This past October, eBay launched new Buy and Sell APIs that developers can use to offer additional purchase opportunities to users/customers of social sites, marketplaces, and other online platforms. eBay has sent out an email to members of the eBay Developer Program that announces a number of upcoming changes to eBay APIs including category name length increase, schedule changes for required product identifiers, and bidder privacy changes in the eBay Trading API.
The new eBay Buy and Sell APIs released in October include buy APIs (beta) for guest checkout such as traffic, payments, financial risk, shipping and logistics, and CRM. eBay Sell APIs include account, inventory, fulfillment, marketing, and analytics.
eBay will be increasing individual category names from 30 characters to 50 characters. eBay plans on implementing this change in January 2017 for the Sandbox release and March 2017 for the production release.
The release schedule for Required Product Identifiers will be changing and eBay plans on implementing the API schema changes and data changes in Q2 of 2017.
Privacy changes will be made to the Trading API, specifically to GetAllBidders and GetBidderList. The change is being made to add more support for bidder privacy. eBay does not specify a time frame for the change, only that the change is coming soon.
eBay will be mandating that sellers include the Quantity Item Specific when listing new items and when making changes to existing items in the Tires Category. eBay plans on enforcing this change in Spring 2017.
For more information about eBay Buy and Sell APIs visit the eBay Developers Program site.