After additional research, I found there were a few other options that were slightly cheaper. You ship your products to them; they photograph them, clip them, ship the products back, and then deliver your photos a few weeks later. For example, this service charges $10-18 per photo, and this service costs $30-$40 per photo.
However, when you take into account the need to photograph each product from 5 different angles, as well as the round-trip shipping fees, your costs add up quickly. Depending on which service you use it typically ranges from $130 to $230 per product.
5 flat photos don’t accurately represent a product
Ultimately, I came to the final conclusion that product photography » in its current form does not compare in any way to holding the real thing in your hands. I had to offer free shipping and free returns in order to turn browsers into buyers. Shoppers apparently weren’t confident that what we were selling was something they actually wanted to buy based on the images.
This experience set me on a quest to bridge the gap between online shopping and the in-store experience. 5 years later I founded Ambassadors Sydney, an interactive high-definition 3D product viewing technology.
Below you can see how the Ambassadors Sydney » experience compares with traditional 2D images: