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Thanks for the quick response guys!
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Can I get a reality check on these Prada sneakers?

 

 

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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post


Nailed it. thanks!


I recently had to put a bar in the top of the closet to accomodate my wife's ever growing purse collection. Bought a similar item at bed, bath, beyond to reach them off individual hooks.

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Originally Posted by jebarne View Post

Can I get a reality check on these Prada sneakers?





As in are they real or fake? Real.

I'd want to see the inside to be certain but the soles look correct and I've never seen the fakes get all that close on that detail.
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are they missing the insoles?
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So for almost two years I've been irritated by images being incorrectly oriented when they come out of my camera. Finally found a way to fix it. The fix requires a program that works at the command line, which can be somewhat bewildering if you haven't used it before.

Instructions on using Terminal and ExifTool (Click to show)

 

 

A quick primer if you don't know how the orientation works (please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong about any of this):

 

- A bunch of info is captured by any digital camera device that is sort of hidden. This info is called EXIF data: Exchangeable Image File format (link to wiki page). Things you might expect like shutter speed, aperature/F Stop, and ISO levels, but also the Camera model, the camera firmware version (software on the camera itself), and (in the case of modern cameras and smartphones, often geolocation data). Plus a lot more. This data is stored with whatever filetype the image is saved as: JPEG, RAW, PNG, (I believe) all can store this data.

- The info I care about is the Orientation information, in which the camera writes to the file after guessing how the image intends to be oriented. In the case of my camera and situation, there isn't anywhere in my settings to tell my camera not to guess the orientation, ~60% of the photos I shoot are roughly straight down (which is more difficult for the camera to correctly guess the orientation), and I suspect the gyroscope/whatever in my camera has gotten worse over time.

- I use Adobe Lightroom and Preview (default Apple image viewer). Both of them see EXIF information and use it. In this case, they use the orientation data to incorrectly orient my pictures. 

 

The only thing I have found that allows me to correct the orientation (and whatever other EXIF info) in batches is ExifTool (link to program website). Like I mentioned earlier, the program works at the command line. You will have to use Terminal to operate it. 

 

A primer on basic commands to move around your file system inside Terminal, which you'll need to know:

 

ls

- Lists all the folders(/often referred to as directories) inside the current folder. When I first run terminal and type ls, I see this:

 

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JohnathMacBook2:~ lirum$ ls

Applications        Downloads        Pictures

Calibre Library        Import            Public

Creative Cloud Files    Library            curious

Desktop            Movies            temp

Documents        Music            temp2

JohnathMacBook2:~ lirum$ 

 

cd foldername

- "foldername" is a placeholder for whichever folder you wish to navigate to. When I type cd music I see this:

 

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JohnathMacBook2:~ lirum$ cd music

JohnathMacBook2:music lirum$ 

 

- Notice I am inside the music directory. If I now type ls, I see this:

 

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JohnathMacBook2:music lirum$ ls

Hans Zimmer    Massive Attack    VLC playlists    iTunes

JohnathMacBook2:music lirum$ 

 

cd ..

- Typing cd with .. tells Terminal to move to the parent folder/directory of the current directory. For instance, if I am in the music directory, and type cd .., I will navigate to the folder holding music (ie its parent directory). For example:

 

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JohnathMacBook2:music lirum$ cd ..

JohnathMacBook2:~ lirum$ ls

 

- If I then type ls, I will see the music folder, along with all the other folders in this directory.

 

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JohnathMacBook2:~ lirum$ ls

Applications        Downloads        Pictures

Calibre Library        Import            Public

Creative Cloud Files    Library            curious

Desktop            Movies            temp

Documents        Music            temp2

JohnathMacBook2:~ lirum$ 

 

One more thing:

- Folder and file names are not case sensitive. From what I can tell (at least) most commands are not case sensitive either.

- If you have a folder name that you wish to do something with, and it has a space in the name, you will need to write the folder name with spaces. Like so: 

 

cd "ebay pics"

 

Okay, now you know how to move around a little in Terminal. Terminal is so, so, so much more powerful than this (think everything you can do in a Finder window times 2-3x, but also faster), but that's all you need to know to start the instructions for ExifTool.

 


 

ExifTool

 

So, instructions (note that I only rudimentarily understand Terminal, and a more competent user could probably do this process in less steps.):

 

- Download and install ExifTool

- Open Terminal (Terminal should be installed by default on all OSX systems). You can (I think) find it in your Applications folder or in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder. The fastest way for me would be to get it through Spotlight. Hold down the Command key (left of Space) and press Space. Will bring a popup with a search bar. Type in "Terminal". Open it.

- (Optional) I like to have a finder window(s) open to the folders I am working in. I'm not comfortable enough at the command line to work without a visual element. My setup when I'm doing this looks something like this:

 

http://i.imgur.com/tLhjaKi.png (sorry, forum isn't allowing me to add images at the moment. It's a screenshot of my screen.)

 

- Before you do this, take all the images you wish to edit the orientation info for, and copy them to another folder. Until you are super confident inside Terminal/using ExifTool, do everything on copies. In most cases Terminal does not give you a "Are you sure you want to do this?" type dialog box. It just does it and it will look like nothing happened.

