eBay Card Scanning Saves Valuable Time

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Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

There are so many amazing things about buying and selling trading cards on eBay. As a buyer, the sheer volume of listings makes it possible to find almost any card you are looking to purchase. As a seller, you can search the sold listings and appraise the value based on what people have currently paid for the exact same card. It is a global platform like no other, as illustrated by their 18 million trading cards sold, and over one billion dollars in sales, in just the first quarter of 2021. That breaks down to an average of 130 cards sold per minute.

However, if you have a large volume of cards that you would like to sell, you know that the process of listing them can often be tedious and time consuming.

That's about to change.

On March 24, during ONE37pm's 'Card Talk Live', General Manager Nicole Colombo sat down with Gary Vaynerchuk and announced that eBay would be "launching a new image-based listing tool that utilizes computer vision to scan a card and then quickly create a listing, cutting the listing time in half."

That feature is now live for Magic the Gathering cards, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh with sports cards coming before the end of 2021.

“Among our 185 million shoppers around the world we’ve seen unparalleled demand for trading cards over the past year, with four million more sold than the year prior,” said Colombo, via a recent press release. “We’re actively listening to our growing community to invest in new enhancements, including leveraging computer vision technology and building a robust trading card catalog. Our new listing feature will not only create a faster and more convenient experience for our sellers, but will also provide more robust trading card inventory for shoppers – all while ensuring that the information in card listings is more accurate.”

Below, I will walk you through the steps on how to take advantage of this innovative, time saving feature:

1. Open the eBay App


If you don’t currently have the eBay app, you can download it here.

2. Click the “Selling” Tab


This tab gives you the breakdown of everything you have sold in the past 90 days. The blue button at the top that says “List an Item” is where you need to click to get to the next window.

3. Search Magic The Gathering, Pokemon or YuGiOh


After clicking “List an Item” there will be a search bar at the top that says “Enter Keywords or ISBN/UPC”. Once you click there, you simply type in one of the three games and a light blue box will pop up right underneath the search bar that says “Tap to search with your camera”. Click that box.

4. Point Your Camera at the Card and Match


You are now in the card scanning application, which is extremely simple to use. All you have to do is point the camera on the card and it will almost immediately recognize it, at which point a few options may pop-up. All you have to do is select the description that matches your card.

5. Add Your Details


Once you select your match, all you have to do is add a few details (photos, condition, price and shipping) and you are ready to sell!

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