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Important Update for Developers in Technology Categories for US and CA

eBay will soon enable catalogs for a number of categories in US and CA. We want to make sure that this has minimal impact to your application and your sellers, so we will be running some small tests first.

Test 1 - June 29

The first test will be June 29, when we enable catalogs in the Video Cards category. The changes will be live the morning of June 30.

Video Cards catalog:
Computers & Networking > PC Components > For Desktops > Graphics, Video & TV Cards > Graphics, Video Cards (3762)

Update 30 June, 2009: The Video Cards changes are now live. If you notice any issues with your application in this category, please contact us

Test 2 - July 8

The second test will be July 8, when we enable catalogs in CPUs, Motherboards, Hubs&Switches, and Keyboards.

CPUs Catalog:
Mapped Categories:
Computer & Networking > PC Components > For Desktops > CPUs (3671) > AMD (15918) > 11 leaf categories
Computer & Networking > PC Components > For Desktops > CPUs (3671) > Cyrix  (3675)
Computer & Networking > PC Components > For Desktops > CPUs (3671) > Intel (14291) > 16 leaf categories
Computer & Networking > PC Components > For Laptops & Notebooks > CPUs (86711) > AMD (86712)
Computer & Networking > PC Components > For Laptops & Notebooks > CPUs (86711) > Intel (99251)

Motherboards Catalog:
Mapped Categories:
Computer & Networking > PC Components > For Desktops > Motherboards (4613) > For AMD (101195) > 16 leaf categories
Computer & Networking > PC Components > For Desktops > Motherboards (4613) > For Intel (101198) > 23 leaf categories
Computer & Networking > PC Components > For Laptops & Notebooks > Motherboards (60265)

Keyboards Catalog:
Mapped Categories:
Computer & Networking > Keyboards, Mice & Input > Keyboards (33963) > 10 leaf categories

Networking Hubs & Switches Catalog:
Mapped Categories:
Computer & Networking > Networking & Communications > Networking Hubs (11178) > 4 leaf categories
Computer & Networking > Networking & Communications > Network Switches (51268)

Possible Issues

We have thoroughly tested this change, and do not expect any breaking changes to your application. However, we can't anticipate all of the ways in which the API is used, so are giving you advance warning so you can keep an eye out for issues.

If you do notice any issues with your application in these categories, please contact us.

Why Catalogs are Important

Catalogs provide additional technical and descriptive information about your item, without the seller having to enter it manually. That info makes the item easier to find in search, and can answer many buyer questions about the item without the buyer having to contact the seller. Catalogs can even provide a stock photo. We think catalogs are a very good thing.

We appreciate your working with us as we move to bring more catalogs to eBay.

June 24, 2009 in Categories and Item Specifics, Critical Notes from Tech Support, International | Permalink