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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2839 - July 03, 2012 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 3

eBay Offers Free Photos Starting This Week

By Ina Steiner
July 03, 2012

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Another provision of eBay's Spring Seller Release is going into effect, this one giving sellers up to 12 free photos per listing on all listings except for eBay Motors vehicle listings. The change went into effect on Monday, July 2nd.

eBay announced the Spring Seller Release on February 28th. In addition to the free photos, eBay will begin requiring all listings to have a picture beginning in the fall. At that times, all photos will be required to be at least 500 pixels on the longest side with no added borders or text (watermarks are okay). Listings without any pictures will be blocked beginning this fall.

Sellers are still allowed to self-host their pictures, but eBay advised sellers to move photos from the item description to eBay picture hosting to ensure that buyers using mobile devices are able see their pictures. "Photos in the item description may not render properly across every mobile platform," it warned. Pictures in eBay picture hosting are only kept for up to 90 days and can be re-used when relisting or selling similar items.

Monday's announcement is online on the eBay Announcement board, and a full schedule of all the spring requirements is found on the eBay Seller Checklist.

About the author:

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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