Preparing Clothing to Photograph for eBay
6 of 10 in Series: The Essentials of Preparing and Uploading Your eBay Images
If you're going to sell clothes on eBay, you need to take the best pictures possible to make the apparel appealing and attract eBay bidders; this involves a bit of preparation on your part.
The figure below shows the results of an eBay search for the keyword dress. Which of these items looks better — the ones laid out on the floor or those on a mannequin or model? A designer dress in this search probably would have sold for twice the amount if it had been on a mannequin!
Before you photograph your clothing, make sure the clothing itself imparts the image you want your buyers to see. For example, remove any loose threads and lint that have accumulated on the fabric.
Have the following items handy to help you with the cleaning and pressing chores:
Garment rack: When you unpack your merchandise from the carton it was shipped to you in, it can look pretty ragged. And if you’ve purchased some hanging merchandise and it’s in tip-top shape, you’ll want to keep it that way. Hanging the merchandise on a garment rack keeps it fresh-looking so it looks great when you get ready to ship.Garment rack, with clothes to list on eBay.
Steamer: Retail stores, clothing manufacturers, and dry cleaners all use steamers. Why? Because steaming the garment is kinder to the fabric and takes wrinkles out in a hurry. Steam penetrates the fabric (not crushing it, as does ironing) and makes the fabric look better than before.
Dryel: A popular, reasonably priced, home dry-cleaning product you use in your dryer, Dryel can be used with almost any type of garment (be sure to double-check the packaging before you use it). After going through a Dryel treatment, clothes come out of the dryer sweet and clean. The starter kit even comes with a spot remover. You can buy Dryel at your local supermarket.
According to eBay rules, all used clothing must be cleaned before it is sold on the site. Even if the vintage garment you have up for sale is clean, it can always benefit by a roll in the dryer with Dryel. New garments also benefit; Dryel removes any smells that have clung to the garment during its travels.
Spot cleaners: You should use spot cleaners only if you know what you’re doing. Some really great ones out there will remove a small spot, but you’d best practice on items that you’re not selling first.