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March 29, 2013 · No comments

How to Get the Perfect Product Photo

6 simple steps to take your product photos to 'wow' level.

As trite as it might sound, a good picture is still worth a thousand words—or even $1,000. The better your product photos, the better your chance to convince a buyer to make a purchase today. You needn’t be a professional shutter-bug to get shudder-free results. Read More

March 19, 2013 · 24 Comments

eBay Changes Fees with 2013 Spring Seller Update

Policy changes also tackle unpaid items, images.

The latest eBay changes announced in the 2013 Spring Seller Update means a simplified fee structure for merchants and an attempt to reduce the number of unpaid items. Today’s announcement includes changes that give sellers with eBay Store subscriptions up to 2,500 free fixed-price or auction-style listings per month, allow merchants whose listing include a Best Offer option to continue accepting offers until a shopper actually pays for a product, aim to reduce the number of unpaid items on the site and more. Read More

January 9, 2013 · No comments

Passion Sculpts Modern Art into Business

Etsy seller molds a successful business with impasto art.

Nestled in a tranquil Pennsylvania town sits an 800-square-foot studio attached to Susanna Shap’s house. In this space, Shap spends much of her time creating modern art for her Etsy shop, Modern House Art. Thanks to a quiet environment—and the scenery outside—Shap can free her mind and build abstract images of orchids, dragonflies, koi fish and other subjects from nature on her canvases. Read More

August 14, 2012 · No comments

How to Photograph Clothing for Selling Online

Minimize unwanted effects that patterns can cause to get sharper product images.

Q: I sell clothing and have learned that in order to get true dark colors to use minimal light then use the “I’m feeling lucky” feature in Picasa 3 to refine the color to a natural dark color. What I cannot figure out is how to get corduroys and other moving patterns (stripes, checks, etc.) to photograph without getting waving. Read More

July 24, 2012 · 15 Comments

eBay Fall 2012 Seller Update to Bring TRS Changes

Sellers to get a new fee, new top-rated emblem, more protections.

When fall comes around, eBay sellers will notice a few things have changed on the site—some that will please, and others that will do the opposite. These changes will be part of the Fall 2012 Seller Update, which eBay announced today. Read More

June 28, 2012 · No comments

Dear eBay: More Free Images, Please

In response to New eBay Policies Take Effect: For those of us who sell images, a 12-photo limit is not enough. Expanding to 20 would be great. —Rick Read More

June 1, 2012 · 3 Comments

New eBay Policies Take Effect

Changes affect Top-rated Seller program, returns and images.

June is here, and with it come several changes announced in February as part of eBay’s Spring Seller Update—including changes to the Top-rated Seller program and to the eBay return policy Changes to the Top-rated Seller program take effect on June 20. Read More

May 23, 2011 · No comments

Golden Coast Shines

Seller finds success with quality photos and beachwear.

Lindy Donato, an eBay seller of about 10 years, knows a thing or two about taking good photos for her listings. But gaining that knowledge took time. “The ins and outs of photographic lighting are, by far, the most difficult things I have ever had to learn in my life,” says the owner of Gold Coast Beach, an eBay Store featuring beach gear, including sunglasses, hats and apparel. Read More

September 30, 2010 · No comments

Picture Imperfect?

Avoid these 10 common mistakes when shooting listing photos.

A picture is still worth a thousand words and, within the online marketplace, a picture could be worth a thousand bucks, too. Before you plan your trip to the bank to deposit your expected riches, be sure you know how to present a picture that will truly pay off. Read More

April 1, 2010 · No comments

Great Photos Don’t Take Themselves

Photo-editing techniques every online seller should learn

I’m a Xena fan. OK, now you know my dark secret. I’ve seen every episode of Xena: Warrior Princess several times. In fact, Xena helped me start my eBay selling career. I learned about the world of collectibles by buying and selling Xena memorabilia. Read More

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