“A picture is worth one thousand words.” – Fred R. Barnard
The Charles Dickens novelist could not have been any more correct.
That phrase is especially true when it comes to making money on eBay. When selling items on the auction giant one variable that will affect how much you can earn are your choice of photos.
eBay is not some enormous retail chain that one can walk into and really “feel” the tangibles they’re buying. You basically have to go off a couple of things: the seller’s feedback ratings and images of the item.
As the one looking to make money on eBay your ratings will come in due time. Stay honest, remain consistent, and eventually it will pay off. Your choice of photographs, however, can be affected immediately.
In this article I would like to point out some things that will help you take better photos, set up the ideal presentation of your item, and ultimately get it sold!
With the steady increase of tech, mobile devices have made it simple. The eBay app has really removed the complexities of the selling process. But be sure that you’re using a device with great megapixel capability. Detail matters to your potential customer, and if they see precisely what they’re getting the money is that much closer.
When I began selling on eBay in 2008, I put a 10.1 MP Sony DSLR camera to work. I also implemented a flat bed scanner for sports cards and other memorabilia. I typically set the pixels to max. On eBay the prospective buyer is thinking, “What I see is what I will get.” Besides, you want to remove doubts. Take different point of views of your image. Bring it to life and give it a “3D” feel.
Making Money on eBay With Props
As you take photos of your item for sale consider using accompanying props. Making money on eBay requires a little creativity.
This means that if you’re selling infant apparel it will be a good idea to include infant accessories (or toys).
If you’re selling sports memorabilia throw a basketball or football in the shot. Don’t forget to disclose that your props are not part of the sale.
As simple as it seems, these little things can go a long way especially if there are identical items for sale. Those props really separate you from the pack. When possible, watermark your eBay photograph with your brand; a web address, perhaps. Though intangible, this prop protects your hard earned image.
If apparel is your niche a great prop to use would be a discarded mannequin. When a local store no longer wants it, investigate with ownership on how to acquire one. Or…just order one online with your
Edit for Best Results
If time permits, refrain from uploading the raw photo to your listing. The recommendation is that you run that image through your photo editor of choice. Feel free to crop out unnecessary objects in your photo.
Maybe soften the image (think baby clothing), or brighten it up a bit if not enough lighting was present. Using raw images can delay your listing process. A large file that is not truncated will take longer than normal to load.
If your listing has multiple photos then listing the item can make for a tedious task. It is very possible to minimize on file size while preserving the details on a photo.
Are you interested in the cut of the pant leg? Or, are you more concerned with the condition of the buttons on the item. If you’re wondering these things chances are that your prospective buyer is too. Be totally selfless as you take photos of your item.
Your photographs are only just a fraction of what goes into the complete success of an eBay sale. It’s a huge portion, though. The other part is generating the traffic for your eBay listing. Remember – you have to sell the item. Not to mention to a person that could very well be 3,500 miles away. Presentation goes a long way!
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