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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-10-2007, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Have you ever found that ellusive item in an online fs ad or on the popular auction website? You look at the pics and there is a pile of crusty dirty laundry, or some other nastiness in the background - a computer desk stacked with plates and cups and an overflowing ashtray, cigarette smoke stained walls, or an unmade bed with dirty dishes under it.

You think "how could someone live like that," and "I wonder what the [guitar case] smells like?" Now comes the challenge, do you really want to buy that item? I mean supposedly, they "take really good care of my [their] stuff."

I'm not even going to touch the reflections of nude dudes taking pics of the junk they're selling.

I always go the extra mile - clean up the item for sale and make sure that all of my dirty dishes are in the sink or dishwasher, and always clean up (or move out of the way) the dirty catbox (btw, I don't have a cat or a catbox) from the background of the picture..or at least try to give the impression that I am not a complete slob. Oh and the classic sock / foot in the picture move.

Am I alone? Does anyone else notice this as frequently as I do or am I a neat freak or something?
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No, you're not the neat freak, it just amazes me that some of these people can't see some of the details you mentioned.
I always try to pick an area that if anyone goes CSI on the pic, they'll only see a handful of commonplace items like carpet or couch & tables, and with any time, i make sure there are no kid's fingerprints etc on them.

(I do love the tea kettle pic with the reflection of the fat guy in it.)

Some people just live like pigs, and others, not so much. *shrugs*
I guess it's what you're used to.
Amazing what we as humans can get used to, isn't it?
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I think a little experience with photography would help some Theres times where you get a pic back and think "i wish i hadn't got that in there" so next time it makes you think. I was recently commented in another thread my room was really tidy, but i was honest enough to admit that it was arranged that way

Of course.......on the other hand some people are just lost causes
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-12-2007, 06:10 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Online Classified / Auction Site Buying

Originally Posted by andy7jem View Post
Theres times where you get a pic back and think "i wish i hadn't got that in there"
I am not a photographer, so I thank god for digital cameras every day! That way I know what I am going to get. Besides that, I still have boxes of photos that have never been organized.

I'm glad someone finally responded to this. I was beginning to think I was alone.
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