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post #1 of 10
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Hi guys! I have an opinion question for all of you. Do you find it helpful for sellers to include stock pictures (basically, pictures from online retailers in which the jeans in question are being modeled) in Ebay listings, or do you think it's simply annoying? I've found that certain styles and fabric blends are just difficult to photograph well (super dark and super lightweight/drapey denim, mainly), so I've resorted to providing stock pictures (in addition to my own pictures, of course). I don't want it to be a turn-off, though. I only started doing this recently, but already I've seen that some hard-to-photograph/hard-to-sell styles have moved a lot more quickly once I made the main photo a stock pic of the item being modeled.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 10

you should always add some real, actual pics of the item you want to sell. I really like it to see a direct comparison between stock and actual pics.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

^Well of course. I always have my own pictures--I'm talking about adding stock pics in addition to my own pics (which are always included at the bottom of each listing--I host them on Photobucket because I really don't want to give Ebay more money to host my pics)

post #4 of 10

I dont know how it is in your countries but you can get sued for compensation in germany if you use pictures that are not your own.

some lawyers are looking only for people that are using stock pics on ebay and then they sue you cause you break the copyright laws and they easily can make money out of it.

 

so be careful, the current legal situation is dangerous for private sellers at least here in germany.

may be its different in other countries.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

^Oh wow, good to know! I am not in Germany but I will definitely make sure to avoid pictures from German sites just in case. The majority of the pictures I end up using are for out-of-stock items anyway (I tend to sell things that are discontinued and can't be found anywhere else) so I'm hoping nobody will be too offended.

post #6 of 10

its like a jungle when you dont have knowledge in law.

everybody who uses stock pics is moving on thin ice because if you are not the originator you dont have the rights to use the pictures.

 

mostly the companies dont investiigate that much but for example there was a wave of lawsuits of abercrombie&fitch in the past years here in germany.

everyone who was selling their stuff in new condition has received a complaint and if they used stock pics they get additionally penalized.

more then 5 items sold a month regardless of wheather new or used they complaint. if you just sold 1 item new anyway.

 

it was all because abercrombie wanted to launch their branches in europe and their marketing department was convinced that its a good method to punish all the international sellers of their stuff.

 

in these days their policy was that abercrombie was only availible in the usa and the onlinestore so that every seller out of the usa had no rights to sell A&F goods.

they had units of investigation that searched the internet and especially ebay for sellers of abercrombie and they get immediately sued and banned by a lawyers office her in germany called Winterstein.

the sellers had to pay huge amounts by way of punishment and a lot of them are dead broke now

just for delinquincy in copyrights. ignorance is no excuse in law.

 

some experts here in germany telling to avoid selling as a privat person particularly on ebay with  paypal and the internet because you have no clue about trading rights etc. so that you might end up in court with a good chance to lose the case although there were no bad intentions.

and again ignorance is no excuse in law.

 

its just a warning but Im pretty sure that in the united states are nearly the same copyright laws as in germany. take china as an opposite. I know they dont give a damn about copyright laws for foreign countries/companies/trademarks and their goods but for their own products or inventions of course.

 

so you are also in the position that you break the law if you use former stock pics no matter if they are 7 years old or 2 easily because they are not yours. if you ask the copmany to use them and they give their ok you be on the save side.

 

I had some problems on my own with this company(A&F) so I made some invetigations and its all difficult and so damn much knowledge that I should study law.

and additionally its not a question of somebody is being offended its a question of money and marketing strategy and at least pathetic and hypocritical lawyers who need to make money.

they abuse their mandate just for making cash.

 

its like a mob of cheaps where you have to pick the black ones and everyone of them can be milked. not fair but true.


Edited by Der_Knechter666 - 9/16/10 at 5:51am
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mostly the companies dont investiigate that much but for example there was a wave of lawsuits of abercrombie&fitch in the past years here in germany.

everyone who was selling their stuff in new condition has received a complaint and if they used stock pics they get additionally penalized.

more then 5 items sold a month regardless of wheather new or used they complaint. if you just sold 1 item new anyway.

 

it was all because abercrombie wanted to launch their branches in europe and their marketing department was convinced that its a good method to punish all the international sellers of their stuff.

 

in these days their policy was that abercrombie was only availible in the usa and the onlinestore so that every seller out of the usa had no rights to sell A&F goods.

they had units of investigation that searched the internet and especially ebay for sellers of abercrombie and they get immediately sued and banned by a lawyers office her in germany called Winterstein.

the sellers had to pay huge amounts by way of punishment and a lot of them are dead broke now

just for delinquincy in copyrights. ignorance is no excuse in law.

 

Anyone can sell any number of new items from Abercrombie & Fitch in any country.  That's a last effort by a dying company to save their own butts any way they can.  As long as you're not using stock pictures (which yes, is illegal), they have no right to keep you from reselling.  No company can prevent you from reselling anything unless you specifically sign off on the fact that you won't resell it when you buy it and are then breaking a contract.  A&F's just mad because they make stupid clothes with way too many logos and people aren't interested in advertising for a dying brand.
 

post #8 of 10

thats so damn wrong and I cant believe that you write that down.

a company that is selling stuff only in the US can easily ban sellers of their stuff in europe and it ends in a financial penalty for the first time.

 

check your facts man.

just a few words about abercrombie, europe germany and banned sellers on ebay via google should make you wiser

I was in court with my lawyer so stop posting nonsense please.

 

since they have a branch in europe (london) its allowed to sell their stuff in europe but only if you are a private seller.

means less then 5 items a month. its thin ice cause if you sell 60 items every year in NWT condition they maybe imply you commercial trading.

nobody cares about your opinion or taste on A&F, I just wanted to give an example of the legal situation.

I dont like A&F either but some of their jackets are looking pretty good.

 

topic is stock pics on ebay.

but in this case we agree with each other. illegal to use them.


Edited by Der_Knechter666 - 9/20/10 at 7:25am
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Sounds like most of the discussion was pointed towards selling US brands in Europe...which doesn't pertain to me because I'm in the US...

 

I've found that a lot of items that were previously really difficult to photograph, and therefore hard to sell (dark wash, wide leg cuts with lightweight fabric) have sold much faster when the buyers could see them on a person (albeit an airbrushed, underfed person). Also, it prevent creepy buyers from asking you to model the items for them.

post #10 of 10

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