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To create items quickly, use Turbo Lister's time saving features:
a. Use the "Duplicate" and "Duplicate As" feature
To quickly create copies of listings saved in your "Item Inventory", you can use the "Duplicate" feature. Just select the listing(s) you would like to duplicate, click the "Duplicate" button in the toolbar, and then enter the number of copies you would like to create.
You can also easily change the format of listings in your "Item Inventory" by using the "Duplicate As" feature. Just select the listing you'd like to switch, click the "Duplicate As" button in the toolbar, select the new format for the item when prompted, then edit any details (such as Buy It Now price, Duration, etc…).
b. Create item templates
To create a template item from which you can create more listings: First just create a listing that contains most of the information you would like in most/all of your listings. Put a small sample Title and Description in those fields. Then you can use the "Duplicate" (located in the toolbar) or "Create Another" (located in the Edit Item window) features to create copies of the "template" item - just edit the new item to input the information particular to it and you're done!
c. Set default values
Turbo Lister also allows you to set default values for many form fields that are part of the Create Item process. Setting these defaults can speed up the item creation process considerably. To edit these default values directly, select Tools > Options, and then select the format (Auction, Fixed Price, etc…) and type of default values you would like to specify. You can also set default values while you are creating an item by selecting the "Save for Future Listings" checkbox located at the bottom left of many pop-up windows.
d. Use the same default text/HTML for parts of your item descriptions that do not change
To specify default text to be included in all of your item descriptions (this can be useful for information such as Payment/Shipping terms that is similar for all of your listings), select Tools > Options, then the format you would like to specify default description text/HTML for, then "Listing" (e.g. Auction Defaults > Listing).
You can also specify default description text/HTML while you are creating an item by selecting the "Set default description" text at the bottom left of the "Design Your Listing" step of the Create Item wizard.

Import and export listings to/from other programs like Excel, Selling Manager Pro and Blackthorne
To backup your listings or to move listings from one computer to another, you can use the CSV import/export feature. Just select the listings you'd like to backup/move, and select "File > Export Selected Items > To CSV". You'll be prompted to name and save the file somewhere on your local disk, and then a CSV file containing the listings you selected will be created.
To get the listings back into a Turbo Lister program, just select "File > Import Items > From CSV". You'll be prompted to select the file you'd like to import, and then the listings will be imported into a new folder labeled "Imported from CSV".
To learn more about Turbo Lister's CSV import/export feature, visit the CSV page at

To avoid having to revise your items after they go live on eBay, preview your listings and your listings fees!
To preview your listing before uploading it, just select the "Preview" tab in the "Design Your Listing" step of the Create Item wizard.
You can return to the Preview from the Item Inventory by selecting an item, clicking "Edit Item" (in the toolbar), then selecting "Design View" in the Edit Item window.
To preview the fees for listings you are about to upload: First you must have added the listings to the "Listings Waiting to Upload" tab. Then while on the "Listings Waiting to Upload" tab, click the "Calculate Fees" button at the bottom of the window. This will send the listing information to eBay and eBay will return the fees that would be charged for uploading those items (they'll display in the grid).
Note: Only listing fees are previewed in Turbo Lister (includes insertion and optional feature fees). Final Value Fees cannot be previewed in the Turbo Lister program.

Use your own self-hosted photos, or embed them right into your item descriptions
When you first install Turbo Lister, your default photo hosting preference is set to eBay Picture Services. If you would like to use your own self-hosted photos, you can easily switch your photo hosting preference. On "Step 2 of 3 - Design Your Listing", there is some text at the bottom left of the window that reads, "Change photo hosting". Just click that text and select, "Your own web hosting" to change your preference to self-hosting. Turbo Lister will then prompt you for URLs instead of files when you insert photos into the photo wells.
You can always use your own self-hosted photos by embedding their URLs in your item description using HTML. Make sure to do that on the "HTML" tab in the "Design Your Listing" step. If you would like the photo hosting preference to apply for all listings, make sure to check the "Save for Future Listings" box in the "Change photo hosting" window.

Get your listings noticed
One way to gain more exposure for your listings is to add a Gallery photo. To do this,: Click the "Change" button in the "Listing Upgrades" section on "Step 3 of 3 - Format Specifics". You can select the Gallery option in the window that will pop-up. If you are using eBay Picture Services to host your photos, your first photo will be used as your Gallery photo. If you are self-hosting your photos (see above for how to change your photo hosting preference), you'll need to click the "Photo" button to specify a URL for your Gallery photo.
Another way to jazz up your listings is to use a background image in your item description. For this, you need to use the HTML "TABLE" tag instead of the "BODY" tag to specify your background image. To get more details on how to use an HTML table to show your background image, you can ask the friendly folks on the Photos and HTML discussion board or look at one of the many HTML help sites on the Internet.

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