Can you guess what five of these six people have in common?
Everyone knows how important photographs are to successfully selling shoes on Odd Shoe Finder (or any other auction-type website for that matter). So we understand how frustrating it can be when you start getting error messages preventing you from using your photos.
Problems are usually related to the file size limits we have imposed or the allowable file extensions.
For the record, these are the limits:
Per photo: up to 450kb
Total file size of all photos across all listings: 1MB*
Limit of photos per listing: 12
Think about how you should best should use the available space. The higher the file size of the photo, the less photos you’ll be able to upload. In our opinion, 200kb photos are fine for publishing on the web, but we’ll leave that decision to you.
The reason for a limit ultimately comes down to cost. The more photos that are uploaded on the website, the greater the bandwidth used. As bandwidth use increases, the site eventually slows down until we have to spend more money on hosting the site. If the site becomes wildly profitable we promise we’ll increase the acceptable file size before we buy our brand new yacht.
Acceptable file extensions are .gif .jpg .png and .jpeg (as of 1/15/16)
If you have photos with another file extension then please contact us and we’ll see if we can add that extension.
How to Re-size your Photos
Many smart phones and tablets take photos too large for automatic uploading to our site. This means that you’ll need to re-size the photos.
The simplest method is to email the photos to your self.
When you email on your phone or tablet. you should be asked at what size you’d like to send the files.
In the example above, I could select “small” or “medium” and be within the allowable file size. Once, you’ve emailed the photos to yourself, simply save them on your device.
Most digital cameras allow you to change the size of your photos at the point of taking them, in which case you won’t need to do anything else. If your camera doesn’t allow this, or doesn’t allow for photos less than 450mb, then you’ll need to reduce the photo size.
There are many free tools on the web which can reduce the file size of photos. Here’s a few we found:
Finally, if you still can’t work out what’s wrong, make sure you contact us and we’ll try to sort it out for you.
* Foundation Members are permitted 5MB of photos. Other premium members may also have increased maximum file size limits.
As we previously advised, members who signed up on our new website by 31 December 2015 have been automatically upgraded to a new category of membership called “Foundation Membership” which will be valid for 12 months.
Foundation members will now be able to post up to 5MB of photos (up from 1.5MB) with the limit per photo now set at 500kb.
- Featuring your listing on the Home Page
- Listing your items in bold.
- Featuring your listing in search results
Here’s four tips to help sell your shoes faster on Odd Shoe Finder.
1. The Title
Indicate the brand and shoe sizes in the title e.g. “Converse All Star L8/R9” – this makes it easier for people to know at a glance whether the shoes are suitable.You’ll notice that “latest listings” appear on the Home Page. Given that most people are searching for shoes in their specific size, it makes sense to include that information in the title.
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Note also that anything that appears in the title is “searchable”, but the other fields aren’t. That means that if somebody uses the search function on the site they will be able to find your shoes if they search for a word in the title.
2. The Keyword/Tags field
It’s a good idea to add keywords or tags that aren’t in your title, in the “Keywords/Tags” section.
Even though “Brand” is something we ask for when you list your shoes, the brand will not turn up in a search unless you add it as a keyword. Other tags you might consider are; cheap, single shoes, brand new.
3. Single/Split Pairs
Don’t forget to indicate if your shoe is a single, or if you’re prepared to split a pair.
Those looking for just one shoe will use this information to find you.
Merely indicating in the description that you’re prepared to split a pair will reduce your chances of a sale.
If somebody wants to buy just a single shoe i.e. split a pair, you will need to do this.
Most people looking to buy shoes at Odd Shoe Finder are expecting to pay a price well below the retail cost, so it’s important to be realistic when you set the price.
Most people have a “no-return” policy when they sell their shoes. “No Returns” will lower the price you can expect to get, while conversely accepting returns can increase the price.
In the near future, we hope to introduce a “make an offer” feature that will allow buyers to negotiate the price. We hope that will make sales happen much quicker.
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We know that the oddshoefinder search facility can be a bit quirky at times so we’ve done this post to make things easier for you to get that search right.
There’s probably nothing more disheartening than to read that ominous message in red:
sorry there are no results which fit your criteria, please broaden your search or try again later
However, there’s a reasonable chance that you’ve just simply made an error when searching.
Results from this search will bring up all Athletic mens shoes with (US) size Left 8 and Right 7.
