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  1. Eric Napper
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  3. Tuesday, 19 September 2017
I have several thousands photos that I manually added watermarks to through Sixbit when I made the listings. Now I have to remove the watermarks to conform with the NEW Ebay image policy. Is there a way to remove the watermarks in sixbit easily? I am afraid I will have to retake all those photos but there has to be a better way.
jeff ford Accepted Answer
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I have faith in there being an way to easily remove them. I have 50000 + pictures listed.:(
  1. 4 weeks ago
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Matt Accepted Answer
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I can't see that there is a quick fix for watermarks It's on that picture permanently. We have our own watermark and we would have to remove each individually (around 4k). The whole thing is a massive pain in the ass and only serves to have our images stolen by other sellers who can't be bothered.
  1. 4 weeks ago
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John Slocum Accepted Answer
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We've done a little research on this lately. I was hoping there would be an automated way to remove the watermarks. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there is one. Watermarks by their very nature are designed so they can't be easily removed.

The best solution I found was something like this: https://www.webinpaint.com/how-to-remove-watermark-from-photo , but that requires you to actually highlight the area that is watermarked, and could take longer than just taking the new pictures.

If you need to take new pictures, you can streamline the process with a webcam in SixBit. You could do a search on all items where IsWatermarked is true, then use the Batch Picture Editor to delete all the pictures. Then you can select a group of pictures, click Edit Item and use the webcam to take your pics directly into the SixBit database. Then just navigate to the next pic and do it again. I know this could still take a long time for thousands of pics.

At the very least, obviously you should turn off the option to watermark the images now so new images don't get watermarks.
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  1. 4 weeks ago
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jeff ford Accepted Answer
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Thanks John and i sort a had a feeling that was the case from some research I did. The problem is I have a complete photo booth and equipment worth several 1000 dollars and mainly use a macro len to show details. (I sell pre owned jewelry) I think i have over 50000 pictures. We have 161 days until the deadline, working 7 days a week it would take at least 4 hours a day to just replace the images. No way am I blaming Sixbit. I think you folks rock and I love the software. Ebay blows for making this call and they really need to reconsider this. Is there any specific department at ebay I can ask for in order to speak with someone about the reality of another asinine decision they made. I dont even think the categories I list in have any importance with people finding me via search engines. Thats the reasoning they gave me. They said watermarks show up as graffiti and therefore do not get posted on google. Thanks Jeff
  1. 4 weeks ago
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Kris de Koff Accepted Answer
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That's Absolutely Hogwash.. (Graffiti -- really?) who was the numb-nuts who said this...
The real deal, is eBay is trying to be AMAZON... Instead of being Pioneers, and taking the
bull by the horns, all their new decisions are making it easy for them to do Data Mining, like Amazon.
(cant have unique sellers putting their watermarks, on items, when joe blow wants to (sells theirs) by just a click of the button.

They will phase out the ability to do your own style, and HTML probably... (like amazon) and are already moving towards this.
eBay wants the Item specifics to be the detailed description. (yes) that's right. ( limited space for detailed description.. brilliant )
I have inside knowledge of this...
(and UPCs will be more and more important).. soon this will be required to get the search status - like the free shipping, top seller status, and now the laughable... OPT in to being a slave ( to ebays shipping )...
(its all in the works).. .I cannot tell you how I know this, but its true. -
-- Thanks eBay... you use to be the pioneer... now you're the copy-cat....

I will not remove any of my watermarks... in fact.. I have extensive knowledge on how to copy-write, and make my images; Google searchable, with keywords... (but) who ever told you graffiti.. that's laughable.... (its eBay's decision.. that's ebay upper management telling the sheep, things to tell sellers.) my watermarks don't say my website... (if yours do) that's been a no no since 2002.
  1. 4 weeks ago
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jeff ford Accepted Answer
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I spoke with someone at ebay last night and thats the reason they gave me.
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Kris de Koff Accepted Answer
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Just for fun
I'll challenge anyone who is management in eBay... for a google image-search face-off.
(they can use a higher resolution image - (graffiti free.. lol)... vs mine (i'll) even go below 1000x800 width..
if they don't close my listing... I'll win. (my images are scattered all over the internet) - its all about how to make images searchable,
related to the item you are selling.
:D
Jeff.. you should call everyday... and take down names... (they are giving you misinformation)

Also, I wouldn't worry about it too much., eBay will be so buried dealing with their new Shipping-Opt-in and refunding scammers, (just like) duplicate listings violations, it will be the sellers ratting out each-other, they wont be able to (or) even have a reason to have you re-do, your listings, but ( if you are taking new pics ) maybe you'll wanna look into creating a listing at bonanza or your own website, with a discount coupon, for example, the eBay item number :)
  1. 4 weeks ago
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jeff ford Accepted Answer
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I just hung up with ebay and I plan on calling an encouraging any one who uses watermarks to call often.
  1. 4 weeks ago
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Matt Accepted Answer
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Ebay want desperately to be Amazon. However Amazon are quietly sneaking into the Business market and looking at eBay's dominance in the used market. Once Ebay make their sellers work to Amazons standard it's not going to be hard just to shift business to Amazon instead of Ebay. Currently we have changed our process to use watermarks on only the first image and then having a copy of the same image with no watermark as the second image. We are reluctant to stop the watermarking because we get no end of people stealing our pictures. With the removal of obvious contact details I hope Ebay are prepared for the influx of support calls they are going to receive from people assuming they are purchasing directly from Ebay.
  1. 3 weeks ago
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David Shea Accepted Answer
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I was very hopeful that I would be able to easily remove the watermark through the Sixbit software. I am disappointed that it didn't work. EBAY is out of their mind on this latest improvement. Just a bunch of busy work. Since I'm being forced to take all new images, I might just as well finally clean up my database and upload it to my own web store. Maybe this was the ultimate goal of the policy change, to week out small sellers?

This change is simply unreasonable, it is going to eat up hours that could have been used for moving my business forward or spending time with my family.
  1. 3 weeks ago
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Wayne Gibson Accepted Answer
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Anyone know how eBay will search for watermarks to identify non-complying sellers ?
ie if we make the watermark invisible so it can not be seen but the text is still searchable will they still pick it up ?

Also (maybe a question for John) If you were to wind down the intensity of the watermark until it can not be seen is it possible for SixBit to force the photo to be replaced with a "Resend pictures with revision" ? We have always found that unless the name of the photo is different it is not replaced but if it is possible to change that behavior and eBay are just looking for "visible" watermarks (ie not smart enough to look for hidden text) this would be an automated way of removing them...

Unfortunately only about 10% of our photos have just the watermark. The rest all have a logo which has been manually added so not so easy!

Forgot to add the above will only work presuming that SixBit stores the original photo and only adds the watermark when uploading. If the existing watermark is added to the stored photo it is obviously not going to work
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