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  • Free Image hosting in your Ebay html based auction listings imageshack tinypic imgur

    The Short List advises creating HTML based auction listings, which include embedded images. This is essential not just if you are selling VERO items, but for all of your auctions - to make them look professional and credible. You will find that your auctions close at a much higher price if you create professional listings.

    For some time now I have advised using imageshack for these embedded images. However, now imageshack, desperate for revenue, is moving to a paid service, and their free accounts are not allowing their free hosted images to be viewed on websites other than on imageshack's website itself. As well, imageshack is experiencing technical problems with resizing images when hosting them. In short, imageshack is not a viable alternative for me any longer.

    I have experimented with various free uploading sites, including

    Free Image Uploader – Host and Share Your Images with Safety
    TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting
    Imgur: The magic of the Internet
    Image Hosting - Thumbnail and resize your photos and images
    Postimage.org — free image hosting / image upload

    The bottom two seem to be too bare bones and have some problems when trying to upload images or resize them. I have not tried imgur yet, but it does not offer unlimited hosting for free accounts. The first one, "free-image-uploader" is great, but has so many features (even advanced image editing!) that it is a little too slow to use for the rapid image hosting that we need for this application of simply creating nice images within an Ebay HTML listing.

    So far, tinypic works the best for me. Be sure to create a full account, using some email you don't use often (I don't know for sure yet, but as a free service perhaps tinypic leads to your receiving some sponsored emails). Tinypic works well, although occasionally it forces you to watch a few second long ad in between hosting images. Also, tinypic lacks the 280x200 size image resizing, which is a nice midpoint between 160 x 120 thumbnails and 320 x 240. But otherwise, I am abandoning ship with imageshack and moving over to tinypic.

    By the way, on a MAC, tinypic doesn't seem to work on the Chrome browser, so I use Safari for tinypic.
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    TinyPic is having some problems lately, images not loading properly or not being viewable after upload. Imgur has much improved and I actually prefer them to tinypic right now.
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      For some reason embedded images in eBay auctions from Imgur are not appearing lately (supposedly being blocked by Imgur as a violation of its TOS), so my recommendation is back to TinyPic. Be sure that they use https because eBay's policy also will be blocking all non-secure embedded images from auction listings soon too.
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        tinypic is on its way out, either closing or asking you to get instead a paid membership with photobucket.

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      My recommendation is currently to use either imgbb.com or postimages.org Be sure that they use https because eBay's policy also is also now blocking all non-secure embedded images from auction listings.

      imgbb is a little tricky to use.First create an account with them, then upload the image.Then, you must use the pull down menu to pick the SIZE of the image (for example, html medium or html thumbnail, and then copy/paste ONLY the https:// portion of the link with the .jpg after it into the EBay html coded listing.You might need to copy the entire link into a separate blank word or text file and then copy/paste only the https:// portion of the link with the .jpg at the end.

      Unfortunately imgbb offers only two sizes – thumbnail and medium, so you might need to resize the pic yourself with something like PhotoShop before you upload it. imgbb offers only 16 Mb of space too, so you’ll need to delete stuff regularly from your account, or create multiple imgbb accounts.

      Postimage.org — free image hosting / image upload is a little easier to use, but you must set the size of the image at the moment of upload.
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