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« on: April 01, 2011, 02:49 »
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They just posted this on their twitter account

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Stay tuned for the latest news. Important announcements to be made soon ...


I wonder what's coming??

edit:  Here is the news thread on Dreamstime
http://www.dreamstime.com/thread_26512
« Last Edit: April 01, 2011, 04:08 by leaf »


« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011, 02:50 »
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"Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst".

« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011, 02:54 »
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It is 1st April, so...

« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2011, 03:26 »
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IT's real. New pricing agreement. See the message board. I have no idea if it is good or bad yet.

« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2011, 03:27 »
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http://www.dreamstime.com/thread_26512
The last paragraph I assume is an April Fools joke!!!!
"Considering the anniversary as well as price increase, we've decided to offer all our imagery free of charge for the day. Designers or simple members will be able to download any images for free, promoting the site to their business partners, associates or friends. This is available only for a 24 hour window on April 1st 2011 and should allow everyone to adjust to the new price structure."

ETA: I've just seen on their facebook page that it isn't a joke but it is the Editors choice images being offered free.  Does this mean that we won't get paid for them.??  I have some of my best sellers as editors choice and am not at all happy if it means that everybody is getting them free and I don't get paid for them!!

Can anybody make sense of what this means?
"A new experimental feature, "Choose your price", gets launched today for a limited number of customers. This feature is available for downloads via lightboxes and is consequently targeting volume buyers. Designers will be allowed to set their own pricing for the files they prepare to download. The feature is using an elaborated algorithm that ensures that contributors receive royalties above minimum required (credit-based). The price that is set by the designer will be split between the agency and the contributors according to each file's level and per our royalties chart."
« Last Edit: April 01, 2011, 03:35 by fotografer »

« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2011, 03:27 »
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fotografer beat me to it...

« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2011, 03:38 »
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Huch:

Considering the anniversary as well as price increase, we've decided to offer all our imagery free of charge for the day. Designers or simple members will be able to download any images for free, promoting the site to their business partners, associates or friends. This is available only for a 24 hour window on April 1st 2011 and should allow everyone to adjust to the new price structure.

« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2011, 03:41 »
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looks like a big % jump in prices for xs and small prices for level 1 images

provided it doesn't scare too many customers away I think it looks positive.

I'm sure someone will bring me to my senses though

« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2011, 03:42 »
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Huch:

Considering the anniversary as well as price increase, we've decided to offer all our imagery free of charge for the day. Designers or simple members will be able to download any images for free, promoting the site to their business partners, associates or friends. This is available only for a 24 hour window on April 1st 2011 and should allow everyone to adjust to the new price structure.

April Fools. Try it :)

« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2011, 03:42 »
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I'm glad the free giveaway is restricted to editor's choice and is being done without notice, otherwise the thieves would have a field day. Phew!

We still need more info on the experimental feature. I fail to see how having buyers set the price they want to pay can do anything except slash prices but he says the commissions will still be at least the minimum for a given type of sale. Confusing. At least it's only a trial run. Or is this and April Fool, too?

« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2011, 03:43 »
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Huch:

Considering the anniversary as well as price increase, we've decided to offer all our imagery free of charge for the day. Designers or simple members will be able to download any images for free, promoting the site to their business partners, associates or friends. This is available only for a 24 hour window on April 1st 2011 and should allow everyone to adjust to the new price structure.

If it is some wierd april fools joke I'm sure it won't win any friends.

« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2011, 03:45 »
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If it is some wierd april fools joke I'm sure it won't win any friends.
It is, I just tried to download an image to see.  It won't be popular especially with countries that don't know what April Fool's Day is. Although they are then offering 10% discount.

« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2011, 03:46 »
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Huch:

Considering the anniversary as well as price increase, we've decided to offer all our imagery free of charge for the day. Designers or simple members will be able to download any images for free, promoting the site to their business partners, associates or friends. This is available only for a 24 hour window on April 1st 2011 and should allow everyone to adjust to the new price structure.

