Pics on Ebay - do they really help?

United States
April 24, 2007 11:28pm CST
I have a question for ebay sellers. In your opinion, is it better to post a pic for your ebay listings? Personally, I know I prefer to see what I'm bidding on. It's my understanding that it costs extra to add pics to your listing though. I've taken a few digital pics for some stuff I want to list but it's only been with a disposable digital camera so far. I'm thinking it would be wise to invest in a "real" digital camera though, if for no other reason than that you can instantly upload your pics. As I consider this, I wanted to know how important it was to add these pics because digital cameras can be fairly expensive. Thanks in advance for sharing your opinions. :)
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30 responses
• Malaysia
25 Apr 07
Yes, I think it really helps. I usually added a picture gallery (it costs AU$0.59 each). With a picture, the buyer will see clearly what they are buying. It gives them more confident on bidding.
• United States
30 Apr 07
Thanks for the reply serena_wai. Looks like I need to do some more research on doing the pics for any of my intended listings. :)
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I think it is important to show pictures of the items you are selling so people will have a chance to look over the merchandise before they buy. Also have you checked on ebay for a digital camera you can purchase that is not too expensive?
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• United States
25 Apr 07
I've got several that I'm "watching" but I may go with the one we got my mother in law for Christmas. It was a Kodac easy share. The camera & memory card were about $130 total. It is a lot cheaper than the first digital camera I bought, but I'll be using it for a much different purpose this time. Unfortunately I've gotten a new PC since I bought it & now I can't connect the camera to it for uploading & the smartmedia card won't read anywhere, even though the camera shows 9 pics are on it. :(
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@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Did you check to find out if you can purchase an adapter for your camera to use with your new pc. It would be less expensive...
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Actually, I hadn't even thought of that. I could always check to see if there's an adapter for a nine pin connector. You're probably right about it being a cheaper solution. Thanks for the suggestion. :D
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@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I think that it is better to have a pic on there, I would like to see what I am buying but right now I am trying to learn how to do the ebay thing so that I can put things jon there to sell and I would put pic so that it might help it sell faster.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
LOL, smart thinking hoghoney. You could list stuff from your store too. Best of Luck!
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@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
25 Apr 07
it would be nice I have this pitcher and 4 mugs set that was hand made and it is called the Old Man, but the pitcher and the mugs have different faces of old men on them it is really cute and everyone keeps telling me that I should put it on ebay because it is one of a kind.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
LOL, make sure you include words like unique or not many available like this, etc. Sounds like that would make a very good candidate for a listing. Best of luck on your ebay ventures! :D
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25 Apr 07
I am both a buyer and a seller on eBay and I will always list items with a picture. With a photograph on the auction site you can see the item and get a better idea of the condition, colour, etc. I would not even consider buying anything from any on line shopping site without seeing a picture
• United States
25 Apr 07
I don't mind doing comparisons without the pics, but I do tend to delete them by the end of the research session. :)
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• China
25 Apr 07
In my opinion,if you post a pic of your things for sell,it shows others the real goods,Others then will buy the things at a larger rate.It's wise to invest a digital cameral,although it's expensive.It shows your genuine.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
I think you're right. I've gotten a few good suggestions that could bring the price down a bit, but I definately agree that I need one. :)
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@sunnypub (2130)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I agree with everyone else, pictures are a no brainer, you hsould have them. One picture is good but it is best to include multiple ones from different angles, and be sure to include close up of any belmishes or damage if you are selling a used product. eBay does include stock photos for media like books and movies but I still take a picture of my actuall item. I think as a seller you have to do everything you can to make sure your potential customers understand what they are buying and including pictures really helps with that. When I first started selling I bought a digital camera on eBay for $15 and used that to take pictures. They weren't the best pictures but they were better than nothing. After a little while I bought a new Kodak Easy Share and that is what I still use today. I actually found it to be the cheapest at Overstock.com and only paid $90. I also have my own hosting so I can add as many pictures as I want to a listing. IF you are going to get really serious about selling, it would be a good investment to get a hosting account somewhere. You can get them pretty cheap nowadays, then you just upload all you pictures to your hosting and just place a code in your auction and your picture will show up. I always do use the free picture hosting for one picture that ebay gives you. I do this because I always choose the Gallery option and the picture I upload free to eBay is the one that shows up as the gallery picture. I have found that having the gallery pic and including multiple pics in my auction really helps get me more bids, thus I sell things for a higher price. It is really worth it.
