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Once you've got something you want to sell (here are some suggestions), you've acquired a scale and your shipping supplies (find out more about that here), you'll need to take a good picture before you list your item.
You don't need a fancy camera or anything, but you do need to have clear, attractive pictures and get your flash right. You also don't need to set up an ebay photo studio in your home--that would just take too much effort, and as I said before, I am a very lazy ebay mommy, and I only take pictures once a month. Here are a few tips for taking good ebay pictures:
- Take your picture against a solid background. I always use my hardwood floor, which seems to do the trick. Or, you could use a large solid color table, or something like that. Of course if you wanted to make an ebay photo studio you could, but that seems like too much work for me.
- Make sure there's no extra "stuff" in your picture. Extra stuff distracts from your item and could confuse your buyer. Also, the more "professional" or "clean" your pictures look the more confidence your buyer will have in you as a seller and what you are selling.
- Take several pictures (if applicable). Sometimes, showing all sides of your item is important and you will want to consider taking multiple pictures. If you have a big group of things, it is also good to take a big picture of everything and then take pictures of individual pieces, parts, or smaller groupings so that your buyer can see everything up close. That way, he or she will feel like they know the item well.
- Consider using a listing service like Auctiva, so that you can get an upgraded picture package with multiple pictures included and extra large supersized pictures for free (this service can be purchased for as little as $2.99 a month.)
- Get your flash right. If your flash is too close, it will blow out your image and make it look not very nice. Here's an example:
|This picture was taken with the flash straight on. Note the big white splotch in the middle.|
|Same picture, but I tilted the camera to a different angle and was able to avoid showing the flash.|
- Take pictures of the flaws. You want to be up front with the condition of your item, so I take pictures of any imperfections for my buyer so that there will be no surprises when it is pulled out of the box.
Those are my tips, do you have any for us that I haven't mentioned? Or, if you are an ebay shopper, what impresses you the most when it comes to pictures of things you are buying?