Sunday, December 2, 2012

Thoughts: Scans/Pictures for eBay Listings

Am I the only one who finds it annoying when you do an eBay search and a bunch of results come up with a generic picture and not an exact picture of what is being listed? The other day when I did some quick searches for Stefan and Hasek cards I noticed a lot of the following, all from the same seller:

Here is a listing for a Patrik Stefan from 1999-00 Ovation:

Here is a listing for a Dominik Hasek from 1999-00 Ovation:

I understand that someone like this seller probably lists a ton of stuff at the same time and just uses the generic picture in the interest of saving time. That's all well and good, but I tend to just skip right over these listings because it's more of a hassle to have to go and ask for a scan of the card. Personally, I would like to see a scan of what I'm bidding on.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you skip right on by listings with these kind of generic pictures for those that actually show what is being listed? Or do you just take the sellers word for it and hope you're getting the right card in decent condition?


  1. I guess if the the seller had 100% feedback--and the card was one I couldn't find anywhere else--and it was for a good price-- I might overlook the lack of photo. I don't think I've ever done it. I don't like the $3.00 shipping (in your example)for a pig in a poke either.

  2. Hackenbush, well said. Couldn't agree more!

  3. Depends on the card. If it's one that I've been looking to pick up for quite some time, I have no problem with it. I might ask why no pic.

    If it's a card that I'm just too lazy picking up, I'll pass.

    It's no different to me than an auction with no picture.

    At the end of the day, if a person wants to maximize their potential return on a card.....they should provide a quality scan.

  4. For base cards, or even cheap inserts? I buy from sportlots and they rarely ever have pictures of the cheap stuff. A seller has both those cards for 43 cents combined, + s/h of course.

    As for eBay, I am more willing to place a bid, or set a higher max bid, if it has a quality picture.