Save on Ebay Fees by Posting Pictures in the Description Section of Your Auction
No matter how good you are at writing or describing an item, if you don't have a picture of your item or if the picture quality is poor, your auction will not do well. It's that simple. Pictures speak a thousand words and while the easy solution would be to just post as many pictures on your Ebay auction as possible, there are other things to consider.
Currently, Ebay will allow you to post your first picture for free but will charge you an extra $0.15 for each additional picture. It may not sound like a lot in the beginning but these small expenditures will definitely add up. For example, let's assume you normally post five (5) pictures in each auction. The first picture is free, but the remaining four pictures will cost you $0.60 ($0.15 x 4). Multiply that by the number of auctions you have-let's say 20-and that adds up to an extra $12, just to add pictures! I don't know about you but wouldn't you rather keep that $12 to spend on something else? I know I would, and this post will show you how to do just that.
Before we start, I recommend you open the following two (2) internet browsers and place them side by side on your computer screen: ebay.com and photobucket.com. You'll be going back and forth between the two websites and having them right next to each other will expedite this process.
Here are the steps:
- Go to photobucket.com and, if you don't have one already, sign up for an account. It only takes a few minutes and it's a free service.
- Upload the pictures you'll need onto your photobucket account. I'm not going to go step-by-step on how to do that, it's a relatively straight-forward process once you get onto the website.
- Once you're pictures have been uploaded, place your mouse cursor directly on the picture and you should see the html code for that picture. Copy the html code.
- Go to the Ebay website and bring up the "Create your Listing" form to start the auction listing process. In this form, locate the section titled "describe the item you're selling": it's located in the middle of the page.
- After you've located the "describe the item you're selling section" section, you'll notice that it has two tabs: "standard" and "html". In "standard" mode, type in the written description of the item you're selling. After you've completed that, click on the "html" tab and it will show you this very same page in html format.
- While still in "html" tab, take the html code that you copied from photobucket.com and paste it wherever you want the picture to appear on your auction. Pictures are normally placed at the bottom of the page, but the choice is yours.
- Click back to the "standard" tab and you should now have all your pictures in the description section of your auction and it didn't cost you any extra fees!
- Repeat this process as many times as you need.
Ebay is a great place to sell many items but a complaint that I often hear is that seller fees have become too high and that it's becoming more difficult to make a profit. It's important for anyone who does business on Ebay to minimize their seller fees as much as possible and using Photobucket is a great way to that.