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« Reply #50 on: March 11, 2016, 09:42 »
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Hello,
I subscribed to CanStock and BigStock just few months ago, in September 2015 (i'm 'new' to micro)

-CanStock:351 pictures online and no sales at all.
-BigStock: 346 pictures online and 40+ sales.

So in my short experience I can say that BigStock its pretty better...but my portfolio is not big as other so things can change..
just m2cents
The plus against that is that Canstock is about the easiest site out there to upload on so at worst you are not wasting a lot of time.


« Reply #51 on: March 11, 2016, 09:47 »
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Hello,
I subscribed to CanStock and BigStock just few months ago, in September 2015 (i'm 'new' to micro)

-CanStock:351 pictures online and no sales at all.
-BigStock: 346 pictures online and 40+ sales.

So in my short experience I can say that BigStock its pretty better...but my portfolio is not big as other so things can change..
just m2cents
The plus against that is that Canstock is about the easiest site out there to upload on so at worst you are not wasting a lot of time.
Yes, I still upload to them cause they probably have the faster indexing system ever!

« Reply #52 on: March 11, 2016, 09:59 »
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Is it faster than 123rf? (they are the fastest i know!)

« Reply #53 on: March 11, 2016, 10:21 »
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Is it faster than 123rf? (they are the fastest i know!)

imho: yes.
basically if you upload your pictures with already filled metadata and you don't have to attach any release its just a click away to send to curator... Select all > send...fast and painless.
In my experience, they're fast in reviewing too... but not in selling :-X

« Reply #54 on: March 11, 2016, 21:20 »
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No

« Reply #55 on: March 11, 2016, 21:58 »
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Thanks for the info. Now I'm even more peeved  >:(

I understand completely, because I'm in the same boat as you. I got shafted by SS because my portfolio was already on BS when they took it over and ruined it - at least they ruined it for you and me and countless others like us. Like you, I also stopped uploading in protest.

Canstock has treated me well and have been been a good middle tier earner for me.  I support them wholeheartedly, and I say give them a chance.

« Reply #56 on: March 12, 2016, 05:14 »
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In my experience when I was non exclusive......it was not worth it.....same as Deposit Bigstock & Veer......the time you spent is much more expensive than returns even for a developing country. Spent your efforts in the top 4 and macro........the other options are just shooting yourself in the foot.

« Reply #57 on: March 12, 2016, 05:45 »
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In my experience when I was non exclusive......it was not worth it.....same as Deposit Bigstock & Veer......the time you spent is much more expensive than returns even for a developing country. Spent your efforts in the top 4 and macro........the other options are just shooting yourself in the foot.
Having no model releases helps me.  A few seconds to drop images in to my FTP program, then a few seconds on the site and I'm done.  Definitely worth it.

« Reply #58 on: March 12, 2016, 06:46 »
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Certainly for Canstock the time spent is negligible and doesn't require any thinking so I carry on.....the likes of Bigstock I will do when I have time but would prioritise other sites.

« Reply #59 on: March 12, 2016, 08:01 »
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Just started uploading my portfolio, not sure how sales will go.
From my observation it really depends on how well a company markets itself and this can change as anyone who has run a website knows.
The daily limit is a little annoying + I notice the add on the top of this forum page says reviewing time wait of 13 mins, the last batch I uploaded was over 2 weeks ago and is still pending so yeah don't pay attention to that add as it is certainly not true but it is an add.

« Reply #60 on: March 12, 2016, 14:57 »
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I have always submitted there because it is easy.  CS and DT usually have the highest variance in sales per month, and CS has been quite poor the past few months, with a lot of 25-35-cent subs rather than regular DLs.  Lately regular DLs have been better, but I just checked out prices versus returns and am not sure I will continue - they seem to be paying the lowest commission rates in the industry. 

