Chukcha
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Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:05 am

Hi All,

I got a request from a person who would like to purchase a photo to make a big print and give it as a gift to a family member.

I have no idea how much to charge. Are there any guidelines to follow?

Any input would be much appreciated.

Cheers,
Andrei
 
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jid
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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:51 am

Why not do the big print and charge him for that?

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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:08 am

For requests like this, I offer to take care of the printing and send the print to them against printing cost price plus a small extra amount for myself (call it labour costs).
I don't send people large jpg's.

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edit: ...and include the postage costs in the price aswell of course...

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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:08 pm

Andrei,

In this case I, like those above, always quote an 'all-in' price, which includes printing costs, postage and a little on top for myself. I normally charge around £10-20 for the actual image (my 'little bit on top') depending on what size they'd like.

I tend to use Photobox (www.photobox.co.uk) as they will post direct to your client while omitting any documentation detailing costs. Saves you paying two lots of postage basically.

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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:58 pm

I refer people to the photograph on my Smugmug where they can then purchase any size print (at my price including markup). I used to make and mail prints, but it was such a pain that I would save time and money by using a site with a print service like Smugmug.
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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:12 pm



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 4):
I used to make and mail prints, but it was such a pain that I would save time and money by using a site with a print service like Smugmug

It's pretty easy using Photobox, and you have full control over the image you upload there. For instance, I was asked once if the colour could be (in their words) 'beefed up' (or saturated more in our terms).

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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:20 pm



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 4):
I refer people to the photograph on my Smugmug where they can then purchase any size print (at my price including markup). I used to make and mail prints, but it was such a pain that I would save time and money by using a site with a print service like Smugmug.

I would add that the photo labs Smugmug uses for prints are very good; I've had no complaints from customers and it really gives the customer more options and might even translate into more than just a sale for one print.
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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:30 pm

Unfortunately Andrei is from Australia, so he may want to find a company that does business in AUS dollars. Smugmug only does business in USD, but they do have international users... I'm not sure how well it works but I believe international currency is coming very soon.
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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:33 pm

Thanks everybody for the replies. I get a rough idea now.

The problem in this particular case that the person wants to put the image "on canvas." I don't know what exactly it means; maybe just a large print. I guess, I'll have to find out.

Cheers,
Andrei
 
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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:47 pm



Quoting Chukcha (Reply 8):

The problem in this particular case that the person wants to put the image "on canvas." I don't know what exactly it means; maybe just a large print. I guess, I'll have to find out.

He's probably referring to something like this.

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RE: Photo Sale Question

Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:20 pm

There is also rolled canvas if they want to frame it or otherwise do something to it.
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