Craigslist Photo Tip: How to Show Big, Clear Photos So Your Stuff Sells

When you want to sell something online, the picture is everything. The problem is that even if you take a nice picture, when you upload it to Craigslist, it becomes small with low resolution, so it’s hard to see.

There’s a better way to do it. This tutorial will help you show large, clear photos in your Craigslist ads.

A few months ago I decided to sell my bread machine. Here is my photo of it:

I tried to make it look as nice as possible, showing people exactly what they were getting. When I uploaded my photo to Craigslist, however, it turned into this: shrunken with fuzzy resolution. Not what I want.

To make your photos on Craigslist look as nice, big and clear as your originals, you use an image hosting site.

1. Create a free account at an image hosting website. I’m using Photobucket.

2. Upload your photos to Photobucket from your computer.

3. Once you’ve uploaded and saved your photo, move your arrow over the photo and a little box will show you how to link to it. Click on the HTML code to copy it.

4. When you write your Craigslist ad, paste the HTML code into the “Posting Description” box with your text. You can add as many photos as you want using this process.

The result? When you finish writing your description and save it, you’ll see your nice big photo, and everyone else will too.

For more tips on getting the best from Craigslist, check out Craigslist Savvy: How to Buy and Sell to Decorate Your Home.
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  1. Yes, good post! I’ve been lazy lately when selling on craigslist – but I always try to get at least one photo in there. (ok, it’s mainly because my house is so dark that it’s so difficult to take nice photos of something I just want out of my hair asap). I hate looking at ads with no photo. I mean, really, people: A chair with no photo? I mean, come on, people – I’m not going to drive 30 minutes to see it if I have no clue what it looks like! Same with apartment ads. Um – at least give me some IDEA what to expect.

    Also – it pays to make up SEPARATE ads for different items. Even if you have a lot that you’re selling. You can then upload photos of each item rather than just one or two.

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  2. Great tip! I have had this issue and not known how to correct it. Thanks for this step by step.

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  3. I do this too. The first photography book I read was Ebay photos that sell, which gave phenomenal information on taking great pics of products that you plan to sell. It taught me a lot. I use Flickr, and the same method to put up product pics. Great idea to share!

  4. Thank you for this. I will soon be listing some things on CL, so will definitely follow your (very easy) instructions.

  5. Thank you for this posting. I never knew how to do this and your directions were wonderful. I really like this blog.

  6. That is such a good tip. Good photos with good lighting make a significant difference when selling on craigslist or ebay, etc. And thanks for the photobucket tip- I’ll try that next time!

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  7. Such a fabulous tip that many don’t know about! I did this same thing a few months ago when my husband and I sold a refrigerator on Craigslist. I even had one lady ask me if the photographs were actually of my item and not taken from a website!

  8. The problem with this is that if you don’t upload a photo with their uploader the “pic” icon won’t show up after your post, and people will think there is no photo. My advice would be to maybe put your main photos on this way, and then a less important supporting photo using their uploader to get the best of both worlds!

    • That may have been an issue before, but if so they have fixed it.

      Your ad shows up in the list followed by “img” instead of “pic”.

      Most importantly, your post will still show up in people’s search results if they limit their searches to only show ads with photos.

  9. Sandra Gonzales says:


    Please don’t hesitate to give us all your tips. You are wise beyond your years and I consider myself blessed to have found your blog. It brings considerable help to my life.

    Thank you!

  10. Thanks! What a timely article for me as I am getting ready to list some items on Craigslist!

  11. LOVE this blog!! This is such a great tip/walkthrough!! I shop craigslist ALL the time and I don’t even glance at the post w/out a pic!!

    I will do my pics this way from now on! Thanks!

