12 Free pictures for all eBay UK listings
We’ve been asking for it for years, and at last it’s been announced. aff_link("http://sellerupdate.ebay.co.uk/spring2013/free-pictures","eBay UK is to get 12 free pictures on all listings","","UK"); ?> regardless of format or duration.
From the 1st of August you’ll be able to upload up to 12 pictures to all of your listings and even better the zoom feature for images will also be available for free (just make sure your images are large enough to take advantage!).
As a result of free images the Picture Pack listing enhancement will be retired, however you’ll still be able to purchase the Supersize feature.
The aim is of course to enable you to make your listing more attractive for buyers and increase your sell through rates. On a personal note I’m buying more often on my mobile and whilst you might be embedding images in your listing descriptions I’m not seeing them, or if I do they’re too tiny to see. Even on a full size monitor often buyers are checking out the top of your listing and having your images hosted there makes sense.
No More Decorative Accoutrements
We predicted this a while back when the new picture standards were introduced on eBay.com – soon you’ll not be allowed to adorn images with flags, borders, text or pretty much anything other than the image itself and (if you really must) a discreet watermark.
We know that having adornments on your images does make a difference to sell through rates, but if everyone added borders and decorative accoutrements the site starts to look a mess and the benefit would cease. The only reason it works is because everyone doesn’t use them, but soon no one will.
If you do want to use a watermark to stop people stealing your images the best solution is to use digital watermarking (e.g. Digimarc). This not only means that the watermark can’t be cut out of the image, but also makes it a lot easier to prove that it’s your image.
If you do use watermarks an alternative (safe!) method is to aff_link("http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/sell/pictures.html#adding","allow eBay to add the watermarks for you","","UK"); ?>. That way there can be no argument as to whether they meet eBay’s guidelines.
The longest side of all images must be at least 500 pixels, but it’s recommended that the longest side be 1600 pixels. eBay display such large images at the top of listings and to take full advantage of the Zoom feature there’s little reason not to provide buyers with great images other than it takes a little extra work on behalf of the seller.
If you are going to use stock images make sure that they’re a reasonable size – there’s nothing worse than an tiny image in a big white box!
Investment in high quality images is one of the easiest ways to draw browsers to your listings in eBay search and then convert them to buyers when they land on your listing. Whilst some sellers might be peeved at losing the ability to add decoration to their images, overall we at Tamebay give these changes a big thumbs up.
eBay Photo Guide
eBay have produced a new photo guide with tips and tricks to ensure your images are as good as possible.
OMG the FREE extra images AT LAST!!!!!
Thanks for the comprehensive overview Chris.
whats the betting sometime in future self hosted pictures will not be not allowed
I love how only last week when a client rang his eBay account manager about adorning images, they said it was a great thing and they were ACTIVELY encouraging this!
He thought he would check as I had been saying for a while to stop it.
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I have been starting the phase out ‘Decorative’ images in anticipation of this. However I have noticed that that the sales seem slightly less then the others. But as you said, once everyone has them, it will be a level playing field.
The devil is in the detail. You have to look at the entire bulletin to learn how this financial loss to ebay is being recovered from other areas.
Many of us are about to loose our TRS discounts as the new conditions to earn this are extremely onerous. And shop fees are rising.
For those who self host, who have an ebay store, and who cannot gain the TRS status as a result of the new conditions, there is overall a significant fee increase.
TRS status can be gained who ever you are and whatever you sell
its the cost effectiveness of TRS that we question?,
No More Decorative Accoutrements
It will be interesting to see what the sanctions are, if any.
Those that toe the party line will make the changes and those that usually ignore will bleat on about not having enough time between now and Autumn 2013 to make the changes.
The only thing i would like ebay to be more like Amazon is implementing policy.
I don’t think any of this has been properly thought through with regard to abstract items. You see, the items I sell are CDs containing either software programs or printable spare parts for long-out-of-print cardboard boardgames. How then I should represent my items under the new rules?
A picture of the labelled CD is possible, of course, but this gives the seller little information as to what is on the disc. For many of my items, I have had to create good artwork so as to communicate the contents of the software package.
I feel that the new rules have not been properly thought through with regard to sellers selling the kind of things I sell. It’s ok needing a picture of a lampshade or a pair of shoes, but what sort of picture should an abstract item like a software package have? What do you guys think?
(As an idea, since I make my CDs up on demand, and they are listed as ‘New’, does this mean I can use stock photos?
Firstly congratulations for getting the licenses to reproduce the board game parts!
On the images most software programs come on a CD but sellers seem to have artwork either on the CD, the jewel case insert, or the box.
For the game parts use pictures of the parts and put in the title or subtitle “Print yourself XYZ Game parts supplied on CD” or similar.
