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07/14/2006 04:30:58 PM · #1
I am about to go to college and was thinking about selling some of my pictures in my dad's shop (he is the owner). I bought some mats (no frames) and was going to try to sell them. The pictures are 8.5"x11", regular printing size. I have some questions:

1) How much do you think I should sell them for?

2)I need to have something of a plastic cover for the pictures so they don't get dirty. Where could I buy some?

3) Which pictures should I sell?
07/15/2006 03:56:23 PM · #2
Well... the pricing depends on how much you feel they are worth. Maybe to get an estimate you can compare yours with the other photos that your dad sells in his shop. (if he doesn't sell any, look at a different store that sells photos.)

I don't know which photos you should sell because I have no idea what they look like, but again, it is up to you to decide what you think will sell.
07/17/2006 11:49:32 AM · #3
most of the photos i am choosing from are in my portfolio
07/17/2006 11:54:15 AM · #4
I agree that you should charge whatever the market will bear (if you really want to sell them). So, check out some other places that sell prints and compare prices. Just consider the quality of those other prints and yours - plus the fact that some of the photographers may have some name recognition already.

It's tricky pricing your own work. YOU know what you think they're worth, but you have to consider what people want to buy and are willing to pay. My print prices vary depending on whether I have them in a gallery or I'm selling them myself (commission structure), plus they vary based on whether or not it is a limited edition (numbered) print.

As far as the bags go, I get mine from clearbags.com.
07/17/2006 12:00:35 PM · #5
A good place to start is 25% above what it costs you to produce it, and tweak the numbers from there. So if the print + matte + bag costs you $12, charging $20 is pretty reasonable and you still make a little profit - not bad for just starting out and really just getting your work out there. If you sell a lot, then notch it up $5, and so on. Experiment, see what works, keep in mind you probably won't be making a lot to start and that just building a customer base and getting your work out there is generally worth a break-even investment.
07/17/2006 12:20:36 PM · #6
What's your dad's shop?
that's the clientele that will be seeing your images. So if he runs a flower shop, do flower pics. A garage, then car pics maybe.

Local landmarks or landscapes may sell as well, regardless of the clientele. A 16x20 of your pet hamster probably will not. ;P

You could wrap them in saran wrap/shrink wrap. the large clear plastic bags are available several places on line, but usually in quantities of 100 or more.

I've seen 8x10s sell for $12 to $65 - again, much depends on your dad's shop. If it's in the rough secion of town and he sells bubble gum and candy you won't get as much as if it's a boutiqe store in a ritzy location.
07/18/2006 03:07:12 PM · #7
My suggestion is to frame them. It will look 100x more professional and will get noticed. You don't have to sell framed photos, but the display should look nice. Pricing is tough. Let people know you are trying to earn money for college. People will be much more willing to spend if it goes to a good cause. Get prints done in groups. A lot of places will print the first photo for say $2 and additional prints for $.95. Take some photos of local stuff to sell, people love that. I don't think $25 is too much for a matted print.
07/18/2006 04:54:16 PM · #8
Originally posted by Jmnuggy:

My suggestion is to frame them. It will look 100x more professional and will get noticed. You don't have to sell framed photos, but the display should look nice. Pricing is tough. Let people know you are trying to earn money for college. People will be much more willing to spend if it goes to a good cause. Get prints done in groups. A lot of places will print the first photo for say $2 and additional prints for $.95. Take some photos of local stuff to sell, people love that. I don't think $25 is too much for a matted print.


good adivce here. your display photos should be framed. it will give a better presentation. also many have mentioned local landmarks, I agree with that. Especially if your dad's shop attracts any tourists. As far as other things, I would make sure your dad likes the ones you choose. sounds simple but if he doesn't care for a print he won't talk much about it. Also if he has employees ask them what thier favorites are. having excited people sell your work can make a huge difference in total sales.
07/18/2006 11:06:03 PM · #9
Originally posted by Jmnuggy:

My suggestion is to frame them. It will look 100x more professional and will get noticed. You don't have to sell framed photos, but the display should look nice. Pricing is tough. Let people know you are trying to earn money for college. People will be much more willing to spend if it goes to a good cause. Get prints done in groups. A lot of places will print the first photo for say $2 and additional prints for $.95. Take some photos of local stuff to sell, people love that. I don't think $25 is too much for a matted print.


That is really a good idea, I think we can also do some custom framing and design frame according to the photograph and then put it in the market. This would give some more value to the photograph.
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