We hope everyone is well. We want to take this time to share with you some updates that occurred within the eBay Developers Program over the last quarter (Jan - Mar 2022).
Developer Portal revamp is live
The revamp of the Developer Portal launched in March! Here is a quick summary of enhancements in the Developer Portal:
- Completely new and clean look-and-feel, with responsive design that drastically improves the user experience on tablets and mobile devices
- Enhanced and simple site structure and navigation for a refreshed user experience
- New breadcrumbs provided for all pages that further assists in navigating the portal
- New guides created, including a Get started with eBay APIs guide and an Authorization Guide
As an introduction to the Developer Portal revamp and to assist users in navigating the portal, the new top-level navigation and their contents are summarized below:
- Join: this menu has all of the resources needed for new developers, or for developers who are considering joining the eBay Developers Program
- Develop: this menu has all of the resources that are needed to develop applications using the portfolio of eBay APIs. Contents under this menu include API documentation (reference and user guides), SDKs, Widgets, and Tools.
- Grow: this menu contains resources that you can use to expand your application and your business.
- Updates: this menu contains all relevant updates to the eBay Developers Program, including quarterly newsletters and blog posts.
- Support: this menu contains all support resources that are available to eBay Developers Program members.
The following updates have been made to our APIs over the last few months.
New feed type and new feed schema page available for Buy Feed API v1
In addition to the new feed type, a new Feed type schema page was added to the Buy Feed API v1 reference documentation set. This page allows you toggle through the available feed types to see the actual fields (in correct order) that are returned in the downloaded feed files.
LMS Feed API Guide now available
With the decommission of Large Merchant Services (LMS) APIs quickly approaching (April 30), an LMS Feed API Guide is now available on our portal. This guide touches on all available LMS feed types and how to use these files in the Sell Feed API, which is essentially replacing the Large Merchant Services solution. With the Sell Feed API, the same XML-based Merchant Data files are used, but the upload/download tasks (aka jobs in LMS) are set up in the createTask, createOrderTask, and createInventoryTask methods of Sell Feed API instead, files are uploaded with the uploadFile method, and reports are downloaded with the getResultFile method.
New Shipping Rate Table APIs
New Shipping Rate Table APIs are available through the new Account API v2. Domestic and international shipping rate tables allow sellers to set fixed shipping costs based on the buyer’s location and the buyer’s selected shipping service option. Additionally, sellers can also set weight and handling charges to shipping costs. These APIs include the following:
- getRateTable: this method allows a seller to retrieve full details for a specific domestic or international shipping rate table. This method requires the rate table ID for the table. Shipping rate table identifiers are exposed to the seller in the Shipping rate tables UI of My eBay, or these identifiers can be retrieved using the getRateTables method.
- updateShippingCost: this method allows the seller to update the shipping cost and/or weight/handling surcharges for one or more shipping rate entries in a specific domestic or international shipping rate table. This method requires the rate table ID for the table.
Refurbished condition program continues to expand
The Excellent - Refurbished (ID 2010), Very Good - Refurbished (ID 2020), and Good - Refurbished (ID 2030) item conditions continue to get expanded to more eBay categories and marketplaces. These refurbished item conditions are now supported on the following marketplaces: US, UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, France, and Italy. The new categories enabled for these new conditions since March 15, 2022 include the following:
- Smart Watches (178893)
- Tablets & eBook Readers (171485)
- Laptops & Netbooks (175672)
- Apple Laptops (111422)
- PC Laptops & Netbooks (177)
- Desktops & All-In-Ones (171957)
- Apple Desktops & All-In-Ones (111418)
- PC Desktops & All-In-Ones (179)
Be sure to bookmark and reference the Category and marketplace support for the eBay Refurbished Program page in the Selling Integration Guide to see the latest eBay marketplaces and categories that support these refurbished item conditions. The getItemConditionPolicies method of the Metadata API can also be used to see which eBay categories support these refurbished conditions.
As Excellent - Refurbished, Very Good - Refurbished, and Good - Refurbished are enabled for a specific category, the ‘Seller Refurbished’ item condition becomes disabled for that same category.
Sellers must be pre-qualified to use any of these new refurbished conditions and the Certified Refurbished condition. See the eBay Refurbished Program Seller Center page for detailed information about the program, including the seller requirements to list with any of the refurbished item conditions.
Sellers who are not yet eligible to list with the new refurbished conditions:
- Must revise any active listings in affected categories with an item condition other than ‘Seller Refurbished’
- Cannot use the word “refurbished” anywhere in the listing, including in the listing description or as a customized item specific
- Cannot use item condition as a pivoting aspect in a multiple-variation listing
New fields added to Buy Feed Beta API
Through two separate releases in Q1 2022, the following Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Authenticity Guarantee fields were added to Buy Feed Beta API:
- The following fields are now returned in getItemSnapshotFeed files: authenticityGuaranteeServiceId, authenticityGuaranteeSelection, authenticityGuaranteeFeeValue, and authenticityGuaranteeFeeCurrency.
