Alex McConahay said:
...So, how much could a picture tell somebody? Or am I missing something?
I am one of those people who likes to see at least one good photo of something I'm considering buying. I don't mean a stock photo from a web site but a photo of the actual item for sale. Here are some reasons.
1. I've run across a few ads where the item is sometimes accidentally misrepresented. In other words, the description and the photo do not match. This has usually been the result of the seller not being very knowedgeable about the item or its variations.
2. Some people place ads with maybe half a line of descriptive information, so a photo can make up the difference. Example: Seller places an ad for a 2" Televue diagonal. A couple photos can tell me if it's an Everbrite or not, and if it's the compression ring type or not. These facts make a big difference in value.
3. Some people's idea of "Excellent Condition" does not match mine. A photo can tell a lot more about condition than words. Items that appear to be filthy usually don't get a second look.
4. If an item has "defects", photos give me a better idea as to whether or not I can live with those defects.
5. A photo helps clarify what is included in a sale which might have many components.
6. The inclusion of photos and the quality of those photos tells me a lot about the seller. One poor quality, out of focus photo earns minus points. Several clear sharp photos, maybe with a closeup or two, earns positive points. I use this information to determine if I really want to do business with this person.
In addition to wanting to see photos of stuff I am looking to buy, I take the time to include as many good photos as practical of stuff I'm selling, which has had a positive effect on my sales. Usually the response from the buyer is "I want it. Where do I send the money?", rather than asking a bunch of questions. I also get very few low offers.
Try including some good photos in your ads and see if they don't make stuff sell faster and easier.