Including Photos on Craigslist

You should always include at least one photo of every item you post on Craigslist. Many people searching or browsing Craigslist will not even click links that don’t have a photo, so it is always best to include at least one.



You can add up to eight photos in your ad, but it is not necessary. Include as many photos as you need to give a clear idea of the item’s appearance and condition.

Use Clear Photos

Professional, high-quality pictures are not necessary because Craigslist reduces the image quality when you upload it anyway, but you should make sure the picture is nice and clear.

You can use any digital camera that will easily upload photos to your computer.

If you have access to only a 35mm camera, you could purchase a photo CD from any place that develops prints, and you can upload the photos to Craigslist in digital format directly from the CD.

Editing Your Pics

Use any simple picture editing software for cropping and simple color correction if needed. There are many programs online that you can download for free that will work just fine – you can search “free photo editing software” from any web browser if you do not already have software for this purpose.

Include a Picture of the Actual Item You Are Selling

Also, it is good to add a picture of any accessories you are selling with the item, if applicable.



If your item is used, be sure to include photos that show the extent of any wear or damage (such as scratches on a piece of furniture).

It is good etiquette to be completely honest about the condition of the items you are selling – don’t waste a potential buyer’s time by withholding any details about the condition or by attempting to cover up any blemishes.

Buyers Don’t Expect Brand New Condition

Many people who shop on Craigslist are looking for a good deal and are not expecting used items to appear brand new, but a potential buyer looking for something in excellent condition should not be misled by anything in your ad, including “trick” photography.

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Following are examples of what to do and what not to do with your Craigslist pictures.

DO include a nice clear picture of your item…

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DO NOT include a blurry picture of your item…

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DO NOT take a picture of your item with other objects or clutter…

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