|Sun Sept 1 2013 12:18:43|
How Many Item Photos Are Ideal?
By: Julia Wilkinson
In listing a like-new vintage Redskins jacket I found at a yard sale the other day, it occurred to me that maybe I was spending too much time taking and editing photos for my eBay auction. How many photos are ideal, I wondered, and can you be more efficient (without losing effectiveness) for low-to-medium priced items by taking just two or three key photos and only adding more if the customer asks?
One of the reasons I feel I am so much more efficient listing items on Amazon is that I only upload one photo on that site (unless you want to add more, nowadays). And this one I usually use my scanner for, because most of what I sell are books, magazines, and other media items. In the past, if I was listing an item on Amazon that already had a "main photo," and I was simply adding my item as one more seller in a list selling that exact same item, there wasn't a need to add a photo.(Amazon added the ability to add up to six photos for used or collectible books and DVDs earlier n August).
Now, however, this little bit of efficiency is gone, as Amazon lets you upload your own photo even if you're listing under a pre-existing catalog item. So, a little more time for me, but better for the buyer. But I can handle one scan.
However, I'd like to get your thoughts on numbers of photos for items on other sites - wherever you sell, how many photos work for you without going overboard? I'd say I put up the most photos by habit on eBay; then on Etsy - usually at least 3 or 4; followed by Amazon: at least one nice scan, and maybe one more image if a book, for example, has some beautiful plates or engravings.
Are we spending too much time on adding and editing photos? I know a seller who does very well selling golf shirts on eBay. Her photos? One or two showing the folded shirt with the sleeve folded over on top of the chest so the sleeve band style can be seen. Maybe there will be one more close-up of the logo or crest. Seems to work for her. (Note: this does not apply if an item has flaws; those, I think, should be photographed).
How about you? Do you add more photos for higher-priced items? Do you still include a lot of photos even for lower-priced items? Is there an "ideal" number of photos that works for you, if not in general, then based on a product type? Post a comment here!