When I try and post a listing on eBay it tells me I can't use iframe:

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— but all the professional listings I see have iframes...

What's the catch? How can I add iframes to my eBay listings as well?

  • Are you sure the have iframes? Examples? – Eight Days of Malaise Nov 18 '12 at 19:08
  • bit.ly/XpqLzu is the listing, if you "inspect" the listing you can see the iframe: bit.ly/10ajVeG – cwd Nov 18 '12 at 19:50
  • I wonder if you could use an object tag instead of an iframe. Maybe Ebay isn't that smart to catch that one too. ;) – jmort253 Nov 19 '12 at 7:59

There is no catch as there are no iframes allowed for use in any eBay listing.

You can't use HTML or JavaScript that:

  • Calls remote scripts and pages automatically, such as JavaScript "includes" or "iframes."


What you are seeing in some listings is how the server has chosen to render the listing according to the browser.

In some it will be loaded fully embedded as part of the page. On others, it will be loaded in an iframe. Both will be using the same information.

An example listing viewed via Opera shows this in the source code:

<div class="sh-cnt u-cb">
<div id="desc_div">
    <table align="center" style="border-spacing: 0px; width: 100%;">
                <div><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" 
                    content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
                <title>Boutique Chérie</title>

However, the same while using Firefox renders this:

<div class="sh-cnt u-cb">
<div id="desc_div">
    <iframe id="desc_ifr" height="10000" width="99%" 
        marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" frameborder="0" 
        title="Seller's description of item"></iframe>

Same listing, different rendering.


you could try using simplebooklet.com. You can add your content via iframe into one of their booklet pages, then embed their booklet right into your ebay listing. It's a bit of a workaround, but it does let you do some pretty cool things in getting more engaging content on your listing.

  • Better is to show us exactly. I'd +1 if you do. – Jacob Jan Tuinstra Oct 13 '13 at 8:39

Try inserting this in auction description:

<script>document.write('<i'+'frame src="http://www.example.com/yourframe.html" width="100%" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" hspace="0" height="300"></iframe>');</script>

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