Tips for Taking Photos

Taking the Right Pictures

We encourage you to take as many photos as you need to tell a story about your item.  For maximum profit, you’ll want to put buyers at ease so they know exactly what they’re  bidding on. Cover all angles and show any features that affect the lot’s value. Here’s an example of an ideal set of photos:



These photos were chosen for the item’s cleanliness, lighting, close-ups, angles, and because they show the rust so as to not hide flaws from a potential buyer.

Getting the Most Out of the Barcode System

There are two important guidelines when cataloging with the Barcode System:

1. First, always photograph the barcode before you photograph the corresponding item. This will save you a significant amount of time when uploading your photos, because our software recognizes the barcode and puts every item after it into a lot. The software begins a new lot when a new barcode is read.

2. The second guideline is to make sure the barcode photos are clear and readable. We recommend using the MACRO lens on your camera if it is enabled with one. Also make sure that the left edge of your photo is in the white space before the barcode. An example of a good barcode photo looks like this:

3. And not like this:

4. Our system reads at the first dark colored line and will stop at any extended white space, so make sure that your barcode is photographed cleanly and precisely and you will maximize efficiency during upload.


Should you forget to take a picture of a barcode first or if some dark metal slips into the frame, you will be able to fix the order of your images in the Photo Manager after upload. You do not need to go back and delete a series of photos because the barcode is not out front! This tutorial is just to inform you of the fastest and most efficient way to catalog. It is certainly not the only way.

You are now ready to start Uploading!

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