Thursday, August 27, 2009

eBay Photo Scandal: Important New Policies

A slightly hyperbolic headline, I know, but I wanted to get everyone's attention. If you sell anything on eBay, you need to be aware of this.

Ebay is now building a library of images pulled from auctions, which can be used by any other eBay seller. For instance, if you have an auction, and someone else has a similar auction, that other person can use your pics. 

The most annoying part of it all is that you are automatically opted in to the program. 

If you opt out by August 31, none of your photos will be used in this database. If you opt out after August 31, any photos posted up until that point remain fair game.

Here's how to opt out:

1. Go to My eBay.
2. Place your mouse over the Account tab.
3. From the drop-down menu, select Site Preferences.
4. Go down the list until you see Selling Preferences.
5. Find Share Your Photos.
6. Click Show. Click Edit.
7. You'll be allowed to Opt Out of the program. Then click Submit.

For more, check out this informative article.


  1. Hi, just arrived here from a referral from 1950s Atomic Ranch House. You have a cool blog!

    Thanks for the heads up about the eBay photos.

  2. Thanks for stopping by -- glad you like it.

    The eBay thing seems so strange. I know a lot of people within the collecting world rely on the site for both buying and selling this crazy stuff we love so much, so I figured a heads up was worth it. Hopefully everyone will have a chance to opt out if they so desire.

  3. Wow, this seems like it's just baiting fraud. I can't believe they're actually encouraging this. Thanks for the warning!


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