- The following fields are now returned in getItemFeed files: ecoParticipationFeeValue, ecoParticipationFeeCurrency, takeBackPolicyLabel, and takeBackPolicyDescription.
Finances API enhanced to support on-demand payouts
A new WITHDRAWAL transaction type is now supported by the getTransactions and getTransactionSummary methods. This new type tracks on-demand payout information. Instead of going by the daily or weekly payout scheduled, the seller can initiate an on-demand payout (or withdrawal) as long as there is money available in the available funds balance.
Note: The WITHDRAWAL transaction type is currently only available to a limited set of sellers.
Browse API updates
There have been three separate releases of Browse API in early 2022. The changes that rolled out with these releases are summarized below:
- The following fields are now returned in the getItem, getItemByLegacyId, and getItemsByItemGroup methods: addOnServices array and the listingMarketplaceId field. The addOnServices array is returned for items where an add-on service (such as eBay Authenticity Guarantee) is available to buyers.
- The following fields are now returned by the search and searchByImage methods: itemCreationDate and listingMarketplaceId fields.
- The shippingOptions array is now returned in the getItems response and in the ‘COMPACT’ version of the getItem method. The shippingOptions array provides detailed information about the shipping options (and costs) available for the items.
GetItem call in Trading API now retrieves EPR-related fields
The Extended Producer Responsibilities (EPR) fields that were enabled for the AddItem family of calls in Trading API are now returned in the ExtendedProducerResponsibility container of GetItem (when defined for the listing).
At this time, sellers are only required to provide EPR information for the French marketplace in a limited number of categories. The getExtendedProducerResponsibilityPolicies method of the Metadata API can be used to see which French categories require one or more EPR fields. If and when EPR information becomes required on other eBay marketplaces, this method will return that information as well.
MIP updated to support EPR and Custom Policies
Added support for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Custom Policies through listing creation and orders. See the What’s new page in the MIP User Guide for more information about the files and samples that have been updated with EPR and Custom Policies information.
Note: At this time, sellers are only required to provide EPR information for the French marketplace in a limited number of categories. The getExtendedProducerResponsibilityPolicies method of the Metadata API can be used to see which French categories require one or more EPR fields. If and when EPR information becomes required on other eBay marketplaces, this method will return that information as well.
Order API v2 enabled with import charges data
The importCharges container was added to the guest_checkout_session resource of the Order API v2. This container will be returned for any international order being sent through the Global Shipping Program, and will show the import/customs charges that are applicable for the order.
Deprecation and Decommission updates
The following APIs/methods have recently been announced as deprecated. Please see the Deprecation Status page for detailed information.
- GetCategorySpecifics call of the Trading API will be decommissioned on April 20, 2022. Developers can use the getItemAspectsForCategory and fetchItemAspects methods of the Taxonomy API, and the Taxonomy SDK as an alternative approach for retrieving the latest item specifics for eBay categories. Please reference the Taxonomy Migration Guide for all of the details on migrating to Taxonomy.
- The Large Merchant Services APIs (Bulk Data Exchange, File Transfer, and Merchant Data) will be decommissioned on April 30, 2022. The Sell Feed API supports the same XML data files that the LMS solution supported, but jobs/tasks and file uploads and downloads are handled by REST methods instead. For more information, see the LMS Feed API Guide.
- HitCounter and HitCount fields will be decommissioned on April 30, 2022 in the Trading and Shopping APIs. In the Trading API, this change affects GetItem, GetBidderList, GetSellerList, and GetSellerEvents. For Shopping API, this change affects GetSingleItem and GetMultipleItems.
- The decommissioning of the Business Policies Management API, originally scheduled for January 31, 2022, has been delayed. The delay is due to the Fulfillment Policy methods in Account API not currently supporting Shipping Discount Profiles. As soon as Shipping Discount Profiles are added to Account API, a fresh decommission date should be announced.
- The (C2C) Listing API has been decommissioned and documentation has been removed from the portal.
- The default boolean field of CategoryType is no longer applicable/usable. This field was used to indicate which Payment, Return, Fulfillment business policy was the ‘default’ policy, but eBay no longer supports the use of a default business policy. Instead, eBay will use the last business policies used by the seller if that seller does not explicitly set the business policies at listing time.
We hope everyone had a great start to 2022, and we are looking forward to working with the community for the rest of 2022!