As some of the readers on this blog I am using Public Domain to research, buy and sell products. I am selling Victorian Prints. I researched using videos I purchased from a marketer who is very successful online. Anyway, I purchased a Victorian book with 10 plates inside. I carefully removed the plates from the book one by one and again carefully stored them in a safe place. I put them in a see through envelope, like clingfilm which gives the print a certain amount of protection.

I purchased mounts and backing boards. I mounted/matted the plates ans then put them into a protective see through cover. I took photographs of each print and added to eBay. At last I had my prints online at auction and waiting for my first sale of Public Domain material. I had earlier before I had the prints mounted/matted, put them online. I didn’t think they looked that good with out being matted. That is why I decide to get them all matted. I thought that it would be best if I did that. I decide to conatct the very same person with whom I had purchased material to help me on my way. I sent him an email and asked him for an opinion of my products and how they looked on ebay. This person’s name is Stuart Turnbull, a very successful marketer and this is his reply from my email:

Hi Donald

I took a look at your listings and here are my thoughts.

Title: use the name of the flower and don’t waste space on words that
won’t be searched like “beautiful”

Category: get more traffic by using a second category if you can find
an appropriate one. Try looking under “collectables”

Image: you must scan your plates un-mounted and ideally include a
large very detailed scan in your description, your title gets the
traffic but it is your image that sells the item and yours just aren’t
close and detailed enough.

Start price: remember the magic of number 7! (£8.97 is so much more
effective than £9)

Me page: either use it to establish YOUR credibility (not Jim
Cockrum’s) or delete it

Auction length: I don’t find any benefit of using 10 days, 7 is sufficient.

Description: You must work harder to SELL the items, tell a story,
make it interesting, stress the positives (don’t mention the negatives
unless you have to and then use the age of the print to explain why it
may have a crease or tear – this way you are turning that negative
into a positive!)

I hope this helps you, mate!


I was surprised by what Stuart said above. There was me thinking I had done not to bad with my listing. But, there you go, it was definately a learning curve for me. In another email Stuart told me to change the listing, as long as there have been no bids or "watchers". So folks, take away some of the tips from Stuart. If any readers are interested in Public Domain let me know. Until the next post......