- Navigate Terminal be one directory above the directory where you images are stored. To clarify, you do not want to be inside the folder where the images are, but to be above it (in the parent folder). For instance, I am inside ebay pics and wish to edit the images inside TempCOPY:

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JohnathMacBook2:ebay pics lirum$ ls

Game            Nathaniel's Ties    TempCOPY

Holding            Shoes            edited

Listed            Temp

JohnathMacBook2:ebay pics lirum$ 

 

- All my images are inside TempCOPY. I could verify this for myself either by cd tempcopy, then ls, which would list all files (all the images) inside TempCOPY, or I could just check with my Finder window. Either way works.


Edited by Lirum - 7/4/16 at 4:16pm
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End of explanation (Click to show)

Now for the fireworks. 

 

  • The following command uses ExifTool to run a conditional check on all images in the directory. If the images have an orientation that is different from orientation=1, it will overwrite the orientation to be orientation 1 (which is horizontal).
  • Normally, you would have to do something like -orientation="Standard Orientation (Horizontal)", but giving the command -n causes ExifTool to overwrite the actual numeric value which is stored rather than with text. It's just faster and I can never remember the exact "Standard Orientation (Horizontal)" wording necessary.
  • -overwrite_original bypasses the default thing ExifTool does which is to append the original file name with "_original" and create a copy with the new edits.

 

Remember I wish to edit all the images inside TempCOPY. Also remember that, for file and folder names, case does not matter. 

 

Type: exiftool -n -overwrite_original if '$Orientation ne 1' -orientation=1 tempcopy

 

This is what it looks like for me before I press enter:

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JohnathMacBook2:ebay pics lirum$ exiftool -n -overwrite_original if '$Orientation ne 1' -Orientation=1 tempcopy

 

When it is done processing the directory (takes a minute), you will get a status update that looks like this: (If you ever have to quit a running process inside Terminal, Control + C stops terminal from doing whatever.)

 

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JohnathMacBook2:ebay pics lirum$ exiftool -n -overwrite_original if '$Orientation ne 1' -Orientation=1 tempcopy

Error: File not found - if

Error: File not found - $Orientation ne 1

    1 directories scanned

  239 image files updated

    2 files weren't updated due to errors

JohnathMacBook2:ebay pics lirum$ 

 

Boom. I do ~500 images per week and have to manually correct ~20% of them. This saves me about 25 minutes a week. It is more that the issue was bugging me, a lot, and I enjoyed learning this. I want to program a Python front end for this with a simple GUI so it's more accessible. I'll ping the thread if I ever learn how and do that.


Edited by Lirum - 7/4/16 at 4:16pm
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hey guys, anyone do their ebay stuff on an Ipad?  I'm considering purchasing one of the new Ipad Pro's.    And maybe selling my MacBook Pro.  

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are they missing the insoles?

yep. B-Thrifty. I hate the store, but have made more money out of that store than any other. followed closely by the SA across the street.

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Originally Posted by woodchuck312 View Post
 

hey guys, anyone do their ebay stuff on an Ipad?  I'm considering purchasing one of the new Ipad Pro's.    And maybe selling my MacBook Pro.  


I have a pro and would never try to manage this business from it. In fact, I prefer doing my listings with a 27" monitor, 2nd screen with photos up as I'm typing the listings.

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Originally Posted by Nickd View Post


As in are they real or fake? Real.

I'd want to see the inside to be certain but the soles look correct and I've never seen the fakes get all that close on that detail.


Yeah, lots of details that say real. My wife was with me and said "they're ugly enough to be real".

 

I typically leave, but was looking at a 4 hour drive home so bought them with the risk of them being fake and re-donating.

 

thanks for your answer.

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Originally Posted by cdgreg View Post

Hey all, I hope everyone's selling is going well.  I hopped on ebay in the last day or two to clear out some of my shoes/ties that I do not wear and as I was listing I found it odd that item specifics were no longer an option in the quick listing tool.  I tried the advanced listing tool but it doesn't have the "similar sold items" link which is a time saver, and I am struggling to pull a decent sized photo link from the uploaded photos to embed into my listing.

In short, is there a way to add item specifics to the quick listing tool?  I know they used to be there...Here's what my quick listing tool looks like:


I had this happen to me. It would not let me list my item without adding specifics, but they were not there. I had to refresh the page, sometimes several trys, to get them to come up.
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Anyone use the restocking fee? If someone buys something and returns it for not fitting, if you charge a restocking fee can they leave negative feedback?

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Originally Posted by Shoeluv View Post
 

Anyone use the restocking fee? If someone buys something and returns it for not fitting, if you charge a restocking fee can they leave negative feedback?

I have a restocking fee and charge it probably 30-40% of the time. Never had someone leave negative/neutral after I charged it that I can remember, but I believe that they could. 

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Originally Posted by Shoeluv View Post
 

Anyone use the restocking fee? If someone buys something and returns it for not fitting, if you charge a restocking fee can they leave negative feedback?

 

 

I always charge a restocking fee, and have never had a retaliatory negative because of it.

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