Better way to search and more places to buy

August 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Searching for pictures on the TOPticl web site.

A few people have pointed out that they have difficulty finding pictures on my website. So here are some hints on the best way to search.

Firstly it is not totally obvious how to start a search. All of my pages have search box next to a little magnifying glass icon in the top right-hand corner. I have made this box more visible. Now you can type your search and you will get a set of thumbnail results.

If you select one of the thumbnail pictures a bigger version of the picture appears with all the buying options.

That’s great if this is the one you want but if you want to scroll through all the “hits” it is not so simple. On the big picture you have selected you will find left and right arrows. It is reasonable to assume that these arrows will move you to the next “hit” in your search. But unfortunately this not the case. Let’s assume you searched for “Gateshead”, you select a picture of an A4. Once you select the big picture you are now in the set of A4’s so the left/right arrows will move you through the set of A4’s, wherever they are located. So the next shot may be of York or Kings Cross not Gateshead.

The best way of looking through your search selections, once you have selected a big picture is to use the browser back button (top left hand corner of your browser screen on all the popular browsers)– and this will return you to the search thumbnail page, where you can make another selection. There is a back button on the large photo page, also top left – but don’t use this, use the very top back button for the browser.

Other places to buy photos from TOPticl.

Most of you will be familiar with eBay. It is by far the largest auction site. I have been selling my photos on eBay for over ten years now. But it is not always the easiest or most pleasant place to sell.

eBay is expensive and very strict in the way it does business and being so large it tends to be inhuman. You either follow the rules or get out, without any appeal, seems to be its way of operating. All well and good and I follow the rules but it is very restrictive. For example it is completely pointless to try and set up more than 100 auctions a day – if I did then I would make a substantial loss giving far more to eBay in fees than I receive in revenue for my sales. But I stick with it as it has a vast number of potential buyers.

But there are alternatives and one of them is ebid. Here I can auction all my photos without restriction and because the ebid fees are lower I can pass on the saving to my customers – so you pay less. And as there are fewer people  ebid you have got less chance of ending up in a bidding war.

So why not give ebid a try. There are other sellers of railway pictures there too!! So lots of choice.

 


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