Let Your Photos Sell Your eBay Products

You can find that old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” in hundreds of places every time someone wants to make a point about the value of photos to either prove something or support some concept. While those uses for that adage might be valid, it could be considered a cast-iron requirement for selling on eBay.

Your eBay market, regardless of the products you are offering for sale, is a visual market. All aspects of your auction pages have one task: to make your pages, text, headlines, colors and definitely your product photos stimulate interest and bids. Text descriptions just do not have the same dramatic attraction photos have.

The first thing you need to do is to carefully examine your products, taking note of each scratch or dent or other little details that you need to show the true condition of your product. One handy tip is to hand the item to another person, family member or a friend, and ask them how much they think the item would sell for.

It doesn’t matter what they suggest. What does matter, however, is HOW they examine it. Do they twist it around and up and down? Do they look at the bottom and check out the inside? Do they fiddle with a lid or cover? Your potential bidders will want to look at your item in the same way, like they were in a shop and considering whether or not to buy the item. Take your photos from the same perspective.

You can hire a photographer to take good, clear photos of your items for sale. If you use a digital camera, your photos can be easily uploaded to your listings with eBay picture services. Take your photos from different directions. Get some close ups. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try some different angles. You will need one very clear, straightforward shot of your item.

If you use a digital camera, you will need to resize your photos to suit eBay’s size restrictions for their auction photos. This process will require a photo editor for resizing. You can find several with a Google search for free photo editors.

Another technique you need to keep in mind when you are taking photos for eBay is to make your photos stand out as single entities on your pages. That means that you should photograph items alone and not lost in a table full of clutter that has no relation to your auction item. You are not decorating the item’s surroundings, but the photographing the item alone. Clutter loses the photo’s focus and will do nothing for your auction.

You need to take particular care with the background of each photo. Most items will stand out on either a white or black background, while colored backgrounds can blend into the item being photographed or clash horribly.

Most items need natural light for the photo shoot. Your camera’s flash might be too bright or too soft to do the job you want. Natural light from a window or a nearby lamp might be a better choice. With digital cameras, you can take as many photos as necessary to get the perfect photo for your auctions.

If you are a bit shaky when holding a camera, use a tripod for stability. Fuzzy photos will not help your auction at all. If you don’t have a tripod, brace your camera or arm against something heavy and steady, like a wall or piece of sturdy furniture.

By now you should realize that every little detail needs your attention when you are trying to make money with eBay auctions. Following these basic photography techniques will help you.