Available in the eBay app for iOS to start, with the Android app to follow in the coming weeks, the tool can automatically write a title and description based on a photo, as well as information including a product release date, and suggest a category, subcategory, list price and shipping cost.
The tool builds on eBay’s other efforts to inject AI into the selling process, including AI-generated product catalog descriptions and a background removal tool for listing photos.
“The ‘photo-to-listing’ tool was built internally, and the team will use the listing data generated to ‘train’ the model internally. eBay terms and conditions state that we have a license to use listing data,” an eBay spokesperson told TechCrunch via email. “At eBay, we’re using AI to reduce friction across the platform and transform the process of listing. With this tool, it makes the seller’s job of listing items incredibly painless, easy, and even fun.”
In May, Adam Ireland, head of eBay’s U.S. business, said in a blog post that eBay plans to roll out a plugin that’ll let sellers auto-generate item descriptions based on content already available across the web — powered by an OpenAI language model. In that same blog post, Ireland telegraphed the release of the tool launching today.