This article is from the eBay FAQ, by William B. Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Background music, large or dark backgrounds, animated images, and huge
photos of the item for sale all can take a long time to load and buyers are
often too impatient to wait. Also, if the listing is too "busy" visually,
bidders will have a difficult time figuring out what you are offering and
may move on.
Complicated backgrounds, particularly with small text, are extremely
difficult to read. If the background has a pattern containing colors similar
to the text, the text may be illegible. The bottom line to consider is the
value of the graphic, image, or other elements in helping to accurately
describe your item. If it doesn't help the buyer determine what they are
bidding on, leave it out.
Sellers should also keep abreast of listing violations that may cause your
auction to be cancelled by eBay or cause them to NARU your account. Current
listing guidelines can be found at