• United States
25 Apr 07
That makes alot of sense. After seeing what a good deal you got, I had to go to ebay & actually found a few to bid on. Keep your fingers crossed that I don't get outbid. :D Both items should end within the week. :D
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Yes it helps especially if you have a low feedback #. A picture is worth a thousand words. If you plan to sell full time I recommend it. The 1st photo is free. I host my own photos so I can put how many I want in the auction for free. It is also wise to pay the extra 35 cents for a gallery photo.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
LOL, yes, a 9 would be considered low even if the feedback is 100% positive. So far I've only been a buyer there. ;) I hadn't really given much thought to the gallery pic yet. Would you suggest adding them as early as the first few listings or wait til I've tested it a while?
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25 Apr 07
It is an absolute necessity to have pics in your auction listings if you want to sell on ebay. The first pic is free! You can get a good camera for posting pics for about $100 - you will certainly get that amount back because your items will sell for more if people can see the item.
• United States
25 Apr 07
Ahhh, I didn't know that, lol. Thanks for sharing that little fact. :)
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• United States
25 Apr 07
I'm mostly a seller at eBay and I can say it helps a lot. I add a picture to every description. The buyer can see exactly what they are getting. As a sometimes buyer, I very rarely will look at something that doesn't have a picture... If I'm buying something at eBay, I want whatever I buy to have a picture. Now with books, movies and cd's, eBay will sometimes pull the picture up for you and list the stock photo. That's fine unless you're item has a lot of wear, then you really want to have your own photo with it so the buyer can see what they're bidding on.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Thanks embattledsparkle! I didn't know there were stock photos available, how interesting. Since I have some brand new & some old stuff, I figured pics would be best. I guess to show any wear, you'd need to get a fairly close pic, huh?
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@sjohnson628 (3197)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I am not a seller but I have purchased from ebay before and I personally wouldn't make an online purchase without first seeing what it looks like. I checked into selling on ebay and i think its only like 10 cents give or take a few cents for posting a pic. I would go out and get a digital camera if I were you . Mine was only about 80 dollars at walmart and it does videoe also! It is a samsung and my pride and joy. I don't go anywhere without it.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
May I also add that If you do get a digital camera if it doesn't come with a battery charge to get one of those too(they usaully come with 4 rechargable batteries.) I found out the hard way with mine and went through about 6 batteries a day trying to learn how to use the camera. I have a charger now and it is so well worth it. I never save pics to my smart card. just upload to pc then delete them from camera.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
I hadn't thought about a charger, but I'm glad you mentioned it. I had to double check, but only one of the 2 I'm currently bidding on has the charger. I may have to let the other one go to the next bidder. It was nice to see the video feature and the view screen on the one I'm still considering. :)
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• United States
26 Apr 07
Of course its better to have a picture and see what your bidding for. As a buyer i tend to think that sellers that refuse to post pictures of what they are selling are scammers. So a visual is always good for the buyer and the seller.
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@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I wouldn't bother listing something if I didn't have a good picture to put up with it. Make sure you put up a quality photo that shows your item clearly. I think a lot of people make them mistake of puttin up a picure that was too far away or the item was posiioned properly. I know I look carefully at the pictures before I bid and a poor picture leads to fewer bids. The fee for posting the picture is minumal. Good luck!
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• United States
26 Apr 07
I have seen some poor quality pics, so you make a good point. Thanks! :)
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
25 Apr 07
Pic from cheap Digital Camera - Expensive is not always better.I took this pic with my cheap Digital Camera and it turned out great.
I have listed items on ebay before without a picture and I ended up getting so many request for one....that I added it on later.A picture really helps.....it just makes it easier for the buyer to know what the item they are bidding on looks like. Now as for the camera...yes they can be expensive....depending on what kind of camera you buy.I have one from Wal-Mart that I bought for around $40 plus another $15 for the memory card.It has 4.1 megapixels,zoom and alot of other features that allow you to take some really good pictures.The best part about it....it's easy to use and not as complicated as some of the more expensive ones.I attached a picture that was taken with that camera....so you can judge for your self. The thing I like most about using a digital camera....you can see the picture right away and if it didn't turn out the way you wanted....just delete and take another one.The closer you can get on any item.....the more detail it will show and that makes a big difference sometimes on how well something will sell. Stock photos are only available for somethings on ebay.....so it's really best if you can take your own pictures and upload them.
• United States
25 Apr 07
content wouldn't load when I tried to post, so I've sent you a PM. :)
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@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
25 Apr 07
My husband buys and sells boyscout items on ebay and I have sold beanie babies and other collectibles before. Always the best bids would be from items with pics. I do not even look at auctions if there is not a pic to see what I am getting.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
Hi tess1960! Thanks for responding. I will do comparisons with or without pics, just to see if there's something good, but I do usually delete the no pic listings by the end of the comparison. Since you're selling small items (beanie babies) would you mind if I asked how close up are your pics? I'm thinking of the zoom level I'll need to consider too. The disposable ones are nice since you get to delete the ones you don't like, but they don't have a zoom. :(
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• United States
25 Apr 07
One picture is free However, it is so worth it to purchase a gallery too. I almost always put up a single picture and a gallery. I think it call additional attention to your listing. Also, you could always use a stock photo.
