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Categories, GTINs and Fitment changes announced in UK Seller Release

Tuesday September 29, 2015 | By Dan Hawkins


eBay (as part of their eBay seller release) are making some changes to help make the platform more consistent across the globe. The changes, which were announced in the eBay UK Seller Release include: Category Changes, GTINs and Fitment changes.

 

Category Changes

eBay are planning to move around some of their Item Specifics and Categories to encourage consistency across their other country marketplaces. eBay have said the changes will automatically be done to affected listings on the 13th October, although they’ve also confirmed that sellers can manually do the updates themselves before the 13th October.

The categories which will undergo the changes are the following:
Baby; Cars, Motorcycles & Vehicles; Collectables; Crafts; Garden & Patio; Health & Beauty; Home, Furniture & DIY; Jewellery & Watches; Musical Instruments; Sporting Goods; Sports Memorabilia; Stamps; and Vehicle Parts & Accessories.

The full list can be viewed on eBay’s Category Changes page.

Due to the category changes, it is likely that Item Specifics will require to be updated on some or all of your affected listings.

 

Product Identifiers

eBay have announced they will be expanding the categories in which Product Identifiers (Manufacturer Part Number (MPN), Brand and Global Trade Item Number (GTIN – ISBN/EAN/UPC). It hasn’t been confirmed which categories will be affected, but they have stated they will give at least 90 days’ notice, indicating that it would happen in 2016.

As a gentle reminder, eBay have delayed the Product Identifiers being mandatory on Variation Listings until early 2016.

 

Vehicle Parts Compatibility

eBay have recently released an update to the eBay App, in addition to this they are including vehicle parts compatibility on the App, which would include motorcycle parts. Sellers of Motorcycle parts will be able to start assigning compatible models to their listings from winter 2015. This will allow buyers to shop for motorcycle parts using their vehicle information.