There are new mandatory Item Specifics coming into effect on eBay UK from the 9th of September. The new mandatory item specifics values are available now in eBay listing flows and eBay say they would encourage you to add them ahead of the September 9th deadline. The snag is that if you leave the work until later, you won’t be able to list, revise or relist after the 9th of September.
We know that Item Specifics are one of the most tedious aspects of selling on eBay, not least for the many businesses who are just re-opening, worrying about finances and starting to kick start their sales again after shutting down for the past three months. That said, as they will be mandatory from early September, we would recommend putting a programme of works in place to get them updated on a gradual process rather than wait for listings to fail and have to deal with the issues at the end of the summer.
Categories for new Mandatory Items Specifics
Below are the categories where the new mandatory Item Specifics apply along with a link to download the requirements:
Home & Garden
From 9 September, there will be new item specifics required in Home & Garden.
Home and Garden item specifics requirements September 2020 (XLSX, 38.44 KB)
From 9 September, there will be new item specifics required in Electronics.
Electronics item specifics requirements September 2020 (XLSX, 53.92 KB)
From 9 September 2020, you will be required to provide item specifics in the Watches categories.
Watches item specifics requirements September 2020 (XLSX, 20.21 KB)
Business & Industrial
From 9 September 2020, you will be required to provide item specifics in the Business & Industrial categories.
Business & Industrial item specifics requirements September 2020 (XLSX, 28.52 KB)
From 9 September 2020, you will be required to provide item specifics in the Sporting Goods categories.
Sporting Goods item specifics requirements September 2020 (XLSX, 33.53 KB)
If you would like to check the Item Specifics from previous mandates, you can find them all on the eBay Item specifics requirements – downloads page for: Fashion; Home & Garden; Toys & Games; Electronics; Watches; Business & Industrial; Sporting Goods.
eBay have made Optiseller available to eBay sellers, free of charge, through to the 31st of December 2020. Optiseller can assist you to:
- Identify missing and required Item specifics
- Automatically review your listings
- Find recommended values
- Easily update your listings (either directly on eBay or through another listing tool)
Frankly this is a cracking tool and (sorry eBay) way better than any bulk editing tools that eBay have made available (hence they’ve arranged for you to use it for free).
Sign up to use the Optiseller Aspect Finder + tool for free
You can sign up to get started here. Remember, you don’t just want to sort out your mandatory Item Specifics, you should be trying to fix them ALL so that your items are seen more in search and you don’t lose sales to competitors.
Too busy? Consider a paid service
For busy online businesses with lots of listings on eBay it’s really hard to find the staff time for the many hours it takes to add and amend all the item specifics one by one. Optiseller also offer an onboarding process for larger merchants which involves bulk data enrichment for categorisation, titles & item specifics as a feed for new and existing products.
This is a way to get all your listings up to 10 out of 10 in one go without taking time yourself. It’s a paid-for managed service which will augment the optimisation of product data using the same technology as Aspect Finder +, but in addition to existing listings this supports new products at scale and will provide categorisation, optimised eBay data with confidence. Prices start from £2,400.