eBay U.K. sellers who schedule their listings directly on eBay may notice a delay beginning yesterday between the time their items are supposed to go live and when the listings actually launch.
The possible delay is due to "small changes" eBay U.K. made to better manage its traffic, the site announced. These changes could cause delays of up to 15 minutes for scheduled listings.
However, if a listing's start time is delayed, its ending time will also be adjusted to give items "the correct time-exposure in search results," eBay notes. Listings that are not scheduled in advance will not be affected by the changes.
Listings scheduled through Auctiva will continue to post at their intended listing times, says Auctiva Senior Development Manager Joe Mitchell. He explains that since Auctiva launches scheduled listings for its customers, the changes eBay U.K. instituted will not affect users of Auctiva's scheduling feature.
While it's unknown if similar changes will be made on eBay's U.S. site, all European eBay sites now carry this possible delay, eBay notes. For more information, please read eBay U.K.'s General Announcements.
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