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Former Member06/06/2019 17:48:46

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AJW06/06/2019 17:58:55
359 forum posts
135 photos

Quite agree, not just lathes - most items, even most smartphones to a pretty good job these days.


Grizzly bear06/06/2019 21:48:45
285 forum posts
8 photos

They were probably Estate Agents in a previous life!


Roger Provins 206/06/2019 22:12:25
344 forum posts

Contact them and ask for more photos. As a seller I'm sometimes asked to photograph a specific part of an item. Only too happy to oblige.

Hollowpoint07/06/2019 10:49:47
442 forum posts
56 photos

I know what you mean, there is a lathe on there now with about 4-5 grainy photos which seem to have been taken using some aerial photography technique. face 16 Do these sellers not realise that good photos will earn them more money?

old Al07/06/2019 10:59:37
184 forum posts

Regular tricks are to photo a photo and also to publish the photos upside down. Alarm bells always ring and however much i want the item, i just cant bring myself to buy the item. Its a scammers world out there. be careful of anything out of the ordinary.

If someone wants to sell their item, they should take the time to do the job properly, its not difficult to take and publish photos these days. Good photos sell products, bad photos only indicate flaws

Bazyle07/06/2019 12:32:04
6081 forum posts
221 photos

Another very annoying trait, often with garage traders, is to slap a ruler down in the general vicinity of the item, not even lined up or too out of focus to see the graduations, because they are too lazy to measure it up. Then they don't list the tooth count of gears, sizes of drills, collets etc, don't measure the relevant dimensions of things, add "must see" to the description, give their location as London, don't mention the item is located fifty miles away from the listing address, call things a lathing machine, add "not Myford" to the listing............

Guy Lamb07/06/2019 12:54:42
109 forum posts

Probably because the vendors of some of the machines and equipment on E-bay are merely disposing of a deceased loved ones workshop and don't necessarily know what important features/dimensions/ware points &c a potential buyer would like to be made aware of.


Former Member07/06/2019 13:02:17

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Mick B107/06/2019 13:19:57
2047 forum posts
117 photos

I'd never bid on anything not well-enough photographed to get a good understanding of its condition.

There may be exceptions, but as a general rule there's one probable reason for poor photos, and that's concealment of something a buyer would want to see.

Edited By Mick B1 on 07/06/2019 13:20:15

Derek Lane07/06/2019 15:31:57
568 forum posts
112 photos

One of my things that get me is when something is advertised under so many different heading. One example is carving tools for woodwork they insist on putting them under the heading of turning tools as well.

There are so many things wrong in the advertising on there just so they can get a sale even if it means selling to someone who is new to a bobby and does not know better for example X tool when used for Y application is dangerous but still advertise it under the Y heading

Martin King 207/06/2019 17:35:56
885 forum posts
380 photos

Hi All,

Good clear photos are ESSENTIAL for happy EBay selling. We take a lot of care over ours and I usually cut & paste a larger insert of the makers name or any pertinent point on the item.

Always take several views and sometime put dimensions in the photo also.

This saves answering reams of questions!

Mind you we still get endless questions which could all be answered if people actually read the listing descriptions! angry

The worst thing is being asked for shipping costs because they cannot use the pull down rates menu, Grrrr!

We also take pics of cartons etc before shipping to any slightly dodgy countries.

NEVER ship to Chile or Brazil if you can possibly help it!

Cheers, Martin

Former Member10/06/2019 17:56:28

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old mart10/06/2019 18:17:50
3411 forum posts
210 photos

I have been selling some things on ebay recently and use an slr with a macro lens and a ring flash. Multi megapixel resolution is not required, I set the camera to 2 megapixels having found that the photos take forever to transfer to ebay if the full resolution is used. I also check each photo for the right focus and exposure before using them.

Chris Trice10/06/2019 20:44:15
1362 forum posts
9 photos

The one that gets me is people who sell chuck jaws separately who also have the jawless chuck they obviously came from for sale as well. It's like selling a car without the doors and offering the doors separately. It just comes across as miserly and penny pinching. Just sell the matched set of pieces together.

Mick B110/06/2019 20:53:19
2047 forum posts
117 photos
Posted by Chris Trice on 10/06/2019 20:44:15:

The one that gets me is people who sell chuck jaws separately who also have the jawless chuck they obviously came from for sale as well. It's like selling a car without the doors and offering the doors separately. It just comes across as miserly and penny pinching. Just sell the matched set of pieces together.

Never actually seen that, but it's similar to bad photography.

There's only one likely reason for not being straightforward.

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