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For Seniors: How to Prepare Fast-Loading Photos for Your eBay Item

Selling an item eBay works best with pictures. But potential buyers don’t want to wait all day to see photos of what you’re selling. Follow this checklist of tried-and-true techniques for preparing fast-loading images to display at eBay:

  • Set your image resolution at 72 pixels per inch. You can do this with the settings for your scanner. Although 72 ppi may seem like a low resolution, it shows up fast on a buyer’s screen and looks great on eBay.

  • When using a digital camera, set the camera to no higher than the 800 x 600 format. That format is custom-made for a monitor. You can always crop the picture if it’s too large.

  • Make the finished image no larger than 480 pixels wide. When you size your picture in your image software, keep it no larger than 300 x 300 pixels or 4 inches square, even if it’s a snapshot of a classic 4 x 4 monster truck. These dimensions are big enough for people to see without squinting, and the details of your item show up nicely.

  • Crop any unnecessary areas of the photo. Just show your item; everything else is a waste.

  • Use your software to darken or change the photo’s contrast. When the image looks good on your computer screen, the image looks good on your eBay auction page.

  • Save your image as a .JPG file. JPG is the best format for eBay; it compresses information into a small file that appears quickly on-screen and reproduces nicely on the Internet.

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