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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1977 - February 13, 2009 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 5

eBay Gives Photo-Freebie to Collectibles Dealers

By Ina Steiner
February 13, 2009

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eBay is providing free photo-hosting to sellers in the Collectibles, Art, Antiques and Pottery & Glass categories. The first eBay-hosted picture in an item is already free, and, effective February 18, 2009, eBay is making all additional pictures, Picture Pack and Gallery Plus free for listings in all four categories on the US site (www.ebay.com). The free photo-hosting applies to all formats and all durations.

eBay explained in its announcement, "Buyers in these categories have asked for more photos to help them decide which items to compare and which item to purchase. We believe that more free photos will allow sellers to provide buyers the visual details they need to make these decisions, lower buyer questions, and increase seller sales."

eBay also said it was working on "improving the visual shopping experience for buyers with new ways to browse and view multiple, large pictures, which should further increase the benefits of free pictures for both sellers and buyers." It did not provide details.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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