Auctionpix have announced the launch of another product designed to make buying and selling on eBay easier. Slideshow creates a gallery from your auction and BIN items which can be used to cross-promote between your listings. It’s free to use if you insert the code in your auctions yourself (though if you want it automatically posted for you, you’ll need a paid-for Auctionpix account @ Â£40 pa). There are a few of these slideshow widgets about, but Auctionpix’s is my favourite for a few reasons.
Firstly, it’s not all about the advertising: there’s a discreet link back to auctionpix in the top right, but it doesn’t have the IN YOUR FACE links that some others (Auctiva, for example) use.
shown smaller than the real version so it doesn’t break our layout!
Secondly, it’s intuitively easy to use – move the mouse pointer to the centre, and the slideshow stops. Start moving left or right and the pictures slide with you. Move the mouse further out, and the pictures move faster: “just to be different”, says creator Eddie St Clare, but I think this is a very useful feature, especially when a seller has hundreds of listings to look through.
Finally, it’s more flexible in what you display. The eBay ID can be any that you choose – though eBay’s link policy says it must be an ID that you own. You can also filter by eBay site – so if you’re listing on multiple sites, you can promote just the relevent listings. (Sites currently supported are .com, .co.uk, .ca, .ie, .fr, .de and .com.au.)
Items on display are auction and BIN listings only: SIF is not included. While this does give eBay’s own slideshow the edge if you’re using it in a promotion box, you *are* limited to using that in promotion boxes. If you’re looking for an easy way to show off your other items in the body of your listings, Auctionpix’s slideshow is a definite winner. Go give it a try.