April Fools. Try it :)

:D

« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2011, 03:48 »
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Here's the new pricing structure


« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2011, 03:51 »
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So does this mean roughly this: the prices shifted, so the new level 0 is the previous level 1 prices. So in reality all our pics with any download moved one level up from price perspective?

« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2011, 03:55 »
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okay the free downloads is april fools joke.

remember when crestock said they bought Getty on april 1 a couple of years ago  (I think that was it, maybe slightly different)

« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2011, 03:58 »
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So does this mean roughly this: the prices shifted, so the new level 0 is the previous level 1 prices. So in reality all our pics with any download moved one level up from price perspective?

Yeah, that is what I get from it.  Level 1 images are divided up into 2 groups now.  Level 0 and Level 1.  All the other levels are the same, although most prices received a credit increase by 2.  Level 0 also introduces a new slightly lower royalty rate of 25%

All in all i think this should increase our earnings.

I also really like that Dreamstime makes the table easy to understand and clear about what is being changed / updated.

« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2011, 03:59 »
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So does this mean roughly this: the prices shifted, so the new level 0 is the previous level 1 prices. So in reality all our pics with any download moved one level up from price perspective?

Apparently (if I'm not a double fool). But it's more than that. The number of credits to buy an image also goes up for various sizes. It should be a very significant boost to earnings, if the designers stay on board. Subscription royalties also go up by 20% (though rather confusingly there they have put the new rate AFTER the old one, instead of the other way round at is is for credit sales.

« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2011, 04:16 »
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Subscription royalties also go up by 20% (though rather confusingly there they have put the new rate AFTER the old one, instead of the other way round at is is for credit sales.
Is that an increase or is it non exclusive/exclusive?

« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2011, 04:32 »
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If this is an April fools joke, it's really pathetic.  If it isn't an April fools joke, what a crazy time to announce it.  Perhaps they do want to change their price structure on April 1st but they could of told us yesterday.  I'm not even going to look at it until it's confirmed that this isn't just a joke.

traveler1116

« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2011, 05:36 »
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http://www.dreamstime.com/thread_26512
The last paragraph I assume is an April Fools joke!!!!
"Considering the anniversary as well as price increase, we've decided to offer all our imagery free of charge for the day. Designers or simple members will be able to download any images for free, promoting the site to their business partners, associates or friends. This is available only for a 24 hour window on April 1st 2011 and should allow everyone to adjust to the new price structure."

ETA: I've just seen on their facebook page that it isn't a joke but it is the Editors choice images being offered free.  Does this mean that we won't get paid for them.??  I have some of my best sellers as editors choice and am not at all happy if it means that everybody is getting them free and I don't get paid for them!!

Can anybody make sense of what this means?
"A new experimental feature, "Choose your price", gets launched today for a limited number of customers. This feature is available for downloads via lightboxes and is consequently targeting volume buyers. Designers will be allowed to set their own pricing for the files they prepare to download. The feature is using an elaborated algorithm that ensures that contributors receive royalties above minimum required (credit-based). The price that is set by the designer will be split between the agency and the contributors according to each file's level and per our royalties chart."


It's not a joke they have already started this: http://www.dreamstime.com/free-images_pg1 173,000+ free images already.

« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2011, 05:40 »
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« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2011, 05:45 »
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It's not a joke they have already started this: http://www.dreamstime.com/free-images_pg1 173,000+ free images already.


That's just the ordinary free images area from people who are foolish enough to tick the free-if-rejected box when they upload.

« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2011, 05:53 »
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And this... Is it serious?
http://blog.dreamstime.com/2011/04/01/today-i-am-approving-all-images_art34815

Yes of course it's serious and not just today.  All they are saying is that if you are selective about what you upload and the photos are perfect then they will accept them. It's just a tongue in the cheek way of saying it.

« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2011, 06:03 »
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And this... Is it serious?
http://blog.dreamstime.com/2011/04/01/today-i-am-approving-all-images_art34815

Yes of course it's serious and not just today.  All they are saying is that if you are selective about what you upload and the photos are perfect then they will accept them. It's just a tongue in the cheek way of saying it.


I wish this foolish day is over. :-)
Maybe I was confused because they didn't say "...and no similars"..... 


 

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