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Selling crafts on eBay – 7 tips to great photos that sell

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selling crafts on ebayI am sure you have often surfed eBay and seen terrible photos of craft items perched on beds, couches, or dumped on a messy floor.

Unattractive photos will cost you money, and make selling your crafts much harder. Here are some easy and effective ways to improve your photos that will easily increase your eBay craft sales immediately.

  1. Get a digital camera. A must, just don’t even think about using anything else, it takes too long. Borrow one if you have to.
  2. Set up an area just for your photos. A nice clear and tidy spot. It’s best to have a plain background so that it doesn’t distract from the craft item you are selling. A plain wall is just perfect.
  3. Get the lighting right. Natural daylight is the best. Try to get the light source coming from over your shoulder, that way it lights the craft item you are selling and you avoid any dark silhouettes.
  4. Props. You can use props if you need them. For example if you are selling your handmade clothes its worth buying a cheap half mannequin (get one off eBay!). You can add other props to ‘dress’ your photos but don’t go overboard, you don’t want to distract from the craft item you are selling.
  5. Edit your photos. Upload your photo on to a PC and do some simple editing. You don’t need to be an expert to do this, just a little cropping and maybe adjust the colour and brightness to enhance the image.
  6. Lastly upload you photos to eBay along with your craft item description. You can use one of eBay’s auction listing templates to make your auction a little more interesting to look at. Choose a colour scheme that compliments your photos.
  7. Lastly be sure to learn more information about eBay and selling crafts whenever you can. Go to the eBay forums, craft forums, study other crafters auctions and use the ideas they use to increase your selling skills. Keep learning and improving and you will continue to increase your craft sales.Steve


3 Responses to “Selling crafts on eBay – 7 tips to great photos that sell”

  1. By Meredith Crosby on Mar 24, 2009 | Reply

    Great tips for selling on e-Bay or for photographing to sell anywhere on the web. I also learned, through experience, aka the hard way, that is best to reduce the size of your pictures. This is especially helpful because a lot of people still have dial-up, older computers or slower connections and if the photo takes to long to upload on some peoples page they get impatient and X out or just back arrow out. Keep up the great posts, I just found your site so I am going over old post! Great stuff!

  2. By Michael Cochrane on May 8, 2011 | Reply

    I want to make wooden plaques and maybe sell a few on ebay. Thanks for the photo tip bt the way. what i am having difficulty with is consistency with my writing and keeping it on a straight line. does anyone have any tips on this or is it just practice?
    Thanks in advance

  3. By admin on May 25, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry for my late reply. It amazes me how crafters get the kinds straight. A steady hand and a dollop of skill and practice!!

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