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• United States
25 Apr 07
That's true; one picture is free.
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• United States
26 Apr 07
Yes, I found that out. The comparison sheet I was looking at didn't show that, so I didn't know until this discussion. May I assume by "almost always" that you sell alot? If you don't mind my asking, would you suggest immediately adding or waiting on a gallery pic until after having a few successful bids? I ask because you have to pay that fee, even if the item doesn't sell. I'm curious because it's my understanding that the various fees can eat away your profits if you aren't careful.
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
25 Apr 07
It probably would be wise to invest in a digital camera. :) I am not a seller, but I know that I will not buy from ebay that I can not see. So, I would think that would be yes, it really does help. :) Oh! And I didn't know it cost more to add a pic! Thanks for that info...I was looking into starting to sell there.
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• United States
26 Apr 07
From the responses I've been getting, it seems that the first one is actually free. The gallery photo & extra pics cost more, but many seem to like using them to help increase their possibility of bids. In one of my other ebay discussion I was given an ebay link for free boxes, if you're really interested in selling, this could save you some shipping supplies money, lol. http://ebaysupplies.usps.com/
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@brokentia (10395)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Thanks a load! I will keep that in mind. :)
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@Khokhonut (702)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I personally wouldn't really list something without a picture in the listing. I say this because on the other side of the fence I wouldn't bid on something I couldn't see a picture of. Look for sales and clearances and I bet you can pick up a digital fairly inexpensive :)
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• United States
26 Apr 07
That's true. I may compare, but I usually delete no pic listings. Hopefully I'll win one of the cameras I'm bidding on. :)
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
26 Apr 07
I am both a buyer and seller on eBay-- have been active there for almosy nine years. As a seller, I ALWAYS have pictures in my description-- both a "general" shot of the item, along with detailed shots of any features I want to highlight, including "maker's marks" or signatures or things like that. I host my images "off eBay" so there's no extra charge for me, other than my montly hosting fee, which is about $5.00. As a buyer, I don't even LOOK at items that don't have a photo-- maybe with the exception of something COMPLETELY standardized like "common" books and CDs that don't have any add-on value for different editions or releases. I bought my first digital camera specifically to be able to take photos for eBay. It felt like a HUGE investment at the time (it cost about $900-- in the infancy of digital cameras), but it paid for itself within six months... as I noticed that my items with nice photo presentations would sell for double or more than the SAME item without a photo.
• United States
26 Apr 07
Wow! I'd say it was worth it! My first digital camera wasn't quite that expensive but it was purchased for real estate appraisal photos. For my purposes, the cost was recouped with just a few appraisal fees but I don't think I'll be doing that well to start, lol. I think you're right though. It will be a good investment. Especially after the link I got from the previous page. It's good to know that the costs can be minimized here & there and that the fees don't have to eat away the profits. :D
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@venshida (4837)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I think having pictures increase your sales. I know when I am looking for items on Ebay I only look at those with pictures. I am sure there are a lot of people who does that also. I would recommend using pictures.
• United States
26 Apr 07
LOL, yes, there are many that agree with you. I think I will be adding at least one to start with. :)
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@Stiletto (4584)
25 Apr 07
I'm a seller on ebay and I definitely think that pictures are an essential part of your listing. Even if I'm selling digital items - ebooks or software for example - I include a picture which is obviously purely for illustrative purposes. As a sometime buyer as well I've never bought anything from a listing that doesn't show a picture. People want to see what they're buying.
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• United States
26 Apr 07
That's true for buyers & sellers it seems, lol. I am glad to have found out the first pic is free. At least the camera investment will be worth it for the convenience of instant uploading. :)
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@dopey22girl (3324)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I think it definitely helps! No doubt about it. When I'm shopping for something on Ebay, even if it's something that I already know what it looks like, I will not buy it if it doesn't have a picture. Even if they give a good description, no picture, no sale. That's just how I am. I think it is pretty crucial to have a picture, even if it does cost a little bit extra.
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• United States
26 Apr 07
I know I still need to do some work on doing descriptions, but isn't there a way to add extra pics to the page without having to host an extra pic (since the first one is free)? I've been seeing several kinds of pages as I've been looking at digital cameras today. I just hadn't thought that far ahead yet, lol. :)
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