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eBay Delays Fee Change for Multi-Category Listings

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eBay logoeBay now wants to discourage sellers from listing a single item in multiple categories, and in February, the company announced a fee change as part of that effort. Under the “Inventory Optimization” section of the Spring Seller Update, eBay advised sellers to list items in one “best fit” category.

Currently Final Value Fees are based on the primary listing category. As of May, eBay was going to change that policy to the following:

Listing in two categories
We encourage you to list your items in one “best fit” category rather than multiple categories to ensure that the most accurate and helpful search results are returned in buyers’ searches on eBay. Starting May 1, 2018, when you list an item in two or more categories and there is a difference in final value fees between the categories, the highest final value fee will apply when your item sells.

This week, eBay announced it would delay the fee change by two months until July.

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We announced in the Spring Seller Update that beginning this May, when sellers list an item in two or more categories and there is a difference in final value fees between the categories, the highest final value fee would apply when the item sells.

We are now announcing that this change will go into effect July 1.

We want sellers to be as prepared as possible, so coming mid-June, we will release a new feature which allows them to easily adjust categories for existing listings.

Sellers should wait until this feature is released before removing categories from listings. We will notify sellers when it is available.

SOURCE: eBay Announcement (April 17)

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  1. “We want sellers to be as prepared as possible, so coming mid-June, we will release a new feature which allows them to easily adjust categories for existing listings.”

    Great….so they delay this new rule going into affect until they can release a new feature. I’m sure 100% of the readers here fully understand what a “release of a new feature” means to us sellers. If you’re new, it means basic stuff that used to work will be broken BIG TIME and depending upon which load balanced throttled view server you’re on each day, your sales will decrease. But hey…..he likes disruptive technology and helping people, so why should we be concerned? More fun. 🙂 Yeah. not.

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