When you’re listing an item on eBay, most of the time 12 pictures will be plenty to show potential buyers all angles of your item so they can make an informed purchasing decision. Since 12 is the limit for an eBay listing, you’ll have to choose the best 12 each time.
But what if there was a way to include more than 12 pictures in your listing? What if you didn’t have to choose the best 12 pictures, but you were able to take as many pictures as desired to help more accurately and more precisely represent the item you’re selling. Wouldn’t you want to know how?
More importantly, don’t you think buyers would prefer more pictures over less, more detail over less detail?
There are many situations where it would be advantageous to you to provide more than 12 photos. For example, if you’re selling a group of luggage, it would be beneficial for buyers to see a detailed set of photos for each piece of luggage in the set. This would be impossible with the current 12 picture limit.
By now you’ve probably gathered there is a way to include more than 12 pictures in your eBay listings. Later in this post, I’m going to provide step-by-step detailed instructions on how to do it. But first, I wanted to illustrate the benefit of including more photos in your listing.
Put yourself in the shoes of the buyer. If you were going to buy the purse shown below, which set of pictures would you rather see? Does one set of pictures give you more comfort about your purchase? Does another set appear more risky due to a lack of visibility to the item?
Here’s the typical amount of pictures that you can upload to an eBay listing.
12 pictures I’d typically be limited to for an eBay listing:
Compare the pictures above that could be hosted by eBay with the pictures below that were hosted elsewhere and embedded in an eBay listing.
30 Pictures embedded in my eBay listing:
The first set of 12 pictures was good enough to show most angles of the purse, but not all. However, the first set (limited to 12) did not allow for close-ups of most of the angles.
Again, put yourself in the position of the buyer. Would you rather see the first set of pictures (limited to 12) or the second set of photos (unlimited 30 provided)?
It’s a no brainer. The buyer would rather see more pictures. Especially since the the buyer doesn’t know you and has no reason to trust you aside from your previous feedback ratings. Buyers don’t want to buy an item and hope it’s in good condition. They want to buy it and KNOW it’s in good condition. The less risk the buyer has to assume, the better overall results you’re going to experience with your listings.
If you put this into practice, not only will you have a leg up on your competition who is not currently doing this, but also you’ll be able to finally compete with those sellers who have been doing it for a long time.
How to Embed Photos in the Description section of your EBay listings
In this section, I’m going to provide step-by-step instructions for how to embed unlimited photos in your own eBay listings. That’s right, unlimited photos. To do so, I’ve chosen a Fossil purse I picked up a thrift store for $6. These are the steps I took to embed 30 pictures into my eBay listing.
Step 1: You need to have a hosting service to upload your pictures to. I personally use Photobucket, which is also the service that eBay recommends. Like a lot of online services, when you sign up for a Photobucket account you get a specified amount of storage for free, and then you have the option to purchase additional storage. The free storage you’re allotted should be plenty for you to start out with. You can always delete your pictures from Photobucket after your listings have ended to create more capacity. After you sign up for your free Photobucket account, you’re ready for step 2.
Step 2: After signing into Photobucket, click the “upload” button from the main screen.
Step 3: Click the “Choose photos & videos” button.
Step 4: Select the range of pictures you want to upload by clicking on the first picture, then holding shift as you click on the final picture in your range. This will select all of your photos at once. When all of your desired photos are selected, click “Open.”
Step 5: After your photos have been uploaded, click on the “Library” button.
Step 6: You’ll need to copy the HTML for each photo from Photobucket one at a time as you transfer them into your eBay listing. While inside your picture Library, click on the first picture you want to embed in the description section of your listing.
Step 7: Click on the HTML section shown below. This will automatically copy the HTML for this photo to your clipboard.
Step 8: To paste the HTML into your eBay listing, scroll down to the “Description” section of the listing and click the “HTML” button to open the window in HTML mode.
Step 9: Hold “ctrl” on your keyboard and hit “v” on your keyboard to paste the HTML for your first photo into your listing. If you’re not familiar with HTML, then it probably looks like a foreign language to you. However, you can find certain words and portions of your description section of your listing within the HTML code that should allow you to approximate where you need to paste in your code. After you’ve pasted in your HTML, your description section should look something like the picture below.
Step 10: Toggle back to the Standard mode for the Details section. Once you do that, you should see your first picture embedded in your listing. Check to see if it is in the right place. If it’s not, you can always delete the picture and toggle back to the HTML mode to paste the code to another location. Once you have the picture where you want it, then you can start repeating this process with each picture until you have all of your pictures embedded in the listing.
Step 11: We’re done. We’ve successfully embedded photos within an eBay listing.
Important Note: It’s crucial you continue to upload your pictures as you did previously in order to make it easy for viewers on mobile devices. If someone comes across your listing from a mobile device, they’re not going to be able to see your embedded photos without clicking several times to get to your description section. Most casual browsers are not going to take the time to drill down to the description section of your listing unless they looked at pictures first and wanted to obtain additional information.
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