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eBay, Secure Images, Photobucket, and You.

by Photobucket Team | Aug 31st, 2018

eBay, Secure Images, Photobucket, and You.

We all know security is important, especially on the internet. To meet the changing landscape and expectations of their users, eBay is introducing new requirements for sellers.

How is it Changing?

Google Chrome is now starting to show a “not secure” message when users visit any non-secure (HTTP) web page or a web page containing non-secure content. Because of this, starting September 15th, eBay will block any non-secure embedded content in seller listings. This includes any images from your Photobucket account embedded in your eBay listing with HTTP markup.

What do you Need to do?

While Photobucket is an https (secure) compliant host, by default, embed codes use standard HTTP. This means that you will likely need to update the Photobucket image code in your listings to ensure they meet these new requirements. Fortunately, this can be easily done using eBay’s bulk editing tool to make your listings https compliant.

Complete instructions, provided by eBay, can be found here:

https://pages.ebay.com/seller-center/listing-and-marketing/browser-security-standards.html

If you have any trouble updating your images, feel free to contact our support team.

Other big Changes for Photobucket Image Hosting

Starting September 24th, you’ll notice a change to images hosted with free accounts. A Photobucket watermark will appear on images embedded on sites other than Photobucket.com. This includes images for listings on eBay.

Example of Photobucket watermark on embedded images for free accounts.

How will this affect your eBay store?

Having this watermark on product images may keep your listing from being promoted by Google sales and lower your click rates. It may also put a listing in violation of eBay’s picture policy.

We Want you to be Successful

Keeping your hosted images watermark-free will keep your listings looking their best. It will also provide a better experience for your buyers. If you’re already a premium subscriber, this upcoming change will not affect you.

If you currently have a free account and would like your hosted images watermark-free you can upgrade to one of our affordable premium plans, starting at $48.63 per year.


Thank you for continuing to be a part of the Photobucket community.

*disclaimer* eBay is a registered trademark of eBay, Inc. Reference to eBay does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.