eBay shoppers are about to see more AI-generated product listings

eBay will give sellers the option to create entire product listings from just a photo using a generative AI tool, the company announced. eBay believes the AI-driven product listings will accelerate the selling process, especially for new merchants who might feel overwhelmed by all the details they need to provide. The new tool uses pictures uploaded by sellers to fill in details like a product title, description, item category, and other key information a buyer might want to know. Right now, it’s available only in the iOS app, and according to TechCrunch, it will be available on Android in the coming weeks. Product listings often have typos or lack information, and descriptions can be three words or three paragraphs, depending on the seller. AI-generated listings could make the information about items more consistent or robust – but then again, sellers tend to be very responsive to questions. The image-based generation tool isn’t the company’s first foray into generative AI. The company recently began offering a pared-down version of the new tool that generated a product description based on other details a seller had inputted.