That takes care of the first picture. Then from August you can use the other 11 to show the parts printed out/made up/screenshots etc
I’m just a small seller so I rarely take my own photos (I don’t have a decent camera or know how to use one well…) and use stock images.
Quite often the stock image I get is not 500 pixels, how strict are they going to enforce this? Guess I might end up with awful self taken pictures….
Selling Books in theory all I have to do to get the technicals and a Stock Photo is put in the ISBN. Unfortunately something like 30% of books may have Technicals but no photograph and even some of the photographs are shall we say dodgy. Often showing covers that are totally the wrong colour(I can think of one book on Ireland where EVERY copy ever printed has a green cover but the ebay Stock Photo has a Yellow Ochre cover).
So if we are to have photographs does it mean that ebay will ensure that there are Stock Photographs for EVERY Book and that the photos actually are of the cover in the colour that was used.
Another problem is the long length of time that it takes for the ebay technicals and stock photographs to appear. I have a couple of books that were published early 2013 that still have no technicals or photos(mind you I have books published in the 1960’s and 70’s where they still do not have technicals or photos in the system.
If there is a system it really has to be comprehensive.
About time ebay removed the banners on images. There are deliberately misleading ones out there.
Does anybody know if there is a way to check the size of current images. Most of mine will be OK but suspect there will be some that fail. I need to identify which these are, but how do I do that? I don’t want to be dumped on at implementation either losing TRS discounts or having listings removed because a specific image deson’t meet the standard.
Re; No More Decorative Accoutrements
There is some serious work to be done by some sellers;
There are many. many more, bigger one’s too.
How will ebay implement this, Chris!!
They won’t, just like they take no notice if you report an exact duplicate 19 times.
But if you ring to find out why, they say “we might take action that you don’t see”
You can imagine how we feel…
It seems that eBay have already made a start at destroying our store – they’re testing new spacing for the larger images so at our end it’s currently showing 2.5 items across the central column instead of 3. You won’t even need to ask for my thoughts on the image changes 🙁
Your listings look fantastic, eBay have lost the plot.
Thanks for the compliment, at least someone appreciates them – pity that eBay don’t. They’re fully aware of what this change means for us, but they’re so focussed on buyers that they forget that it is actually the sellers that are their customers! I fully recognise the need to keep buyers happy, but this is change just for the sake of it and we fully expect it to result in lost sales. Our images have evolved since we started on eBay and a lot of time, thought and effort goes into them. I had cause to call customer support today, and even the recorded message whilst you wait stresses the importance of using your own images. As you will know, an image is a reflection of your business, and we found that if we pay attention to these details, buyers recognise that they can expect the same degree of service when it comes to their purchase. The toy industry is different to others; everyone stocks the same products and the margins are similar for for all of us, so we have to create our own point of difference and, as we offer combined shipping, it helps that our listings can be easily identified as ours. If we use a standard product shot, everyone will have the same image!
I think that these (Gemma’s) listings are the very best on eBay for the products.
The fact that eBay see different is total proof that eBay is totally behoven to sellers with more clout but far less acumen.
This is all part of the dumbing down of excellence to ‘marginally above average’ and the neutering of seller identity. All horlicks.
Gemma should be applauded, eBay (along with their accelerated programme) should be very ashamed.
WORSE THING IS THERE NO EVEN A SPACE BAR AT THE BOTTOM TO MOVE THE PAGE ACROSS.
Meanwhile eBay seems to be having another meltdown. Listings being removed left, right and centre for “exceeding” selling allowances or something.
Obviously some developer testing something out on the live site and giving everybody heart failure.
You’re not wrong Dennis…All our listings removed and it appears the problem is widespread.
Oh well, it’s only money….I’m sure the mortgage company will understand when we can’t pay this month
Nice to see the mention on here of Digimarc digital watermarking. I use this service for an annual fee and think it’s great to protect my images. There’s no change visibly to the image but a small reader (plugin for Internet Explorer) can give you all the info you need.
I raised the issue of Digimarc when these changes were being discussed at the eBay Seller Council meeting and I got the impression that eBay were not aware of digital watermarking at the time. I could be wrong. I just hope that they allow those who investigate the “Report an item” submittals to have use of the Digimarc reader or it will be pointless. I’ve already come up against this before when being told that they could not access the digital watermark as they were not allowed to download to reader plugin to their PC’s!
On the subject of images, resizing etc. I use FastStone Photo Resizer:
It’s completely free!
It will convert, crop, resize up or down, recolour, rename, add watermarks etc. in batches. Just have a look at the features. I hope someone else finds this handy.
Thanks for the summary, at least we are going to use the free Images in listing. I think this offer make the listing more attractive,but everybody use same Image~~Isn’t it a bad effect on ebay listing???