Are you "grossed out" by photos of items for sale being worn by a model? Especially jewelry - in particular, earrings - and also hats?
Would the fact that the item is modeled by a real live person be so completely repugnant to you that you would NOT buy the item, no matter how cute it was?
I ask, because of an interesting thread on the Etsy forums concerning this subject. Some people are so grossed out by models wearing earrings in the photos they never buy and move on to un-modeled earrings.
Others are grossed out by even bracelets and necklaces worn in photos. Some sellers that get returns get mad because they have to throw the earrings away because they've been worn by someone else.
Some of the people refuse to buy hats if they're worn in the photos. (Mostly handmade hats.)
When I buy vintage things, I try to only buy items in the best condition; even new, unworn condition. But obviously with vintage, it's old; so you can safely assume the item has been worn before.
I suppose most people who have a "thing" about wearing anything previously modeled by a real live, potentially smelly, dirty, oily, germy person, would also not be buying anything vintage. I also assume any person who shops for vintage is aware of the fact that vintage = worn by someone else in most cases. Unless it is dead stock or MIB.
But I dunno. That's why I am asking. I try to personally model all of my items; it best represents the shape, size, and look of an item. I never thought about grossing potential customers out before.
I am generally a very clean person; and not stinky. I usually wash my hair before modeling any and all hats. Is it still "nasty"?
I guess I should not care so much; I have managed to sell a whole lot of hats and things in the 10 months or so I have been on Etsy.
But I just wanna know:
Modeled Hats - nasty?
Modeled earrings - super gross?
Modeled other jewelry that touches skin - creepy?
Modeled clothing - heebeygeebeys?