02/21/2021 at 10:31 am #86070
For the next month I am going to try and focus on higher end items, I am fortunate that eBay is currently a side venture for me, so I am able to experiment and still keep the lights on.
I’ve been working with background removal and adding video.
My biggest deficit is the descriptive aspect of listing. My descriptive writing skills are incredibly poor. I’ve been wondering lately if there would be a way farm that part out. Does anyone hire people to describe their listings?
Anythoughts on the attached? Perhaps a better title? Thanks for looking.
02/21/2021 at 12:05 pm #86073Steven SParticipant
- Location: South Dakota
Personally I think removing the background looks bad, the picture of it on a wood surface looks so much more pleasing.
Also, try an avoid having your finger in a photo, especially a closeup, it’s distracting. Call the ‘scrape’ a minor blemish.
Only use the determiner ‘an’ before words that begin with a vowel.
02/21/2021 at 2:23 pm #86075
Title: remove the slashes, they’re discordant. I would rearrange the wording a little to say Blown Glass Art Sculpture Large Footed Bowl 21″ x 8″ Handmade
Condition: agree with Steven S. Don’t call it a scrape, call it a blemish. It’s glass, folks don’t want to think of their glass having a scrape. 😉
Description: I LOVE the video, it’s beautiful and gives a wonderful view of the piece in its “natural habitat.” When you write a description for an expensive piece, you need to paint a picture of what the buyer is looking for. Describe the item, suggest places where it could be used, discuss provenance, and finally, discuss condition. I’ve written up a sample suggestion for you, please feel free to use, amend, or discard as you choose. No offense will be taken.
This magnificent hand blown glass art sculpture, with its long, swooping lines and elegant curves, will grace any room. Place it pride of place on a table, or a display shelf. Delicately colored, it will suit most classic, traditional, or even modern decor schemes. It can be useful, holding trinkets or fruit in its shallow bowl, or merely decorative. The piece is from the estate of a dedicated glassware collector who had a keen eye for lovely treasures. As pictures are worth 1,000 words, please view this delightful sculpture in this short video (link)
Being handmade, there are air bubbles and other minor imperfections in the glass. These are naturally occuring and should not be considered defects. There is a small blemish on the underside of the bowl which is less than 1/4 of an inch and very hard to see.
P.S. You have a couple grammar mistakes in the last line where you tell folks to view the video on a PC
02/21/2021 at 2:26 pm #86076
P.P.S You may want to include shipping information. If they’re dropping close to a grand, they want to know that you’re going to treat this item with the respect it deserves.
E.g. The sculpture will be carefully packed and double boxed for safe shipping. We will use (insert shipping – recommend a courier, not USPS) and will require a signature for receipt.
02/21/2021 at 3:40 pm #86078
Wow thank you both for the brilliant advice. Updated!
@amatino – you have a gift with words. I am a numbers guy, and describing things with words is supremely challenging for me. What you wrote would have taken me a hour to come up with. I have taken you up on your offer and copied the text.
@Steve I am going to stick with white background for now. I don’t know why google and eBay are doubling down on it but it seams to be the trend. I did take out my thumb. You are correct, I am no handle model.
02/21/2021 at 5:12 pm #86079
02/22/2021 at 10:14 am #86095LukastreasuretroveParticipant
- Location: Chevy Chase, MD
@debitendcreits – That is a great piece. I didn’t see it before you made the changes but it looks great now.
I took a look through your store quickly. The pictures you take on the wooden table with the grey brick background look nice, especially for pieces like that glass piece. Have that Etsy feel to them. I personally find listings that use the background removal tool distracting. I take all of my pictures on a white background now. I found that using a photographers background from B&H really makes a significant difference (as opposed to using white craft paper, white foam board, white sheets, etc. ) Only drawback there is a need for a dedicated photo place and a way to hang the paper. It’s not that expensive as I find I only need a new role every few years.
02/22/2021 at 10:59 am #86099
Retro, do you not find the “glare” on the vinyl a problem? For very reflective pieces, I find it problematic. I even had a buyer write to me about the “crack” on a mug, which was actually just reflection of a light source.
02/22/2021 at 9:00 pm #86138Retro Treasures WVParticipant
There is no glare. It is more of a matte finish. Very durable and it can be cleaned and even touched up with white shoe polish if it gets dinged. I replace my backdrop about once a year if it gets to many dings from bulky and/or sharp things.
02/22/2021 at 7:27 pm #86135
This listing was particularly challenging which is why I went with the video – for funky shaped items like this it’s the only way to capture the look of the thing.
My previous photos where in from of a white cloth and they looked terrible. The shadows made everything look gray. The shot on wood bench looks okay to me, but translucent items often take on the coloring of the thing they are set on.
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