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Published: November 20 2006, 1:42:00 PMUpdated: November 28 2020, 3:02:59 PM

I have specified an valid category ID in my AddItem call, why I am getting the following warning?

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
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2006-11-20T020:25:19.102Z
Warning
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Invalid store category ID
Invalid store category ID, 2, since it is non-leaf. So item has been listed to the 'Other' store category
20169
Warning
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2, since it is non-leaf. So item has been listed to the 'Other' store category

RequestError

487
e487_core_Bundled_3843203_R1
110010661226
2006-11-20T020:25:18.727Z
2006-11-25T020:25:18.727Z
...

 Summary

   AddItem returns Invalid store category ID warning because Storefront property is not appropriately defined in your request:
  
       If  Storefront container is empty as:
              <Storefront></Storefron>
      OR  StoreCategory2ID property is defined but StoreCategoryID is missing from the request:  
              <Storefront><StoreCategory2ID>5</StoreCategory2ID></Storefront>
      OR Non-leaf StoreCategoryID value
      OR Non-existing StoreCategoryID

Detailed Description

To solve this wraning, you need to :

 1. make GetStore call to get your store's categoryIDs and its structure:
     <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
     <GetStoreRequest xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
       <Version>485</Version>
       <RequesterCredentials>
         <eBayAuthToken>xxx</eBayAuthToken>
       </RequesterCredentials>
</GetStoreRequest>

  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> 
<GetStoreResponse xmlns="urn:ebay:apis:eBLBaseComponents">
  <Timestamp>2006-11-20T08:05:08.053Z</Timestamp>
  <Ack>Success</Ack>
  <Version>483</Version>
  <Build>e483_intl_Bundled_3819681_R1</Build>
- <Store>
  <Name>external_api_seller81</Name>
  <URLPath>externalapiseller81</URLPath>
  <URL>http://stores.sandbox.ebay.com.cn/externalapiseller81</URL>
  <SubscriptionLevel>Basic</SubscriptionLevel>
  <Logo />

....
<CustomCategories>
<CustomCategory>
  <CategoryID>1</CategoryID>
  <Name>??</Name>
  <Order>0</Order>
  </CustomCategory>
<CustomCategory>
  <CategoryID>2</CategoryID>
  <Name>Category 1></Name>
  <Order>5</Order> 
<ChildCategory>
  <CategoryID>6466</CategoryID>
  <Name>second level store</Name>
  <Order>1</Order>
  </ChildCategory>
  </CustomCategory>
<CustomCategory>
  <CategoryID>4</CategoryID>
  <Name>Category 3</Name>
  <Order>6</Order>
  </CustomCategory>
<CustomCategory>
  <CategoryID>5</CategoryID>
  <Name>Category 4</Name>
  <Order>7</Order>
  </CustomCategory>
  </CustomCategories>
<CustomListingHeader>
  ..
  <AddToFavoriteStores>false</AddToFavoriteStores>
  <SignUpForStoreNewsletter>false</SignUpForStoreNewsletter>
  <BreadCrumb>false</BreadCrumb>
  </CustomListingHeader>
  <MerchDisplay>DefaultTheme</MerchDisplay>
  <LastOpenedTime>2006-07-06T13:44:07.000Z</LastOpenedTime>
  </Store>
  </GetStoreResponse>
    
     2. Consruct an AddItem call by plugging in CategoryIDs with the correct store categoryID valures returned in GetStore. The valid CategoryIDs for primary StoreCategoryID tag in this sample are :     

 <CategoryID>1</CategoryID>
 <CategoryID>6466</CategoryID>
 <CategoryID>4</CategoryID>
 <CategoryID>5</CategoryID>


  Please keep in mind that  <CategoryID>2</CategoryID>  is not an valid value for the primary StoreCategoryID since it's not a leaf category.


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