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Offline AnthGateshead

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Selling images - Markets, Car Boot Sales etc
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:55:31 PM »
Hi all

What are people's thoughts on this?  Do you think there is much profit in it, as a second income?  I have been thinking about this for a while, maybe printing off some of my images and offering the following:

A5 - £7
A4 - £12
A3 - £18

The above is very indicative.  I know I could get images printed high quality for a lot less.  Again a s I said this would be a second income and sort of a hobby selling something that I am proud of. 
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Re: Selling images - Markets, Car Boot Sales etc
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 04:27:35 PM »
Surely it all depends on the quality of the images and the customer base you're likely to get at a car boot sale.
Local shots of the area sold at a local market sounds plausible.
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Re: Selling images - Markets, Car Boot Sales etc
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 11:56:56 PM »
At least around here, car boot sales attract people who are after bargains of the cheapest variety, and never really strike me as art lovers.... That might depends on the specific site and feel of the car boot sale though...

As Skier said, local shots at a market or something might pan out better...
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Re: Selling images - Markets, Car Boot Sales etc
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2013, 01:46:47 AM »
I always see loads of arty photos on sale at craft fairs and specialised markets.  For example we have a Christmas market in Northampton in December and there are loads of photos on sale, a lot are made into greeting cards as well (blank inside).  Any car boots I have gone to or sold stuff at are to be honest a pain in the butt.  People won't pay a reasonable price for stuff - they want everything for pence. 
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Offline AnthGateshead

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Re: Selling images - Markets, Car Boot Sales etc
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2013, 06:01:55 AM »
Surely it all depends on the quality of the images and the customer base you're likely to get at a car boot sale.
Local shots of the area sold at a local market sounds plausible.

Yes that's the plan.  All the images will be local of landmarks.  I will only sell the highest qaulity so will do plenty of test printing on my best images.  I want to sell them at an very affordable price as the cost of printing is very cheap but on the other hand want them to be seen as quality products  ???
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Re: Selling images - Markets, Car Boot Sales etc
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2013, 06:04:40 AM »
I've attended a few markets and a couple of boot sales that are in affluent areas and I have seen a gap, or I hope I have.  I may even reduce the price further to ensure sales as I want to get the pricing strategy right for the customer base as like I said the printing is pennies.
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Re: Selling images - Markets, Car Boot Sales etc
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2013, 08:09:09 AM »
Any car boots I have gone to or sold stuff at are to be honest a pain in the butt.  People won't pay a reasonable price for stuff - they want everything for pence.

This is my experience too. When we moved from Britain to Canada, we sold off many of our household items at a car boot sale. Some of our stuff was quality, and it was priced cheaply for the item. But the story was clear: people would pick something up excitedly, thinking that they had found an undiscovered treasure at a car boot sale, but when they heard the price (e.g. £5 for a £30 Caithness Paperweight) they got disappointed and put it back. They wanted it for 50p, and were assuming that I didn't know its value because it was in a car boot sale.

By choosing this as your venue, you're selling to the cheap tight-wad. And the affordability of digital SLR cameras has devalued the mediocre photo. You might pull this off by psychologically separating yourself from the crowd and presenting yourself as an artist that just happens to be amongst the cheap tat, but it'll be an uphill struggle.