fuzzy pictures mean better price
I love fuzzy pics and bad add copy this is where you find the real bargains as a knowledgable buyer looikg for bargains the worse the better.
Ask me about the $30 Raleigh Competition frameset and full Huret Jubilee drivetrain with TA crank & BB I picked up from a fuzzy picture and a listing that simply said, "Old Raleigh Frame."
I just LOVE fuzzy pictures and people who have no clue what they have or how to communicate it.
What goes around comes around. I agree that bad photos will occasionally hide real bargains, but as a seller, I'm not really interested in attracting the bottom feeders and bargain hunters. As a buyer, I want to be able to make a reasonable guess as to what it is and its condition before spending several dollars for gas to drive somewhere to see it.
I spend a little time on the photographs, making sure they accurately depict the item, and then give it a good description. The extra half hour is worthwhile.
I bought an old Hardrock MTB that had been sitting outside for the last 15 years. Fortunately, here in the desert, that's not terminal; there was very little rust. It was just a small cell phone shot, and the description was pretty depressing but honest, and that probably scared people away. I bought it for $10.00. I put a pair of used tires on it, a used seat, replaced cables, got everything working, cleaned and polished everything, and sold it for $175.00 to the first person that responded. Total out-of-pocket was less than $30.00.
There are a couple lessons here, but if I had used the same quality photo the original owner used, I'm sure it wouldn't have sold at all. The thought of a 20-year old entry level mountain bike selling for that much is contrary to the opinions of value most of us 'regulars' hold for a bike like that. (I was prepared to go as low as $100.00.)
BTW, I use Photoshop, but only to improve the overall quality of the photo. I don't edit out any defects, but do try to make the photo 'pop' a little.
For selling the opposite is definitely true.
The better the photos and the more accurate and descriptive the text the more likely you are to attract more interested buyers. I've never used photoshop to "pop" photos as I seem to be a pretty good bike photographer. For some reason I can't photograph people to save my life but perhaps because I really am interested in bikes I can "see" them in a way that helps me photograph them well.
One thing I do hate is people who use "keywords" on CL to try and drag in extra views. I really HATE that because it makes searching for specific things a chore. If someone has a keyword on an ad that isn't what they are selling I flag it every time. Flag flag flag, miscategorized.
There are a few local big-time sellers in Chicago that have a standard list of keywords they use on EVERY listing of about 500 common search terms. I hate those guys with a passion!
Lazy? Speaking Cockney seems like a lot of effort to me.
edit: and by the way, much as I love and respect it, that ebonics CL ad was totally funny, almost to the point of being probably fake... :) but it was spot on.
P.S. I spent more than $300 getting it back in rideable condition and sold it for a loss...doh!
While my dear daughter is puking, thought I'd check out C/L:
flag [?] : miscategorized prohibited spam best of Posted: 2013-02-22, 7:40PM PST
Mountain Bike Customized - $300 (spokane)
great mountain bike has new bear claw pedals, new brakes, new tires, and a big gel seat. it also has the green plastic strips in both tires so you dont get a flat tire. reach me at 509-742-0614-brandon-thanks
This guy is really putting on the hard-sell - Who could resist?
( Probably trying to rid himself of the bike at the behest of his better-half. . .
"But honey, I tried and tried to sell it but it just wouldn't sell." ;) )
"...Great condition." :eek:
I emailed and offered to pick it up if he knocks a 5 off the back end of the price. I imagine he will not be too amused.,,,,BD
True, lol! I can only imagine he saw a pristine exemple of his bike go for that much on ebay, and figured they're all worth a mint. Now if it was a Klunker 5, then I would be more interested. Rarest of the rare! I would be more interested, but still not $255 interested, hehe.,,,,BD
I see that on eBay alot lately too. I've been spending more time flagging/reporting keyword spammers than finding bits I'm looking for.