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Old 05-10-2015, 12:25 PM
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Location: City Data Land
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The fiancee and I were having a mild tiff (OK, maybe a little more than mild) today over pics on an online auction for something I'm selling for her. I'm a seller on ebay and have strong opinions about taking pictures for my auctions. So many sellers now use stock photos for their items, which is something that really irks me about Amazon and makes me hesitant to buy from the site at times. The never show true pictures of what the buyer will get.

When I'm buying an item, I want to know what the REAL item looks like, not some gleaming brand new photoshopped image of the ideal version of the item. This is especially important when I buy used things. Thus, I always take pictures of the actual item I am selling, even if it is new. I think my customers would want to see the real thing they will be getting, even if it looks less attractive, and not the same generic pic everyone else uses that may not represent the appearance of the actual item. I do take several pictures of each angle, choose the best one, and crop it to get more detail and make the thing look better, but it's always an accurate representation of the item I'm selling. What do you think? Does a real picture matter to you as a customer?
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Old 05-10-2015, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, MD
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I am a regular eBay buyer myself, and I much prefer to see an actual photo of the item vs a stock photo, especially if it's used.

It doesn't bother me so much when I buy a common thing like a CD on the site, but for most things used I buy, a stock photo is somewhat of a deal killer, since I can't see the actual condition of the item up for sale.
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Actual photo or no deal.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Venus
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We sell on eBay and take photos of the actual item(s). We deal in used items so that usually comes with dings, dents, tears, etc. Having pics show exactly what is wrong with the item(s). Our buyers can't come back and say that it wasn't as described (well, one tried ).



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Old 05-11-2015, 01:07 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Actual photo or no deal.
Yep!
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:32 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Agree, I also want to see the actual item I am buying and not some stock image.
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Old 05-16-2015, 03:23 PM
 
Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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Very important, whether I'm buying brand new from a department store or second hand on Craigslist, etc. No picture, I don't waste my time.
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:29 PM
 
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No photo no purchase
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