For more information about eBay phasing out active content, see this Seller Update
In the listing description, sellers are only allowed to provide links to product videos, freight shipping services, or other legally required information, and when providing these links in the listing description, the secure 'https' protocol must be used instead of 'http'. In addition, any valid links to sites outside of eBay should use the target="_blank"
attribute in the a href
tag so a new browser window will be loaded when the link is clicked instead of buyers being redirected off of eBay. For more information on using links in the listing description, see eBay's Links policy
. For more information about the stronger security standards that eBay is using, see the Use secure HTTPS for enhanced browser security
topic in the 2018 Fall Seller Update. The getListingViolations
method of the Compliance API can be used to see if any of the seller's active listings are not 'HTTPS' compliant.
If you embed pictures in the description (by using IMG tags) instead of using PictureURL
, but you want a camera icon to appear in search and listing pages, specify the following null-image URL in the PictureURL
field: https://pics.ebay.com/aw/pics/dot_clear.gif. See Working with Pictures in an Item Listing
in the eBay Features Guide.
This field is conditionally required for all listings. The exception is when the seller specifies a product identifier, such as a GTIN or ePID, through the ProductListingDetails
container and a product match is found in the eBay product catalog. If a matching product is found in the eBay product catalog, the item description will be created automatically (as long as the ProductListingDetails.IncludeeBayProductDetails