A picture is worth 1,000 words, especially when you’re unloading your stuff online. These tips can help spruce up your photos before you start selling on eBay.

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You’re hoping to strike gold as an eBay seller. You’ve lined up the items you want to sell, determined the prices, and set up the best shipping options. But there’s another element that can help you win sales—the right photos.

Often, your photos can tell potential sellers more about your items than can any descriptions you provide. The right photos can zoom in on important details so your buyers can better see and appreciate your items. Photos can also highlight any flaws or imperfections so buyers know what to expect. But how do you create the ideal photos for your eBay listings? The trick is to know how to shoot, transfer, and edit them.

I’ll assume you already have an eBay account and perhaps have already tried selling items. Create a new listing by typing the name of the item or a UPC code or other number. With many items in eBay’s database, you’re given a head start via a template that offers certain pre-populated fields, such as the name and product details. For other items, you have to start from scratch.

A listing that begins with a template often includes one stock photo. Using the stock photo may be fine for simple or cheap items. But if you’re selling more intricate or expensive items or items that have flaws, you should add photos of your own. EBay allows up to 12 free photos, so you don’t have…

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