In today’s eBay UK Seller Release Spring 2019 eBay set out their strategy for the year ahead but, in the most part, nothing particularly revolutionary for sellers and nothing that will cause too much immediate heart ache.
Perhaps the most important change to note is a rolling back of the eBay Product Based Shopping Experience on the seller side – eBay still want to compress listings in search and roll offers from multiple sellers into a single product listing for new buyers to eBay who prefer this format. However eBay will no longer insist that sellers match listings to the eBay Catalogue and instead place greater reliance on Item Specifics to assist them in matching listings in order to display features such as product reviews.
A change across eBay worldwide will see the end of short duration fixed price listings. In the future the only listing duration available for Buy It Now will be Good ’til Cancelled listings – today’s eBay UK Seller Release announces this change takes effect from April. Many sellers already use this format exclusively and it shouldn’t have a fee impact for those with a listing allowance and an eBay Shop and Private Sellers will have a 1,000 free listing allowance from March. eBay will largely automate the change with any listings submitted from April onwards with a shorter duration automatically launching on the site in the Good ’til Cancelled format.
A new feature will roll out to all sellers by April enabling them to send offers to potential buyers watching their listings – even if they don’t have eBay Best Offer enabled on the particular listing. (A wry smile here to all those sellers watching competitor’s listings who may start to receive offers to actually buy!)
Finally eBay announced some increases to eBay Motors fees when selling vehicles on the marketplace.