eBay posted a note to UK sellers today that they are making an adjustment in their implementation of the new shop-by-product initiative.
With the exception of Apple devices where the catalogue mandate is already in place,eBay is no longer requiring sellers to match their items with the eBay catalogue in the Mobile & Smart Phones and the Tablets & eBook Readers categories by late September.
In other words, there will be no changes to the current listing experience for items in those two categories.
Sellers will start receiving notifications via email and in Seller Hub when they should start to revise those listings, well in advance of when catalogue matches will be required in 2019.
For the other categories announced, sellers will need to match their new and revised listings to products in the eBay catalogue by late September.
The company says to use the Seller Hub to identify all listings that need revising.
And as a reminder, if the product a seller is offering is not catalogued or inaccurately described, sellers need to submit changes or a new catalogue entry before making the match.
To find out more about the latest with Shop by Product in the Autumn business seller update.
Why The Delay?
Apparently, eBay must have been receiving complaints from sellers about the timing of theses changes going into the busy holiday season.
eBay in the note to sellers said “as we approach the busiest trading period of the year, we know your workload is increasing – you’re bringing in new inventory and have more and more orders that need to be fulfilled in a timely manner.“
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