The rollout of eBay’s Product Based Shopping Experience (PBSE) continues. This is eBay’s plan to eventually have most of its products for sale listed in a catalogue, against which sellers will match their items. This is similar to Amazon’s system and ties in with Google’s increasing emphasis on using GTINs to find and map products. GTIN stands for Global Trading Item Number and includes systems such as Barcodes (EANs), ISBNs for books, UPC numbers etc.
Currently there are only a few categories where the catalogue is compulsory, and several more were postponed until early in 2019.
Categories currently available to list against: https://www.ebay.co.uk/pages/help/sell/product-details.html
Categories and Products which require mandatory listing against the eBay catalogue:
Small Kitchen Appliances
TV, Video & Home Audio: Internet & media Streamers
Voice-Enabled Smart Assistants
More information here:https://sellercentre.ebay.co.uk/business/news/summer2018/ebay-catalogue-update
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