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What camera is best for an at-home eBay business?

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Many sellers new to eBay are concerned with having all the right tools to get their business started off on the right foot. One essential tool is a digital camera. It is common for sellers to use the camera on their mobile phone as a convenient free option. More advanced smartphones usually take perfectly good photos, and using a mobile phone camera makes listing to the eBay Mobile App quick and easy.

Also, since many sellers test the waters on eBay for a few months before investing in expensive tools, the camera on a mobile phone or tablet makes perfect sense. Other cameras preferred by eBay sellers include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, and Kodak.

There is a great discussion on an eBay seller Facebook group with had quite a few comments about different brands of cameras and advantages and disadvantages each. Read the full discussion here.

A few tips for taking photos for eBay listings:

1. Zoom in as close as possible to the item, all the way to the edges. For mobile customers looking at a small screen, this is crucial to getting a sale.

2. Always use a solid background. Poster board or a length of solid colored fabric works fine. Avoid laying the item on a patterned bedspread or kitchen floor. Try to be as professional as possible.

3. Avoid any distractions in the photo, such as a pet or child. Although cute to you, this may be a turn-off to buyers.

4. Consult the eBay Photo Guide here - it is a free download offered by eBay and will help guide you through the process of staging your item, editing photos, and other basic photography tips.

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