How to Put Pictures in an eBay Auction Description

By Christina Shaffer

You can use eBay's HTML editor to add pictures to an auction description.
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By expanding your business market on eBay, you can target consumers who use the site to purchase products online. When you create an eBay listing, you can include up to 12 pictures for free. However, you may want to insert pictures directly into an auction description to highlight specific product details in the ad or to save additional listing costs for adding more than 12 images. To include photos in an auction description, upload the images to a file hosting service. After you upload the photos, you can use the provided HTML code to insert them directly into the eBay listing.

Host Pictures Online

Navigate to a file hosting website such as ImageShack, TinyPic or Use and register for a free account (links in Resources).

Click the “Browse” button on the upload page. Select the picture you want to upload and host online, then click “Open.” Depending on the site, you may have the option to upload more than one photo at the same time.

Click the “Image Resize” drop-down menu to alter the original resolution of the picture. For example, if the image is 800 x 600 and you want to make it smaller for the eBay listing, select the “640 x 480” or “320 x 240” option from the drop-down list.

Click the “Upload” button. When the upload process is finished, the picture and a variety of embed codes appears on the page.

Click the “HTML Code” field. Right-click the highlighted code and select “Copy” from the context menu.

Insert in eBay Listing

Log in to your eBay account and create a new listing.

Enter a title for the item you are selling, select the product’s condition and then enter the item specifics, such as the brand name or model.

Type the information you want to include in the description, then click the “Switch to HTML Editor” link.

Select the location where you want the picture to appear in the listing by clicking inside of the description box.

Right-click the location and select the “Paste” option from the context menu. The code is automatically inserted in the listing. Click the “Next” button.

Enter a starting price for the auction, select a listing duration and choose your preferred shipping options.

Click the “Preview listing” link at the bottom of the screen to view the embedded picture in your listing. If you’re satisfied with the embedded picture in your description, click the “List it” button.