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Jennifer Badamo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2005
 

Selling Photos on eBay.


Hi everyone. I recently became a single mother and am looking for ways to support my family while finishing my college degree. I am considering selling photos on eBay. Does anyone have any experience with this? Can anyone offer advice? Thanks!

Jennifer


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7/29/2005 11:29:25 AM

 
Michael H. Cothran   Jennifer - there are a gazillion photographers "trying" to sell on Ebay. I don't mean to burst your bubble, but you need to take a reality pill here. If you have a family to support, you need to find a steady paying job first, then look to Ebay and/or other photo-selling venues once your kids are fed, and the mortgage/rent is paid.

By the way - the most successful venue I've found for selling "fine art" photography is juried Arts and Crafts shows. I work full-time, and manage to exhibit & sell at about 12 juried shows per year, averaging about $1500 in sales per show right now. I plan to retire soon, and will then apply to much bigger and better shows around the country.
Good luck.
Michael H. Cothran
www.mhcphoto.net


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7/29/2005 11:43:29 AM

 
Jennifer Badamo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2005
  Michael-- I'm sorry if I didn't explain myself fully. I am not looking for eBay to support me as a full-time thing. I'm considering it as extra money in my pocket. But thanks for the advice on the arts & crafts shows. I'll look into it.


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7/29/2005 12:33:00 PM

 
Joe Jarosz   Hi Michael, whats a juried show?

Joe


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7/29/2005 3:49:57 PM

 
Jon D. Delagrange   Hi Jennifer. Michael is right evrybody who owns a digital camera is trying to sell a photographic image on eBay. Unless you have a unique highly saught after image I would look at other venues. Example: in 2004 I photographed the Belmont Horse race. The whole world was expecting Smarty Jones to win and be the next Triple Crown Winner. But Birdstone Beat him out and spoiled it for him. When I got home from New York I photoshoped some of my better winning pictures of Birdstone and put them on eBay as limited edition prints. I sold a few, Even a few of the losing horse Smarty Jones, not even close to making enough to pay for my trip there to photograph it. But if Smarty Jones would have won....That would have been another story. Those photos would have sold for years.

Good Luck!


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11/26/2005 9:41:25 AM

 
John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  To Joe, I'm not Michael, but I'll attempt to answer your question, "What is a juried show?"

A juried show is one in which you submit photos to a panel of jurors, likely made up of professional photographers, graphics educators, or fine artists. The jury determines if your art meets the quality criteria for the particular showing. If not, you wouldn't be invited to show.

John


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11/26/2005 10:44:26 AM

 
Einar Bo   You can also sell you photos here:
Stock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo Search


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12/1/2005 8:15:06 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/19/2005
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  Einar,

Are you a member of Big Stock Photo's.

How much does it cost to join to sell your images?

Have you been successful at it?

I make these photo balls and I was thinking of trying to sell them on one of these sites.

But I am a little unsure of it. I am not sure anybody would even want them.

Let me know if you had any success with this. How much do you make when someone purchases your image?

Do you sell alot of the images?

Any inforamtion would be helpful.

Kerby


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12/1/2005 8:32:31 AM

 
Michele Wassell   How do you find these juror shows?


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12/1/2005 2:15:15 PM

 
Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Michele...very good question. I was about to ask it when I saw your reply!


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12/1/2005 8:39:50 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Kerby,
not to get off the subject , but I would love to see your Photo Balls.
can you place a picture for us?
thanks


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12/2/2005 6:58:47 AM

 
H. Scott Wallis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/24/2005
  Michelle, I look over the internet on state websites. Like Illinois festival and craft fairs and you can sign up to receive their state wide pamphlets. I will list all the fairs and what is required for each community. As fees, number of pictures to be submitted for judgiing, and booth costs. The staes usually provides these. Good Luck!!!


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12/4/2005 8:15:34 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/19/2005
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  Debby if you go to my website on Better Photo I have some of them on my site.

I do not know how to place one on the message board.

Just click into my better photo site and you can see them.

Kerby


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12/4/2005 9:46:58 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  KERBY,
THOSE ARE SO NEAT!! HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR THEM ?AND CAN YOU OR WILL YOU MAKE THEM USING A PICTURE I WOULD SEND YOU?
I THOUGHT OF DOING SOME OF THE BOY ON THEIR BMX BIKES.
EMAIL ME PLEASE.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING-LOVE THE ANGEL.


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12/4/2005 10:05:31 AM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/19/2005
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  Debby

I sent you my personal email address. Just send the picture and I will try it.

I am in New Mexico today but will be home tomorrow.

Sometimes they turn out so cool and other don't work in the balls you just have to try it.

I will do it tomorrow when I get home.

Kerby


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12/4/2005 11:00:33 AM

 
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