07/11/2018 at 12:46 pm #45146
- Location: Virginia
07/11/2018 at 12:54 pm #45148
07/11/2018 at 1:20 pm #45151
I see it as well. I think I noticed it yesterday. I’m assuming that eBay is going to find that number for you. When I go back to edit a listing I created today, I don’t see a number in there yet. So, I assume this is something that they are still working on.
Maybe you will be able to change it if you don’t agree with eBay’s selected catalog number?
07/11/2018 at 4:08 pm #45163
It’s basically the equivalent of Amazon’s internal ID number. eBay has hinted that probably by the next seller release at least some sellers will be allowed to attach an ebay ID number to stuff. I think the way it will work is ebay assigns the number. They said a while ago that they had started giving out numbers in a very limited manner, so I assume that’s what you are seeing. I’ve seen them too.
Think about all the non-UPC stuff we sell….eventually, at least in theory, everything will have a number.
07/11/2018 at 10:15 pm #45195
For what it’s worth:
eBay Product ID. eBay’s global reference ID for a catalog product. On the eBay Web site, this is known as the “ePID”. A reference ID is a fixed reference to a product (regardless of version). One reference ID can be associated with multiple ProductID values. The value should start with “EPID”, for example “EPID30971438” (without quotes). You can find reference IDs for products by using GetProducts (or FindProducts in the Shopping API). You can also find the ePID on eBay’s Web site.
If the primary and secondary categories are both catalog-enabled, this ID should correspond to the primary category (not the secondary category).
07/12/2018 at 12:22 am #45199
07/12/2018 at 6:06 am #45201
ebaymom, Wondering why you think it’s stupid? I see at least a couple advantages for sellers:
1. There are many items (especially in scavenger inventories) that predate UPCs, iSBNs, etc. Assigning them their own number is the only way they are going to get a number.
2. Again, scavengers often have newer items which lack a UPC only because we lack the packaging. But if we can be pretty certain its the same item, we can use the ebay ID number to ensure it gets seen on product pages (and, eventually, that’s probably going to mean ensuring it gets seen at all).
07/12/2018 at 7:12 am #45209
I see your point and perhaps we’ll end up loving it, but to answer your question:
1. I don’t see eBay’s attempt to assign a number to every new listing an advantage to what most of us here are doing. Take for a hypothetical example, a vintage First Edition print of an Alcoholics Anonymous Book or a pair of 1950’s pair of Vintage Florsheim Imperial Shell Cordovans. Are these rare items going to be assigned a “number” which will compare them to an object that you can find on a shelf at a store at the mall?
2. What happens when we leave the ePID field blank after eBay attempts to assign a number, as you say, “and, eventually, that’s probably going to mean ensuring it gets seen at all”… Bottom line is will it help sales, hurt sales or not impact them at all? I don’t see it helping.
3. I have a twisted sense of humor, and that is just what popped into my head as I was listing last night at midnight staring at that empty ePID field. 😉
07/12/2018 at 8:49 am #45220
1. I don’t think the idea is to assign a number that has anything to do with mall stores. I think eventually everything will have an EPID. Eventually. Our stuff will likely be the last stuff to be assigned numbers, so I’m not worrying about it too much. But if I have a truly unique iem, it will be the only item with that number.
I think ebay is trying to do something that may well turn out to be impossible,but they seem determined to try.
2. I think eventually ebay will ASSIGN the number…there won’t be any “Seller leaves it blank”
07/12/2018 at 12:29 pm #45246
Yes, well we will all find out soon enough and it will be interesting. We knew this was coming down the pike… I like the idea of not having to do any extra “work” – let ebay assign everything. Maybe grouping vintage like items isn’t a horrible idea.. who knows? We’ll talk about it here I am sure 🙂
07/12/2018 at 5:55 pm #45263
- Location: Atlanta
Presumably, the ePID will correspond to categories so a vintage item will have a different ePID than a new one. One hopes.
I imagine it will be similar the federal/military procurement numbering system, which, if you have insomnia you can read all about:
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