Following the early Spring Seller Release in February, eBay have today published their full eBay UK Spring Seller Release 2019 setting out their roadmap for the first half of the year.
The good news for sellers is that this is a seller release aimed at assisting you in selling more. In the eBay UK Spring Seller Release 2019 there are no fee increases in the UK, but there are new eBay selling tools, new eBay selling protections and an increased clampdown on both bad buyers and rogue sellers.
eBay UK VP Rob Hattrell introduces eBay UK Spring Seller Release 2019
First up are the new tools for sellers covering everything from the introduction of Terapeak (for free) for eBay shop subscribers. This comes with tweaks to the European Sales Booster and Strike Through pricing for eBay sellers with a Featured or Anchor Shops.
More support for selling tools will see new promotional tools enhancements. The new Multi-buy features will come to listings with variations. Bulk Best Offer and Make Offer to Buyer tools are coming and you’ll be able to manage eBay Promoted Listing campaigns in Seller Hub.
Seller Protection enhancements
Next are enhancements to seller protection in the first wave of enhancements with more to come in the Summer. Sellers will see increased protection from abusive buyers with clearer options for reporting them. Arbitrage sellers who bottom feed by seller goods offered by merchants on other marketplaces will see their listings further dumped in search as eBay views this practice as increasingly undesirable.
To assist sellers manage buyer communications, there will be new unique order numbers. These numbers will be unique to the order, the seller, the eBay site AND all eBay sites globally. This will enable sellers and eBay to support buyers as well as make it easier for sellers to identify orders with eBay support. The old order numbers will still be supported but the new ones will be unique for a minimum of seven years.
eBay will introduce a new easy relist for returns and cancellations. They have also to support genuine seller reiterated their clamp down on item location abuse and will be cancelling any Good ‘Til Cancelled listings in June that break the policy. This will end any sales history and other benefits rogue sellers attain.
Item Specifics and Item Condition
Less good news, but eBay says essential to the marketplace, are new Item Specific requirements from the first of May (which were announced in February) with more in July and later in the Summer. There is also a change to the Item Condition ‘New – Other’ which will change to ‘Opened – never used’ so you may need to amend some listings if they don’t meet the new definition.
Good ‘Til Cancelled Listings fees in favour of sellers
Finally, whilst we said there are no fee changes there is a change to Good ‘Til Cancelled Listings fees which will save some sellers money. Good ‘Til Cancelled Listings change from renewing every 30 days to renewing on the (or nearest) calendar day they were originally listed. This means that from July when the change takes place you can never again be billed twice in a calendar month for a Good ‘Til Cancelled Listings listing.
This is a good eBay seller release for sellers
Overall this appears to be one of the best seller releases for many years. There’s nothing that will cost sellers higher fees, a ton of new tools to assist sellers to become more successful, a clamp down on rogue buyers abusing sellers and a clamp down on rogue sellers gaming the system with location abuse or arbitrage.
You can read the full eBay UK Spring Seller Release 2019 on eBay.
There are also changes to eBay International sites announced today which you can read about here.