fall seller release

Fall Category Changes – Starting September 10th

If you’ve been with eBay Partner Network for a period of time, you know that sometimes eBay updates categories as part of the seasonal Seller Releases. On Monday, September 10th the latest changes will go into effect. These changes will affect those publishers that put Category IDs in Custom Banner, RSS feeds, Link Generator or any widget that contains Category IDs as an option.

Updated categories include:

  • Art
  • Business & Industrial
  • Cameras & Photo
  • Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
  • Coins & Paper Money
  • Computers/Tablets & Networking
  • Consumer Electronics
  • DVDs & Movies
  • eBay Motors
  • Health & Beauty
  • Home & Garden
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Music
  • Musical Instruments & Gear
  • Specialty Services
  • Toys & Hobbies
  • Everything Else

You can see the detailed changes HERE.

These changes affect many eBay sites around the world including: US, CA, UK, AU, AT, FR, DE, Motors, IT, BENL, NL, ES, CH, IN, IE and CAFR. In all between 30 and 50 millions items may be moved as part of this update. You can check out the complete 2012 Fall Seller Update for more information.

Questions about any of these changes? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Jim “Griff” Griffith Breaks Down the Fall Seller Release

eBay has announced the Fall Seller Release for 2011 and we thought it would be helpful to outline some key points that may be helpful to understand as an affiliate. We’ve enlisted the help of eBay legend Jim “Griff” Griffith  to explain some of the finer points as only he can. CHANGES TO DATA

Get 25 EXTRA characters in your title to draw more buyers. The right title helps establish listing relevance to a buyer’s search. Starting in early September, sellers will have 80 characters to add more keywords and buyer-attracting descriptors.

Enhanced catalog-based shopping for GPS devices. Listing with the eBay catalog is now required for GPS devices whenever there’s a product match. Starting September 15, when there is no match, sellers will be required to add the product to the catalog to complete a listing. A new tool makes it fast and easy.

Exciting new way to buy and sell tickets. A new, more robust way to shop for tickets will help make eBay a top destination for ticket buyers and help sellers get more exposure for your listings.


Policy update for email address and links in listings to keep buyers on eBay. Buyers should find everything they need to complete a purchase right in the listing—and if necessary, contact a seller right from eBay. Starting October 1, sellers will not be able to submit listings with email addresses or links that don’t help buyers transact safely and efficiently on eBay.

Get more sales with a great return policy. When sellers accept returns, consumers expect a reasonable timeframe and a money-back refund option. New guidelines for returns are coming early next year. Sellers can gain a competitive edge for the holidays—start updating listings with longer timeframes and cash-back options now.

New protection for your standards rating. Starting in August, if the buyer doesn’t contact a seller before opening a Buyer Protection case and the seller acts quickly to resolve it, the case won’t be included in your count of opened cases.