1. I never use sellers store categories. The more categories, the bigger turnoff it is to me.
2. I like the newer categories/subcategories better
I don't search for / collect stamps. But when I search for other stuff on eBay, especially used, I like to broaden my search and try to put as little restrictions/subcategories in my search as possible to see all that's out there. Maybe stamp people are more specific?
ETA: I just checked out your stores. I think the categories were perfectly set up without too many options/fuss. Easy to find!
Thank you for the input. I typed of the original question on my phone So, it wasn't as precise as I wanted it to be.
But, yes, the categories showing now are the new format.
Before I only did stamps, so it was pointless to have Stamps as a main category level. So, the main category levels were the major areas of the world; Europe, Africa, Asia, British Colonies. And under them was each country that I had stamps for; Albania, Burkina Faso, Japan, Ascension for example. It made sense because there ARE collectors that only collect certain countries, so it was easier for them. However, I also used up 250+ categories with over 50 alone in the British Colonies tree.
So, since I've added other types of items (postcards, covers, etc), I figured I should make the top level categories be the item type (Stamps, US Postal History, Postcards, etc) and then just have a broader second level.
The change is what you see now. I did it last night at work. I think it will be fine. Still much better than most sellers who never bother with categories and have everything under Other.