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« on: January 15, 2014, 14:44 »
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Did you read this?
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Fotolia Launches Dollar Photo Club, An Exclusive Club For Heavy Stock Photo Clients
What does that mean? Any Ideas?
http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/15/fotolia-launches-dollar-photo-club-an-exclusive-club-for-heavy-stock-photo-clients/


« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014, 14:53 »
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It looks like a subs program, but without the upfront cost. So, you can get less money and less volume.

« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2014, 15:46 »
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I really don't get the business logic behind a move like that. Are they dying anyways and have they decided to take the whole market with them?

Anyways, gotta love the fact that the article calls it Fotolia's first microstock offering. Whut?! And what would they call, uhm, FOTOLIA?

« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2014, 16:02 »
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That article talks about the "club" being exclusive - because who wants those overused RF images - but then says they'll have 25 million images. Where are they going to get 25 million exclusive images?

There was mention of some of them coming from Fotolia - if all of them are, then what exactly is exclusive?

And a monthly commitment of $10 is peanuts; how do you avoid giving away the store at $1 a pop to "smaller" buyers?

Nothing mentioned there as to what a contributor will make from this - let alone who would give an exclusive image to a dollar store...

« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 16:05 »
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There was mention of some of them coming from Fotolia - if all of them are, then what exactly is exclusive?

I think they meant the club was exclusive, so not everyone would get the deal.

« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2014, 16:07 »
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"...Dollar Photo Club will target a small audience of approved members and provide exclusive photos."

from the TechCrunch article

« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2014, 16:31 »
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That article talks about the "club" being exclusive - because who wants those overused RF images - but then says they'll have 25 million images. Where are they going to get 25 million exclusive images?
Was wondering the same!

« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2014, 17:13 »
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If you take a look you'll find probably the whole FT library there. My whole portfolio is on that site. I bet we will receive subs royalties at best...
No idea why they think that makes sense...

« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2014, 17:15 »
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This is bogus- All my images are there. What kind of exclusive images is that?
http://www.dollarphotoclub.com
Search for one of your images and click on it, and then click on the link for your portfolio - mine is the same as what FT has online.

« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2014, 17:27 »
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"...Dollar Photo Club will target a small audience of approved members and provide exclusive photos."

from the TechCrunch article

It's a mistake or a plain lie. Or maybe worse; maybe they have 25 million of non exclusive photos and one hundred exclusive, so they can say that they provide exclusive photos. Anyway, I've found some of their images all over the places.

« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2014, 17:30 »
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there's certainly nothing exclusive about the images, for sure. This from their FAQ:

"Dollar Photo Club does is not accepting contributors at this time. We do urge you to sell your images using our parent site, Fotolia (www.fotolia.com). Contact Fotolia for details."

Perhaps we should all contact Fotolia for those all important details..?

« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2014, 17:38 »
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Also from their FAQ:

Dollar Photo Club images can be used for any non-commercial projects such as websites, web banners, newsletters, PDF documents, blogs, email, slide shows, standard-resolution TV and video presentations, and cell phone splash screens. Images can also accompany magazine articles, books, advertising, brochures, documents, illustrations, booklets, brochures, billboards, business cards, packaging, high-resolution videos, and presentations where the value of the images is not the main value of the overall project.

What does that last bit mean? (my bolding)

« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2014, 17:41 »
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"...Dollar Photo Club will target a small audience of approved members and provide exclusive photos."

from the TechCrunch article

and

"While the company promises exclusive content."

If the exclusive photo part is true, most of us are safe unless you are, well, exclusive.  BUT...they do mention 25M images ("you get access to 25 million high-resolution photos at $1 each") and unless they are partnering with some other content providers whose aggregate collections sum 25M, there is no way in hell that FT has that many exclusive images.  So that article is misleading & poorly written. The author, Romaine Dillet, did a horrible job of vetting the new program, especially when you consider he/she had direct contact with Oleg:

We want to target big buyers, and provide them with exclusive offers, co-founder and CEO Oleg Tscheltzoff told me.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2014, 17:47 by Mantis »

« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2014, 17:50 »
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Their FAQ makes no mention of exclusive images. Merely that membership is exclusive for buyers (they are proposing a limit). TechCrunch appear to have got the wrong end of the stick in that respect.

« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2014, 18:40 »
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From the site itself it seems they're trying to peddle their dollar bin as something high end and restricted, but you're right that I couldn't find anything about exclusive images there

"Exclusivity

Exquisite images at straightforward prices
Select benefits and offers from high-value partners
Join Dollar Photo Club today and discover why it's the world's top photo club"

The application page says they have space for a thousand new members (and the whole idea of limiting this is reminiscent of those "limited editions" that were limited to however many people were daft enough to buy)

https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/Member/sign-up

So possibly Tech Crunch got the wrong end of the stick, or possibly the web site doesn't reflect what Fotolia PR people are saying about it.

Anyone who sells there want to ask what the contributor end of this giveaway is - and if it includes vectors and footage and all sizes for those prices?

« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2014, 18:59 »
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Dollar foto club...wow  ;D

The must have came up with the name at some team building session

« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2014, 19:06 »
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This is their Tweet:

DollarPhotoClub ‏@DollarPhotoClub 10h
DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB LAUNCHES TODAY! Want the most exclusive images at $1 for one low monthly fee? #dpc Apply now:

« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2014, 19:20 »
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Ft probably made a typo..... they mean elusive

« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2014, 20:54 »
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I checked and my entire portfolio is on the site. Should I insist they take them down? Or would that just get me banned from FT? They aren't one of my better earners anymore, so I suppose it's worth considering.

« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2014, 21:12 »
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I checked and my entire portfolio is on the site. Should I insist they take them down? Or would that just get me banned from FT? They aren't one of my better earners anymore, so I suppose it's worth considering.

it's probably a partner site that you are on.  I would email them to find out who that partner is and first see if there is an opt out.  It could be that the only way you can remove your images is by closing your account with the partner site.

« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2014, 21:30 »
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Are they dying?..

Looks like it ...

My entire portfolio also is in this millionaire club. The same "exclusive" content sits on at least six more agencies. So now customer will find my "exclusive" photos in OneDollar club and later he will see the same photos on DT, SS, IS, FT, RF and wherever you want. How do you think, what he'll think?
 :o
   
« Last Edit: January 15, 2014, 21:47 by 4seasons »

« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2014, 05:47 »
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I checked and my entire portfolio is on the site. Should I insist they take them down? Or would that just get me banned from FT? They aren't one of my better earners anymore, so I suppose it's worth considering.

it's probably a partner site that you are on.  I would email them to find out who that partner is and first see if there is an opt out.  It could be that the only way you can remove your images is by closing your account with the partner site.

No, I don't think images are drawn from a partner site. I believe DPC is an offshoot of Fotolia itself and there is no opt out. Email from Fotolia Support: "photos sold earn the same commission as a subscription sale."

« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2014, 10:50 »
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Fotolia is the only site where I have exactly the same number of files so I am pretty confident they come from them.  Regardless of where they come from, they are not exclusive.  So I guess we all will commit fraud by representing our non exclusive content as exclusive.

I'm so fed up with Fotolia.  I am afraid if I pull my account that they will still have my photos on hundreds of 3rd party sites though.

« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2014, 11:35 »
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I'm so fed up with Fotolia.  I am afraid if I pull my account that they will still have my photos on hundreds of 3rd party sites though.

I actually found Fotolia very courteous in closing my account. They even let you cash out a final payment that is under the minimum payment for a small fee.



 

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