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post #11 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your input unicorn!! Well said!

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post #12 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 05:12 PM
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I think a service like that should be used more often. It took me 3 years to find the right horse. I may have passed up many suitable horses because of bad pictures that stopped me from personally seeing the horse. Sometimes the right picture makes all the difference.
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post #13 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by DubyaS6 View Post
Just my $0.02, but I really think it would depend on the horse being sold.

What you do sounds very involved, and while I can appreciate that, if I was trying to sell a $1500 (or honestly even $5000) horse, I am not going to pay you anything near what all of that would be worth.

With that being said, if I was trying to sell a $15000 or more horse, then I may be willing to pay you $400 for your time and pictures to market my horse.
Agreed but if you are selling an expensive horse I would think you would have lots of pics already from a show or something and would not pay for this service.
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post #14 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 05:28 PM
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I think people that post bad pictures are typically ones that do not show and may be a less expensive horse and they won't pay for that service.

As far as getting burned on the 10% COMMISION I don't agree. You would have been burned if they sold the horse for 7500.00 and not paid you. You win some you lose some. You could have a contract that says 10% or a minimum of X incase they decide not to sell the horse for some reason or the horse could die ion the interum.
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post #15 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 06:53 PM
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Agreed with above. Typically in these situations, you charge a base fee of say $100 plus 10% commission on sale of horse.

Unfortunately, it's a great service that people SHOULD use but don't/won't. I agree with other posters in saying you very likely will not find a lot of work doing this at the price it's technically worth. As someone else pointed out, the people who SHOULD use your service don't care. If you post a blurry pic of your horse grazing, you're not incompetent, you're just stupid and clearly don't give a darn about actually marketing the horse so why would you pay even $50 getting someone to do it for you?

My old Dressage coach is now an advertised "sales agent", who basically offers virtually the same service - however, the reason she makes money is because of connections. It's worth something to people to have their horses on her site and have her telling her friends.

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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post #16 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 07:07 PM
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I would love to have this caliber of well-done photos of my horses, even though they aren't being sold. Just for my album, I'd pay ~$50 for pics alone.They are beautifully posed and with great background scenes.
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post #17 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 07:10 PM
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I agree with the above post. If I were ever to sell my horse it would be fantastic to have that kind of service, because I am horribly bad with computors and cropping/editing photos. I like to take the pictures, I just can never get them on the computor, nevermind cropping, posting and creating an ad.
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post #18 of 19 Old 07-04-2011, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Its not like I'm going to stop boarding horses and giving lessons to sell horses or anything lol. Its just something I do (mostly for myself) that people approach me about. I figured I would add it to the list of services on the ol' website since I'm updating it anyway....

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post #19 of 19 Old 07-05-2011, 10:12 AM
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I dunno what it would be worth, so I won't venture to guess, but I can definitely say that if you ever happen by Northern Ontario I would gladly pay you to doa photoshoot with my boy ;)

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