Turn Your Snapshot Into a Jackpot – How to Sell Vacation Photos on eBay

If you’re like most Americans, you probably have albums full of vacation photos from over the years stacked on shelves around your home. Scenes of the Grand Canyon, Trevi Fountain, or the Eiffel Tower bring back fond memories of fun times on the road or in the air. Perhaps you might even have a photo or two from a vacation blown up into a bigger size in a frame hanging on a wall in your home or office. But have you ever thought that these photos could turn into cash? Many restaurants, corporate offices, dentist or doctor offices, cafes, and even just a home or apartment feature scenic views of faraway places to soothe visitors. eBay is the perfect place to sell these photos since they can be acquired cheaply and even in larger quantities for one-stop-shop decorating. Knowing how to properly advertise your photos on eBay can attract these decorators and turn into a jackpot for you.

First, you want to choose photos that will sell. Obviously snapshots of cousin Eddie standing in front of a fiberglass dinosaur at the desert rest stop will not be of interest to most people. But good quality scenes of famous places or beautiful pictures of tranquil landscapes will appeal to many decorators. Scenes from national parks such as rivers, mountains, canyons, desert, or glaciers will appeal to many, as well as monuments that are familiar or interesting, such as architecture, statues, or fountains. Photos of a London phone booth, the Rialto Bridge in Venice, the Great Wall of China, elephants on an African plain, or a fish market in Tokyo will have wide appeal and, depending on the photo’s structure, will make a wonderful centerpiece for a room. You can choose from photographs you already have, or the next time you go on vacation, you can take a few extra snapshots to sell.

Next, the way you title your listing will have the most impact on your sale. Getting your photo viewed is more than half of the battle. Thinking of key words for your title, such as “Venice” as well as “Italy” will help those searching by either word and yield more hits for you. Some bidders may come to eBay looking for photos, but others may be impulse shoppers and drop by your listing out of curiosity. Luring these shoppers with key words, such as “China” or “elephant” may garner a bid, even if they were originally looking for a China doll or an elephant bracelet charm. With thousands of posters and prints for sale, setting your photo apart in your description is key. You should paint the picture of how your photo can be used. Don’t make the buyer have to do the work and think of how it can be displayed-display it for them. Such descriptions as “just the thing to welcome your guests in the lobby of your office,” or “golden hues of the sun setting on the Rialto Bridge will turn the walls of your cafe or living room into Venice for your guests.” It is critical to tell your bidders whether or not they will receive the photo framed (this will significantly affect your listing price), if the photo will arrive rolled in a tube or flat, the dimensions of the photo (you may want to offer bidders their choice within a range), and if the photo is color, black and white, gloss, or matte finish. You may also want to consider selling photos in a lot to attract those who are doing decorating for large spaces and multiple venues.

Finally, you must provide a photo of the landscape you offer for sale. Spend $50 on a cheap digital camera or lose the sale. Spend the extra 25 cents for the gallery listing and increase your visibility. You may want to offer a photo of your landscape as a whole, as well as a close up of the main area of the landscape so viewers can get a sense of the quality of your work.

Vacation photos sitting in photo albums have wonderful sentimental value for your family. But extending that value and putting money in your pocket is only an eBay away.

Is a Snapshot Printer Right For You? Take the Test and Find Out

The digital camera significantly advanced the ease and convenience of capturing and sharing images when it was introduced years ago. For those shutterbugs who wanted a hard copy of those images, the ability to print and edit photos at home was a hallmark. Additions to the line up of printers available in recent years have provided even greater convenience however; allowing the immediate gratification of producing prints anywhere we go rather than waiting to return home to produce the images we capture. Snapshot printers have added portability to the process of creating prints.

Most of the major printer manufacturers now offer snapshot printer models. By answering just a few questions about their individual preferences, consumers can determine if these handy printers are the right choice for them.

Is there a frequent need to print pictures while away from home?

Snapshot printers allow users to take them anywhere they go. In general, they weigh from 2.5 to 5 pounds and are built for portability with handles for easy carrying. In addition, they connect with a camera or memory card directly or via a wireless connection such as Bluetooth or IR cutting out the need for a computer. Portability is the primary reason for selecting a snapshot printer.

Is there a need for a very simple and easy process to create prints?

Snapshot printers perform only one function, creating prints from a digital camera. Because of this and the ability to remove the computer from the equation, the printing process is very simple. Snapshot printers accept only precut paper to create 4×6 or in a few instances 5×7 or 4×12 prints, thus no trimming is needed once printing is completed. Most snapshot printers also offer a small LCD screen to allow users to make quick edits to crop pictures or make other adjustments. Ease of use and the space saving aspects of snapshot printers are another common reason for selecting them.

Will the printer need to produce text documents?

If users want a printer that will readily produce photographic prints as well as text documents a snapshot printer should be thought of only as a second device as they do not multi-task. These printers produce prints of the images on a camera exclusively. In addition, the sizes of the prints they are capable of producing is generally limited to 4×6 although some models offer other sizes as mentioned previously.

Is overall cost and quality of prints more important than portability?

The average snapshot printer is not expensive but offers no savings over their multi-tasking cousins. The average price is in the neighborhood of $80 to $200 with a per print cost of between $ 0.25 to $0.45. Snapshot printers are primarily dye sublimation or inkjet and offer very good photo quality although it is certainly not superior to the larger and more versatile full sized printers. The choice to purchase a snapshot printer is generally not based on superior print quality or pricing.

Clearly, snapshot printers rule the market for offering consumers the ability print photos immediately, any where they may take their camera. Although their functions are more limited than all-in-one or many traditional printers they meet a need for creating very good quality prints quickly and easily.

A New Way to Use Old Snapshots

If you’re like me, you have hundreds of photographs sitting in envelopes. Pictures from birthday parties, weddings, family gatherings, anniversaries, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You have already put the best snapshots into albums and these are leftovers. You don’t want to throw them away, but you also don’t know what to do with them.

Instead of letting your snapshots take up space and contribute to the clutter in your home, use them to make collages (at a cost of less than $10 each) that you can give as Christmas gifts to family and friends. Here’s how:

  1. Assess your collection of pictures. Do you have several dozen of your spouse or significant other? Your parents? Your children? Grandparents? A friend? A beloved pet? Decide which person would like to receive these pictures and divide them into groups accordingly.
  2. Buy a picture frame with glass (either 5×7 or 8×10) for each collage you are going to make. Department stores sometimes have sales on picture frames, and you can often purchase a suitable frame for $5 or less.
  3. Cut a sheet of paper (use cardstock, 24# paper or light cardboard) to match the size of the opening on the picture frame.
  4. Cut out the background of the pictures, leaving just the people (or pets). Cut out enough pictures to cover the sheet of paper.
  5. Arrange the cut-out pictures on the paper. Mix and match and experiment. Try placing the pictures at different angles.
  6. After you have an idea of how you would like to arrange the pictures, glue them to the paper. (Check the label to make sure that you can use the glue with photographs.) Cover the entire sheet of paper with pictures.
  7. When the glue is dry, insert the paper into the frame.

Collages are not only a good way to use your old snapshots, but the recipients also will cherish them for years to come as a special and thoughtful gift.

© 2003 LeAnn R. Ralph