metadata APIv1.3.0


This method returns the eBay policies that define how to specify item conditions in the categories of a specific marketplace.

By default, this method returns the entire category tree for the specified marketplace. You can limit the size of the result set by using the filter query parameter to specify only the category IDs you want to review.

Tip: This method can return a very large response payload and we strongly recommend you get the results from this call in a GZIP file by including the following HTTP header with your request:

  Accept-Encoding: application/gzip


Resource URI (production)


URI parameters

marketplace_idstringThis path parameter specifies the eBay marketplace for which policy information is retrieved. See the following page for a list of valid eBay marketplace IDs: Request components.

Occurrence: Required

filterstringThis query parameter limits the response by returning policy information for only the selected sections of the category tree. Supply categoryId values for the sections of the tree you want returned.

When you specify a categoryId value, the returned category tree includes the policies for that parent node, plus the policies for any leaf nodes below that parent node.

The parameter takes a list of categoryId values and you can specify up to 50 separate category IDs. Separate multiple values with a pipe character ('|'). If you specify more than 50 categoryId values, eBay returns the policies for the first 50 IDs and a warning that not all categories were returned.

Example: filter=categoryIds:{100|101|102}

Note that you must URL-encode the parameter list, which results in the following filter for the above example:


Occurrence: Optional

HTTP request headers

All requests made to eBay REST operations require you to provide the Authorization HTTP header for authentication authorization.

OAuth scope

This request requires an access token created with the client credentials grant flow, using one or more scopes from the following list (please check your Application Keys page for a list of OAuth scopes available to your application):

See OAuth access tokens for more information.


HTTP response headers

Output container/fieldTypeDescription
itemConditionPoliciesarray of ItemConditionPolicyA list of category IDs and the policies for how to indicate an item's condition in each of the listed categories.

Occurrence: Always

itemConditionPolicies.categoryIdstringThe category ID to which the item-condition policy applies.

Occurrence: Always

itemConditionPolicies.categoryTreeIdstringA value that indicates the root node of the category tree used for the response set. Each marketplace is based on a category tree whose root node is indicated by this unique category ID value. All category policy information returned by this call pertains to the categories included below this root node of the tree.

A category tree is a hierarchical framework of eBay categories that begins at the root node of the tree and extends to include all the child nodes in the tree. Each child node in the tree is an eBay category that is represented by a unique categoryId value. Within a category tree, the root node has no parent node and leaf nodes are nodes that have no child nodes.

Occurrence: Always

itemConditionPolicies.itemConditionRequiredbooleanThis flag denotes whether or not you must list the item condition in a listing for the specified category. If set to true, you must specify an item condition for the associated category.

Occurrence: Always

itemConditionPolicies.itemConditionsarray of ItemConditionThe item-condition values allowed in the category.

Occurrence: Always

itemConditionPolicies.itemConditions.conditionDescriptionstringThe human-readable label for the condition (e.g., "New"). This value is typically localized for each site.

Note that the display name can vary by category. For example, the description for condition ID 1000 could be called "New: with Tags" in one category and "Brand New" in another. For details on condition IDs and descriptions, see Item condition ID and name values.

Occurrence: Always

itemConditionPolicies.itemConditions.conditionIdstringThe ID value of the selected item condition. For information on the supported condition ID values, see Item condition ID and name values.

Occurrence: Always

warningsarray of ErrorDetailV3A list of the warnings that were generated as a result of the request. This field is not returned if no warnings were generated by the request.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.categorystringThe category type for this error or warning. It takes an ErrorCategory object which can have one of three values:
  • Application: Indicates an exception or error occurred in the application code or at runtime. Examples include catching an exception in a service's business logic, system failures, or request errors from a dependency.
  • Business: Used when your service or a dependent service refused to continue processing on the resource because of a business rule violation such as "Seller does not ship item to Antarctica" or "Buyer ineligible to purchase an alcoholic item". Business errors are not syntactical input errors.
  • Request: Used when there is anything wrong with the request, such as authentication, syntactical errors, rate limiting or missing headers, bad HTTP header values, and so on.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.domainstringName of the domain containing the service or application.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.errorIdintegerA positive integer that uniquely identifies the specific error condition that occurred. Your application can use error codes as identifiers in your customized error-handling algorithms.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.inputRefIdsarray of stringIdentifies specific request elements associated with the error, if any. inputRefId's response is format specific. For JSON, use JSONPath notation.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.longMessagestringAn expanded version of message that should be around 100-200 characters long, but is not required to be such.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.messagestringAn end user and app developer friendly device agnostic message. It explains what the error or warning is, and how to fix it (in a general sense). Its value is at most 50 characters long. If applicable, the value is localized in the end user's requested locale.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.outputRefIdsarray of stringIdentifies specific response elements associated with the error, if any. Path format is the same as inputRefId.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.parametersarray of ErrorParameterV3This optional complex field type contains a list of one or more context-specific ErrorParameter objects, with each item in the list entry being a parameter (or input field name) that caused an error condition. Each ErrorParameter object consists of two fields, a name and a value.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.parameters.namestringName of the entity that threw the error.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.parameters.valuestringA description of the error.

Occurrence: Conditional

warnings.subdomainstringName of the domain's subsystem or subdivision. For example, checkout is a subdomain in the buying domain.

Occurrence: Conditional

HTTP status codes

This call can return one of the following HTTP status codes. For an overview of the status codes, see HTTP status codes in Using eBay RESTful APIs.

204No content
400Bad Request
404Not found
500Internal Server Error

Error codes

For more on errors, plus the codes of other common errors, see Handling errors.

46000API_METADATAAPPLICATIONThere was a problem with an eBay internal system or process.Contact eBay developer support for assistance.
46001API_METADATAREQUESTThe specified marketplace ID was not found.


New to making API calls? Please see Making a Call.

Note: Identifiers, such as order IDs or user IDs, and personal data in these samples might be anonymized or may no longer be active on eBay. If necessary, substitute current, relevant eBay data in your requests.

Sample 1: Get the eBay category policies regarding item conditions

This example retrieves the policies for two specific categories, 90638 and 181923.

This method returns a list of leaf categories from the category tree of the specified marketplace. Each node in the response shows the policies that govern how to list item condition in each of the returned categories.


There is method does not use a request payload.

By default, this method returns the leaf nodes of the entire category tree for the specified marketplace. When you retrieve the entire tree, be sure to get the result as a GZIP file (see the top of the call page for syntax). To limit the response, specify up to 50 category IDs using the filter query parameter. Note that you must URL-encode the category ID filter parameter value. This example uses the parameter:


If the call is successful, the response body contains the policies for specifying item conditions for items listed in the categories specified in the request.