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February 2010 Categories & Item Specifics Changes Now Live

The category structure will be updated in two releases: one in February and another in March. The February release went live on Feb 7.

If you sell in the areas below, please click on the links to review the February changes.

Please note: March changes will be available for review closer to the release date.

Baby (February release)

  • Strollers: Removing stroller subcategories in favor of more flexible Custom Item Specifics functionalities.

Business & Industrial (March release)

  • Retail & Services: Moving the Jewelry Retail Packaging & Display to B&I, out of Jewelry & Watches

Clothing, Shoes & Accessories (March release)

  • Children’s Clothing: Streamlining the category structure and using more flexible Custom Item Specifics to allow searching for clothing by size.
  • Women’s Handbags & Bags: Creating new section for Handbag Accessories
  • Women’s Accessories: removing various categories to be replaced by Custom Item Specifics

Collectibles (March release)

  • Knives, Swords & Blades: Removing Brand categories in the Fixed and Folding Knives sections

Computers & Networking (February release)

  • Minor changes, including adding new category in Wireless Networks for 802.11n.

Crafts (February release)

  • Removing subcategories in multiple sections, to be replaced with more flexible Custom Item Specifics.

Electronics (March release)

  • Renaming “DVD Players & Recorders” to “Blu-Ray & DVD Players”

Health & Beauty (February release)

  • Fragrances: Removing brand- and gender-specific subcategories in favor of more flexible Custom Item Specifics.

Home & Garden (February release)

  • Tools & Home Improvement: Splitting Tools and Home Improvement into separate sections, to simplify click-through to each.
  • Plants, Seeds & Bulbs: Updating categories and Custom Item Specifics to improve classification and finding of items.
  • Minor additional subcategory removals in multiple sections, to accommodate Custom Item Specifics and improve finding

Jewelry & Watches (February and March releases)

  • Loose Diamonds & Gemstones (February): Removing cut- and carat-specific subcategories for Diamonds, and cut- and color-specific subcategories in Gemstones, to be replaced with Item Specifics.
  • Designer Brands (March): Adding additional Brand categories. Removing jewelry type subcategories below each brand, in favor of Custom Item Specifics.
  • Ethnic, Regional & Tribal (March): Removing jewelry type subcategories
  • Fashion Jewelry; Men’s Jewelry (March): Removing metal, stone, and jewelry style subcategories, to be replaced by Custom Item Specifics.
  • Jewelry Boxes, Cases & Display (March): Renaming “Jewelry Boxes, Cases & Display” to “Jewelry Boxes & Organizers.” Moving Retail Packaging & Display to Business & Industrial. See above.

Motors (March release)

  • Adoption of Item Specifics will become mandatory for sellers in the following categories:
    • Parts & Accessories> Car & Truck Parts> Wheels, Tires & Parts> Wheels
    • Parts & Accessories> Car & Truck Parts> Wheels, Tires & Parts> Tires
    • Parts & Accessories> Car & Truck Parts> Wheels, Tires & Parts> Wheel/Tire Packages
  • Minor category additions in Parts & Accessories.
  • Minor reorganizing of the category structure in Car Electronics.
  • Adjusting the character limit allowed in certain Item Specifics, including Manufacturer Part Number and Interchange Part Number
  • Renaming certain Item Specifics, including Rim Diameter and Bolt Pattern.

Music (February release)

  • Combining DVD Audio and Super Audio CDs into the Other Formats category

Musical Instruments (February release)

  • Removing subcategories in Guitars in favor of more flexible Custom Item Specifics.

Sporting Goods (February release)

  • Golf: Removing brand and condition subcategories, to be replaced with more flexible Custom Item Specifics.

Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop (February release)

  • Fan Apparel & Souvenirs: Removing team- and product-specific categories, to be replaced with more flexible Custom Item Specifics.

Stamps (February release)

  • Minor category changes for Australia and Asia.

Toys & Hobbies (March release)

  • Action Figures: Removing subcategories under Transformers to be replaced with Custom Item Specifics.
  • Diecast & Toy Vehicles: Updating categories and Item Specifics to improve classification and finding of items.
  • Radio Control & Control Line: Updating categories and Item Specifics to improve classification and finding of items.
  • Toy Soldiers: Removing material subcategories in favor of more flexible Custom Item Specifics.

Travel (March release)

  • Minor changes in Vacation Packages.

February 8, 2010 in Categories and Item Specifics | Permalink