eBay UK have published a final status update and details on the 15 October Item Specifics and classification changes. This follows a similar announcement from eBay.com and comes with the promise that eBay will never again roll out category changes and item specifics requirements simultaneously in the future.
One interesting snippet in the announcement is that eBay will “be in touch again in late January with information on planned changes for 2020”. This indicates that the first eBay Seller Release of 2020 will be late January.
eBay UK Final status update and details on 15 October item specifics and classification changes
“We’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we’ve been working to resolve the final few issues from the 15 October category & classification and item specifics changes. We’ve already sent an email with a final status update to the sellers most affected by these issues. You can read our previous update from 31.10.2019: here.
Seller Hub – All missing sales data (from 12 Oct. to the current date) in the Seller Hub Performance tab are restored and validated.
Missing values – We have now completed copying the hidden item specifics you previously provided into the Required item specifics fields. You don’t need to take any action on listings created before 15 October.
Irrelevant item specifics values – The cleaning of irrelevant values is complete, sellers should now be seeing the appropriate values in the drop-down menus.
Left hand navigation filters – The left-hand navigation filters are fully functional in almost all categories now. A number of item specifics in six Clothing, Shoes & Accessories categories are not displaying in the left-hand navigation as they should. We expect this to be resolved in the coming weeks.
We’d like to remind you that you can use the Optiseller Aspect Finder Tool to help you quickly identify and correct any listings missing key item specifics.
Our efforts to optimise our platform and improve the experience for sellers and buyers will continue. Going forward, we won’t make category changes and item specifics requirements simultaneously. New changes will be gradually rolled out to minimise the chances of disruption to sellers. We’ll be in touch again in late January with information on planned changes for 2020.
Thank you for your patience and thank you for selling on eBay.”
– Regards, The eBay Team