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Use detailed images to give buyers a chance to examine every feature of an item before they purchase. We unconsciously gain a great deal of information from what we see. Some customers might want to verify an item's quality while others are interested in appearance for its own sake, wanting to judge color or style to see if it will fit in with their collection. This is why pictures are so important to online collectibles buyers. Everything sells better if customers can get a clear image of what they are buying.
Most people today have a digital camera. But even if you are working with film, you can still create digital images. This eBay Guide "How to take pictures for your listing" tells you how to convert film to digital as well as some great tips for creating quality images.
Some articles lend themselves to scanning such as books, post cards, patterns. Anything that naturally lays flat. But other items, like some pieces of jewelry, can be scanned successfully.
Here are two scanned images of a Silver Charm Bracelet that we recently sold on eBay. We tried a grey and a black background to see which one better flattered the silver and turquoise. Which one would you have chosen?
Even the best picture will need a little tweaking before you upload it to your listing site. This is where a good Photo Editing Program comes in. You will have lots of choices - from the simple to use to the most advanced as well as online and downloadable versions. Do a little research to find out the best solution for you.
All of the marketplace sites will host the images for the items you are selling. They usually limit the number of photos that you can place in your listing.
If you decide to use your own template and photo gallery (see "Using Templates" in Step 6: Listing Form), then hosting your images online at a site such as "PhotoBucket" or "Flickr" for example. Your images are then available to be used on any site and in any way you choose.
Taking the time to organize your image files when you are first starting out will save you lots of time in the long run. We suggest creating a folder in your document files for your online sales efforts. Using sub folders, you can then separate your text documents and image files into different categories. Set up folders for 1. Originals, 2. Edited, and 3. Watermarked. This allows you the leeway to redo the originals whenever you want.
A watermark is an image or text that is placed over your photos. This article "What is the Purpose of a Watermark?" from BrightHub.com outlines the hows and whys of watermarking.
While there are many progrmas out there that you can pay for, here is a list of "5 Free Software to Add Watermark to Images" from FreeSoftware.com.
Just two Suggestions: