Creating an eBay Listing Rule to Schedule Auctions

This article explains how to use eBay Listing Rules to schedule when your listings will launch. To learn how to create an eBay Listing Rule and take advantage of additional features, please see our related article Creating an eBay Listing Rule.


What we'll Cover:

  1. Benefits of Scheduling Your Auction Listings
  2. How to List on Specified Days and Times
  3. How to Spread Out Your Auctions
  4. Considerations
  5. Related Articles

Benefits of Scheduling Your Auction Listings

As auctions near completion, they receive priority in eBay's search results. Therefore, you want to strategically schedule your auctions to launch during the time of day when the most buyers are likely to search for your products.

Many of our clients also schedule their auctions to list over a period of time, instead of listing all at once. Because the listings are spread out, as they near completion, there is a constant cycle of auctions moving up the search results.

How to List on Specified Days and Times

After you add a new eBay Listing rule, select the days of the week that you want to list on. If you only select one day of the week, for example, then your products will automatically launch only on that day.

Click on the clock icon next to Start listing at time (PST): and select the time that you would like your products to begin automatically listing. Keep in mind that the time you select is in Pacific Time.


The time you enter represents the time that we will add your items to our eBay listing queue. This isn't the time that all of your listings will launch on eBay. Your listings need to work their way through the listing queue before they post to eBay.

If you have a relatively small number of listings, it could take as little five minutes for your listings to advance through the listing queue and post on eBay. However, if there are other listings already in the queue ahead of yours, it could take as long as 20 minutes for your listings to post on eBay.

Also, if you schedule thousands of items to list at the same time, they will post on eBay in small batches. eBay's system cannot process thousands of listings at once.

EXAMPLE: If you are attempting to list over 50,000 items at one time, it could take one to two hours for all of them to post on eBay.



If you would like your products to list weekly according to your selected day and time, leave the default value of 1 in the List every __ weeks box. As another example, If you would like your products to list every other week, enter a 2 in the box.


How to Spread Out Your Auctions

The Item Listing Timing section allows you to automatically spread out the launching of your listings over a period of time.

  • Each start time, list all products in list at once: Select this option if you would like all of your products to list simultaneously on your specified day and time.
  • Spread listing every __ minutes until (optional time): Select this option if you would like to create a new listing at set time intervals, such as every 2 minutes. Indicate the number of minutes that should elapse before the next listing starts. The time you entered in the Start listing at time box at the top of your listing rule will determine the start time. If you would like listings to stop at a certain time, then you may optionally enter the end time in the box.
    • NOTE: 'spills will be continued the next day': If not all your products have listed by the end time, the remaining products will be held until the next day. They will begin listing again at the same start listing time.



  • Spread items equally until the following time: We will calculate how frequently your listings should launch in between the start listing time and the end time you indicate.



  • List on the following fixed date and time: Use this option if there is a specific date when you need to list your items. This feature can be helpful when eBay offers auction listing promotions.
    • To set your date and time: Check the box, enter the date and time in the text field, and click the Add button.



Use eBay Listing Scheduler and Set eBay to List after: We added this feature for clients that are invited to participate in promotions which require launching listings through eBay's scheduler. Please be aware that eBay charges a fee for using their scheduler.

Solid Commerce's scheduler is free and includes more advanced functionality than eBay's. If eBay notifies you that you need to use their scheduler, you can do so through Solid Commerce by:

1) Checking the Use eBay Listing Scheduler and Set eBay to List after * box.

2) Entering the amount of time you want to pass before your items list.

3) Selecting the items you want to list in your eBay Market List. Clicking the List products now button to submit them to eBay and start the count down timer.


The timer will not begin counting down until you have submitted the listings to eBay from Solid Commerce.




  • Each item in a Solid Commerce Market List can have one eBay Listing Rule assigned to it. There may be cases where you need to apply multiple eBay Listing Rules to a single SKU, such as when you offer the same product on both an auction and a fixed-price listing. In these cases, you will need to create multiple eBay Market Lists in Solid Commerce. For example, you may want to create one eBay Market List named eBay Fixed and another named eBay Auction.
  • If you would like to list one item multiple times on the same day, you will need to create multiple Market Lists. Your item can have a different eBay Listing Rule in each Market List, each with a different time of day to list the item. Be sure to select Allow duplicate listings under the List on Events Restrictions if you are creating eBay Listing Rules for this purpose.

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