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How To Put Pictures On eBay(tm) For AOL Users

How To Put Pictures On eBay(tm) For NON-AOL Users

How To Capture Pictures From The Internet

Using Pictures In Your Ad

Adding a Picture After Your Auction Has Started

eBay\'s(tm) "PIC" Image

How to Add Music To Your Auction

Simple Text Formatting Tags

Using Colored Text

How To Create A Colored or Wallpaper Background

Adding a "Click Here" Link

Adding a Scrolling Marquee

How To Put Pictures On eBay(tm) For AOL Users

The following information assumes you have a scanner, Snappy, or digital camera and know how to take the pictures and save them to a folder. Follow these steps in order:

Step 1. Go to KEYWORD: MYPLACE (this is your allocated web space directory on AOL).

Step 2. Click on MY PLACE: You will need to create a folder to store your pictures. I like to use just the name "PICTURES". You can store up to 2 megabites for each of your five screen names. (If you click on CREATE A DIRECTORY it will take you to a screen called \'REMOTE FILE NAME\', type "PICTURES" and then click CONTINUE, and it will create a folder named PICTURES. (You can name the folder whatever you want.)

Now two folders will be there: PRIVATE and PICTURES. I never use the PRIVATE, only the PICTURES to store pictures. (Actually, you can store pictures in MY PLACE without having to use a separate folder, but most it\'s easier to keep them in a separate folder)

Step 3. Click OK and CANCEL to get back to where you see the new folder(s). At this point you must have the picture you want to post on eBay in a folder/file somewhere on your hard disk.

Step 4. CLICK on UPLOAD.

Step 5. You will see the REMOTE FILENAME SCREEN again. In the space provided, type in a name for your picture, for example: photo1.jpg (or gif, whatever the type of file it is) after the name.

Step 7. Press CONTINUE.

Step 8. CLICK on SELECT FILE and find the photo you want (in whatever folder it is hidding) to list on eBay. It does not have to have the name photo1, name it what you want. CLICK on the photo\'s file name to select it.

Step 9. You will return to where you will see the name you selected at the bottom of you screen where it says FILE.

Step 10. CLICK on SEND - It will be stored in the folder you specified on AOL.

You will see the picture\'s filename and every photo you add to your list when ever click on your folder in MY PLACE. Since you are with AOL you can have 5 screen names and store 2mgs of photos at each screen name site.


When you are creating a new item to be submitted to Ebay, in the space after DESCRIPTION where it says "HTTP://" you would type in the following:


THAT\'S IT! Whatever you name your folder comes after your screen name. Of course photo1.jpg would be whatever you name your photo + the type of file.

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How To Put Pictures On eBay(tm) For Non-AOL Users

1. You need to turn your image into a computer file, using either a digital camera or a scanner. Save your picture, either as .GIF or .JPG. Both save the image information in small, quick-loading files. Look under FILE for a command to SAVE AS (sometimes export). JPG works best for detailed photographs; GIF for print & graphics. You want the byte size fairly small so the image will load fast yet still run reasonably big. 10K-50K is excellent; over 100K is getting too big, and don\'t even THINK of using an image over 300K.

2. You need a place to put your image on the web. Many web servers automatically give you some free space as part of your monthly charge, or, there are several web servers that offer free web space.

3. For *most* servers you need an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program -- two good ones are WS_FTP and CuteFTP (Get
CuteFTP - link will open in a new browser). Macs use a program called Fetch. These newer FTP programs are relatively easy to use -- relative meaning once you figure out how to work it ONCE, it\'s a piece of cake. On CuteFTP, you just need to plug in your ISP\'s address (example: www.webserver.com), your "user name", and your "password". The left pane shows files on your own hard drive; right pane is files on your server. Click on the file you want to upload and *whoosh* it\'s done. For some servers you might have to put your files in a folder called public_html. Some servers like GeoCities and AOL use their own file transfer programs; check the server\'s homepage (http://www.servername.com) to find out.

