- Multiple-angled shots
Post up many, MANY pictures of the item from different angles - Extra brownie points if you include the price tag as well, and pictures that are able to verify that your item is authentic.
- Include item flaws
A picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure to include flaws of the item (so you don't attract a negative feedback). I know it's probably easier to search for a 'perfect' picture of the item on Amazon and post it up on your listing, but this really doesn't assure the buyer that your item is in perfect condition, no matter how many times you highlight it in your item description.
- Color Contrast
Place the item on a background that highly contrasts the color of the item. For example, if your item is black, place it on a white/pastel/beige mat. This clearly defines the shape of the item. Avoid placing your item on a shiny background that may reflect light.
- Clean item
Clean/mend the item before you snap a picture. There's nothing more of a turn-off than a dusty item that's clearly showing its age.
- Macro-mode shot
If you're using a digital camera, do remember to change the mode to macro-mode for a closeup shot (check your camera's user manual if you don't know how to).
When you snap a shot in macro-mode, remember to closeup on the main highlight (a zip, pricetag etc), but don't forget to include the WHOLE item in the background as well - I'm fairly sure some sellers who sell fake LV bags just copy a picture of another listing's picture (of an authentic LV bag) and use it as their own's. - It gives buyers reassurance that it is the same item you've taken a picture of.
- Good lighting
Make sure you maximize natural lighting for more accurate colors, and try avoid using the flash function.
Try to avoid using photoshop at if you can help it - that's going to come back in your face when you receive a negative feedback.
Place a pen or a water bottle next to the item you're selling. It gives the buyers an idea of how big the item really is. It's useful if the item has uneven surfaces.
- Image hosting
Don't waste your money by using eBay's photo hosting services. The URL I've provided below is going to be a lifechanging URL if you plan on survivng on eBay for the rest of your life because it's going to let you put up as many pictures as you like in your listing with no extra costs!
Host your images on websites like Photobucket, which provides free image hosting, and simply input the URL below into your item description:
Replace the 'YOURIMAGEURL' part with the image URL that photobucket has generated.
#1: Posting Pictures
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6 April 2009
It can be very daunting for buyers to invest a big amount of money when they're not able to see, nor feel the item, especially if you've got no feedback at all as a seller or a new eBay user. Pictures really help buyers identify if it's the correct item they need. Put yourselves in the buyers' shoes - when was the last time you bought something you haven't seen before anyway? ;)
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