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Selling A Picture Question  
User currently offlinelen90 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 508 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3619 times:

Hello everyone,

Yesterday I received an email from an advertising agency inquiring about the cost to obtain a HR electronic file of one of my pictures here on airliners.net. Their client wants unlimited usage and no photo credit will be given to me. The picture would solely be used for this client and not appear anywhere else. From what I gather the image will be incorporated into a datasheet/brochure for maintenance and refurbishing capabilities distributed to parties owning the aircraft type pictured.

I have yet to sell a picture so I have no idea how much to ask for. Also would anyone here with more experience advise doing this or should I avoid it. I really would appreciate any help and advice that can be offered.

Thanks,
Len


Len90
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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3905 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3543 times:

That's an unusal sort of usage as far as I'm concerned. I suppose your photo shows some unique detail of this aircraft type, or is it just a nice general introductory picture? In the latter case it is not worth as much.

I think I'd try to ask $200 initially if I thought the picture was reasonably special to them. Some people here will probably scream that is too little for unlimited usage, but most of us are not Robert Capa.

My general advice is to basically trust the customer. Send a short, to-the-point reply. Don't play games, and don't set too many conditions of your own. They have something better to do and won't bother wiith you. If you are easy to work with they might be happy to pay a highish price.

Peter 



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User currently offlinenpeterman From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

The one thing I would add is keep the subject in mind. If you are dealing with a shot of an American Eagle E-145, I would be cautious what you ask for. There is always someone willing to undercut you or give it away for free, and common subjects only make this eventuality even more likely. As someone who has had this happen to himself many-a-time, ask yourself what it really means to you to make the sale, and what it would mean were you to lose the sale by asking too much, placing too many requirements on it, etc.

my $0.02


Nick


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9776 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3482 times:
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Quoting ptrjong (Reply 1):
I think I'd try to ask $200 initially if I thought the picture was reasonably special to them. Some people here will probably scream that is too little for unlimited usage, but most of us are not Robert Capa.

I won't scream, but I will say that I would ask for more.  

The one photo I sold for advertising, I think I charged $325 for it. Honestly, still low in my opinion, but better than nothing.

I charged $200 for a photo for personal use recently.   Granted, I can't verify that's all it will be used for....



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User currently offlinelen90 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3446 times:

Thanks so much for the replies. I probably should have posted the link to the picture that is being requested: http://www.airliners.net/photo/Delta...d=66268fcf676d6313b7e33b8fa3dc9e71

To me it seems like a relatively common shot, but would I be undercutting or overshooting if I was looking to sell for $250? Like I said, I have never sold a picture before and really never considered making money off of my passion/hobby.

Really appreciate the help from the community!

- Len



Len90
User currently offlinenpeterman From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3436 times:

Len,

I will also add this, you are not the first person who was approached this week looking for photos of that aircraft type for the same purpose (thus I infer the same party is interested in procuring more than one). A friend of mine was similarly approached. They may be shotgunning requests to see what they can get cheaply.

Regards,

N.


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9776 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (10 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3421 times:
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Quoting len90 (Reply 4):
To me it seems like a relatively common shot, but would I be undercutting or overshooting if I was looking to sell for $250?

I wouldn't worry too much about it. If you're happy selling for that price, go for it.

Quoting len90 (Reply 4):
Like I said, I have never sold a picture before and really never considered making money off of my passion/hobby.

I never considered making money off of it either. It's a nice bonus every once in awhile, but I don't stress over it.



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User currently offlineptrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3905 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (10 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

Quoting len90 (Reply 4):

I'd consider myself very, very lucky if I could sell that picture for $250. Not that it's bad, but its just not special at all.



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User currently offlinelen90 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3327 times:

Appreciate the response and assistance. Responded to the request and opted to play it safe. I'll determine what they are looking to spend and then work from there.


Len90
User currently offlinecombatshadow From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3114 times:
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Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. I was also approached, and I'm sure it was by the same agency. This is the 3rd time (and same guy, 'Bob') they have made the request, and everytime I send them a detailed email in reply asking for more specifics. I have yet to ever get a reply, so I'm sure some peeps on here sell their stuff dirt cheap with no qualms, which ruins it for the rest of us.

Don't get me wrong, I do this as a hobby because I love it. If I make some money in the process, that's great. But if my stuff is going to be used so that someone else makes profit, I (and you) should be able to make some decent profit as well.



Bob
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