Example Photos Guide

What is an Example Photo?

Have you ever purchased an animal online, only to be surprised that it was not the animal that you saw pictured? MorphMarket doesn't ever want that to be your experience.

An Example Photo (formerly 'Representative Photo') is any picture that does not show the actual animal or animals being sold. This includes stock photos, photos of a similar animal from the seller's collection, or a sibling of the animal. An Example Photo is a feature included in most membership plans that allows you to use a generic image to advertise an animal, though it **must** be of an animal of the same species and genetics being offered for sale and accurately represent the appearance of the animal. A seller CAN use a group photo without the Example Photo tag as long as the exact animal or animals are pictured.

As of August 1st, 2023, the use of Example Photos is no longer be permitted for the following categories: Ball Pythons, Burmese Pythons, Carpet Pythons, Green Tree Pythons, Reticulated Pythons, Short Tailed Pythons, Boa Constrictors, Rainbow Boas, Sand Boas, Tree Boas, Corn Snakes, Hognose Snakes, Kingsnakes, Milk Snakes, African Fat-Tailed Geckos, Chahoua Geckos, Crested Geckos, Gargoyle Geckos, Leachianus Geckos, Leopard Geckos, Bearded Dragons, Chameleons (subadult or older), Tortoises, Uromastyx, Skinks, Monitors, and Tegus. 

What are Example Photos For?

One very reasonable circumstance for this feature is when advertising multiple animals with the "quantity" field on a single ad, where only one of the animals is pictured (as shown above by JD Constriction).

Multiple Quantity Ads May Use Example Photos if:

  • They do not fall into the categories mentioned above and comply with the current guidelines detailed in our rules.
  • They fall into the mentioned categories but are sent as a complete group to a single buyer.

Multiple Quantity Ads May NOT Use Example Photos if:

  • They fall into the mentioned categories and are being sent as individual animals of the group.

How Do I Use the Example Photo Feature?

While MorphMarket does not encourage the use of this kind of photo, it is permitted. The seller's membership plan must allow this feature. To use it, look for the option that says "Exact Items are All Pictured" and UNCHECK that box.

This option allows MorphMarket to alert the buyer about the nature of the photo both on the ad and when they click inquire. 
No Example Photo may be used unless this option is selected and the "Example Photo" tag appears in the ad. This makes it plainly obvious to the buyer that the item they are inquiring about may not be pictured. If you find a seller using representative photos on an ad where there is NOT a yellow note below the photo, please click "report" on that ad to notify MorphMarket. 

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