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Five Highly Successful Photo Habits

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Habits make or break a person, just as they will make or break your eBay business. If you master these five photo habits, you can transform your listings to make them more appealing and noticeable. And you may just become a successful eBay entrepreneur faster than you thought.

1. Upload More Than One Picture

More than 63% of eBay purchases are made on a mobile device. Mobile screens are small - making it hard to see all the details in a picture. Fortunately, there’s a very simple solution. Just upload more pictures!

You can upload up to 12 photos per listing for free! So please upload at least 6 different shots of your item. Feel free to upload separate pictures featuring each of your product components and materials. It’s better than cramming them all into a single shot. eBay algorithms push your listings up when you upload more photos. This translates into higher chances of your items being noticed and sold.

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photos of a pair of shoes from multiple angles

2. Take Photos From Multiple Angles

Upload all the different angles of your item - the top, bottom, front, back, right-side, left-side and even the insides!

Take close up pictures of the various item features to prove the authenticity and condition of the item. For used and damaged items, be sure to take clear photos of any scratches, dents or flaws.

More photos means 6% more views and 12% more sales!
 

3. Display The Real Thing

Artsy photos look good but this is not a photo contest! Take photos of the actual product. Period.

It's fine to include measurements in your photos to describe the item especially if it’s difficult to type out with words. Put a ruler next to your product to ensure the size is accurate.  

Real and accurate product photos help to reduce buyer returns and refunds. Remember, they’re protected under the eBay Money Back Guarantee policy.

examples of how to show the real thing
examples of clear and not clear items

4. Make Sure Images Are Clear & Sharp

Take large, clear, and accurate photos of the item for sale. If your hand is shaky, use the image stabiliser option on your camera or buy a cheap tripod. Always zoom in on your photos to check if it’s sharp. This will allow buyers to zoom in on the smallest details like the serial number. Now they can’t complain that you’re trying to cheat them.

The recommended photo size is 1000 x 1000 pixels. If possible, make it 1600 pixels so that it is extremely clear on mobile phones.

Do not add graffiti and watermarks to your photos. It’s distracting and looks unprofessional.

5. Keep The Background White & Clean

Keep the background white and clean to ensure your item stands out. Don’t insert text or borders. Keep the pictures simple to attract attention to the right details. Only display what you’re selling.

Photos that don't accurately represent your item is bad for business. Take this image as an example, some buyers will think they’re purchasing a surveillance service with a fully furnished living room. Avoid any misunderstandings and make it 100% clear what you are selling!

examples of items with clear background and busy background