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Navigating through eBay mandates: February 2023 reminder

By Laura Cassidy   
February 02, 2023

Navigating through eBay mandates: February 2023 reminder

eBay’s latest mandate deadline date is just under three weeks away. Have you updated your listings yet?

Below are the categories affected with new required item specifics by the 22 February for all eBay listings.

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What are item specifics?

Item specifics are simply filters people use to search for specific items. This could include colour, size, brand, material and everything in between.

There are four different types of item specifics:

  1. Required: Required item specifics are mandatory for eBay sellers.
  2. Required Soon: Required soon item specifics aren't mandatory yet, but will be in the near future.
  3. Recommended: Recommended item specifics are optional but provide more information to your buyers
  4. Additional: Additional item specifics are optional and provide extra information about your listings to potential buyers. These values are not as highly searched as the recommended item specifics, but should be populated where possible to ensure your listing is optimised to its fullest.

By eBay continuously updating their item specifics, it benefits both the buyer and the seller. Buyers have more options to narrow down their search to find exactly what it is they are looking for and sellers get the opportunity to include these item specifics to get their products in front of the buyer more easily.

What you need to do next

eBay mandates come around 2-3 times a year and although they may seem like a nuisance, it’s important to take action before the deadline date. If you have listings under any of the above categories mentioned, you need to start updating each one with the newly added or changed item specifics.



All the listings in the world but not all the time? No problem! We’ve got you covered with tools to help get you through this mandate in a flash.

The Aspect Finder+ tool highlights which of your listings have Required, Required Soon, Recommended or Optional item specifics, so you can focus on the ones that matter most during this eBay mandate. Auto-populate item specifics to ensure better coverage and higher traffic to your listings and use the Bulk Updates feature to update as many of your listings in a single upload. Smooth lining the process and saving you from what could have been a stressful and timely task.

"Using Optiseller allowed us to quickly identify and update all required Item Specifics for all of our listings. The support from Optiseller was great. The tool was simple to use, and the ability to download a CSV file directly for uploading to file exchange made it very easy to update in bulk. This has had a positive increase in sales for us, as listings are now appearing higher in eBay's search engine. I am now keen to establish other tools offered by Optiseller that we can utilise to our advantage." – RicoEurope

For additional resources, check out our previous blogs on the latest eBay mandate

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