Introduction: How to Take an Amazing Ebay Photo Without a Camera

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Do you have a small object that you can not take a good picture of so you can sell it on ebay? Do you want to sell something on ebay but do not have a digital camera? Well, This instructable will teach you how and all you need is a scanner. Please Rate This instructable!!!!!!

Step 1: Gather Materials

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For this project you will need a scanner, a computer, object small enough to fit in scanner (flash drive for me but you can even scan Ipods), Blank sheet of paper... Sorry Camera Phone used

Step 2: Open the Hatch!

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Open the scanner cover and hold it.

Step 3: Insert Item Here

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Place your item in the scanner for ummm.......... Scanning!

Step 4: It's Paper in the Scanner Time.............. Paper in the Scanner Time ........We Know! Get on With It Already!

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Put the piece of paper directly over the object in the scanner and close the door.

Step 5: Finish

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Press the scan button... Scan..... There you go, a perfect way to make an ebay photo without the camera.


tonybest (author)2015-09-27


TukangtahuU (author)2015-06-20

very helpful, thank you.

I also use this reference, hope it could help

eBay For Dummies-For Dummies (2014).pdf - 28.4 MB

trombird (author)2009-05-17

I need to take a good picture of my scanner. How do I do that? ;-)

maniacse (author)trombird2012-09-14

I need to take a good picture of my scanner. How do I do that? ;-)

Get bigger scanner.. :D

ReCreate (author)trombird2009-05-17

It seeps like your out of luck :P. For some reason,people find it hard to take a picture of a camera,when you only have one camera.:P

Tupolev (author)ReCreate2009-09-25

For some reason,people find it hard to take a picture of a camera,when you only have one camera.:P
well.......use a mirror

ReCreate (author)Tupolev2009-09-25

How will you take a picture of the back of the camera then?(without a tricky mirror configuration)

malialtin (author)ReCreate2010-03-21

u use two mirrors:)

vicyo (author)ReCreate2009-10-07

Use the scaner to take an picture!

ReCreate (author)vicyo2009-10-07

Ummm...the camera is the scanner...

Tupolev (author)ReCreate2009-09-25

ummmmmmmmmmmmm..........good point! ;)

ReCreate (author)Tupolev2009-09-25

:D i win!

inchman (author)2010-01-21

There is an easy way to get pics for eBay sales when you don't have a camera OR scanner....

Either Google images search or find another ebay listing for the same item.  chances are, you will find a picture of what you want to sell.  (and maybe even get a good idea what it is worth.)  Just make sure you don't use copyrighted images and that you fully explain any "differences" between the photo and your item.

Lokisgodhi (author)inchman2012-06-21

I ended up doing this when I was selling my friend's car for him.

It was white and I could not keep it clean enough to get good photos. So I just grabbed some off the the net. The car I found even had the same cabin trim piece missing as my friend's car.

I took that as a divine sign that it was okay to do this. ;-)

freakyqwerty (author)inchman2010-06-28

or ebay have preloaded descriptions and pictures on there

robots199 (author)inchman2010-01-23

There is actually a difference between taking one yourself and going on google.

The one you took yourself has wear and tear

inchman (author)robots1992010-01-23

I agree, that is why that I said that you must list any problems or variances in your item then the photo.

This is actually common on ebay, as people may have 20 or 30 of the same item.  Instead of taking a picture of each one, and worring about each listing separately, a single photo worked. 
I did this when I was selling memory chips.  The photo on the manufactures webpage was much nicer than mine.  I had about 40 chips to sell.  SO I used theirs and made a note in my listing.  No one minded.

Again, this wouldn't work for selling a car, but it works for some items, and it is a completely vaild way to do it if you don't have a camera, or scanner.

happyasianguy (author)2008-05-22

you know that the light from the scanner is not good for you skin. that is why they put a door to keep the light in and not out

reptedjess (author)happyasianguy2010-03-26

The reason scanners have a door is to keep light out. You've got to understand the way light capture works to know what I'm talking about.
I'm horrible at explaining thing, but I'll give it a shot.
Scanners work the the same way as any camera does(or even the human eye). The shutter opens up to expose the film or sensor to incoming light and that's how you get an image. To much light and the image becomes washed out, hence the door over the scanner, and shutter times on cameras.

