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4 Common eBay Picture Mistakes

eBay PowerSeller Photography Tips

4 Common eBay Picture Mistakes

Lots of eBay sellers and PowerSellers spend a lot of time carefully crafting the written content for their eBay listings, but still make silly mistakes with their photographs. Images can be key in selling your products on eBay, and even eBay PowerSellers can be guilty of making mistakes – but even the smallest of errors could have an impact on whether or not your item sells. So, with that in mind, here are four common eBay picture mistakes that you should avoid making.


1. Using a cluttered background

Too many eBay sellers try to jazz up their product images using colourful or patterned backgrounds, but the truth is that it just doesn’t work. Using a clear, uncluttered background makes your item stand out, and focuses the buyer’s attention on it from the start.

2. Not showing the scale

One of the main mistakes made with eBay photos is not showing the scale of your item. For some products, the scale might not be of that much importance, but for some other items, you will need to show the size. A good idea is to place a coin, or another item which people know the size of, next to the product to show how large or small it is. Although it seems like a small addition, it can really help your products sell.


3. Using small or blurry photos

Size and quality are really important for eBay pictures. Good quality images not only entice more customers and give them more of an idea of what your product actually looks like, they also allow you to use an important built-in feature: the zoom/enlarge feature. This feature enlarges and zooms into your image when a user clicks on it, and is available for images that are between 800 and 1,600 pixels at their longest point. This feature is free and can add a lot to your listing, so make sure you make the most of it.

4. Only taking one picture

You need to ensure that you give your prospective customers a range of pictures, so that they can see your item from every angle. Lots of eBay sellers lose sales by not providing enough pictures for their prospective sellers, particularly if you mention any faults or issues with your item. Provide a range of different images, including wide shots and close-ups, to give your customers a better idea of the condition of your product.

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Simon Wright

As SEO and Content Marketing Manager at the Whistl Group, Simon has over 10 years' experience in both B2B and B2C marketing, and as a result, offers a unique perspective on the pre- and post-checkout delivery experiences. Simon writes regularly for both the Parcelhub and Whistl blogs and is passionate about helping retailers make delivery their competitive advantage.

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