Category Changes

Important: From 30th April 2019, this page will be updated with details of improvements made to the category structure.

June 2019

We’ll release updates to our category structure from 10th June 2019. This is to provide a more intuitive selling, buying and search experience.

These changes will ensure that your listings appear in the relevant categories. Buyers will find it quicker and easier to discover your items - especially on mobile devices.

When the category structure changes, your listings may be automatically moved to another category, based on the item specifications that you provided.

Aligning categories across international eBay sites will make cross-country trading on the eBay sites easier.

Find out if any of the high-level categories or subcategories you’re currently listing in are affected.

Please note that changing the category structure in the affected categories might result in a change in the pricing fees in these categories. Further information can be found here.

For more information on affected categories please click on the links below

Download all category changes for June 2019: PDF formatCSV format

Download the new category structure for after 10th June 2019: PDF formatCSV format

Download the list of categories affected by pricing changes in June 2019: PDF format

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. When will I see the category changes on the site?
    It can take up to 48 hours from the launch date for category changes to become visible on the site, but changes should appear on the site from 18th May.
  • 2. What happens if the category I have listed in has been combined into another one?
    If this happens, your listing will automatically be moved to the next most relevant category. If you need to relist any items in an affected category after the changes have been made, please revise your listings (including Good 'Til Cancelled listings) and use the new category structure.
  • 3. What happens if the category I have listed in has been moved to another parent category?
    Your listings will be moved automatically into the new category.
  • 4. What happens to my listings if my category now has subcategories?
    If new subcategories have been added below your category, your listings will be moved to the best possible subcategory based on the item specifics used in the listing. When you relist these items, be sure to list in the appropriate subcategory and use eBay-recommended item specifics for optimal visibility in a buyer’s search results.
  • 5. Why am I being asked to adopt eBay recommended item specifics?

    Item specifics allow you to highlight important details about your item. They are displayed within your listing’s description, showing buyers relevant information about your item in an easy-to-read format. Adopting the item specifics on your listings helps buyers find your items and typically results in an increase in bids per listing and an increase in sales per listing.

    All categories on all eBay sites allow you to create your own item specifics, but for maximum visibility to buyers, we recommend that you use the eBay-suggested item specifics whenever possible.

  • 6. What happens if I don’t use the new and recommended item specifics in my listings?
    Excluding recommended item specifics will make your item less likely to surface when buyers use the left-hand navigation refinements on the category page; for example, if the seller tag for “colour” is omitted on a listing, then the item will not be shown when the buyer refines by a specific colour, and will only surface when “not specified” is selected on the left-hand navigation.
  • 7. What happens if the updated item specifics don't match my current custom item specifics?
    Please revise your listing and update the item specifics to make it easier for buyers to find your item.
  • 8. How will category updates affect my fees?
    Generally speaking, when your item(s) is moved to a new category with different final value fees, it will adopt the final value fees of that new category. Insertion fees and advanced listing upgrade fees will be based on the original category. In cases where the original category has been merged with another category with different fees, you’ll be charged the insertion, and advanced listing upgrade fees of the original category. When the listing(s) ends, however, the final value fee will be the one of the destination category. For more information on selling fees, please visit our Fees for Business sellers page.

Category Changes Archive

  • Download all category changes for August 2018 (PDF, CSV)
  • Download all category changes for April 2018 (PDF, CSV)
  • Download all category changes for June 2017 (PDF, CSV)
  • Download all category changes for October 2016 (PDF, CSV)
  • Download all category changes for May 2016 (PDF, CSV)
  • Download all category changes for October 2015 (PDF, CSV)
  • Download all category changes for June 2015 (PDF, CSV)
  • Download all category changes for February 2015 (PDF, CSV)
  • Download all category changes for September 2014 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for June 2014 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for April 2014 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for February 2014 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for September 2013 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for July 2013 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for April 2013 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for February 2013 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for September 2012 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for May 2012 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for August 2011 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for June 2011 (PDF)
  • Download all category changes for April 2011 (PDF)

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Suggestions

To submit a suggestion to eBay regarding categories, please visit the suggestion page.