View Full Version : Worst Quality Ebay Photos

Ian B
11-18-2007, 01:29 PM
Anyone seen a better example than these?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Harrison-Lathe_W0QQitemZ110195198389QQihZ001QQcategoryZ9723 0QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


11-18-2007, 02:04 PM
pictured in a good old fashioned london fog at the time of manufacture-

Your Old Dog
11-18-2007, 02:12 PM
I wonder if he's going to sell the pinhole camera he took them with?

John Stevenson
11-18-2007, 02:26 PM
Please don't take the piss, the weather hasn't been very good here.


Paul Alciatore
11-18-2007, 02:52 PM
Never been to London, but give the Brits a break, it can't be that bad.

11-18-2007, 03:38 PM
John: can you translate that into AMERICAN english?

How about "spit-tebacker" southern hillbilly speak.

Alistair Hosie
11-18-2007, 04:21 PM
Hot diggity and Unkil Sam aint that the truth.:DAlistair

11-18-2007, 04:59 PM
Nah, you see that lathe was used to turn plutonium and it is now so "HOT" it immediately blurs any film and disrupts CCDs.

What you dont know is those pics were taken in pitch black!

11-18-2007, 06:56 PM
On the strength of those photo's ,I'll give him 1p!":D

11-18-2007, 07:19 PM
A bad picture is cheaper than a bad paint job,this could start a whole new trend on Ebay:D

11-18-2007, 08:31 PM
I suppose the description says "can be viewed" because nobody would know, otherwise.

11-18-2007, 10:13 PM
one of you guys over in the U.K. needs to ask him if he has any better photos and see what he comes up with.

andy b.

11-20-2007, 10:26 AM
Maybe thats a good picture, For under water...

11-20-2007, 11:08 AM
Given the high quality of web photos ( including closeups) from even the cheapest digicams, when I see bad ones, or singles rather than the ebay hosting limit on complex items like machine tools, I assume the seller is intentionally obscuring his wares hoping to sell his pig in a poke.

My other Ebay peeve is the "reserve price". Give me a break, just say what you want for it, don't waste my time.

Pete H
11-20-2007, 11:34 AM
I'm probably repeating myself...

We went to a US Postal Service seminar on buying and selling on eBay - yup, the Post is doing these things because they make so much dough off carrying the goods. Anyway, the discussion turned up some "red flags": Bad pictures; NO pictures (rare, these days); descriptions that you can tell are incorrect; vague answers to questions, or no answers at all; and most especially, "I don't know anything about this".

Feedback is of questionable value, considering there are only 80 characters allowed. You have to read between the lines.

It also helps to look at the vendor's other auctions. If for instance he/she's selling tons of machine tooling, it makes "I don't know" about a tool somewhat unbelievable.

Pete in NJ

Ian B
01-02-2008, 11:00 AM
Out of interest, I checked back on the lathe in the photo being Ebayed:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Harrison-Lathe_W0QQitemZ110195198389QQihZ001QQcategoryZ9723 0QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

There was no reserve, starting bid was 0.01. Nobody bid. Hell, I know the photo was lousy, but it must have been worth something, even as scrap!

Oh well...


01-02-2008, 11:41 AM
Top L and bottom R pix are catalog scans, other two pix
are 'lathe like objects' but could be something else.

John Stevenson
01-02-2008, 12:04 PM
Did you miss this at the top of the listing?

The seller ended this listing early because of an error in the minimum bid or reserve amount.


01-02-2008, 12:57 PM
The seller ended this listing early because of an error in the minimum bid or reserve amount.

it only says that because ebay must not have a place to end an auction because the pictures suck!