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Selling A Picture Question

Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:39 am

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
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RE: Selling A Picture Question

Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:43 am

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.

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RE: Selling A Picture Question

Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:06 pm

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.

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RE: Selling A Picture Question

Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:09 pm

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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RE: Selling A Picture Question

Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:12 am

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!

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RE: Selling A Picture Question

Sun Sep 08, 2013 4:07 am

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.

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RE: Selling A Picture Question

Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:38 am

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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Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:24 pm

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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RE: Selling A Picture Question

Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:28 am

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.
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RE: Selling A Picture Question

Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:26 pm

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.
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