Size                          Price        Commission      Percent
Small                         3.00               0.50            16.7           
Medium                      6.00               0.75            12.5     
Large                         7.00               1.00            14.3
X-Large                      8.00               1.25            15.6
XX-Large TIFF           12.00               2.50            20.8

These are based on actual sales during the past month and the posted prices on their site.  With the commission for a Medium at only 12.5% they are really not treating contributors well - worse than iStock.  Are they worth it?  At those rates maybe not.

(If I've made any errors in those calculations please let me know)

« Reply #61 on: March 12, 2016, 15:29 »
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Just started uploading my portfolio, not sure how sales will go.
From my observation it really depends on how well a company markets itself and this can change as anyone who has run a website knows.
The daily limit is a little annoying + I notice the add on the top of this forum page says reviewing time wait of 13 mins, the last batch I uploaded was over 2 weeks ago and is still pending so yeah don't pay attention to that add as it is certainly not true but it is an add.

I just joined them yesterday, so far the approval seems instant indeed..

« Reply #62 on: March 12, 2016, 16:25 »
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They have been a pleasant agency to work with.  However, I wish they would add a opt out for their partner program.  I don't trust partner programs and opt out where possible. 

« Reply #63 on: March 13, 2016, 09:39 »
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I have been reading the forum for a long time but this is my first time posting. (yes, I went through the unbearably easy process of signing up this morning :-))
As for canstock, I do have a fondness for them as I have been with them for almost as long as all the other sites I submit to.
Sales are decent although not the best, I would say they are in 6th place for me. with sales ranging from 25 cents on up to 10 bucks.
What I have noticed recently is the amount of rejections and the often lame and inappropriate reasons (in my opinion, especially since many that get rejected sell well at SS, BS, 123.. and we all know ss can be quite a sticklier, but in a good way)
So they are easy to upload to, the sales are decent when they come, they breeze through the submissions (perhaps too hastily) and are a nice company to sell through, they are canadian after all, and I have yet to meet a canadian that isn't nice :-)
Has anyone tried resubmitting images that were rejected?
In the early days we used to do that at SS.

« Reply #64 on: March 13, 2016, 14:28 »
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It wasn't top sellers. It was pretty much anyone who didn't already upload to BS. If you already had your work on BS you get a much lower rate. Way to treat people who supported BS. It was the first sign of SS's new attitude to contributors.
Not quite true.  I already had my port at BS but still got the bridge.

Yeah, totally wrong.  I had my full port on BigStock and still got put in bridge.

« Reply #65 on: March 13, 2016, 16:27 »
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It wasn't top sellers. It was pretty much anyone who didn't already upload to BS. If you already had your work on BS you get a much lower rate. Way to treat people who supported BS. It was the first sign of SS's new attitude to contributors.
Not quite true.  I already had my port at BS but still got the bridge.

Yeah, totally wrong.  I had my full port on BigStock and still got put in bridge.

How did you make that happen? I was never given the opportunity, and I've been with SS since 2005.

« Reply #66 on: March 13, 2016, 17:03 »
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It wasn't top sellers. It was pretty much anyone who didn't already upload to BS. If you already had your work on BS you get a much lower rate. Way to treat people who supported BS. It was the first sign of SS's new attitude to contributors.
Not quite true.  I already had my port at BS but still got the bridge.

Yeah, totally wrong.  I had my full port on BigStock and still got put in bridge.

How did you make that happen? I was never given the opportunity, and I've been with SS since 2005.

I got an email inviting me to bridge my content. I took it. Much easier and frankly, with my returns on BS, the less work I do the better because I don't make much there.

« Reply #67 on: March 13, 2016, 22:32 »
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It wasn't top sellers. It was pretty much anyone who didn't already upload to BS. If you already had your work on BS you get a much lower rate. Way to treat people who supported BS. It was the first sign of SS's new attitude to contributors.
Not quite true.  I already had my port at BS but still got the bridge.

Yeah, totally wrong.  I had my full port on BigStock and still got put in bridge.

How did you make that happen? I was never given the opportunity, and I've been with SS since 2005.

