If you already have a website, getting images into your eBay auctions for free is very easy. The simplest way to host your own images is to create a subdirectory on your site and call it “images” or “pics” or whatever you prefer. Then all you have to do is insert the address location of the image in the right place in your auction and you have pictures. One of the reasons that eBay charges a fee for using images is because eBay is hosting the picture. This is just one of the ways to get around this fee.
Using free eBay templates is another easy way to add photos to your listings. You can find these online at many helpful sites. With literally thousands of the same items being offered on eBay, using a template is a good way to stand out. In most cases, all you need to do is enter your item description and add the image address. The templates are pretty easy to follow and you’ll be up and running in no time. Just do an online search for free eBay templates and you’ll have lots of choices.
If you don’t have a way to host your own images, you can use an image hosting site such as Photobucket.com. There is a limit of around 10,000 images you can upload. That should be enough to keep most people busy. All you have to do is link the picture into your auction. No fee!
Signing up to Photobucket is free. Once you have your free account, you will be able to create albums and slide shows. If you have any personal pictures on Photobucket, keep in mind that anyone clicking on the image in your auction listing will go right to your Photobucket account. Once there, they will be able to view ALL of your pictures.
When you upload your auction images, you need to locate the code to paste into your auction listing. The code can be found right below the picture you have on Photobucket. Highlight the code, copy and paste into your listing. Nothing could be easier. There is also an option in Photobucket where you will be able to resize your pictures to be suitable for your auction listing. You can make various sizes and play around with them until you find the right one.
It’s easy to do a test run with your listing. Change the code, position, text etc. and then preview how your listing will appear when it’s live. If you don’t like it, start over. Tweak it until you love it!