Tips for Your eBay Listing Images

By Marsha Collier

You have likely put lots of time and effort into capturing the image for your eBay listing. Now that your masterpiece is complete, you want to emblazon it on your item page for all the world to see. You can upload your images to eBay, but they will only be kept on the site for a short period of time — then poof!

Although the best way to display your listing pictures is through the eBay uploader at the top of the listing, you may want to store your images as an archive. Stay tuned… .

Trade secret: Keep an archive of your pictures. Should you ever want to use them again (or to link to them from your description), you need to store the originals off eBay. This way you have your original images, no matter what; meanwhile, eBay makes optimized copies of your images to use in your listing — and stores them for the requisite 90 days.

If you have your image stored on the web, all you have to do is type its URL address in the picture uploader section of the “Sell” listing form. Just click the Import from web link in the picture uploader, and then type the address in the URL text field. Then, by clicking the Import button, you tell eBay to go ahead and copy your photos into your listing.

If you use eBay’s picture uploader, your photo will reside on eBay’s servers and will upload once, directly from your computer.

You can highlight your image’s URL with your cursor, right-click your mouse, and copy the image to your computer’s clipboard. Then go to the item page you’re filling out on eBay, put your cursor in the Picture URL box, and paste the address into the box.

A typical address (for someone using a WordPress blog) looks something like this:

http://www.coolebaytools.com/wp-content/uploads/marsha.jpg

Because your image needs an address, you have to find it a good home online. You have several options:

  • Your own website or blog: If you have a website, why not set up a separate folder for eBay pictures? web hosts give you so much space that there’s generally plenty to spare. You’re already paying for the space, so you can park pictures there at no extra charge.
  • An image-hosting website: Websites that specialize in hosting pictures are popping up all over the Internet. Some charge a small fee; others are free. The upside here is that they’re easy to use.
  • Your server: If you have your own server (those of you who do, well, you know who you are), you can store those images right in your own home.
  • eBay: eBay’s photo-uploader is the simplest and easiest way to go.