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Calling ALL eBay Sellers....!!!!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kitontini, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. datsunfan

    datsunfan Senior member

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    I found this to be a helpful photo guide. Also, if you sell a lot of small things you might want to consider building a light tent/box. I built one based on these plans. There are also ones built out a cardboard box. They work great for ties or to capture details on larger objects.
     
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  2. MikeDT

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    Good pictures are everything when selling an item IMO, it's what makes your lots stand out and appealing from all the thousands of other lots on the 'bay. Some vendors don't even post pictures of their items for sale, I'd be surprised if they sold anything at all.

    Suggest you do your photography outside, that's where most point'n'shoot cameras work best. Avoid direct sunlight though, because of harsh shadows. Do you have a yard or garden?
     
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  3. Kitontini

    Kitontini Senior member

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    I don't. I live in an apartment. So all I have is a giant parking lot with everyones cars. There is a dog park a little bit a ways. But it is a "dog park", probably not the best to bring clothes too, right? I have seen some peoples items sell without pictures or even with 1 picture. Not too sure how that worked.
     
  4. Kitontini

    Kitontini Senior member

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    Wow. Those light boxes look great. I never even thought about that. Thanks for those links. I'll read up on the guide. Thanks for the advice!
     
  5. Stewie

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    I didnt have a chance to look at you auctions, but from what the consensus seems, and from your situation of living in an apartment, setting up a portable studio is really your best bet. Even if it is just a couple lamps pointed at the item (or shades off), with the plain white background, this will enhance the pics. Use daylight bulbs for these and set your camera to daylight, not auto. Digital pictures can also be manipulated so use whatever program you have as well to see what it can do for you as well. No, you dont need a lot of megapixels per se, so I'm sure the camera you have will do just fine. Photography is all about the lighting and can make or break the sale if someone is deciding between your item and another one just like it from someone else. Most people rarely care about the layout, the spelling, grammar, etc but what they do care about are the details and if you are providing great photos with correct measurements and if they really want the item, they will gladly pay that extra $.

    D.
     
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    davesmith Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    All the lightboxes in the world, not to mention a homemade piece of junk have never produced a bright white background for me.
     
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    You're welcome. Make sure if you build the one out of the cardboard box you follow his suggestion of using the thickest box you can find. I just used a box I had laying around that wasn't thick enough and it required all sorts of reinforcing just to keep it from collapsing. I like the PVC one because you can disassemble and reassemble it without damaging it. I think the PVC one that I built cost around $10 total.
     

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