Difference between what looks good, and what sells good

I have played enough number of time the little interesting game here on DT - "Stock Rank"

In last few weeks, playing the game, I have come across several occasions, where I found, that - among the choices presented - the one that I thought 'better looking' was NOT actually selling.

It use to put me on a thinking about, what sells good and what looks good.

I just saw the pictures of recently completed assignment 'e-commerce'.

The results, confirm to what I think. That - what looks good MAY NOT be the same as what sells good.

What I mean ?

With my congratulations to the winner of first place Jordygraph, his picture 'Shipwrecked........' came first because we liked it, and voted for it.

But, it has only one (actual ) download.

Compared this to another image by Cammeraydave - which is a bit lower in voting, but it has 10 actual downloads.

There are more examples in this assignment, which point to the fact.

What does that mean to us, and to me?

The lesson is that, when we are making a illustration or clicking a picture, at that time, we need to think a bit more and try to visualise, how and for what some one is going to buy and use it.

This has been said may times by as many wise people here.

But again, this assignment's result made me think about it yet again.

Photo credits: Dave Bredeson, Giordano Aita.


Your article must be written in English

August 17, 2009


Yes the big question... What sells ? Sometimes I think I know what sells and clearly, sometimes I have no clue. Wish I knew the answer.

Happy Shooting

August 17, 2009


Interesting point (and blog) Arun - I find it quite hard to identify what will and what will not sell because it is all down to the buyer's preferences - for some, less is more.

August 16, 2009


I understand what you want to say but I don't agree much with the example you've made between these two photos in specific!
One already has been rewarded with $1000 and still may have DL as both are recently online! Both are great to cover the subject.
Putting aside the beauty... If I ask you which one has more creativity?
Could you tell?
BTW nothing against the opinion and the blog on the contrary.

Cheers ;)

August 16, 2009


Excellent blog! I totally see where you are coming from.

August 16, 2009



August 16, 2009


Excellent blog! Good luck to you!

August 16, 2009


I agree thanks for your post

August 16, 2009


I agree with that last statement. I have had photos rejected for the same reason. I realize that all photos cannot be accepted but I do not agree with the first statement in that you cannot predict which will sell and which will not. It depends on the customer. I have photos that I thought would sell well and those that I did not expect to sell well and they did.
We just need to have a large number of photos uploaded to increase the sales potential.

August 16, 2009


Make this mandatory reading for the Reviewers! So many potential sales have been lost because of "Rejection by Perception."

August 16, 2009


Nice and useful blog, Arun!
I upload each photo I like and just wait and hope to be sold :) There are so many buyers here and all of them have different needs and eyes! So, you never know which of your shots will be sold and also when.

Related image searches
related image searches