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Top Tips For Selling Photos on eBay

Aug 17, 2007
With its high Internet profile, eBay is certainly one avenue that you need to be checking out when you are looking to go about selling your photos online. The first question that needs to be asked however is, what are the best types of photos to take in order to make sales on eBay? This article will address that question as well as other things that you need to be aware of when selling photos on eBay.

eBay, as well as other auction sites, host a great many photographs for sale. At the risk of stating the obvious, going to the site and seeing what is already selling is the smartest way to gague what types of photos you should be taking. Certainly the best selling photos on eBay are antiques which you obviously cannot create but you will find that unique celebrity shots and one-of-a-kind images are also very popular. Unique photos of sporting events, nature shots and weird photos all sell like ice cream on a hot summers day.

When you sell photos on eBay there are some rules that you must follow.

1.Be specific about what you are selling: a print, resell rights or public usage rights.
2.Make sure you have read and understand eBays rules for selling photographs and that you adhere to their nudity and privacy rules where appropriate.
3.Supply your contact details and samples of your work in the item description wherever possible.

In reference to point 1 if you are selling with resell rights then you are giving your customer the right to resell your image. If you sell with full rights then you will not be able to sell the photo later on because you will no longer be in possession of the rights. If you are giving the customer the full rights to your photo then you must ensure that charge an appropriate price as this will be the only sale you make. You could sell the photos resell rights anywhere from $50 to $1000 a photo, depending on the type of photo and its uniqueness.

If however, you sell public usage rights your customer will not be able to resell the photo but they will be able to publicly display your photos. You will be able to sell these photos to an unlimited amount of people with market saturation (meaning you have sold the photo so many times that no-one else wants to buy it because it has become too popular) being your only potential problem. Generally these types of photos sell from $2 to $30 a piece on eBay.

Screensavers are a very popular sales item on eBay. You can design your own screensavers by going to download.com and searching for the keyword - screensavers. It will list hundreds of screensaver programmes that are available for immediate download. After you have created your screensaver with your downloaded programme, login to your eBay account and list it for sale. You will be able to sell that same screensaver over and over again. There are no limits here.

Taking your digital camera to sporting events can also reap huge dividends. Photos of famous players can sell up to $100 a piece on eBay. When you are at the sporting event you will need to get as close as you can to the action, even if you have to sneak up to the front row. Identify the more famous sports stars and concentrate on them but get more than pictures of just one player. Take a lot of photos and weed out the bad ones as you go along.

Upload all of your pictures of the sporting event on eBay and create a listing for them. You can simply sell them digitally via the Internet which is the easiest approach but if you want to add value you could tell your bidders that you will ship the photo over to them in frame. The size is up to you but I would recommend that you keep the photo at a normal size. Make sure to put the sportspersons name in your eBay listing to help your bidders find it easily. You are almost certainly guaranteed to get multiple bids on each and every one of these photos that you list on eBay as there are so many sporting fanatics as well as sporting businesses that need these types of photos.

Be sure to keep your ear to the ground (or eye to the screen!) when considering what photos to sell on eBay. Things change, new trends emerge. You need to be able to move with them.
About the Author
Scott is a longtime photography enthusiast who makes a substantial second income by selling his digital images. To learn how you can earn extra money by selling your digital photos go to http://www.money-for-photos.com
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