How to Add a Video to Your eBay Listing

By Marsha Collier

When a demonstration of the product you are selling on eBay would benefit from more graphic illustration, consider adding a video. You’re allowed to embed a YouTube video using the HTML text editor of the description. You are not permitted to use the <Iframe> tags that are supplied by clicking Embed on YouTube. On eBay, inserting a video requires you to perform a bit of HTML coding. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Create a video (under three minutes) that demonstrates how your item works and gives a brief sales pitch.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube. (If you don’t have an account, signing up is simple.)
  3. Once your video is uploaded, go to the video’s page to get the URL (web address) of the video. You will use this web address in the HTML description box.
  4. Copy the code given in this step. Where you see the italic text, paste in the URL of your own YouTube video:

    &lt;object height=“315” width=“420”&gt;&lt;param name=“movie” value=“//www.youtube.com/v/QtvTE3m5jpM?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US”&gt;&lt;param name=“allowFullScreen” value=“true”&gt;&lt;param name=“allowscriptaccess” value=“always”&gt;&lt;embed src=“//www.youtube.com/v/QtvTE3m5jpM?version=3&amp;amp;hl=en_US” type=“application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=“always” allowfullscreen=“true” &lt;/object&gt;

  5. When you are finished inserting the code, change the view of the text box to Standard, and you will see your video in the description area.

An alternative to writing your own code is to go to Tools4Noobs, which will automatically generate copy and paste code from the YouTube embed code for your listing:

ebay video
Posted in 2011, this video sold out the seller’s product within weeks. To date it’s had over 275,000 views and he still gets requests to purchase the item.

When you type your description, you have the option of jazzing things up with a bit of HTML coding, or you can use eBay’s HTML text editor. If you know how to use a word processor, you’ll have no trouble touching up your text with this tool. Here are a few additional codes if you’d like to manually insert the code in the HTML view.

HTML Code How to Use It What It Does
<b></b> <b>cool collectible</b> cool collectible (bold type)
<i></i> <i>cool collectible</i> cool collectible (italic type)
<b><i></i></b> <b><i>cool collectible</b></i> cool collectible (bold and italic type)
<font color=red></font> <font color=red>cool collectible</font> Selected text appears in red.
<font size=+1></font> <font size=+3>cool</font> collectible cool collectible (font size normal +1 through 4, increases size x times)
<br> cool<br>collectible cool collectible (inserts line break)
<p> cool<p>collectible cool collectible (inserts paragraph space)
<hr> cool collectible<hr>cheap cool collectible_____________cheap (inserts horizontal rule)
<h1><h1> <h1>cool collectible</h1> cool collectible (converts text to headline size)

Check out the HTML text editor.

HTML text editor
The HTML text editor shows you the description area with HTML-coded text and additional free photo inserted.

You can go back and forth from the HTML text editor to regular input and add additional codes here and there by clicking from the Standard form to the HTML entry form tabs. You can prepare your listings ahead of time and save them in My eBay folder as plain HTML files — that way they’re always retrievable for use (you can just copy and paste) — no matter what program or form you’re using to list.

To insert additional photos in your description, use the following code. (Just insert the URL of your hosted picture, along with the photo’s file name.) The example above used the following code:

<img scr=##http://www.collierad.com/catbed.jpg##>

Occasionally, sellers offer an item as a presale, or an item that the seller doesn’t yet have in stock but expects to. If you’re offering this kind of item, make sure that you spell out all the details in the description. eBay policy states that you must ship a presale item within 30 days of the auction’s end, so be sure that you will have the item within that time span and include the actual shipping date.

Putting an item up for sale without having it in hand is a practice fraught with risk. The item you’re expecting may not arrive in time or may arrive damaged. There are many sellers who have had to go out and purchase an item at retail for a buyer to preserve their feedback when caught in this situation.