If your niche is related in any way to:
- History - Historical Events
- Vintage "Stuff"
... you have certainly figured out that Public Domain material is "Your Best Friend".
Genealogy is a huge - HUGE - niche... every family has a genealogist in their midst - someone who is the designated family archiver. Even if they are not actively searching for the family "roots" - they are still interested in the family history.
If someone types in their family name into a search engine online - they are interested in their families "mark" in the world.
Tapping into the genealogy market - (Money Train) is both very easy and very difficult.
The reason it's easy: A ton of genealogy of online or in your local library.
The reason it's difficult: How do you sell to the masses if the information is "family name" specific.
I've checked on eBay and did some digging. Some vintage photographs (I mean old) that are identified are being sold. These are one of a kind of course - because the sellers are offering only the original photograph. I don't see these going for a "high" price (but I might not be looking in the right place).
Anyway... I've been rolling this idea around in my head.
Essentially- the idea would involve shopping for original - Identified - portrait photographs. Then selling them for a profit on eBay or a combination of eBay and a website.
The buyers of these photographs are most likely interested in genealogy. And... they are willing to spend money. Perfect opportunity to upsell them on Ancestry.com or a book on genealogy research.
My Question: I had thought that making copies of the photos and selling them on eBay was a great idea. I am interested in working once and selling multiple times.
But this might be a case of diluting the market. If the image isn't one-of-a-kind - would it still sell for a great price?
My answer is... probably. If I was looking for an image of a relative... and there it was. I wouldn't care if it was printed on old ratty newsprint. I would be so excited to have the image.
What do you think? Would you pay for a "copy"? You might not pay the "original image" price... but would you be willing to pay a "profitable" price?
What if you did a little census research on the photo so that it is put in a time and place and then, lists it in the Genealogy category?
Then another problem pops up... photographs that have not been published are usually protected by copyright.
Question: Where would you find a slew of pictures? Photos that are already identified and online? Images that have been published?
How about scanned Year Books?
Archive.org has scanned yearbooks!
And sometimes you can find really great photos that have everyone identified...
Let me know what you think and any of your thoughts and ideas.
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