Pet Peeve! Am I to Picky???

Antique Student Desk - An antique desk
Grand Junction, Colorado
January 30, 2012 4:22pm CST
I'm always looking at stuff on craigslist whether it's for free or sale. I only look at the ads that have pictures uploaded, no picture I'm not interested. Why is it that people can't take pictures and post them on the ad so that you can see the item? Meaning the picture is sideways or upside down, has so much shadow you can't tell what's in the picture, or it was taken so far way you can't make out what it is. I mean really, with digital camera's and photoshop it's impossible not to load a picture that looks good and you can see the item and that it's right side up. I posted something this weekend and I brought it into the light took a dozen pictures of the item, chose 4 that showed all the angles of the item, I had also polished it up. A nice item, with great pictures, the way it should be as far as I'm concerned. So why don't people take pictures that show the item off, make people want to come and get it. Whether it's for sale or for free, the better your item is displayed the better chance you have of getting rid of said item. Am I correct? Does it bother others to not be able to make out the item? How about the quality of the item being shown? I don't want to drive over and take a look at something that should have been thrown away, I'm not interested in removing your garbage for you. Just wondering what others think of this practice? I know years ago that people posted classified ads for stuff for sale and they had no pictures then, but lets face it, gas was less expensive then, most people have access to a camera, as I said the ones I view all have pictures they just aren't that great the majority of the time. Anyone have any ideas why?
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• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Jan 12
I think its mostly because people are too busy now a days to take pride in anything and everything they do. They are always in a rush. They want things to sell and get mad when it doesnt but then dont take the time to make it presentable! Makes no sense to me and it is annoying...
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
31 Jan 12
@ Loving, But if they took the time to take a picture or 2 already it only takes seconds to turn the picture and save it. It only takes a minute or two to take a dozen pictures and then pick out the best one. How hard is it to open a blind for light or turn on a lamp? I agree that everyone is in a rush nowadays and no one takes pride in the things they do either. It is very annoying. Then they complain about people not wanting the stuff after looking at it. Really?
• Grand Junction, Colorado
31 Jan 12
@ mike, No Amish people in England? They do live the simple life don't they. Probably don't complain near as much as the rest of the world either.
@Lucky15 (33624)
• Philippines
22 Feb 16
we sometimes need to see it not just to visualize it. :)
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
22 Feb 16
I think that since we all have different perspectives on how "nice" something is, they should include a picture. I have seen some stuff with pictures where I think wow you just want me to come haul off your junk to the dump. Nearly everyone has a camera on the their phone and something like 90% have a smart phone, so if you take pictures with your phone and enter the internet you never have to upload or download anything. All done with your smart devise. However the amount of stuff on craigslist with no pictures is more than people without the proper devises. Just saying, lol.
@Lucky15 (33624)
• Philippines
22 Feb 16
@beaniefanatic13 ahaha. It is hard to buy something that we can not see.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
22 Feb 16
@Lucky15 , impossible for me.
@shaggin (29437)
• United States
6 May 16
I do not shop on craigslist but I understand exactly what you are saying and it drives me nuts. I don't know if craigslist charges a fee to add more then one photo or not but maybe that is an issue for some people if they do charge? I always make sure the photos I post on facebook or for sale anywhere are good quality. No one wants to buy or see photos that you can barely even make out what it is of. That drives me nuts.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
6 May 16
@ shaggin83, craigslist doesn't charge a fee and they allow you up to 24 pictures now. I just listed a vehicle and added 12 pictures from all different angles to my add at no charge.
@shaggin (29437)
• United States
6 May 16
@beaniefanatic13 ahh I see so then really there is no excuse for them to do this.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
6 May 16
@shaggin, nope, especially with our technology today.
