Introduction to Pictures in Listings

Pictures make an item more appealing, and give buyers a better idea of the item's appearance. A picture that is stored on the eBay site is stored under eBay Picture Services (EPS). A self-hosted picture is stored on a different site. At least one picture is required for each listing. Using lots of high-quality pictures is a great way to help sell your item. Up to 12 pictures can be added to any listing in any category at no cost. For motor vehicle listings, you can have 12 free pictures and for a small fee up to 24 pictures.

If you use image processing editors or utilities to prepare your pictures for uploading (for example, to crop, rotate, or color correct your images), avoid using the "Save for the Web" commands (or other picture-saving options) in your program. These commands often result in reduced image quality after the uploaded pictures are processed by EPS. Instead, use the standard Save command with your image-processing tools.

Picture Requirements

Self-hosted pictures must meet these requirements. However, when creating a listing, self-hosted pictures cannot be checked to ensure that they comply with the picture requirements. Self-hosted pictures that do not comply, may not show up in the listing and revising or relisting the item may fail due to picture requirement violations.

Additional Information About Using Pictures

For more information on adding pictures to listings, see Working with Pictures in an Item Listing and the following eBay help pages.

For more information on controlling the display of pictures in a listing, see the description of the Item.PictureDetails.PhotoDisplay field in the AddItem call reference.