Some HTML Publishing programs that use FTP in the program are:
Netscape Composer (part of Netscape Communicator 4.0 package)
FrontPage Express (part of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 package)
HotDog Pro
Microsoft Front Page 98

4. Test the file\'s location to make sure you can get the image to show up in your browser. For example: type the url http://www.servername.com/~username/filename.jpg. Most servers want a ~ in front of the user name; some don\'t. Experiment. If it works, head for EBay. On some servers, it is VERY important to keep the upper/lower letter case exact. PICTURE.jpg is *not* the same as Picture.JPG. Watch for typos.

5. While the image is viewable in your browser, highlight and copy the url with your mouse (EDIT/COPY) to avoid typos, run to EBay\'s listing page and EDIT/PASTE it into the box marked PICTURE URL (OPTIONAL). IF the image does not show in the PREVIEW, *stop* and check for a typo.

6. If you are adding a picture to an auction already started, or want to include it *within* the text description box, the process is slightly different. You need to add the tag <img src=> around the url, like this:

<img src=http://www.servername.com/~username/filename.jpg>

Don\'t do that if you use the PICTURE URL OPTIONAL box, though, as it adds this automatically.

7. Once your auction is started and you have a listing url, run and see if it looks ok.

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How To Capture Images From The Internet

You can capture images off the internet and use them in your auction listings or your web page(s) just as long as the images are not copyrighted by law. Copyrighted images would be a product brand\'s logo or saying like the Coca-Cola logo or Nike\'s "Just Do It" saying. By following these simple steps you can capture an image and save it on your computer to later use in your auction listing or your web page(s).

  • Find an image on a web page.
  • Move your mouse to the image so that the cursor is over it.
  • Right click the mouse.
  • A box will pop up on the screen and one of the commands will be "Save Target As..."
  • Left click on "Save Target As..."
  • A "Save As" box will appear. Select the folder on your computer you want to save the image in.
  • In the "filename" box the current name of the image will appear. You can name it another name or keep the current one.
  • Click on "OK" to save the image to your computer and Voila! the image is saved for later use!

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    Using Pictures In Your Ad

    Not only can you include a picture in the "HTTP://" blank on eBay\'s "Add New Item" page, but you can add some html code in the "Description" box as well. You would use the same line of HTML code for still or animated pictures.

    When you are typing your description, you can include this HTML code to add your picture(s) and place it in the center of the page:

    <center><img src="http://LOCATION_OF_IMAGE_FILE_GOES_HERE"></center>

    If you want to add a 3rd picture, just copy the above code replacing the location of the previous file with another file location.

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    Adding a Picture After Your Auction Has Started

    After your auction has started you can insert a picture to the auction.

    First, go to eBay\'s Add To Item page.

    Type your:

  • User Id
  • Password
  • Auction Item Number

    In the Text Box, type the following line substituting the capital letters with your picture\'s location on your web space (be sure to leave the "http:// and the end " ).

    <img src="http://YOUR PICTURE\'S LOCATION GOES HERE">

    Click the Review Button to make sure the picture will appear, then click the Submit Button.

    Your picture should appear on your auction!

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    eBay\'s (tm) "PIC" Image

    The "PIC" Image

    You have noticed that on the auction listings there will be an image that is placed just to the right of some listings, the green "PIC" image. To be sure that the "PIC" image appears next to your ad listing, when you are typing your ad in Ebay\'s Add New Item, in the "HTTP://" blank, you can add either a picture of your item or a still or animated image. This usually will generate more ad reviews by potential buyers.

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    How To Add Music To Your Auction

    • Find a music file, it should have a ".mid" extension on the end of the filename.

    • Save the file to your computer.

    • Transfer the file to your allocated space on your web server using the same instructions as "Adding Pictures..." at the beginning of this document.

