This can kill your ebay sales
What ticks me off is that you have another self-made expert now setting price trends on the things you sell on eBay. Who are they to say how much your image or item is worth?
This kind of thing just irritates me to no end.
The problem is this type of mentality;
[Me saying this]
1 8x10 silver gelatin print according sales from digital prints is $10 which is an average price so therefore all and any 8x10 regardless of what medium is only worth $10 and people should not pay a single dollar more as a price of the average estimated price is just highway robbery.
Now what these price setters forget is that;
1. Fees to pay to ebay to list
2. Time to print image
3. Time to travel to locate to find the image then take it
4. Mileage to travel to location to photograph image ( gas used )
5. Paper used to make final print
6. Depreciation of equipment
7. Hotel / Motel expenses
8. to much to list as the list goes on.
This is the problem with all self-proclaimed experts; they set values when in fact they have little understanding abut the actual value of the items they are setting a price for, for others to follow.
I can see these types of books killing ebay sales for many as they undervalue a vast array of items.
Educate, describe and inform the buyer that what you are offering is not the "list" items found in books. It's going to be a specific ad campaign that is necessary. Some will get it others won't but that's ok, you want to sell to someone who knows what they are getting and the value it has and will have.
Good point never thought of it like that. Thanks for the response.
$30 for information that eBay compiles for free? Nice racket.
Only a couple of problems with Scott's book. If you've ever looked at an antique guide, camera guide or any other "guide" you know there's a BS factor involved.
I really don't think you should be concerned with the book as I don't think he's going to have that big a market relative to Ebays user base and the ones that take the information literally you don't really need.
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"This is the problem with all self-proclaimed experts; they set values when in fact they have little understanding abut the actual value of the items they are setting a price for, for others to follow."
If the buyers follow their advices then they accomplished what they set out to do. You don't have to like it but it's quite within their right to publish such books.
That is not the point but I understand what you are saying. It is completely irresponsible. Let say we say that their book is only worth a nickel and people are only willing to pay a nickel because that is what WE value it to be and the it is worth.
Whom are we to set that price as we have no experience in what is takes to write a book or the time involved to do the editing, etc?
That is the point. Many of us do this for a living and when someone tell us what we should earn because that is what they think, they have no place as far as I am concerned. Take your job for example. What if someone said, you know, you are being over paid according to the polls and you should only make $5 an hour. Now what they didn’t take into account was your education and experience as they are just going off a generalization that everyone in your field should make X regardless of background.
That is the point. This type of thing is just getting out of control.
Ebay is an auction place. The price is determined by the buyers. Buyers who know what they want and what price they want to pay will only bid what they think is right. I can write a book telling truthfully that it costs less than $30 to make a pair of $150 shoes, but people will continue to pay the price because that's what a lot of people want.
IN what materials? What about time to make the shoe? This is what really gets me, everyone says that only takes $5 to make but what everyone forgets is the time to make it, the equipment needed to make it and the fact you have to recapture your lose and cost in the process of making the product!
I can write a book telling truthfully that it costs less than $30 to make a pair of $150 shoes
And ebay is becoming more than an auction site with the new stores, buy it now etc...
I give up you are right it is only worth $10.
Hold your ground on your pricing. You know the quality of the photos that you are selling on eBay and so do your return customers. You just have to make it clear for your auctions what you are selling and that the buyer is buying a high quality product at a reasonable price.