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Item Specific Changes

Changes to Item Specifics

Item specifics allow you, the seller, to highlight important details about your item. Item specifics are displayed within your listing's description, giving buyers information they want in an easy-to-read format.

Adopting the item specifics feature also helps your listing to be found. For example, if item specifics are not used to specify an item's condition (such as New), that item will not be displayed to buyers who narrow their search to show only new items. Adding item specifics 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 you can.

If you use a third-party selling tool, please work with the tool provider to ensure that your listings and templates support item specifics.

Changes to eBay Item Specifics

Coins & Paper Money
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Coins & Paper Money

Categories in the following areas are being removed and replaced with item specifics. Please use the "Year" item specific on your existing listings in the following categories to ensure optimal visibility:

• Coins: US > Small Cents > Indian Heads
• Coins: US > Nickels > > Buffalo
• Coins: US > Dimes > Jefferson
• Coins: US > Dimes > Mercury
• Coins: US > Dimes > Roosevelt
• Coins: US > Quarters > Washington
• Coins: US > Half Dollars > Liberty Walking
• Coins: US > Half Dollars > Kennedy
• Coins: US > Dollars > Morgan
• Coins: US > Commemorative
• Coins: US > Proof Sets

Collectibles
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Collectibles

Categories in the following areas are being removed and replaced with item specifics. Please update your existing listings with item specifics in the following categories to ensure optimal visibility:

• Cultures & Ethnicities
• Photographic Images > Stereoviews
• Postcards > Animals
• Postcards > Holidays
• Postcards > Real Photo
• Postcards > Religions
• Postcards > Risque
• Postcards > US States, Cities & Towns
• Postcards > International Cities & Towns

Dolls & Bears
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Dolls & Bears

Categories in the following areas are being removed and replaced with item specifics. Please update your existing listings with item specifics in the following categories to ensure optimal visibility:

• Bears > Boyds
• Bears > Care Bears
• Bears > Cherished Teddies
• Bears > Eden
• Bears > North American Bear Company
• Bears > Steiff
• Dollhouse Miniatures > Doll Houses
• Dollhouse > Minatures

Health & Beauty
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Health & Beauty

Categories in the following areas are being removed and replaced with item specifics. Please use the "Product" and "Purpose" item specifics on your existing listings to ensure optimal visibility

• Dietary Supplements, Nutrition > Sports Supplements

Home & Garden
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Home & Garden

Categories in the following areas are being removed and replaced with item specifics. Please update your existing listings with item specifics in the following categories to ensure optimal visibility:

• Food & Beverages > Cheese & Crackers
• Household Supplies & Cleaning > Cleaning Products

Jewelry & Watches
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Jewelry & Watches

Categories in the following areas are being removed and replaced with item specifics. Please update your existing listings with item specifics in the following categories to ensure optimal visibility:

• Handcrafted, Artisan Jewelry > Bracelets
• Handcrafted, Artisan Jewelry > Earnings
• Handcrafted, Artisan Jewelry > Necklaces & Pendants
• Loose Beads > Handmade Lampwork
• Loose Beads > Metals
• Loose Beads > Stone

Pet Supplies
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Pet Supplies

The category Small Animal Supplies category is expanding to include 10 new categories. For items currently listed in the Small Animal Supplies, please use the "Type" item specific to help ensure items are moved to the best possible new category. Items not specifying a Type item specific will moved to the following category:

• Small Animal Supplies > Other

Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop
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Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop

The categories under the following are being removed. Please update your existing listings with "Grade" item specific to ensure optimal visibility:

• Vintage Sports Memorabilia > Paperstock, Cutouts

Stamps
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Stamps

Significant enhancements are being made in the Stamps categories. Many new categories are being introduced, categories renamed, and categories eliminated. Accurate item specifics will give your listings optimal visibility to buyers, and help ensure your item will be moved correctly (where applicable).

Commonwealth/British Colonial categories are being split between Colonial stamps issued by the British Empire and stamps issued by the independent former colonies. Add the Regional Status item specific on any listing in this section PRIOR to the category rollout April 7th to ensure the categories are moved to the best possible category.

Many new country categories will be added under every continent. Be sure to fill out the Region item specific (where applicable) to help us move your item to the correct location when these categories go live.




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