    • When you are in the process of adding listing an item, place this html code at the end of your item\'s description in Ebay\'s Description Box:

    <embed src="http://TYPE FILE LOCATION HERE(www.webserver.com/your-user-name/filename)" autostart=true controls=console volume=100 hidden=true loop=true>
    <bgsound src="http://TYPE THE FILE LOCATION AGAIN HERE" volume=\'-5\' loop=infinite>

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    Simple Text Formatting Tags

    The following are some of the simple text formatting tags.

    Examples What You Would Type
    The text is bolded.
     The <B>text</B> is bolded.
    The text is italicized.
     The <I>text</I> is italicized.
    The text is in a teletype font.
     The <TT>text</TT> is in a teletype font.
    The text is 2 sizes larger and the text is in red. The size attribute may also be an absolute value in the range 1 .. 7.
     The <FONT SIZE=+2 COLOR="RED">text</FONT>
     is 2 sizes larger and the text is in red.
     The size attribute may also
     be an absolute value in the range 1 .. 7.
    Use the e-mail address
    to contact me.
     Use the e-mail address
     to contact me.

    How the formatting is turned off by the inverse of the HTML formatting tag.

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    Using Colored Text

    Here\'s some of the formatting tags to specify color.

    Specifying a color by name

    The formatting tag <FONT> with the tag COLOR="red" changes the color of the text of the document to red. The </FONT> tag terminates the color change.

    Examples What You Would Type
    * Red* Green* Blue*
     <FONT COLOR="red">Red</FONT>*
     <FONT COLOR="green">Green</FONT>*
     <FONT COLOR="blue">Blue</FONT>*

    Possible values for a named color are: black [###], maroon [###], green [###], olive [###], navy [###], purple [###], teal [###], gray [###], silver [###], red [###], lime [###], yellow [###], blue [###], fuchsia [###], aqua [###], white [###].

    Specifying a color by hexidecimal value

    A color is defined either by a hexidecimal value or by its name.
    When you want to refer to a color by using a hexidecimal value you use the six digit color reference number preceeded by the "#" sign:

    Examples What You Would Type
    * Red* Green* Blue*
     <FONT COLOR="#FF0000">Red</FONT>*
     <FONT COLOR="#00FF00">Green</FONT>*
     <FONT COLOR="#0000FF">Blue</FONT>*
    * Yellow* White* Purple*
     <FONT COLOR="#FFFF00">Yellow</FONT>*
     <FONT COLOR="#FFFFFF">White</FONT>*
     <FONT COLOR="#FF00FF">Purple</FONT>*

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    How To Create A Colored or Wallpaper Background

    You would type:

    <BODY BGCOLOR=white> for a white background (or replace "white" with either the name or hexidecimal value of the color. The document may also be given a tiled background image. The selected image is tiled across the document and then the text of the document is written over the image(s). It is thus important to choose a background image that will not be too distracting for the reader. The background image is achieved by adding a background attribute to the BODY markup tag. For example:

    <BODY BACKGROUND="backgrd.jpg"> You may replace "backgrd.jpg" your background image.

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    Adding A "Click Here" Link

    There are several "Click Here" Links you can add to your auctions. To send you e-mail:

    <a href="mailto:YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS GOES HERE"> Click Here </a> to send me an e-mail!

    To transport to your other auctions:

    <a href="http://YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS GOES HERE"> Click Here </a> to view my other auctions!

    To transport to your view feedback page:

    <a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback&userid=YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS GOES HERE"> Click Here </a> to view my feedback!

    Adding A Scrolling Marquee

    You can add a scrolling marquee with your own message.

    Use the following HTML code to add a marquee:

    <font face="Arial" color="#008000"><marquee bgcolor="#000000" border="0" style="font-family: Arial Black; color: rgb(255,255,0); font-size: 14pt" width="547" height="30"> TYPE YOUR TEXT HERE </marquee></font>

    This will produce a marquee with the following characteristics: background color=white, font style=Arial, font color=green. Of course, you can change these settings.

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