@simone10 (22251)
• Louisville, Kentucky
5 Oct 15
I feel the same way about pictures. A couple of months ago, we were looking on Craigslist for a puppy and you wouldn't believe how many didn't have pictures.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
5 Oct 15
I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one that has a problem. A picture at least gives you an idea if your interested to set up a date and time, no picture and you could be wasting a lot of time that had you had a picture you could have crossed it off you list to begin with.
@simone10 (22251)
• Louisville, Kentucky
9 Oct 15
@beaniefanatic13 I agree. I wonder sometimes if they don't have a picture so that they can get our email address because they usually say in the comments that they will provide a picture upon request.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
9 Oct 15
@simone10, Never thought of that.
• United States
30 Jan 12
I agree with you 100 percent! I do not look at anything on Craigslist without a picture, nor would I ever even think to buy something without seeing it first. I go through this on Ebay too, no picture, not for me. Do they really think I'm going to take their word for it?, lol! When I was looking at cars, there were quite a few without pictures....really? Are you kidding me? I also agree with you about driving somewhere and finding out the item SHOULD have been thrown out, which I wouldn't waste my time to do in the first place. People have reasons for not uploading photo's and I tend to believe it's because it's junk, or badly damaged. I remember once going to a garage sale and the guy was selling old plastic margarine/butter containers (and they weren't even washed out), the old margarine was still sticking to the sides. Talk about something that should be thrown out or used in your own house for leftovers, but really, trying to sell them?..geesh, haha!
• Grand Junction, Colorado
31 Jan 12
Forgot to address the butter bowls. First that's just gross not to wash them. Had I put something like that out(which I highly doubt I would do they would have been in my free box.) I see no reason that someone would want to buy them, now maybe if they were given to someone that was starting out and needed containers, but CLEAN, well maybe. Certainly not at a cost.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
30 Jan 12
They just dontt ake the time to get a good light on the item and nhardly ever show all the sides
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
31 Jan 12
I just wonder why? Are they lazy? Wonder if they they are like that in all aspects of life.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
31 Jan 12
probably and probably not
@lilnana1111 (2451)
• United States
10 Mar 16
I agree with you, I don't look at the adds if they don't have photos. If they really want to sell ot, take a good picture, and they should clean the item first.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
10 Mar 16
I agree, that people should always clean up the stuff they want to sell. It's more appealing to the eye when something is clean versus dirty.
• United States
2 Mar 16
The answer is the same as why do people sell dirty stuff at yard sales...because they don't care enough to do it the right way. Everyone is in a hurry to make money but they don't make things look like something people want to buy.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
2 Mar 16
That is another pet peeve of mine. When I have a garage sale I plane it out a few weeks ahead of time, everything has a price all is cleaned including all clothes that were boxed and bagged up. It takes some time, but the sale goes more smoothly when it's organized. I feel better that when someone buys something from me that it's clean and has in most cases been well taken care of.
@fawkes62 (1357)
• United States
24 Feb 16
For me it depends on what the item is. We had a dryer that quit working and I put it on craigslist, no picture attached. It took a few days, but someone called and wanted it. He fixes them up or uses them for parts and then sells them. If I'm trying to sell something, or giving away something that works and is in decent condition, I'll take a picture. If I'm giving away something that will most likely be sold for scrap metal, it isn't worth it to take a picture.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
24 Feb 16
That completely makes sense for those types of items to not have a picture, put many other things really require a picture, my 2 cents.
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@AnneEJ (5102)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
23 Feb 16
Guess some people just don's take the time to prepare a picture, and post it. I used to sell on e-bay and my daughter always helped me with pictures.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
23 Feb 16
I think that presentation is important whether its a store front or online. When you take a picture of something your selling or trying to give away the picture should have appeal. Of course that's just my 2 cents worth!
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@jstory07 (59606)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Oct 15
The better the picture the faster your item is going to be gone.
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
9 Oct 15
I completely agree, and when you have multiple pictures with different angles it's even better.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
31 Jan 12
I post alot of my cards online and like you I bring them to the light...and take several pictures and post the best of the best. You would think they would do the best they could so that the sale or give away would be quicker! I don't get it!
