eBay reminded sellers on Wednesday it would begin rolling out category changes May 18th. That means sellers must check to see if eBay moved any of their listings into new categories, in which case they may have to make edits, including to product attributes, aka Item Specifics.
eBay had announced the category changes in its most recent Seller Update.
eBay acknowledged in yesterday's post the disruption the change would cause sellers when it explained, "During this transition, your listing experience could be temporarily impacted, as well as the visibility of your listings. You may notice some item specifics changing names, listings moved to different categories, or some listings temporarily not appearing in searches."
And the disruption could last weeks: "Any affected listings should return to normal within a week, though some effects to listings' visibility in searches may continue for up to three weeks."
"We understand these updates will take extra time and may cause some frustration," eBay said, "but our goal is to help you increase your listings' visibility and sales."
An eBay moderator later elaborated
: "They said that updates are prioritized via business impact to the user, so the majority of changes will be supported in the first week. The 3 week estimate is a worst case scenario and not expected to take that long for the vast majority of users."
Categories that are impacted by the latest category changes include the following:
Business & Industrial (Sinks)
Collectibles & Toys
Health & Beauty (Covid tests)
Home & Garden
Parts & Accessories (Wheels & Tires)
Sporting Goods (Golf & Cycling)
One seller warned others to check to see if listings eBay moved to new categories would incur higher fees.
Another seller reminded colleagues to check to see if the category changes would cause eBay to start wrongly charge them Gallery Plus fees as it had in a previous category update.
Other bugs and glitches have impacted previous category change rollouts, prompting one seller to write, "Here we go again! Everytime they mess with Item specifics everything goes haywire."