HTTPS and Active Content Situation

I’ve got a whole lot of live listings I created before the security update. The eBay I-Ways bulk checker says there are hundreds which contain non-secure content. I don’t really understand this, as the only things in my listings are text and pictures (uploaded through GS). Is there some way GS can help fix this? I’d be pretty disappointed if I have to go 1-by-1 to fix this – and I don’t even know how to do that if I wanted to. Please, either make GS have a feature that will fix it, or please give me, in very user friendly non-programmer language, step-by-step instructions what to do.

Then, part 2: I sell mostly rare records. When something is rare enough, I need to put up a sample, since almost nobody would be familiar with it and know that they want it. I’ve been using a Sound Cloud account and just putting a link, but that’s no longer going to be allowed. How can I embed a player into a GS listing? Again, please give me instructions for someone who doesn’t know the 1st thing about code…


Hi fonky,

“non-secure” content just means that there’re images used in your listing description that uses the common HTTP protocol. eBay wants you to switch to the more secure HTTPS protocol.

If you’re already using GarageSale 7.0.8 the next time you start a new listing it will contain secure HTTPS content only (unless you inserted own HTTP content in your description).

If you want to overwork running listings, there’s no other way than revising it. If you do so, make sure:

  1. Update to GarageSale 7.0.8
  2. Make sure you don’t have inserted own HTTP content (image URLs) in your description. HTTP content starts with “http://”, like this:
  3. If you’re using a design from the Design Store, redownload it from the Store to make sure it’s the latest version.
  4. If your using GarageSale’s free image service or EPS in the GarageSale preferences > eBay > eBay Images you’re fine. If you’re using your own image server you should check this post.

If you’re ready, revise the listing(s) in question. You can bulk-revise, too.

Regards, Kristian

What you could do is:

a) Upload the music to YouTube and insert a link to that video in your item description. See the tutorial video “Editing the item description” here (starting at 00:42) how to do this.


b) Upload the music file as a .mp4 file to your own server. Insert it in your item description using the HTML video tag.
If you’re not familiar with HTML you should go with solution a)!

Regards, Kristian

Hi Kristian,

It will not be allowed to have any link to another site in an eBay auction. So, that won’t work for the soundclip question.

Regarding the http question: I use GS free image service. For revising the older listings, how do I revise them? My GS is current, so my new listings comply. I’m not sure what exactly to do with the old ones to make them compliant…?


Sure, links to YouTube are allowed but not to SoundCloud:

If started with GarageSale you can simply revise them using the revise function (link in my first answer).

Regards, Kristian

I understand how to use the revise function. What do I need to change?

That depends, maybe nothing. If you revise with GarageSale 7.0.8 it might be enough.

  1. Make sure you don’t have inserted own HTTP content (image URLs) in your description. HTTP content starts with “http://”, like this:
  2. If you’re using a design from the Design Store, redownload it from the Store to make sure it’s the latest version.
  3. If your using GarageSale’s free image service or EPS in the GarageSale preferences > eBay > eBay Images you’re fine.

Making a full revise replace all HTTP URL from GarageSale with HTTPS URLs.

Regards, Kristian

OK, so I click on a currently running listing in GS and then click the “Listing” drop down, and then Revise Listing. Then when the box pops up, I just click Revise, without changing anything. That’s it?

Hi Kristian,

Please tell me – is this correct? I select Revise without changing anything, and GS will fix everything?

Also, I have some Good Til Cancelled items that do not show up as active in GS. So Revise is not one of my options – only Relist, but then I will have to end the listing that is running and lose all of the watchers. Please let me know how to address those listings.

Thanks again…

As I already wrote: It depends :wink:
Please see my other answer or check the updated FAQs (point “1”) here:

If you have inserted your own code with HTTP URLs in the description, footer, info boxes, etc. you’d need to edit by your own.
If only GarageSale inserts the images, the revise function should do the trick. GarageSale 7.0.8 and higher only inserts HTTPS image URLs.

Regards, Kristian

Thanks Kristian. I think you are not reading my question, because you keep giving me the same answer, which isn’t actually answering the question. Let’s try one more time.

  1. I have no code of my own in anything. It is all very simple GS standard, not downloaded special templates or anything. So, to revise and comply with the new standards, all I do is click revise, without actually revising/changing anything. I just select an item, click revise, and it is done. Correct? There’s nothing that I actually have to change?

  2. Some of my items that are running Good Til Cancelled, for some reason that I do not understand, show up in GS as ended. So revise is not clickable, only relist. If I end the item and relist it, I lose all of the watchers of that item. Is there any way to avoid this?


When does GarageSale say it thinks your still-running GTC listing ended?

I don’t know when it happened. I do not usually look at the old listings in my GS – they are just in a folder. Generally I only pay attention to my auctions, so my buy-it-now stuff is just a bit extra that sits there. But I know that when I went now to do the revise, I could not because they are not blue and there is no option for “revise”.

I had the same issue. I discovered that it was the Garage Sale link that is in the default footer. If you go to preferences->General you will see a check box for including the footer. You can uncheck it. If, like me, you use a footer and choose to give iwascoding free advertising, just change the 3 links from http: to https: That worked for me.

Is this what you mean, just add the s to http in this footer? a href=“” target="_blank">GarageSale</div

This is what I was told needs to be changed:

When I changed all three of the above, my listing was compliant. HOWEVER, I am using the newest version of Garage Sale and none of my new listings were compliant. Why not?

Yes, the little default paragraph has 3 links (on mine). Once I changed them the errors disappeared.

That’s an old version of the GarageSale footer. The new footer looks different and uses other code.
If you’re sure you’re already using GarageSale 7.0.9 you probably altered the default footer in the past. You might want to reset it then.
In GarageSale 7.0.8 the default footer is already https compliant.

Regards, Kristian

The easiest way to get the default footer back is:

  1. Open the preferences
  2. Click on “Edit…”
  3. Click on “Restore Default” and “OK”