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« on: November 21, 2015, 20:36 »
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I see from the Poll on the right that CanStock is showing results similar to BigStock.  Does this reflect reality for most people?  Is CanStock worth uploading to, or are the numbers misleading like Deposit?  Has there been any improvement and/or progress at CanStock since they were integrated into Fotosearch?


« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2015, 20:59 »
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I just left Canstock, largely because the Fotosearch sales are now much lower than they used to be. Many at the same as Canstock instant sales

Illustrators have said Canstock works for them.

« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2015, 21:00 »
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I make $20 a month on CanStockPhoto and $80 a month on BigStock.

« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2015, 00:19 »
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They are about half what I make on BigStock.

« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2015, 01:28 »
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It was only because of easy upload. They declined heavily last months. Simple things in interface they cannot manage too - for example, even being logged in, i have to choose a language and close popup every day! Had an answer from them that it is not possible to change. Strange thing to hear from IT person. Bad sign - sales were stopped absolutely when i requested last payout.

« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2015, 05:27 »
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Stopped uploading some month ago, but then suddenly I've got more and better sales. So maybe Canstock could be worth a second trial!

« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2015, 06:43 »
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No.
Canstock and deposit spread your pictures to second hand dealers.

also they dont sell much. Like 1/100 of shutter

I was there for a while with my best sellers, I managed to get a payout, and got tired of the whining in the forum and the begging for free pictures so I took my port down.
A couple of years ago I used to test agencies with my best sellers to see if they could produce business. Then I knew something about the agencys performance in general and I could compare to SS, iS and fot.
Canstock never performed.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2015, 06:48 by JPSDK »

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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2015, 11:57 »
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They're average in terms of sales (vectors). Occasionally a nice Instant EPS sale, but they make up only 5% of my total income.

« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2015, 12:38 »
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After they begun to make (inconsistent) problems with invalid keywords I am thinking to leave them.
I think that they should understand that most of the people submitting on their site do it because it is very simple and fast to do it, but as a little actor on the market they should understand that if it becomes just a little more complex to submit a lot of people will probably run away.

On this site I have earned in three years what I earn in 2 or 3 days with Shutterstock
So it is not a so big loss for me to quit them

« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2015, 13:38 »
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I've been with them (and Bigstock) since 2009 and Canstock was always way ahead of BS until this year.  My monthly average this year is less than half what it has been the past three years - it has not been this low since 2011, and with far fewer images.  So far this year Canstock has only made about 60% of what I have been getting on BigStock, and it seems to be getting worse.  Duncan used to come on here and post but hasn't done that in quite a while (as far as I can remember).  My impression is that they are just coasting along until the end.  They used to be pretty good and worth the additional minimal effort but nowadays I am not sure.  Hope they can turn things around.

« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2015, 16:06 »
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Not worth it theyre in decline,

« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2015, 16:17 »
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I don't see, why it wouldn't be worth it. If you already prepare images for other agencies and put the Titles and keyword in IPTC data, all you have to do is upload and submit. You don't even have to choose categories, so it's really fast.

« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2015, 17:39 »
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I don't see, why it wouldn't be worth it. If you already prepare images for other agencies and put the Titles and keyword in IPTC data, all you have to do is upload and submit. You don't even have to choose categories, so it's really fast.

A 25 cent royalty for a subscription is pretty terrible.

The way I got my head around that was the larger royalties for the FotoSearch Sales - $19.80 for an XXL or whatever the largest size was and somewhat reasonable royalties for the smaller sizes. ELs were somewhere in the $30 range I think.

As sales volume decreased, subscriptions increased as a percentage of total sales volume. Then the amounts for the distribution sales dropped so they were about the same as those on Canstock istelf, and it seemed to me that prolonging the existence of the site was just siphoning off income from other sites that paid contributors more. Even 123rf's royalties are better (or at least they are for me at the 45% royalty, for as long as that lasts).

If any one of those things were different I might have stayed (I stopped uploading a while back) but there just doesn't seem to be a place at the table for Canstock any more and any promise the Fotosearch acquisition once held has long since petered out. It's a shame that all Duncan's hard work didn't pay off with sales volume.

« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2015, 19:41 »
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I've actually earned about 20% more on CS than BS with less photos.  (But that's not saying much for either site.)  At least the payout is only 50 bucks.

« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2015, 20:36 »
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There are several accounts i have that i use as tax allocation for my microstock income.  Canstock is one of those sites. Right now i just let them ride for a year and collect my $300 and it goes into my income tax bucket. I have falling sales there though and i have been thinking of closing my account. I will see how Q1 of 2016 goes.

« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2015, 20:19 »
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Thanks for all the comments everyone.  Is it really the case that CanStock only pays 25c for subs?  How extraordinary.

« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2015, 21:00 »
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.. Is it really the case that CanStock only pays 25c for subs?

https://www.canstockphoto.com/payout_schedule.php

Very, very occasionally I'd get a 35 cent XL subscription sale (I didn't upload any of my vectors to Canstock; only JPEG illustrations). Given the price difference in the two subscription packages, apparently the majority of subscription buyers went with the cheaper one that excluded XL images and vectors.

« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2015, 00:44 »
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Yes, subs there have always been 25 cents or 30 cents for me.

« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2015, 05:19 »
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how can anyone be surprised by 25c for subs when litteraly all microstock agencies pay 25c or thereabouts

« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2015, 11:14 »
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Most agencies pay you more if you've sold a lot. I get 38 cents at SS, 34.something at 123rf, 35 cents at DT (was 70 cents once for higher level files)

When the volume is high "...or thereabouts" matters:)

« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2015, 11:24 »
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I don't think there are any levels at CanStock - subs are always 25 or 30 cents, unless someone knows different

« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2015, 12:05 »
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normally wont share details but my credit sales on CanStockPhoto are 65% and rpd is 1.32 so i cant say i dont like CanStockPhoto they outpeform many agencies in that regard

« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2015, 12:06 »
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goodwin, 25 30 and 35 c

« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2015, 16:23 »
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I have:

2393 files / Bigstock
per month around $50 - $60 (discounted tax 30%)

1833 files / Canstock
per month around $45 - $55

My subscription on Canstock: 0.25, 0.32 and 0.35

« Reply #24 on: November 27, 2015, 16:36 »
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for me it went roughly head-on-head with DT, not too bad I'd say. I have only a rather small port (on both of them) though which may make this non-representative? My sales were up to a dollar lately and 50 sales, but I know one usually should expect images to go for mere pennies there...


 

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