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Noel Z. Yuseco
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
 

EMail order for prints. How do I price them?


I received an inquiry via email from someone who wanted to purchase prints of some of my photos. My questions are:
1) On top of printing costs, how should I price my photos?
2) WOuld it be better to send a jpeg of the photo to the buyer to avoid printing issues?

Thanks.


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5/22/2006 10:34:14 PM

 
Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  Be careful, there is a scam out there and the person does not want to take a PO BOX and wants your address first so I am just letting you know to be careful...make sure they are legit.


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5/23/2006 3:02:54 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  Was it from Alex Smith? or from Nigeria? They are scams.. if want to sell online do it through someone like Smugmug.. they ONLY take Credit cards and this way, it makes it hard to get scammed!
Craig-


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5/23/2006 5:48:27 AM

 
Noel Z. Yuseco
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
  Yes Craig, its an email from Alex Smith. Did you receive the same? WHat do you think is his purpose for doing this?

Anyway, before I read this post, I sent him a lot of questions regarding his background and the purpose of buying prints. Well, I'm sure that that's the last time I'll hear from him. Again, many thanks.


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5/23/2006 6:18:54 PM

 
Nicole Herford   I also have been approached for my prints but she wants 10 - 16x20 prints of this one photo that I took. Says she loves the pic and wants to give copies to family and friends. I am not sure how to handle this or what to even charge if this is legit. HELP!


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5/23/2006 7:42:55 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  His "purpose" is that he will send you a money order or cashier's check for several hundred dollars more than the price you agree on. He will ask you to send the difference to a third party for some reason.

After you send your money, your bank will inform you that his check or money order ended up being counterfeit, and you will be in the hole for the refund amount that you sent to the third party, plus any bank charges for the bounced check.

In case you hadn't figured it out, he's not actually interested in your pictures.


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5/23/2006 7:56:56 PM

 
Nicole Herford   But that is so stupid of them or us that fall for it cause me personally I would NEVER get prints made until payment was made - which means it must clear the bank - I do believe you that this is probably a scam but they dont know that my husband is a cop so I always tend to be a little on the cautious side. Anyhow thanks for the information. Makes me think someone want to actually purchase my photo - kinda makes ya feel excited.


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5/23/2006 8:07:10 PM

 
Nicole Herford   OK DOES SOUND LIKE A SCAM?? IN THE FIRST EMAIL THIS PERSON WANTED IT FOR THE KIDS AND SOME FAMILY MEMBERS. READ THE LATEST EMAIL BELOW
Hello,
Thanks very much for your email, I will like it to be matted ,i need the image for decoration.The reason I am sending you this email is to make final reconfirmation of the(Snow In Texas 2004 Made with Sony Mavica FD-100 Digital Camera size--16 by 20---10 in quantities matte glossy paper ) and also to let you know that payment will be by certified Cashier Check. In view of this I need you to email me any information that may be required to send the Cashier Check or traveller check, as I do not want to send the Cashier Check to a wrong location least they gets into the wrong hands. Regarding the shipping,due to the weight of the artwork,cause of the crating and packing some courier service do not render shipment, I have a company that takes care of the pick up of my consignments for me and ship to my destination , you do not worry about shipping, the company will send down a representative to arrange the sales documentation and the pick up from your end for onward transfer to my destination

I also want to alert you on the fact that you will be receiving an overdraft Cashier Check, which will cover the money for the pickup (pickup and shipping to the final destination) as well as the money to be paid to the company that will take care of the pickup and the documentation with you. So please, as soon as you receive the Cashier Check, go and cash them immediately, deduct the money that accrues to you(artworks & commision), and send the balance to the Head Office of the company that handles the shipment via the nearest Western Union agent in your area. Deduct the Western Union charges from the balance and send the remaining.

The Cashier Check will be in your name to make it easier for you to receive payment, deduct your money for the artworks and send the balance via Western Union as regards my earlier direction, please reconfirm your details one more time. I will give you the details of the company that you will send the balance of the money to once I get a reply and agreement that you will send the money via Western Union money transfer after you cash the Cashier Check.
Once the money is received by the agent, the shipping agent will contact you immediately to arrange the documentation as well as the pick up immediately. So in view of the above, here are some of the details I will need for final issuance of the Cashier Check to you.

(1) Full Name
(2) Mailing address, not p.o.box please
(3) your direct telephone number
(4) acceptance of my offer

Once you get back to me with all the above, the Cashier Check will be issued out immediately and it will be sent to you . Hope to hear from you immediately.
Regards,
*****************


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5/24/2006 4:22:22 AM

 
Noel Z. Yuseco
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/2/2005
  SO that's the scam. ANyway, I only received the first email. Before I started this thread, I emailed him loads of questions and my preference to be paid via telegraphic transfer. By law, checks are not considered as payment so I said "no" to his payment method.

