Time for a little Ebay related stuff! (Updated)
I have recently developed a new love for the internet devil that is Ebay. Having two young children who appear to be growing up at an almost unhuman rate I have quite a lot of stuff that they have outgrown, so I decided to stick it all on Ebay.
Whilst listing things on Ebay I noticed that the gallery listing charge had been removed so it now costs nothing to have an image along side your listing title in the search result pages. Now this alone is all very nice but it still costs to have extra images within your listing, or does it. After playing around with the html editor it would appear that the <img> tag has not been disabled, so providing you can host your images somewhere you can insert images within your listing and avoid paying the extra charges.
I am going to explain to you how you can use this to your advantage and make the best of this. First you will need to upload your image(s) preferably to a site like Flickr. Once the image is uploaded you need to get the true address of your image, there are a couple of ways you can do this but these are the easy options. You can right click on the image then select “View Image” and copy the URL from the address bar. Or you will need to press the “share it” link in the top right of Flickr and select Embed it then copy and paste the link it provides into a notepad, you will end up with something that looks like this:
<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/parassassin/2894613154/” title=”Ebay Description by parassassin, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3239/2894613154_31334664db.jpg” width=”500″ height=”313″ alt=”Ebay Description” /></a>
The true address for your image is highlighted in red it, just delete all the other text until you are left with:
Click to see larger image.
Now it’s time to insert this URL into your ebay listing, now I could take you on a great html journey to explain everything you can do with it but for now Im just going to explain how to insert the image and float text next to it. You will need to create your listing by choosing the Advanced Sell option, once you have completed all the fields you should begin your listing design. First you should layout your listing as you would like it to appear by adding a title and/or a footer, once you have done this create a big space in the middle of your listing by pressing return a few times, you should end up with something that looks like the image displayed here.
Now you are ready to insert your image into your listing. Click the html tab at the top of the editor, for someone who is new to html coding this may look a bit daunting but don’t worry as by creating a space in the middle of your listing you have created a reference point in the html code. You should be able to see lots of <br> tags. These are Line breaks, simply put they are the individual blank lines you created by pressing return. Now it is time to add some html code to your image URL, I will be using some basic tags to get you started but these will do the trick quite nicely. Below is the code you should enter in the middle of the <BR> tags in the Ebay editor, just don’t forget to add your image URL in between the inverted comma’s (” “)
<img src=”http://www.ENTER-YOUR-IMAGE-URL-HERE.COM” vspace=”6″ width=”200″ height=”200″ align=”left” border=”0″ hspace=”6″>
This will insert an image to the left of the page and will allow you to type to the right of it. Once you have done this click the “Standard” tab on your Ebay editor and your image should be nicely displayed on the left of the page. Then place your cursor to the right of your image an add your description, once you have done that you can remove the extra spaces above and below the image to tidy things up. If you wish your image to display on the right just change “left to right”. In fact every attribute can be changed in the above code to suit you. After some playing around you will be creating Ebay listings full of images without paying the extra fee’s.
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