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January 27, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Amazon "see larger picture" option

BiggerimageKeith Klier writes in:

I was looking at a portable hard drive on and I wanted to show my wife a picture of it so she could get an idea of the actual size.

I clicked the "see larger picture" link, but found that the only thing bigger about the picture was the pop up window that contained the image of the hard drive - the picture of the hard drive was still the same small size it was in the original view!


That's happened to me an unfortunate number of times on too. A simple routine like this would correct it:

if(image >= dimensions)


[LINK]See larger picture[/LINK]


Posted by: Daniel Bjorndahl at January 27, 2007 01:11 AM

A lot of items have bad images because of third-party merchants who don't understand that they should upload as large a picture as they can, rather than just what will show up on the site. That particular item looks like it's one of those.

A better way to get an idea of an item's size is with

Posted by: fluffy at January 27, 2007 01:23 AM

Hey at least you a a hand to compare it to.

Posted by: Aux10 at January 27, 2007 10:09 AM

TIB has been guilty of this one. Well, a least TIB never said "larger image" but still.

Posted by: EricJ2190 at January 27, 2007 12:37 PM

What's wrong about the so-called "larger" button is that they stretch out the picture so that each pixel on the pic equals one pixel on the screen.

For example, let's say you take a 600x800 shot (bad photo, I know) and you had a 1280x800 display. It would only show it at 600 by 800 pixels, and, if they shrank the shot to fit on the avatar due to policies, it would show the same as the original picture.

I personally don't understand why they can't make it just a larger picture, no matter the quality. Broken.

Posted by: st33med at January 27, 2007 06:03 PM

Whats worse is that only the first merchant who uploads pictures can add or change the picture.

Our company has five different images of differing sizes but you will never see them.

Posted by: arcticJKL at January 29, 2007 11:08 AM

Maybe it's not broken after all, and the picture demonstrate the portable hard drive is really small?

Posted by: Uzumaki at January 29, 2007 03:36 PM

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