Back up your listings:

Before editing your eBay items with a CSV, we strongly recommend backing up your listings by navigating to Insights → Report CenterCustom Report

  • Use Listings - from eBay as the Report Type

  • Include all available fields in the report.

  • Save the settings as a template for faster backups later.

This ensures that any mistakes or unwanted changes are reversible. In other words, if you want to "undo," you can simply upload your backup CSV.


In this article:

  • Step 2: Set your Item Identifiers

    • Set variation identifiers


What eBay listing details can I edit with a CSV file?

You are able to edit any field included in the Import CSV feature. And that's almost every value eBay allows.

To see a list of fields fast, visit the last step of the Import feature,

or see this list of fields and definitions.

Pro Tip: the CustomSpecfic field also works for updating items.


How to create a CSV for bulk editing:

For quick bulk eBay editing, all you'll need is:

  • a column to identify the listing (Item Identifier)

  • along with the listing details to update.

You can use either an SKU or Item ID for the Item Identifier:

SKU

WholesalePrice

Category

3GF_65H7

57990

55A_Large

5.16

55A_Small

4.28

How to make a CSV for editing eBay variations

When updating variations, include a column that contains the parent listing's SKU. The table below shows an example format of a parent and its variations:

SKU

Parent SKU

Brand

category_id

CustomSpecific Thread Color

55A_

Puma

57990

55A_ORNG

55A_

Orange

55A_PRPL

55A_

Purple

What is a parent listing?

  • A parent listing is the main listing that contains the variations.

  • The Parent SKU tells the system which listing the variation is in.

If uploading a CSV from eBay or Report Center,

the CSV may look like this, with the variation SKUs in their own column:

SKU

Brand

category_id

CustomSpecific Thread Color

variation_sku

55A_

Puma

57990

55A_

Orange

55A_ORNG

55A_

Purple

55A_PRPL

In this case, the SKU column is also the Parent SKU, and variation_sku will be used for editing variations only. »Step 2 will show how the variation_sku column can be used.


Step 1: Upload your eBay CSV:

Pro tip: review these CSV formatting tips to ensure a seamless upload.

  • In the eBay Listings Manager, navigate to the CSV Import feature and click the Update Listings button.

  • In the pop-up, click the Choose a CSV button and upload your CSV file.


Step 2: Set your Item Identifiers:

  1. Choose whether you are updating eBay listings with SKU or Item ID.

  2. Then, if needed, select the corresponding column in your CSV.

Set variation identifiers

If bulk editing eBay variations,

  • enable the Update Variations by SKU switch.

  • Then choose »the column containing the Parent SKUs

If your CSV contains »separate columns for variations and normal SKUs (like a default report from eBay or Report Center), you will need to update variations and parent listings separately:

  • To edit variations, set the SKU Column to the variation SKU column in your CSV.

  • Use the same settings as above for variation settings and Parent SKU.

  • To edit parent listings, use Excel or Sheets to filter out all rows with a variation SKU. This removes all the variations.

  • Save as a new CSV upload the file without variation settings.

Note: If updating variations and using Item IDs, you will still need a »column for the parent SKU and an SKU column for the variation. It may be worth considering if it is more efficient to only bulk-edit listings with SKUs.


Step 3: Map your CSV:

  • After clicking the Next button,

  • make sure the columns in your CSV match ours (and correct any fields if needed).

  • Then, click the Import & Update button to edit your eBay listings your listings via CSV.

Pro Tip: to prevent unwanted edits, select Don't Import for the fields you are not editing, or delete them from your CSV before uploading.

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