multiple variations for different sizes. 

Items grouped under a single listing need to be closely related, and you can select from a list of variation details (such as size, color, or width) to describe how they are related.

Changes to variation details

Starting 22 February 2021, as part of our item specifics updates, certain variation details will no longer be valid. This change helps clarify what variations work best as a single listing, and what items are more likely to get noticed as separate listings. 

Listings impacted by this change will display the following error message when you edit them: “This attribute is not valid for this variation. Add a valid attribute.”

If you see this message, first try to update your listing. Look for an existing variation detail that more accurately describes how the items are related. For example, a listing for a kitchen faucet may have previously used “Type” to describe the variations “Stainless steel”, “Rubbed Bronze”, and “Chrome. This could be updated to “Finish.”