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• Grand Junction, Colorado
31 Jan 12
I agree it, should be easier to get rid of either for free or selling if it's presented attractively.
@TheHorse (54429)
• Pleasant Hill, California
26 Aug 16
The mean (average) is good, said some brainy bird. Maybe Socrates--I'm not sure. One stereo freak colleague of mine takes dozens of pictures for each Craigslist or eBay listing. It's as if he's paranoid someone is going to criticize him for not disclosing something wrong. Overwhelming. Another is too lazy or too depressed to take pictures. Easy to ignore. I try to take about three pictures for each listing. Then I discuss the item with prospective buyers. I always demand a phone number so I can talk to someone who might be coming to my home (Craigslist).
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@Tampa_girl7 (22149)
• United States
20 May 16
I like a picture to look at too.
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@BelleStarr (33671)
• Portland, Connecticut
7 May 16
I can't imagine why in this day and age people can't upload a nice photo. I would be very suspicious of one that was unclear, dark or off focus.
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@PainsOnSlate (19613)
• Canada
23 Feb 16
I buy roofing slate on Craigslist and I know what it looks like so I don't need a photo.(although most sellers do post a photo to give you an idea of mow many are for sale. My daughter has purchased some fabulous furniture because the of the photos. She would not be interested without a photo.
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@much2say (36257)
• United States
31 Jan 12
Long time ago, I know I was not savvy with digital cameras and uploading it onto the computer. Sounds lame, but it's true (and I was a graphic artist!). So it's possible some of these people don't know how to do it (yet). I have a friend who's on Facebook all the time, but she still doesn't know how to do simple computer things - like uploading pics - so she has to get her husband (who's never home) to do it for her. Some may not even have a camera for that matter (I didn't have a phone with photo taking abilities for a long time). My parent-in-laws don't have a digital camera, and even if they did, they probably can't work it for beans (let alone uploading anything to the computer)! On that note, there is also the mentality that it's a "bother". Now, taking pics and uploading them is no big deal because I do it all the time. But I remember there was a time when I did think it was too much work (for free items anyway). When I gave the free stuff away on Craigslist or Freecycle, I'd give pretty good details of the item, along with the condition or any flaws. Priority went to the folks who said they'd come pick it up - rather than the people who asked me to send them pics or asked 50 questions about it. For selling, that's a different matter. I am at the mercy of the buyer - so I definitely want to show them what I have or I waste everyone's time including mine. Presentation does say a lot. You're right that a good photo gives a better chance of getting the sale. When I sell things, I make sure I have the type a photo that I would want to see if I were buying. Well lit, clear photos - and multiple views if possible. So for selling, I definitely post photos on Craigslist. Those dark or blurry photos are a joke. I think it's the same mentality that I used to have - that it's too much work - and these poeople may think that about photographing their stuff. Photos can always be fixed up in programs like Photoshop, but that may even be too much for some folks. There's also some people who just don't have an eye for taking photos - or have no sense about "marketing" to sell - maybe they feel the crappy photo they have is decent enough to show!
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@Shiva49 (10556)
• Singapore
23 Feb 16
I think lack of effort and appreciation for the time of others too. Better to do it right for better results - siva
@MsTickle (25007)
• Australia
8 Feb 12
I think a lot of people hear about Craigslist or similar and decide to have a go but really don't know the first thing about it. I'm the same with eBay and I'm afraid to have a go in case I stuff things up. Some people may be ignorant of the whole situation and not realise what is required, they rush in without checking the details first and then think...she'll be right, that's OK.
@bounce58 (17527)
• Canada
2 Feb 12
I think for some it's a step by step process. Specially when it comes to technology. Some may just have recently jumped to the 'online thing', now they've got to learn to be creative with their pictures! Too much for ol' folks like me! Haha!