Like Mantis.  I got an email and said yes.  I don't know how they chose who to offer.  Port size, quality,  subject matter, sales volume,  or....? 

« Reply #68 on: March 16, 2016, 12:53 »
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So when you reach payout limit on CanStockPhoto, do you have to request it, or is it automated process at the end of the month?

« Reply #69 on: March 16, 2016, 13:08 »
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So when you reach payout limit on CanStockPhoto, do you have to request it, or is it automated process at the end of the month?

You have to request.  I think it's $100 for a cheque and $50 for paypal. 

« Reply #70 on: February 08, 2017, 04:30 »
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hi all,

I am considering put more photos at my account on CanStock (i have one from some years ago, with approx 200 beginer photos)... But as i read thru here i don't know if is still working the website, it has sales? how is working for you this recent months?

Thanks

« Reply #71 on: February 09, 2017, 18:53 »
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hi all,

I am considering put more photos at my account on CanStock (i have one from some years ago, with approx 200 beginer photos)... But as i read thru here i don't know if is still working the website, it has sales? how is working for you this recent months?

Thanks

I still submit to CS every now and then since the uploading process is quite fast.

« Reply #72 on: February 10, 2017, 13:32 »
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I have always submitted there because it is easy.  CS and DT usually have the highest variance in sales per month, and CS has been quite poor the past few months, with a lot of 25-35-cent subs rather than regular DLs.  Lately regular DLs have been better, but I just checked out prices versus returns and am not sure I will continue - they seem to be paying the lowest commission rates in the industry. 

Size                          Price        Commission      Percent
Small                         3.00               0.50            16.7           
Medium                      6.00               0.75            12.5     
Large                         7.00               1.00            14.3
X-Large                      8.00               1.25            15.6
XX-Large TIFF           12.00               2.50            20.8

These are based on actual sales during the past month and the posted prices on their site.  With the commission for a Medium at only 12.5% they are really not treating contributors well - worse than iStock.  Are they worth it?  At those rates maybe not.

(If I've made any errors in those calculations please let me know)

????

What happened to:    
50% of images sales (20% via fotosearch), subscription downloads $0.25 (fotosearch tiered starting at $0.30 per download. Nothing extra for exclusive images. Enhanced Licenses $22.00 per download

« Reply #73 on: February 11, 2017, 14:22 »
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Does anyone here know about downloads which show as "free prints" at Canstock.
I just received the princely sum of 25c for one. If this is becomes a regular thing it might be enough for me to close my account there.

« Reply #74 on: February 11, 2017, 14:34 »
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I have always submitted there because it is easy.  CS and DT usually have the highest variance in sales per month, and CS has been quite poor the past few months, with a lot of 25-35-cent subs rather than regular DLs.  Lately regular DLs have been better, but I just checked out prices versus returns and am not sure I will continue - they seem to be paying the lowest commission rates in the industry. 

Size                          Price        Commission      Percent
Small                         3.00               0.50            16.7           
Medium                      6.00               0.75            12.5     
Large                         7.00               1.00            14.3
X-Large                      8.00               1.25            15.6
XX-Large TIFF           12.00               2.50            20.8

These are based on actual sales during the past month and the posted prices on their site.  With the commission for a Medium at only 12.5% they are really not treating contributors well - worse than iStock.  Are they worth it?  At those rates maybe not.

(If I've made any errors in those calculations please let me know)


????

What happened to:    
50% of images sales (20% via fotosearch), subscription downloads $0.25 (fotosearch tiered starting at $0.30 per download. Nothing extra for exclusive images. Enhanced Licenses $22.00 per download


Wow, is it possible that this change flew under our radar? I was also under the impression that we get 50%!

Well, not contributing there anymore.

Edit: this is funny: (from http://www.canstockphoto.com/payout_schedule.php)

Our contributors are paid some of the highest percentages in the industry.

12.5%-20.8%. Highest percentages. Isn't this false advertising, which is illegal? :)
« Last Edit: February 11, 2017, 14:40 by spike »


 

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