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Use Your Own Photo To Increase Your Auction Sales

Jan 8, 2008
The true fact about photo is that it worth thousand of words, a good photo can increase your auction sales instantly. A simple picture together with your ads can boost your sales up by 200% or more. Like I've said before, people are not comfortable bidding on an item unless they are absolutely sure what they are bidding on.

A buyer will have strong image of what they are buying when they see your own pictures. Seeing is believing is a simple fact, browse the most bidding items on any category on the auction site, you will see that the items with more real and good pictures will have more bids than items has no picture or a pictures from original manufacturer site.

Ok, you got the idea that a photo will increase the sales for your auction item. Now asking yourself, how do I get the photo on the auction site? That is a good question, the next paragraph will show you exactly how to take a photo for your online auction.

First, get pictures to your computer: this is no brainer, even for the novice, but there are a few different ways that you can accomplish this. The first way is a old technique that you take photo on normal camera and take to local development shop to get printed. Once you get the photo in hand, you need to scan it to your computer.

A scanner is cheap, you can get it for around $50 and up at local computer stores, or you can take your photo to many local copy shops and get it scanned to you floppy disk or USB drive.

Another way which consider better and more popular now is you use a digital camera which can take photo and synchronize to your computer instantly. These camera cost about $200 to $700.

You can also use a normal camcorder to grab the image. With a small device you can hook any video source. These devices cost between $50 to $250 and are a good alternative if you already have a camcorder at home.

The second step is to process the photo: you have the photo in your computer in either .gif or jpeg files. Now you need to proces the photo in a graphic program. Paint Shop Pro or Lview are available as shareware on the Internet. You can use them to adjust thing like the brightness and contrast of the photo, or even add some cool text over the photo to create the perfect ad! Programs like Adobe's PhotoShop is a full blown graphics program that will help automate tasks like processing photos and adding some cool effects to both your photos and your text.

Take a look at the photo of the item you want to sell. The first thing you need to do is crop the photo to only show the item that you are selling. Each program will do this fairly simply. All you need is to click on the tool that select a rectangular area of your photo. Then you will need to draw a box only for the area you wish to keep, and then select crop command from the main tool bar or edit menu.

Then you should go and adjust the brightness, contrast and sharpness of the image as needed. Try to get as much visible detail as possible. Remember that the better the picture is, the more bids you will get!

Adding text to your photo may or may not useful for you, since you can add many of text before and after the photo. But adding a short descriptive text can be good idea in some cases. If you do want to add text, simply click on the text button, which is the "T" button in 99% of graphics programs, and select an area on your photo and type away!

The third step is to post photo to the auction site: the photo is taken and ready to used in you auction ads. Most of the auction site like eBay only allow you to upload one picture to their site for free, additional pictures are chargeable, so you need to have some place to host your own pictures. A good place is Auctiva which have plug in store to your auction site, and the most important is free.

OK, now you got the idea to make a better photo and put as much pictures as you want for free. Seize the day.
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