Updated How to Embed a Video into an Ebay Listing – 2017 Update for Removing Active Content – Add a YouTube Video Tutorial

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I was really bummed when Ebay removed the ability to add YouTube videos to listings.  It was an amazing feature that allowed the seller to showcase items that moved, made noise, or had special features that photographs just didn’t do justice to.  I didn’t do too much with other types of active content, but the removal of videos hit my listings hard.  I frequently asked a higher price than solds and other sellers because of the video content I added.

Fortunately I found a way to embed a video from Youtube or Vimeo into Ebay listings.  The video doesn’t play directly in the listing anymore, but pops open in a new tab.  I liked the video playing in the listing, but the pop out works just as well.

As we learn in the video, this method does not work for mobile, but the video shows as present in the mobile listing, which allows the buyer to search for it on Youtube.

Here’s my walk through for this tutorial:

If you are wanting to add a video, here is the link for the site I used: http://www.isdntek.com/tagbot/YouTubeConverter.htm

If you are wanting to add a clickable link, here is a link for directions to do that: http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-add-a-clickable-link-to-your-eBay-listing-description-/10000000178440035/g.html


Here is Ebay’s Policy Quoted verbatum from EBay for adding Product Videos:

What are the guidelines?

Links to product videos are allowed as long as you follow these guidelines:
  • You must be the owner of the underlying rights, including intellectual property rights, or be authorized to distribute it by the owners of such rights

  • The video is specific to the product being sold, such as a product review, demonstration, or installation video

  • The video included in the listing must be either:

    • An embedded video that uses HTML5 video while complying with eBay’s active content requirements, or

    • An external link directly to a video hosted on one of the following sites:

      • YouTube

      • Vimeo

      • Brightcove

      • Ustream

      • Screencast.com

      • Kizoa

      • DailyMotion

  • The video does not violate any eBay policy. Violations include videos that contain:

    • Contact information, such as email addresses, phone numbers, or social media links

    • Web addresses

    • Adult content

    • Links to prohibited items

    • Payment services that are not accepted by eBay

    • Malware or viruses

    • Malicious scripts that redirect outside of eBay


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