eBay Business All-in-One For Dummies
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How you photograph your eBay listing makes a huge difference. Why not learn from the mistakes of others? These examples show you a bunch of big-time don’ts. eBay members have seen images like these all over eBay at one time or another.

Mistake #1

The image below shows a nice item, but the picture suffers from two major flaws:
  • A glare from the camera’s flash shows in the cellophane on the item. This can be avoided by turning the item slightly at an angle so that the flash doesn’t give off such a bright glare, or take the photo in a fabric cube.
  • The price sticker is smack on the front of the item. Often you’ll buy things for resale that have stickers. Be a pro — use a commercial product to remove stickers.
ebay photo glare Glaring errors here!

Mistake #2

Don’t dress your picture with props to decorate the scene. Your photo should be a crisp, clean image of the product you’re selling, and only that. This image shows a common eBay seller mistake. What a cute teddy — but what are you selling here?

eBay photo distractions You’re selling what?

Mistake #3

You probably never knew how much colorful upholstery people had in their homes. eBay items have been photographed on plaid, floral, and striped fabrics. It distracts from your item. Don’t do it.

eBay photo background distractions Nice sofa!

Mistake #4

The item shown in this box is probably desirable, but who can make that judgment without seeing the item? Take the item out of the box. If the box is a crucial part of the deal (as in collectibles), keep it in the box and mention that the item is Mint In Box.

boxed item eBay photo Peek-a-boo.

If you can’t open the box without ruining the value of the item, pull in for a macro close-up. When you have a quantity of the item, bite the bullet and open one up. A good picture gets you higher bids, and perhaps that loss of one item will be made up by the higher bids on the sales with good pictures.

Mistake #5

Can you say close-up? Use the zoom on your camera to fill the frame with a full picture of your item. Draw your camera close to the item so the prospective customer can see some detail. Don’t take a wide picture of the area around the item, like the shot you see here. Don’t just rely on cropping the picture in an image-editing program; that only makes the image smaller.

photo zoom eBay Pay no attention to the object on the carpet.

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Marsha Collier is a recognized expert on ecommerce, online customer service, social selling, social media marketing, and eBay. Over one million copies of her various eBay titles have sold since her first, eBay For Dummies, hit store shelves in 1999.

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