If you sell products on eBay for your home based business, you are likely aware that too many eBay fees can chip away at your profit. In this blog post, I outlined the types of eBay fees you will encounter and why it’s important to keep an eye on them.
One fee you can encounter is the photo fee. With each eBay listing, you get the first photo free, but any subsequent photos will cost you 15 cents each. Most products sold on eBay really benefit from multiple photos because the buyer will be able see all details of the item you’re selling. For example, if you’re selling a sweater, you would probably want one photo of the whole sweater and at least one close-up of the fabric weave. If it’s a brand name, you might even want a close-up of the label.
To avoid paying 15 cents for additional eBay photos (and 15 cents will add up over hundreds of listings), you can use a photo hosting service and link to each photo in your listing. PhotoBucket is a good free service where you can upload and host your own images. With the free account, you can store up to 1 gigabyte of images. Most images for eBay should be no more than 40k or 50k (at the most) so that allows for a lot of free image storage.
Once you’ve uploaded your image(s) to PhotoBucket, it will show you the URL of each image file. You can copy and paste that URL into your eBay listing using the HTML image tag. A simple image tag looks like this.
You would replace the URL (shown in the example as “http://www.website.com/file.jpg”) with the image URL that PhotoBucket assigned. Then simply place that code in your listing description where you want the photo to appear. Repeat for each photo you want to add!
Many auction management services also offer photo hosting along with their service. But if you want an easy, free way to add multiple images, use a service like PhotoBucket and link to the photos. By the way, if you happen to max out the 1 gigabyte limit on the free service, their 5 gigabyte limit service is only $25 per year.