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More Categories Require eBay Catalog

Catalog meant to streamline listing process for eBay sellers.

eBay sellers who list in select electronics categories must now list their items using the eBay catalog if the product they’re selling is included in the catalog.

eBay began requiring this for merchants who list in the CPUs & Processors, Motherboards, and PC Desktops & All-In-One categories on Monday. The eBay catalog is a library of product information and photos that eBay sellers may use when creating listings. It is meant to make listing faster and easier for sellers.

The eBay catalog “streamlines” the listing process, eBay adds.

“When you list using the eBay catalog, product specifications like brand, model number, dimensions, performance, color, capacity, compatibilities and professional photos are automatically included in your listing,” eBay explains in its catalog FAQs.

eBay sellers can post additional information that does not automatically appear in their listings’ description. Merchants can use stock photos from the catalog in their listings as well. However, beginning next year, eBay sellers won’t be able to use these stock images as the primary listing image, the marketplace adds.

Affected listings that are not updated, will be “mapped automatically to a matching product in the catalog whenever available, and you’ll be notified by email,” eBay states.

However, it adds that sellers will then “need to immediately relist or revise these listings to actively list with the catalog.”

Using the Bay catalog

To sell using the eBay catalog on the Sell Your Item form, merchants begin creating a listing like they normally would. But when they enter UPCs, ISBNs, barcodes or keywords that match products in the catalog, suggested products from the catalog appear. Sellers can then choose the appropriate item they’re selling and finish creating their listing, eBay reports.

Product details are then automatically added, but sellers can choose not to use these by unchecking a box.

Other categories that require eBay sellers to list with the eBay catalog include Books, Consumer Electronics, Video Games, Computers/Tablets & Networking, Business & Industrial, Cameras & Photo, Cell Phones & Accessories, and DVDs & Movies.

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Olga Munoz
Olga Munoz is editor of In addition to writing news and feature articles about e-commerce, selling trends, online marketing and other topics of interest to online sellers, Olga manages the site's social media efforts. A journalism graduate of Chico State, Olga says her favorite part of being a journalist is learning interesting facts that help put stories into perspective, attending industry events and meeting interesting people "that leave you smiling, even in tough situations." Opinions expressed here may not be shared by The Online Seller and/or its principals.

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