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  12. Great tip! I think your description can also go a long way towards helping you sell something!! We recently sold a mattress that was only a year old and was just not comfortable for my husband and I. We weren’t happy about having to buy a new mattress again so soon and wanted to get a decent price for the one we were selling. We live in a small town and yet there were at least 6 other Queen sized mattress sets available when I posted ours, but the lady who bought it at our asking price (which was higher than a lot of the other ones!) told us that the combo of our pic and the detailed description (no stains, euro pillow top that has been turned regularly and always had a protective mattress pad, etc) sold her instantly.

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  13. Fabulous post! I was just asking my husband how to do this and he didn’t know how. Now I know how.

    Thank you!

  14. Wow! I never thought to do this. Great, great idea.

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  15. Wow that is extremely helpful information! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Great tip! I had no idea you could do this. I’m definitely going to be doing this from now on!

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  17. This is a great tip. I was just planning, yesterday,to put an ottoman up on Craigslist. I will keep this tip in mind. Thanks.

    Also, I am enjoying your blog quite a bit and I discovered it through Simple Organic/Mom/Bites (I don’t remember the exact one…).

  18. Thanks for the hints. I’ve had a kiln sitting in my attic for the last few years that I have no intention of using. Off to list it on Craigslist today!

  19. I have used Craigslist successfully in past, and pictures are great. I have noticed, even if I wanted to give away “free” items, pictures still helped. Having a clear image like you showed sure helps. I have to try it out. Thank you.

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  20. Thanks for the tip, I am always trying to sell stuff on Craigslist.

  21. Becky in SC says:

    Thank you…Thank you…Thank you for sharing this wonderful information!!! I use CraigsList to buy and sell all the time, and have ALWAYS wondered how folks published their larger, much clearer pictures…..WOW…can’t thank you enough!!

  22. Thank you so much fine people. I’ve been getting more response on my CL listings since including many large, clear, vivid pictures.

    peace & Thank You!!

  23. Awesome post! Thank you so much for writing this; my husband says its the most useful thing I’ve forwarded to him in ages.

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  24. Thanks so much for this! I just posted several things, and this made my listings so much better.

  25. Thank you so much. I just ran across you blog today and I’m so glad I did. I had a few things I’ve been wanting to post. Your instructions worked perfectly. Look forward to reading lots of posts on your blog :)

  26. Thanks so much for this tip!

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  27. It worked! Thank you for great advice. Your instruction is very precised.

  28. Alexandra says:

    Thank you so much for this info. I am new to this ebay and craigslist stuff but was hoping you could help me out with a question. What is the optimal size for a picture to be to use on these sites. They always tell me it is too large. I don’t think I can make them much smaller from my camara. thanks for any help you can share

  29. You might also try it’s a new service I found that allows you to upload images and make the html for craigslist.

  30. Yay! Thank you! I’m always trying to take perfect craigslist photos but then get angry after I upload them and they’re all fuzzy looking. You just made me one happy girl :D

  31. Kelsie says:

    Thank goodness! I was trying to sell my old prom dress so I could use that money for my Senior Prom this year, and the pictures wouln’t show up! Your tip was extremely helpful! Thank you so much!!!! :)

    And you’re right, they do look way better!!

  32. tiffany says:

    I need help!!!! I downloaded a picture from My Pictures and I saved it on photobucket, I followed your instructions Click on the HTML Code to highlight and copy it, actually it copies it for you and I tried to copy it to add images in craiglist and the picture would not copy. My digital pictures are too big to save. Please help me I have alot of stuff to sell and I do not want to pay the fees on ebay!!!! Does anyone have any suggestions!!!!!!

    • If your photos are too big, you can resize them in Photobucket by clicking on the Edit link and then the resize button.

      Copy the HTML code into the Posting Description box on Craigslist along with your text.

  33. This doesn’t work for me. When I click on the HTML for the photo I have placed in Photobucket, it does copy to my “cliboard” and I can paste it, for instance, into a Word document. But when I try to paste it into the box for the image within Craigslist (using control-V), nothing copies. Are others somehow doing this different from me?

  34. thanks for the help

  35. WOW! This is so great. What an amazing difference in the picture quality. Can’t wait to use this feature in other areas.
    Thank You!