Month of 100s!
Hi eBay Friend, Client &/or Associate...
On a personal note, most of you know I live in Tucson.
We just experienced our first-ever June in which
every day the high temperature reached 3 digits!
Our saving grace - we finally got air conditioning
in the house at the beginning of the month! For
years, our evaporative cooler has worked well only
for the first and last few weeks of our hot season
This week, our summer monsoon season should begin.
We'll get the most magnificent rainstorms with lightning
& thunder. (View many photos of Tucson's lightning
Here's to a wonderful summer in your neck of the
Photos Now Must Be Minimum Size...but...
As of today, July 1st, the picture
announced in February, 2012,
fully takes effect. Product photos uploaded
with your listing must be at least 500 pixels
on the longest size.
The "but"...your GTC (Good Til Cancelled) listings
with smaller photos are exempt - UNTIL you revise
the listings or end and restart 'em.
The main points in the policy include:
- All photos must be at least
500 pixels on the longest side of the
- Photos cannot have borders.
- Photos cannot have seller-added text or
- Your watermark should be no bigger than
5% of the total image area, have an opacity
of no more than 50%, and never obscure the
- When you list a used item outside of books,
movies, music, and video games, you cannot
use the eBay catalog stock photo in the primary
photo position. You must upload your own photo.
- You must upload at least one photo per listing.
- Take your photos against a solid background
- white is generally best, though black,
gray or another color that complements and
contrasts with your item may work well.
- Use as many photos of your item as you
can, up to 12. Show different views, show
enlarged detail and definitely show any
flaws or damage. (You may draw a simple
arrow or circle on photos to point to such
- Use large photos up to 1600 pixels so
shoppers can see all the details.
- Use eBay Pictures Service for your photos.
eBay-hosted photos are much nicer than they
used to be - and when your photos are hosted
by eBay, they will appear at the top of
your listing in the "title bar" and will
be easily viewed by those shopping from
their smart phones or tablets.
has a very good photo-taking guide here.
Please take a few moments to review it. By
the way, if you have questions about taking
photos, you may ask for advice at eBay's Photos
and HTML discussion board.
We all have questions about eBay and running
our businesses. I invite you to send your related
questions to me to answer in future issues. I
have many eBay friends and acquaintances who are
experts in a variety of areas, so iif I don't
know the answer, I'll find it!