If you leave out “shoe type” , “seller age” or “country” you will receive listings for all the shoes that match.
In the example on the right,
leaving out any details for the right foot will return all results for Athletic mens left size 8.
That’s what you should do if you’re searching for a single shoe.
Note that even though somebody has listed a pair, you can always approach the seller and see if they’ll sell you a single shoe.
In the example on the left, the search engine will look for all Athletic mens shoes with left shoe size 8 to 8.5.
However, because in this example the searcher has mistakenly put the size of the right shoe as “7.5 TO 7.0” instead of “7.0 to 7.5” , the results will show an error. The second size MUST be larger than the first mentioned.
Likewise, entering a range from a number to “n/a” will also result in an error.
Please contact us if you are having any problems getting a search result. we have a large database of shoes, so chances are that we have something for you.
This is how it works:
For (potential) buyers:
Like our page on Facebook.
Our page is https://www.facebook.com/oddshoefinder
You will then (hopefully) start to receive our posts. We will be regularly posting particular shoes for sale – and if you see a pair that you like – then you can click through from Facebook straight to our website, see the details and, if you like, make arrangements to make a purchase.
Note that by “liking” our page you will not necessarily see all our posts in your news feed. If you “like” any post from us (even if it’s for a shoe that doesn’t fit, or you don’t like) then Facebook’s algorithm will more likely deliver you the next post. If you don’t, then our posts may drop from your feed and you might miss out on the best shoe deal ever!
So to make this work for everyone, please like all our posts.
For (potential) sellers
Please send us your listing and we will promote it in our Facebook page.
To qualify, you must send us an email with following information:
1. A good quality photograph of the shoe as a jpeg.
2. A description that includes; brand, style and size for each foot.
3. The URL for the listing on oddshoefinder.com
NB: You must have registered, and then listed, shoe(s) for sale on our site to participate. To find the URL, search for your shoe on oddshoefinder.com and then click on the photo of your shoe. You will then be at the “description” page. This the URL you should send.
The last few months have seen the number of listings on oddshoefinder.com grow substantially. This is good news for everyone because as the number of listings grow, comes an increase in likelihood that our members will find something that matches. And the more people who find something that matches, the more shoes that are sold. And so on.
But we still understand that many members still struggle to find that matching pair even with our listings of 10,000 or so pairs.
That’s why we’ve decided to add an eBay ‘widget’ on our home page and search page that lists all the current Ebay listings for mismatched pairs for men and women. That means that if you can’t find what you want in our database, you can also look through .
Now, we need to explain a few things because we’ve had a few questions about this. Firstly, the listings are for the US only. Around 80% of our members are from the US with the remaining 20% spread between Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands and other parts of Europe. While we really want to look after everyone it wasn’t practical to add the widget for every country.
We believe that the banner above, though, will take you to EBay in your country.
Secondly, though we’ve tried to hard to get it right, sometimes some odd things turn up in eBay widget – and I’m not talking about odd-sized shoes. Some have complained about toys or books etc coming up in the list. We think we’ve got it right now, but please bear with us. If we tighten up the criteria for the EBay listing too much we risk cutting out some legitimate offers.
Of course, you can also list your shoes on eBay. If you decide to list shoes on both sites, please let us KNOW if you sell the shoes so we can remove them from our own database. Also make sure that you check the terms and conditions with EBay too. We don’t charge a listing fee so we’re not too fussed, but EBay is a commercial operation and may have rules around this.
Finally, as disclosure, this arrangement we have with is commercial. We receive a small commission for the traffic we drive to their site – whether it’s for mismatched shoes or any other product. Money we make from this goes back into the development of oddshoefinder.com. We hope that you will support, where you can, those companies that support us.
To search eBay, visit oddshoefinder.com/oddsheoblog/search-ebay (US) or visit in your country.
Last month we asked many of our users what they thought we should do to improve the site.
And we got lots of responses from the tounge-in-cheek “create oddglovefinder for all those people who lose a glove” to the more mundane “allow users to see more than 10 search results at a time”.
Here’s a summary of what you told us and what we’re going to do about it:
Of course we’re always ready to hear your suggestions, complaints and ideas and will do our best to implement the change if we think it’s good.
We are restricted by that unfortunate thing known as “money” or rather the lack of it!
This site relies on advertising revenue from the banners you see on the site. Please support those companies that support us, then, with a little bit more revenue we can make oddshoefinder even better.