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Apr 28, 2009 08:36 |  #1

I got this email from someone: "I'm interested in buying a cd copy of the weslaco vs laredo playoff game. I purchased a cd from a photographer back in December in Edinburg for $20.00. Would you be able to sell me this gallery for that amount?"

They want to buy all the images in this gallery http://www.valleysport​spics.com …683_DmcdP#48205​7975_FiwWP (external link) for $20.00 lol. 157 pics.


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Apr 28, 2009 08:40 |  #2

Counter-offer with a more reasonable amount, or simply tell them your work is worth way more than that.


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Apr 28, 2009 08:56 |  #3

As said, Reply advising them of your rates and what you are willing to sell the item for. If they are un willing to pay fair price for the work that is there problem.


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Apr 28, 2009 08:57 |  #4

Tell them they left out a zero or two.


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Apr 28, 2009 09:22 |  #5

I guess this is also an example of how joe dirt photographers go selling their work for ridiculous low price affects those of us who actually value their work etc.


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Apr 28, 2009 09:26 |  #6

AzzKicker wrote in post #7818555 (external link)
I guess this is also an example of how joe dirt photographers go selling their work for ridiculous low price affects those of us who actually value their work etc.

I had a potential wedding client email me the other day telling me she loved my work and her daughter was getting married-- she did not have any money but asked if I would photograph her wedding for free. (I am totally serious here)
I replied to her very kindly that I appreciate her email but I work very hard to provide a living for my family. I told her that is was not fair to my kids to have me work for free and that I might be able to provide a discount but would need to interview the mom and bride before considering such a discount. In order to begin the process I would need a $2K retainer which would go against the total fee should they be chosen.
Needless to say she replied back telling me thanks but no thanks.


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Apr 28, 2009 09:31 |  #7

I checked into your site. For the small size, they are $4 each. Thus 157 pics at $4 each is 628. I'd tell her she can have a limited use CD for 50% off; or $315.

She'll probably make duplicates of the CD and give them to all her friends.


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Apr 28, 2009 09:35 |  #8

tomd wrote in post #7818596 (external link)
I checked into your site. For the small size, they are $4 each. Thus 157 pics at $4 each is 628. I'd tell her she can have a limited use CD for 50% off; or $315.

She'll probably make duplicates of the CD and give them to all her friends.

That's what I have a feeling they want to do. Once that CD is out, I can almost guarantee all the players will have copies. And now that I think about, that High School I have yet to sell a single picture from. I bet its because they copied that other CD the other photographer sold them from the previous games. It's just too obvious. Of all the high school basketball games i shot, that is the only school i never got a sale from.


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Apr 28, 2009 09:40 as a reply to  @ AzzKicker's post |  #9

I'd offer her high res print ready files with reproduction rights at $50 a file. That would be about $7850. ;)


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Apr 28, 2009 09:50 |  #10

A low rez cd with huge watermarks is worth the $20.......tell her you can take the watermarks out and add some rez for more$$$!!!!


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Apr 28, 2009 09:51 |  #11

AzzKicker wrote in post #7818615 (external link)
That's what I have a feeling they want to do. Once that CD is out, I can almost guarantee all the players will have copies. And now that I think about, that High School I have yet to sell a single picture from. I bet its because they copied that other CD the other photographer sold them from the previous games. It's just too obvious. Of all the high school basketball games i shot, that is the only school i never got a sale from.


yeap...seems to be the case.


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Apr 28, 2009 09:52 |  #12

bacchanal wrote in post #7818632 (external link)
I'd offer her high res print ready files with reproduction rights at $50 a file. That would be about $7850. ;)


If only :) that could pay off all my equipment :)


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Apr 28, 2009 10:09 |  #13

You could offer to sell her a CD with only photos of her in - that way you know she can't get them for the whole team.

I'm still not comfortable selling digital files, but generally price them at about the price of my most expensive print for (personal use only), as that's what they could potentially make from the file. Most people who buy prints only buy 1-3 copies of the same photo anyway, so i'm not worried that by selling a file for such an amount I'm losing out of selling 10s of copies of the print.




  
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Apr 28, 2009 10:15 |  #14

high ball an offer back at her... perhaps $50,000 for all the files




  
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Apr 28, 2009 10:40 as a reply to  @ dcad10's post |  #15

Don't believe everything you hear from a prospective client on what they paid last time to some other photographer.

To get around the whole cd thing...

My company doesn't sell the cd to anyone, for any reason.

We give it to them for free when they purchase our largest packages.

It's a great way to up-sell. Nearly everyone buys one of our large packages because they get so much for their money and because it comes with the cd.

Selling just a cd to someone who is so worried about cost, will just go to the local pharmacy and end up with poor prints.

Then they show their friends and tell them that you were the photographer.

We want full control of the quality of the images we sell.



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