How to Choose a Scanner for Your eBay Listing Images

If you plan to sell flat items such as autographs, stamps, books, or documents on eBay — or if you need a good piece of business equipment that can double as a copier, printer, and fax machine — consider getting an all-in-one printer that has a digital scanner. Whether you choose inkjet or laser, you can find used all-in-ones on eBay for around $100, or a brand-new one for about $200.

Here's what you need to look for when you buy a scanner:

  • Resolution: As with printers and photocopiers, the resolution of digital scanning equipment is measured in dots per inch (dpi). The more dpi, the greater the resolution.

    Some scanners can provide resolutions as high as 12800 dpi, which looks awesome when you print the image, but all the rez you need to dress up your eBay listings is (are you ready?) 72 or 96 dpi (dots or pixels per inch)! That's it.

    Your images will look great and won't take up much storage space on your computer's hard drive. Basic scanners can scan images at resolutions of up to 1200 dpi, so even they are far more powerful than you need for your eBay images.

  • Flatbed: If you're planning to use your scanner to scan pictures of documents (or even items in boxes), a flatbed scanner is your best bet. Flatbeds work just like old-school copiers: You simply lay your item or box on the glass and scan away.

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