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I run across this all the time, and for the life of me can't figure out why people will take a picture of their for sale item, then take a screenshot of it to post it in their for sale ad. It's actually more work than to post the actual photo, and the results suck (and don't get me started about people who don't take the "Created with my iPhone 11" watermark off their pictures). For example:

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I often go to the gallery app (on Android, or Photos on iPhone) and select a bunch of pictures, then use Outlook to email them to myself. Outlook gives you the option to reduce the image size, which will let you send a whole bunch at once and is usually ok. Here's the same photo with reduced image quality (280 kb).

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Most websites will compress photos or shrink them - Kijiji is the worst offender, but this site does the same. Still, if you're trying to show something detailed like a headstock crack, fret wear, etc it's best to start with the highest quality uncompressed image you have. Here's the same image sent with Outlook with no image size reduction (2.5 mb) - it makes a difference if you zoom in on the images.

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OK, end of rant.
 

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At least you can see the photos in the screenshots. The ones that are so grainy that they look like they were taken on a 20 year old flip phone are worse. Or when people use photos from retailers that aren't even their specific item.

Granted, all these scenarios have helped me score some deals in the past though.
 

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^ All of this.

It can't be hard to take a decent photo with modern tech. Even in the Kijiji app, you can take a photo. It's not hard.

Then there are those who can't take the time to look at the headstock to see how the brand is spelled. Looking at you, Ibenaz sellers.

And, clean the guitar!
Ya a 10 year old phone or basic camera can take a decent photo. I'd have to actually try to make photos look as bad as some of the ones people use.
 

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Even in the Kijiji app, you can take a photo. It's not hard.
This is the part I find perplexing. I can't imagine the workflow that results in a screenshot being uploaded to Kijiji (either on a PC or through the mobile app) being easier than just uploading the photo.
 
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How about tagging your ad so your $3000 Gibson is listed amongst $300 Epiphones ? Do you think someone looking for an Epiphone will suddenly have an "epiphany", sell his car, and buy your Gibson ?
You do realize Epiphone sellers have been notorious about doing this for years right?
 
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And, clean the guitar!
THIS!!!!! Seriously!! How hard is it to clean a guitar? Or anything you’re trying to sell.
I can understand if you’re “not a musician, my uncle died and left it to me”. That can explain why the strings are old, but give it a wipe down, please!
 

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Speaking as a photographer, I approve this message.

With any phone made in the last 15 years it's not hard to find a clean background, get your shit* out of the frame, get the gear in focus, and press the button.



* it is a source of constant amazement to me what people don't mind the entire world getting to see.
 

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Indeed, but a Gibson looker might fancy an Epiphone for pocket change for his live gigs.
I think it's safe to say this is never happened. Just ask yourself if you ever discovered the wrong flavour of porn and said to yourself "My lifestyle choices have been wrong all along".
 
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I think it's safe to say this is never happened. Just ask yourself if you ever discovered the wrong flavour of porn and said to yourself "My lifestyle choices have been wrong all along".
When you say wrong, would you care to clarify. I don't want to get the wrong impression here and end up with an Agile.
 

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When you say wrong, would you care to clarify. I don't want to get the wrong impression here and end up with an Agile.
Wrong is different for everyone. Let's just say "Not your usual preference"
 
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I run across this all the time, and for the life of me can't figure out why people will take a picture of their for sale item, then take a screenshot of it to post it in their for sale ad. It's actually more work than to post the actual photo, and the results suck (and don't get me started about people who don't take the "Created with my iPhone 11" watermark off their pictures). For example:

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I often go to the gallery app (on Android, or Photos on iPhone) and select a bunch of pictures, then use Outlook to email them to myself. Outlook gives you the option to reduce the image size, which will let you send a whole bunch at once and is usually ok. Here's the same photo with reduced image quality (280 kb).

View attachment 471028

Most websites will compress photos or shrink them - Kijiji is the worst offender, but this site does the same. Still, if you're trying to show something detailed like a headstock crack, fret wear, etc it's best to start with the highest quality uncompressed image you have. Here's the same image sent with Outlook with no image size reduction (2.5 mb) - it makes a difference if you zoom in on the images.

View attachment 471029

OK, end of rant.
 
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