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eBay Product Catalog plans to use seller's pictures

Posted Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at 9:21 AM

eBay has asked sellers to allow them to use their pictures for eBay's advertising. You can opt out of this but the default is to allow them that use. http://pages.ebay.com/sell/July2009U...m...

Some are concerned that they will be available for 'anyone' to use, but I doubt that is the case. In fact at the bottom of the link provided there is this question and answer.

"What do I do if someone else submits my photo under their user ID?

You should report any activity that you believe infringes on your intellectual property rights immediately through the VeRO program. You can report the problem here."

The comments I see on the discussion boards about this are just supposition on eBay's intent. Nothing is shown to support those thoughts. I know there are some who suspect everything eBay does, and some of this is earned by eBay, but in this case, there is nothing sinister about it.

IMHO they will NOT encourage others to use someone's photo. Just the opposite seems to be the case, since they will give credit and a link to you store in any picture used.

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By the way, watch out for an excellent phishing e-mail supposedly coming from eBay about current listings you may have and the picture not loading properly.

It came to my correct registered e-mail (it is not any I use here),included my full name, (like all legitimate ones from eBay include) and was for a real & active listing.

It was so good that when I switched back and forth between a real one and this one, I could not see a difference except for topic.

Luckily I never click on e-mail links to go to eBay, PayPal or most other sites. When I went to "My eBay" through the website, there was no e-mail for that subject and there was no problem with the picture either.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 9:12 PM

Here is more explanation for the "Dean" of eBay Education, Jim Griffin. I now see what the reasoning is and from where the confusion comes.


I will still teach that sellers should use their own picture. If they are using "item specifics" a "stock" photo may be used, but if it has credit posted as eBay says, I would not want to use it. Why send a customer to my competition?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 5:08 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.