Sellers will have to deal with more changes as eBay prepares to announce its Fall Seller Release today. There aren't too many surprises - eBay already announced a ban on active content, a move to the new Seller Hub for listing, a move toward Structured Data, for example. Today, it will provide more information about what sellers must do and when.
There are no changes to fees*, and eBay is relaxing its Seller Performance Standards by giving sellers who fall below standard 3 months to get back up to above standard.
*eBay did make a change to the optional Reserve Price fee for auction format listings, see the AuctionBytes Blog
One thing that may be disruptive to many sellers - eBay is retiring its tools next year, including Turbo Lister and Selling Manger - and sellers using third-party tools will have to determine whether they'll need to make any changes.
eBay is working to take its site out of the 1990s with a catalog approach and ban on active content. It will begin allowing sellers to use Amazon ASINs and Google product identifiers.
Another big move: it will allow sellers to upload their catalog, and it will create its own unique product identifiers called ePIDs - an aid to sellers with their own branded products.
However, eBay risks making its site difficult to differentiate from other sites and taking away what makes eBay unique and quirky.
eBay will also making it easier for sellers to offer replacements and exchanges for sellers who wish to return an item, which could be less costly than issuing a refund (which will also remain an option). And with the fall seller release comes the expected changes to category structure.
eBay UK will also announce similar changes, and it's also introducing a new delivery service through Shutl, an eBay company that provides delivery services to customers through its network of partners and service providers.