ReCreate (author)happyasianguy2009-05-17

Actually,Scanners have The safest Type of Light color,They are specially Designed to Emit No UV light So that they don't damage the Ink on the Papers they scan,Even An LCD back light is more harmful that a scanner

T3h_Muffinator (author)2008-05-14

Great Idea! I use this to take pictures of myself!

malialtin (author)T3h_Muffinator2010-03-21

it is really intersting, a dull idea about scanning an object instead of a now ubiquitously found camera device, bringsout an invention for a quick way for texturing a human head in 3D soft. Amazing to see how this system of sharing in instructables also leads to new inventions.

dbarak (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-05-14

Wow! That looks like a great way to generate texture maps for heads in various 3D programs.

Marche (author)dbarak2008-05-14

Woot! Yeah, it would be cool to make some realistic models for the valve source engine (Google valve source)

T3h_Muffinator (author)Marche2008-05-15

Whoa! Who knew me wanting to look at the shiny scanner light could turn into something so awesome! I'm definitely interested in this, so if any of you know how to generate a 3d rendering of a head (in the source engine or wherever), perhaps we can team up?

zachninme (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-05-15

I doubt that you'd be able to do it with your head, but maybe with something that you can turn at a fixed rate...

ReCreate (author)zachninme2009-05-17

Well,If you Do it right,It should Work

T3h_Muffinator (author)zachninme2008-05-15

Or..... maybe my head doesn't have to move. What if I rotate the scanner at a fixed rate, about my still head?

zachninme (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-05-16

Good luck with that ;-)

that might be a little dangerous...

ReCreate (author)adventureee2009-05-17

Scanners are specially designed to Emit Very Little To no UV light So that it don't Damage the Ink or something on the papers,Its OK

robots199 (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-05-15

you can hurt yourself that way..... Wear sunglasses so the UV wont blind you

ReCreate (author)robots1992009-05-17

Its OK,Scanners have One of The Most safest light Colors Around,They a specially designed to Emit Very Little To no UV light So that it don't Damage the Ink or something on the papers

ReCreate (author)T3h_Muffinator2009-05-17

Wow,that third one,It looks like a 3D texture,You got something there ;)

can you make a full mask with the third one?

Hmmmm..... that's a good question! I can try!

A mask of your own face? You could dress up as yourself for Halloween!

Rotten194 (author)mikeasaurus2009-05-17

Hey mommy! Guess what I'm dressing up as!

ac1D (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-05-14

would make a unbelievable instructable!

T3h_Muffinator (author)ac1D2008-05-15

That it would! haha

Labot2001 (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-05-16


The 3rd one is great!

I wonder...

*goes and sits on scanner*

rrrmanion (author)Labot20012008-07-27

reminds me of a simpsons episode

kittyno (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-05-22

self portraits turn out better if you put a black blanket over your head while it's in the scanner.

Learndy (author)T3h_Muffinator2008-05-15

Years ago I watched a movie at the cinema called... well, it was german and I don't know the English title - 'Cannes reel'. A collection of the best ad spots of the year before this movie.

And there was an spot of a manufacturer of copying machines showing exactly this: an artist producing portraits, Oh, can your scanner handle color? ;-)

Airspace V - international hangar flying! for tools & toys

T3h_Muffinator (author)Learndy2008-05-15

It can! But the black and white lamp is a constant white, whereas the color lamp actually pwms red, green, and blue, which is what really produces the different colors. The whole PWMing thing was messing with my head, so I went old school w/ B&W;.

Mouserz (author)2008-05-21

great, now i just need a scanner which is more expensive then a generic digital camera.

robots199 (author)Mouserz2008-05-28

Nope a normal scanner can run from $30-$200 while a camera can run from $60-$1000

rrrmanion (author)robots1992008-07-27

i live the uk and i can get a digital camera for £10 maybe i should start a business exporting them...

ReCreate (author)rrrmanion2009-05-17

Oh wow,How many American dollars are they(US Money,Not Euros(If that is what it is called))

Lithops (author)ReCreate2009-09-27

10 £ (British pounds) = 10.78 € (Euros) = 15.85 USD.. as of today... a bit late to reply :-)

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