I am currently rebuilding an e-commerce website from scratch. The design that has been created for the new site features a lot of large images, which looks pretty good. However: not all pictures in our product database meet the size and quality requirements for this format. We are in the process of acquiring better pictures, but this will not be completed before site relaunch. Many of the pictures in the database are no more than 100~150px wide, and I'm writing a script that will purge the database of these 'useless' pictures. This brings up the problem: what if there are no quality pictures available at all?
Do I leave low quality ugly pictures in place, or do I remove them and replace them with a placeholder?
In favor of leaving bad images in place:
- At least there will be something to see.
- Stretched up, pixelated pictures will 'ruin' the design.