I guess he was disappointed. I never heard from him.

To think I thought there was commercial value in my very personal photos. :->


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5/24/2006 4:47:43 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  rule of thumb.... if your not set up to sell photos on line treat EVERYTHING you get, every request, every notice EVERY unsolicited emil as a SCAM!!!!! If your goal is to sell on line, do it through a ligitamite site, such as Smugmug or get a BP pro site. NEVER take a money order for ANYTHING no checks and ABSOLUTLY, Under NO circumstances, never, ever, without a doubt... never even consider taking or dealing with anyone who wants you to use Western Union,,, Please people.. do a search and read up on the many many email and auction scams using Western Union.. Can I just say I see this on here and other sites day in and day out and if you can, DO NOT REPLY to ANY EMAILS!!! if for the sole purpose of them confirming your address and selling to Spammers around the world!
Good luck!
Craig-


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5/24/2006 5:17:57 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  oh yeah, plus this Alex guys message said his name was Alex James but he introduced himself and signed the email as Alex Smith.. what a ninny!
Craig-


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5/24/2006 6:36:28 AM

 
Nicole Herford   I am thinking maybe I should play into the scam and have them send me a money order and have it traced back. I should play the game just for fun!
I was just thinking - that they want to purchase my prints but I have never given them a quote - so what if I tell them I want $300 a print! LOL will they actually go through the trouble LOL


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5/24/2006 7:38:00 AM

 
Jennifer L. Wright
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/3/2005
  OMG, this person is emailing me.
Alex James.
I was just sending an email back to him asking about why he was sending an overdraft cashier check.
CREEPY


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6/9/2006 7:54:41 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  do not cast it!! do not send him any money at all... just write and tell him he sent too much so your returning the whole check. (personally, I wouldnt send it back, just tell him you will...lol) Let him suffer and wait for the $$$ that he's never gonna see.
Craig-


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6/9/2006 9:25:34 AM

 
Craig m. Zacarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/3/2005
  the best way to combat this is to tell them you only take paypal, then theyll say they dont have it, so you tell em, get it, its easy and free, then theyll say, I dont use credit cards, tell them to link it to their checking acct.. then theyll say they have no checking acct, tell them, I dont accept ANYTHING for western union money order... then you prolly wont ever hear from them again!
Craig-


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6/9/2006 9:27:30 AM

 
Jennifer L. Wright
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/3/2005
  I never confirmed anything with him.
It was fishy from the beginning. He didn't send anything b/c he doesn't have my address.
I told him good luck with his legal issues. This is probably some kid in his dorm room.
Has anyone contacted betterphoto about this?


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6/9/2006 9:49:02 AM

 
Jennifer L. Wright
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/3/2005
  Here's what he sent me....


Hello,
Thanks very much for your email,The reason I am sending you this email is to make final reconfirmation of the(Sunrise Glow Vilcabamba, Ecuador at sunrise. Dry brushed in PS. Uploaded on 4/6/2006 12:25:57 AM Made with Canon EOS 20D Digital SLR Camera size 8 x 10------15 in quantities $300) and also to let you know that payment will be by certified Cashier Check. In view of this I need you to email me any information that may be required to send the Cashier Check or traveller check, as I do not want to send the Cashier Check to a wrong location least they gets into the wrong hands. Regarding the shipping,due to the weight of the artwork,cause of the crating and packing some courier service do not render shipment, I have a company that takes care of the pick up of my consignments
for me and ship to my destination , you do not worry about shipping, the company will send down a representative to arrange the sales documentation and the pick up from your end for onward transfer to my destination

I also want to alert you on the fact that you will be receiving an overdraft Cashier Check, which will cover the money for the pickup (pickup and shipping to the final destination) as well as the money to be paid to the company that will take care of the pickup and the documentation with you. So please, as soon as you receive the Cashier Check, go and cash them immediately, deduct the money that accrues to you(artworks & commision), and send the balance to the Head Office of the company that handles the shipment via the nearest Western Union agent in your area. Deduct the Western Union charges from the balance and send the remaining.

The Cashier Check will be in your name to make it easier for you to receive
payment, deduct your money for the artworks and send the balance via Western Union as regards my earlier direction, please reconfirm your details one more time. I will give you the details of the company that you will send the balance of the money to once I get a reply and agreement that you will send the money via Western Union money transfer after you cash the Cashier Check.
Once the money is received by the agent, the shipping agent will contact you immediately to arrange the documentation as well as the pick up immediately. So in view of the above, here are some of the details I will need for final issuance of the Cashier Check to you.

(1) Full Name
(2) Mailing address, not p.o.box please
(3) your direct telephone number
(4) acceptance of my offer

Once you get back to me with all the above, the Cashier Check will be issued out immediately and it will be
sent to you . Hope to hear from you immediately.
Regards,
Alex.


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6/9/2006 9:51:56 AM

 
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