eBay have just announced category changes for July. There’s a new “Local Services” category, which appears to cover everything from PC repairs to delivery services: it looks to be an interesting development, though with categories for both Babysitting and Nannies, I hope someone is looking at the legal implications.
Likely to be much more controversial is the disappearance of many subcategories, to be replaced with item specifics alone: this affects Antiquarian, Children’s, Fiction and Non-Fiction Books, and CDs. I have to say that when they did this in Women’s Clothing, I hated it: where previously I’d been able to browse an entire category, I was having to fiddle around with a combination of search words and item specifics to find what I wanted, and of course as many sellers don’t bother to use item specifics, or eBay’s item specifics don’t fit exactly what I’m looking for, I can’t find it. Plus there’s the well-documented issue of “translatability” between sites of the specifics: “beige” on .co.uk was at one time shown as “nude” on .com, for example, but ask any buyer of tights: these are two completely different colours.
I’m also told by Richard from Magnum Opus that this exact change was tried on .com a few years ago: it caused such a drop in sales that it was reversed.
What do you think? If you’re a seller or a buyer in these categories, leave us a comment.