Promote Your Items With eBay Videos

When text and still images just aren't enough

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Most eBay sellers use photos to sell goods, and many use video as a way to virally promote their stores and goods. However, savvy sellers also combine these two. They embed both videos and images of their items in their auction listings.

It’s not difficult to embed video in auction listings, and it’s totally free. Learn when it may be a good idea to use video, along with images, to showcase your goods, with these tips.

When You Should Consider Using Video

Here are some reasons you may want to consider using video in addition to images. Video cameras are common these days, often built into phones. This makes it easy to record your goods. 

To include video in your listing, all you need is a digital video camera of some kind (many smartphones can do this nicely) and an account at YouTube or any one of the other sites listed in the "Using Videos" section of eBay's links policy page.

In addition to convenience, you can show off and explain many items--from clothes to furniture to electronics--more clearly in video. Plus, your voice in the video gives your listings a personal touch, but you don't have to do a voiceover if it makes you feel uncomfortable. You can also set the video to music.

Finally, using video makes your listing and you as a seller stand out. If another seller happens to be hawking the same good as you, you'll likely have the edge with buyers because of your video.

Embedding a Video in an eBay Listing

To embed a video in your eBay listing(s), simply follow these steps:

Record a video of your item in a clean, well-lit area where your device looks its best and where you can represent yourself as a professional. Describe the item as you show it to the camera. Give multiple views and show it in operation, if possible, and be sure to speak calmly and clearly.

Post your video to a video sharing site. YouTube is the obvious suspect since it’s free, eBay supports it, and so many use it, but any number of video sites will work fine as well.

Copy the embed code for your video. On YouTube, this is done by clicking the "Embed" button on the page for your video, clicking your mouse in the box that appears, and then typing CTRL-A followed by CTRL-C.

Post an eBay listing. Use the item listing form to begin your eBay listing and fill it out as you normally would, until you reach the item description area.

Paste the embed code into your item description using HTML. Enter your item description as you normally would, but before moving on, click the "HTML" tab over the description editor to switch to the HTML view. Move your mouse cursor to the very end of the code already there and hit CTRL-V to embed the code for your video.

Finish your item listing and post it. When your listing is complete, you’ll find that the video you recorded is embedded in your item description, so that bidders and buyers can easily click and play.