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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.

As part of each category rollout, listings may be moved to new categories using the seller tags on your listings. For each area outlined below, please review the changes and update your live items if you list in any of the impacted areas. Update your existing listings and use the recommended seller tag(s) on any new listings as mentioned in the "Action Item" section.

Adopting the item specifics on your listings helps buyers find your items. For example, if item specifics are not used to describe 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 possible.

Changes to eBay Item Specifics

Business & Industrial
Packing & Shipping: categories being consolidated
Change Call to Action
• All subcategories under Bubble Cushioning Wrap will be combined into a single category.

• All subcategories under Shipping & Postal Scales will be combined into a single category.
• Please complete the "Bubble Size" item specific now to ensure visibility once the new category structure is in place.

• Please complete the "Capacity" item specific now to ensure visibility once the new category structure is in place.
Crafts
Handcrafted & Finished Pieces: categories being consolidated
Change Call to Action
All subcategories under Greeting Cards & Gift Tags will be combined into a single category. Please complete the "Type" item specific now to ensure visibility once the new category structure is in place.
Needlecrafts & Yarn: categories being consolidated
Change Call to Action
• All subcategories under Cross Stitch & Hardanger> Kits will be combined into a single category.

• All subcategories under Cross Stitch & Hardanger> Patterns will be combined into a single category.
Please complete the "Theme" and "Style" item specifics now to ensure visibility once the new category structure is in place.
Scrapbooking & Paper Crafts: categories being consolidated
Change Call to Action
All subcategories under Embellishments> Stickers will be combined into a single category. Please complete the "Theme" and "Style" item specifics now to ensure visibility once the new category structure is in place.
Sewing & Fabric: categories being consolidated
Change Call to Action
All subcategories under Sewing Notions & Tools> Appliques will be combined into a single category. Please complete the "Type" item specific now to ensure visibility once the new category structure is in place.
Stamping & Embossing: categories being consolidated
Change Call to Action
All subcategories under Stamps will be combined into a single category. Please complete the "Theme" and "Style" item specifics now to ensure visibility once the new category structure is in place.
Dolls
Dolls: item specifics being introduced
Change Call to Action
We're excited to announce the introduction of item specifics to Dolls & Bears! We are adding search refinements which will cover all the top queries that buyers are using to search in Dolls. When sellers fill out eBay-recommended item specifics for their listings, they increase visibility of these important details, including Doll Size, Doll Gender, Material, as well as significant Features of the doll. We've also given sellers a way to indicate whether a listing for clothes comes with a doll included or not.

Please complete all relevant item specifics for your listings to provide greater visibility.

Home & Garden
Home Improvement: categories being consolidated
Change Call to Action
All subcategories under Electrical & Solar > Switch Plates & Outlet Covers will be combined into a single category. Please complete the "Type" item specifics now to ensure visibility once the new category structure is in place.
Motors
Car & Truck Parts: categories splitting apart
Change Call to Action
• The Charging & Starting Systems> Batteries & Cables category will be divided into two separate subcategories.

• The Exterior> Door & Door Handles category will be divided into 3 new subcategories.
Please complete the "Type" item specific now to ensure your items are moved to the correct new category.
Motorcycle Parts: categories splitting apart
(Please note: significant category expansions in this section)
Change Call to Action
Intake & Fuel Systems is being divided into 15 new subcategories.

Brakes & Suspension will be divided into 15 new subcategories.

Transmissions & Chains will be divided into 19 new subcategories.

Electrical Components will be divided into 18 new subcategories.

• Engines & Engine Parts> Components will be divided into 19 new subcategories.

Exhaust will be divided into 9 new subcategories.

Gauges will be divided into 9 new subcategories.

Lighting will be divided into 9 new subcategories.

Wheels, Tires will be divided into 8 new subcategories
Please complete the "Type" item specific now to ensure your items are moved to the correct new category.
Sporting Goods
Exercise & Fitness: categories splitting apart
Change Call to Action
• Clothing categories will be expanded into subcategories for specific clothing types.
  --Men's Clothing will be divided into 9 new subcategories.
  --Women's Clothing will be divided into 11 new subcategories
  --Youth Clothing will be divided into 8 new subcategories.
  --Gloves will be divided into two new subcategories

• The Multi-Function category for Fitness Monitors is being divided into 4 new subcategories.

• Strength Training categories will be significantly expanded:
  --Bars & Attachments will be divided into 2 new subcategories.
  --Racks will be divided into 2 new subcategories.
  --Weights & Dumbbells will be divided into 6 new subcategories.

• Yoga & Pilates> Yoga Props will be divided into 2 new subcategories.

Please complete the "Type" item specific now to ensure your items are moved to the correct new category.

Boxing, Martial Arts & MMA:
expanded categories and increased visibility
Change Call to Action
The Martial Arts and Boxing sub-sections are being moved from Exercise and Fitness into a new high-level section. Over 36 new categories will be added. Please complete the "Type" and "Suitable For" item specifics to ensure visibility after the new category structure is in place.
Fishing: expanded categories and increased visibility
Change Call to Action
• The Fishing section is being moved from Outdoor Sports into its own high-level section. Many new categories will be added.

• Previous groupings by Fishing Type (Freshwater, Saltwater, Fly) will be reorganized into groupings by Product Type (Rods, Reels, Lures).
Please complete the item specifics "Type, "Brand", "Style", "Features", "Rod Type", and Original/Reproduction" to ensure visibility after the new category structure is in place.
Toys & Hobbies
Building Toys: categories being consolidated
Change Call to Action
All subcategories under LEGO > Sets will be combined into a single category. Please complete the "Theme" item specifics now to ensure visibility once the new category structure is in place.



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