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Bulk listings

If you've got more than one of the same item available for sale, you should use eBay bulk listings to make all your stock available at once.

If all your items are the same, just tell us how many you have and we'll keep track of the quantity as they're sold. The listing will end when you've run out of inventory, unless you've turned on the 'out of stock' option.

If your items have a few different options, such as colour or size, you can combine them in a single listing, too. Learn about listing with variations.

How to create a bulk listing

To list in bulk, simply select the Fixed price format and specify the number of items you have for sale in Quantity when creating your listing.

Fixed price listings are Good 'Til Cancelled, which means your listing remains active until you've sold the number of items you specified, or you end the listing.

If you're going to be selling in bulk regularly, we recommend using the business tool - opens in new window or tab. However, if it's a one-off listing, then the quick listing tool - opens in new window or tab might be more appropriate.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Create your listing with the business tool - opens in new window or tab or the quick listing tool - opens in new window or tab.
  2. Choose Fixed price as your listing format and enter your Buy It Now price.
  3. Enter the quantity.
  4. Complete the rest of your listing and select Submit.

If you're using the quick listing tool, you may need to enable more options to see the bulk listing option. Simply select Change listing preferences at the top of the page, check the Enable more options box and hit Save. You can then select More options to enter your quantity.

How to update your listing quantity

You can change how many items are available on your listing at any time. Simply find the listing in My eBay - opens in new window or tab or Seller Hub - opens in new window or tab and select Edit, then update the quantity.

There are two important reasons for keeping the quantity of items up to date on your listing:

  • A listing's sales history is one of the things that determines its position in Best Match search results. If you get more stock, you should add it to the existing listing rather than creating a new one.
  • You don't want to over-sell items. Buyers don't want you to cancel their order because the item is out of stock, and doing so can affect your seller standing.

Set up the out-of-stock feature to hide your listing in case you temporarily run out of inventory.

How to set preferences for bulk listings

You'll always see exactly how many items are left on your listing, but it's up to you whether to let buyers see the exact number or just a range.

Here's how to edit your quantity display preference:

  1. Go to Selling preferences - opens in new window or tab
  2. Scroll down to Multi-quantity listings and select the toggle beside Buyers can see exactly how many items are left.

How to use the out-of-stock option

Your bulk listing will be shown to buyers until you've sold all your items. When the quantity runs out, the listing will end.

However, if you regularly restock that item, you can use our out-of-stock option to hide your listing from search results until you refill the quantity.

Here's how to enable the out-of-stock option:

  1. Go to Selling preferences - opens in new window or tab.
  2. Scroll down to Multi-quantity listings and select the toggle beside Listings stay active when you're out of stock.

When you've set up the out-of-stock option:

  • All of your existing and future bulk fixed price listings use the out-of-stock option until you disable it.
  • When the quantity of the listing reaches zero (either because all the items were sold, or you adjusted the quantity), your listing stays active but hidden from search results.
  • The listing will reappear in search results when you increase the quantity of items available.
  • If your listing has a quantity of zero for 180 consecutive days, we will end it.
  • You can still end a listing yourself at any time.

Using the out-of-stock option on your bulk fixed price listings may help protect you from receiving a transaction defect for running out of stock. Learn more about our seller performance standards

With the bulk listing feature you only need one listing per item, no matter how many you have in stock.

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