|Sun July 21 2013 11:48:55|
Amazon Gets Closer to eBay with Used, Collectibles Photo Policy
By: Ina Steiner
Amazon is now allowing third-party sellers to add photographs showing their used and collectible items in the Offer Listing page, providing shoppers with a more eBay-like experience.
Most Amazon users are familiar with the marketplace's main product listing page pulled from its catalog, showing photos and detailed information about the product itself, and showing up to four sellers from which they can buy the item. The main product page also includes a link to the "Offer Listing page" showing however many listings of new and used listings are available from all sellers, which is more similar to an eBay search results page.
Amazon sellers can describe flaws or missing parts on the Offer Listing page, but could not upload their own photos showing their unique items - until now. (The screenshot shown here is of the current Offer Listing page - if anyone spots an Offer Listing page with thumbnails of seller-provided photos, please let me know.)
Many sellers are pleased with the new policy that lets them upload their own photos showing their items in detail, but some sellers say this will either slow them down by having to add photos, or put them at a competitive disadvantage if they choose not to add photos but other sellers do so.
Right now the policy is limited to certain electronics, music, office products computer and software categories. But one seller told EcommerceBytes that if Amazon adds the extra pictures to the Everything Else category, it will open a floodgate for sellers like herself. See tomorrow (Monday's) Newsflash newsletter for details, but in the meantime, let us know what you think of the policy.
Will the new photo policy make listing used goods on Amazon more laborious - and will it succeed in attracting more buyers of used goods to Amazon?