|Thu Jan 12 2017 13:23:46|
eBay Delays Product Identifier Mandate for Sellers
By: Ina Steiner
eBay is delaying a key phase in its Product Identifier mandate. In August as part of the Fall Seller Update, eBay had told sellers they were required to have product identifiers
in all listings in "most" categories:
"By February 2017, new listings of new or manufacturer refurbished items in most categories will require at least one of the product identifiers (e.g. UPC, GTIN, one of the above, etc.). Also, note that the options "Does not Apply" and "NA" will no longer be available for the majority of items. Some categories and item types will continue to be exempt. The list of exemptions will be communicated by next year."
But eBay told sellers in Australia overnight:
"We've postponed our next product identifier mandate (additional categories of new and Good 'Til Cancelled listings for manufacturer refurbished items) to next year, along with the removal of the "Does not apply" listing option."
eBay said it was sellers who were not ready. eBay Australia explained that while the updates were scheduled for February 2017, "we heard that you needed more time to get prepared. We listened to you so we're relaxing our timelines on the following points,..."
A reader from Australia sounded relieved at the respite, telling us, "This is good news for me as a seller because 99% of my items are vintage, with no UPIs, and I was petrified that all my UPI "does not apply" listings would end up being dumped in some sort of Glitch when eBay implemented this on 17th Feb."