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« on: August 25, 2008, 05:53 »
What are your opinions about the pricing trends for footage? As of today IS is charging 75$ for a HD clip and SS and StockXpert charge only 50$. Getty prices start at around 300$.

Are the 50$ prices just the beginning of a price war? Or will SS and StockXpert raises prices when they have gained traction?

Last not least: What is the contributors role in this game? Aren't we the driving force promoting a price war? By giving the same clips to IS,SS and StockXpert we actively support the 50$ price and might even be responsible for IS lowering its prices.

Wouldn't it be smarter to temporarily give our first-rate clips only to IS and let the others have only second-rate clips until they raise their prices to the IS level?

« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008, 17:40 »
When Shutterstock had HD clips at $199, I was exclusively uploading to them. Sales were actually not bad then, but soon they slashed prices dramatically. I was royally pissed. For a while I tried uploading across several sites, IS, StockXpert, P5, SS... but it just took so long to upload and maintain multiple galleries. iStock was by far my best performer at that point, so when they raised prices I was thrilled. I am now exclusive to iStock for video, and I just love it! My sales are now back where they were (in $$$) before SS's price cut, and rising.

My reasoning for only uploading to SS in the beginning was that by using multiple sites I would be competing against myself. After the price cut, that went out the window.

Also 1080 HD at iStock is 75 credits not $75.


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