The text in this field is (published offers), or will become (unpublished offers) the description of the eBay listing. This field is not immediately required for an unpublished offer, but will be required before publishing the offer. Note that if the listingDescription
field was omitted in the createOffer
call for the offer, the offer entity should have picked up the text provided in the product.description
field of the inventory item record, or if the inventory item is part of a group, the offer entity should have picked up the text provided in the description
field of the inventory item group record.
HTML tags and markup can be used in listing descriptions, but each character counts toward the max length limit. Note: To ensure that their short listing description is optimized when viewed on mobile devices, sellers should strongly consider using eBay's View Item description summary feature when listing their items. Keep in mind that the 'short' listing description is what prospective buyers first see when they view the listing on a mobile device. The 'full' listing description is also available to mobile users when they click on the short listing description, but the full description is not automatically optimized for viewing in mobile devices, and many users won't even drill down to the full description.
Using HTML div and span tag attributes, this feature allows sellers to customize and fully control the short listing description that is displayed to prospective buyers when viewing the listing on a mobile device. The short listing description on mobile devices is limited to 800 characters, and whenever the full listing description (provided in this field, in UI, or seller tool) exceeds this limit, eBay uses a special algorithm to derive the best possible short listing description within the 800-character limit. However, due to some short listing description content being removed, it is definitely not ideal for the seller, and could lead to a bad buyer experience and possibly to a Significantly not as described (SNAD) case, since the buyer may not get complete details on the item when viewing the short listing description. See the eBay help page for more details on using the HTML div and span tags.Max length
: 500000 (which includes HTML markup/tags)
Note: This field is not necessary (and has no effect) since 'GTC' (Good 'til Cancelled) is the only supported listing duration, and the listingDuration value gets set to
GTC by default.
This field indicates the number of days that the seller wants the listing to be active. 'GTC' listings are automatically renewed each calendar month until the seller decides to end the listing.
This container is used to set the listing policies that will be used to construct the listing. This container consists of the identifiers of the payment, return, and fulfillment listing policies that will be associated with the eBay listing. This container is not initially required upon first creating an offer, but will become required before an offer can be published.
It is required that the seller be opted in to Business Policies before being able to create live eBay listings through the Inventory API. Sellers can opt-in to Business Policies through My eBay or by using the Account API's optInToProgram call. Similarly, payment, return, and fulfillment listing policies may be created/managed in My eBay or by using the listing policy calls of the Account API.
This field is only applicable if the listing is a lot listing. A lot listing is a listing that has multiple quantity of the same product. An example would be a set of four identical car tires. The integer value passed into this field is the number of identical items being sold through the lot listing.
This enumeration value is the unique identifier of the eBay site for which the offer will be made available. See MarketplaceEnum for the list of supported enumeration values. This field is required.
The unique identifier of a merchant's inventory location (where the inventory item in the offer is located). A merchantLocationKey value is established when the merchant creates an inventory location using the createInventoryLocation call. To get more information about inventory locations, the getInventoryLocation call can be used.
This field is not initially required upon first creating an offer, but will become required before an offer can be published.
Max length: 36
This container shows the listing price for the product offer, and if applicable, the settings for the Minimum Advertised Price and Strikethrough Pricing features. The Minimum Advertised Price feature is only available on the US site. Strikethrough Pricing is available on the US, eBay Motors, UK, Germany, Canada (English and French), France, Italy, and Spain sites.
This container is not initially required upon first creating an offer, but the price of the offer will become required before an offer can be published.
This field is only applicable and set if the seller wishes to set a restriction on the purchase quantity per seller. If this field is set by the seller for the offer, then each distinct buyer may purchase up to, but not exceed the quantity specified for this field. So, if this field's value is
5, each buyer may purchase between one to five of these products, and the purchases can occur in one multiple-quantity purchase, or over multiple transactions. If a buyer attempts to purchase one or more of these products, and the cumulative quantity will take the buyer beyond the quantity limit, that buyer will be blocked from that purchase.
This container is used if the seller would like to place the inventory item into one or two eBay store categories that the seller has set up for their eBay store. The string value(s) passed in to this container will be the full path(s) to the eBay store categories, as shown below:
This is the seller-defined SKU value of the product that will be listed on the eBay site (specified in the marketplaceId field). Only one offer (in unpublished or published state) may exist for each sku/marketplaceId/format combination. This field is required.
Max Length: 50
This container is only applicable and used if a sales tax table, a Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate, or a tax exception category code will be applied to the offer. Only Business Sellers can apply VAT to their listings. It is possible that the applyTax
field will be included with a value of
, but a buyer's purchase will not involve sales tax. A sales tax rate must be set up in the seller's sales tax table for the buyer's state/tax jurisdiction in order for that buyer to be subject to sales tax. Sales tax rates for different jurisdictions can be added/modified in the Payment Preferences section of My eBay, or the seller can use the sales tax calls of the Account API
See the Using a tax table
help page for more information on setting up and using a sales tax table.