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September 2009 (SR2) Category & Item Specifics Changes

Global September 2009 (SR2) Changes

North America

  • US/CA/CAFR: Significant changes in Computers, Sports Trading Cards, and Home & Garden. Minor changes elsewhere. 1675 changes total, including 82 new categories and 1407 removals. See detail below.
  • Motors: Moving Golf Cars (Electric & Gas) from .com to Motors. Adding new models in Cars & Trucks. Adding new categories in Car & Truck Parts. 45 changes total.


  • 915 category removals in DIY Materials & Tools; Tickets & Travel. 938 changes total.


  • Creating new L1 for Events Tickets. Renaming L1 Tickets & Travel to Holidays & Travel and consolidating subcategories. 94 changes total.


  • Significant category adds and removals across the site to improve alignment with US & UK structures. 4322 changes total.


  • Adding 219 categories in Video Games. 249 changes total.

No SR2 category changes for Belgium, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Spain.

North America Detail

The full list of September US category changes by meta is posted here.

Verticals Initiatives

  • Computers & Networking: Combining Apple and PC categories for components, accessories, monitors etc.; replacing many subcategories with Custom Item Specifics

Seller Tag Rollups
Custom Item Specifics (aka Seller Tags) are replacing categories in:

  • Cameras & Photo: Binoculars
  • Clothing, Shoes & Accessories: Men's Belt Buckles; Men's & Women's Sunglasses; Men's Ties; Men's Underwear; Bridal Veils, Tiaras & Headbands; Wedding-Boys' Attire; Women's Belts
  • Computers: CPUs, Motherboards, Monitors, Keyboards, Laptop Batteries, Laptop AC Adapters, Networking Hubs
  • Home & Garden: Furniture; Vacuum Cleaners; Refrigerators; Portable & Space Heaters
  • Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop: Trading Cards

Improving Trust
Changes implemented in coordination with the Trust & Safety team for:

  • Jewelry & Watches: Clarifying policy for vintage Native American jewelry by renaming category to: Native American (pre-1935)
  • Sporting Goods: Electric- & gas-powered Golf Cars are moving to eBay Motors.
  • Video Games: Removing Internet Games (Second Life, etc.)

Marketplaces Strategy Initiatives

  • Everything Else: Creating a category for World of Good

Classification Initiatives

  • Electronics: Dividing Stage Lighting & Effects from Pro Audio Equipment; Pro Audio Equipment moves to Musical Instruments
  • Home & Garden: Dividing Wedding Supplies and Holidays, Cards & Party Supplies into separate L2s

Item Specifics

Significant updates

  • Books: Antiquarian; Audiobooks; Children's; Fiction; Non-Fiction; Magazines
  • Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop: Cards

Minor updates

  • Electronics: Televisions

Adjustments to coordinate with new catalogs

  • Cell Phones & PDAs: Cell Phones & Cell Phone Accessories
  • Coins: US Coins
  • Computers: PC Laptops; Apple Desktops; Apple Laptops
  • Sporting Goods: Skis;Road Bikes; Mountain Bikes

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Categories Team

September 21, 2009 in Categories and Item Specifics | Permalink