Category and Classification
Updates to categories and item specifics to create a better buying, selling, and search experiences.
Category and classification changes
Category changes including additions, removals, and renames will go into effect June 13, 2017 to provide a more intuitive buying, selling, and search experience on eBay.
If you have a listing in a category affected by these changes, eBay will automatically move it to the most relevant category. Click on the category name below to view category and item specific changes.
- Business and Industrial
- Computers/Tablets & Networking
- Consumer Electronics
- Everything Else
- Home & Garden
- Pottery & Glass
- Sporting Goods
- Sports Memorabilia
List your items in "best fit" categories
Review your listings to ensure that they are located in the “best fit” categories. If they are not in the "best fit" categories, use these eBay tools to revise your items:
- Listings tab in Seller Hub
- Bulk edit functionality inside My eBay
- Selling Manager/Selling Manager Pro
- File Exchange
Why is eBay making these changes?
Updates to categories and item specifics will create more intuitive buying, selling, and search experiences and bring eBay into closer alignment with industry-standard classifications.
What if I don’t use the new and recommended item specifics in my listings?
Excluding recommended item specifics will mean your item won't surface to buyers when they use the left-hand navigation refinements.
When can I start listing in the new or revised categories and using the recommended item specifics?
The new and revised categories will be available June 13, 2017.
How can I find out which item specifics changes will impact my listings?
Check Selling Reminders on your My eBay All Selling page or the new Listing Improvement section of the Selling Manager summary page to identify listings that lack item specifics. You can easily edit those listings in bulk.
Will buyers be able to filter by custom item specifics I create?
Only eBay-recommended item specifics appear as a search filter for buyers. Your custom item specifics appear on the view item page only.
How do I edit my listing when the item specifics in my category change?
To edit a single listing:
- Select the listing you want to revise in My eBay.
- Click the "Edit" button.
- From the "Actions" menu, select "Edit listings."
To edit multiple listings:
- Select the listings you want to revise.
- Click the "Edit" button.
- From the "Edit" drop-down menu at the top of the page, select "Item specifics."
- From the drop-down menu at the top of the next screen, select "Edit listings in bulk."
- Make the changes you want in the grid, then click the "Save and Close" button.
What can I do if my listing isn’t moved to the most appropriate category?
Starting in June 13, 2017, if your listing has not been automatically moved to the most appropriate category you'll need to revise the listing and select a category that's better suited to your item.
How will category updates affect my fees?
When your items are moved to a new category with different final value fees, they take on 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 a category with different fees, you'll be charged the insertion fees and advanced listing upgrade fees for the original category until the listing ends. Final value fees for the new, merged category will apply. See fees for selling on eBay for details.
How do I provide feedback on the new category changes?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the changes or wish to send us suggestions.
- What are the best practices when listing new items?