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« on: February 13, 2012, 01:28 »
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My sales in iStock went down VERY much - almost standstill - any idea why? How about you? I refused to be exclusive there or in any other site.


« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2012, 01:40 »
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Is something normal. they going down... at least  regarding indies....

« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2012, 02:00 »
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What. Are. Sales?

« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012, 10:20 »
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Sales seem pretty normal for me, sort of consistent for last 2 years, not independent. Small fish but holding my own. Hoping things get better
but at least it hasn't tanked.

« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 10:24 »
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seem to be going down for me as well. Again, small fish so it's probably not an important statistical point.

« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2012, 10:26 »
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Sales pretty good for a Monday morning.  Some first time sellers moving out the door.

« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2012, 10:44 »
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Sales pretty good for a Monday morning.  Some first time sellers moving out the door.

+1.  Looking good so far today.  Sean is exclusive, and I am not, so it seems to be good right now for both groups, at least from where we sit.

« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2012, 12:08 »
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Looks like old files are at the bottom of the search today.  I expect a slow day to follow a very slow Friday.

« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2012, 22:56 »
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looka t the good side ,it can only get better (hope?)

« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2012, 23:56 »
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looka t the good side ,it can only get better (hope?)

I'm not sure about that.  Just because it's already very bad, doesn't mean it won't get worse.   I have a portfolio of over 1500 on Istock, and 500 on 123RF.   My revenue so far in February on 123RF is $34, beating my revenue from Istock, which is a miserable $33.   That's about one-third of what I made this time last year on Istock.  Buyers have probably realized that Istock is very overpriced.   On 123RF, I get a 50% commission, so buyers have paid $68.   On Istock, I get a 16% commission, so buyers have paid $206 for about the same number of photos.  I've completely stopped uploading to Istock, and eventually will have my entire portfolio there duplicated on other sites.  Gradually, their selection will become relatively poorer, and buyers will have even less reason to go there.   Their attempt at making a huge profit margin is just not economically viable.   If they attempt to cut their prices to make themselves competitive, and still pay me only a 16% commission, I will just delete all my photos from there.   Why should I sell my photos for a dime on Istock, if I can always get 35 cents at Dreamstime or 123RF?

The only way Istock can remain viable is to cut their margin, and I'm not sure they have the foresight to do that.

« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2012, 00:28 »
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yep agree . It is not worth uploading to IS as an independent. Used to be my favourite site. Even though it is very immature the community badges and team perception wer winners. Goes to show never let goodwill blind you to commercial realities.

« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2012, 06:11 »
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Should istock cut their prices, others would do it next day.

« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2012, 07:02 »
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Sales pretty good for a Monday morning.  Some first time sellers moving out the door.

... and, when US sales should have started picking up, around noon, things just sloooowed down.  Total sales for the day up there with a few years ago.

« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2012, 07:19 »
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Nothing has changed for me. My sales for February are projected to be about 45% down on 2011 and about 55% down on Feb 2010 (before the RC fiasco when Istock went into self-destruct mode).

« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2012, 08:06 »
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this seems totally irrelevant. Exclusives pushed in up searches may do ok, most independents down. It should be two totally seperate threads. One for exclusives and one for independents. It is like saying that you are on average comfortable warm when your arse is in the freezer and your head is on fire. Looking at both ends and the picture is more descriptive of the true situation.

Ps I thinkk the fire will die out before the freezer is turned off.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2012, 08:08 by markrhiggins »

michealo

« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2012, 09:31 »
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this seems totally irrelevant. Exclusives pushed in up searches may do ok, most independents down. It should be two totally seperate threads. One for exclusives and one for independents. It is like saying that you are on average comfortable warm when your arse is in the freezer and your head is on fire. Looking at both ends and the picture is more descriptive of the true situation.

Ps I thinkk the fire will die out before the freezer is turned off.

this analogy made my laugh out loud!

« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2012, 09:52 »
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fritz

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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2012, 10:50 »
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iStock is almost as good as SS. No complain

« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2012, 11:16 »
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still waaaaay down, but over the past 4 or so days, better than its been

« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2012, 13:30 »
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I have a portfolio of over 1500 on Istock, and 500 on 123RF.   My revenue so far in February on 123RF is $34, beating my revenue from Istock, which is a miserable $33.   

Your mileage may vary.

I have many more images on 123 than I have at iStock.

So far in February I've earned four times as much at iStock vs 123, despite the port size being a small fraction of it.

Yesterday was a very good day at iStock... things have been steadily rising there, at least for me.  From where I sit, all this talk a few weeks ago about iStock being dead in the water seems to have been quite premature.

wut

« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2012, 13:47 »
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If they attempt to cut their prices to make themselves competitive, and still pay me only a 16% commission, I will just delete all my photos from there

+1

helix7

« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2012, 14:00 »
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Should istock cut their prices, others would do it next day.

What makes you say that?

« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2012, 14:07 »
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Not bad last week, but this week so far it's dire. Certainly today is the worst weekday I can remember for a while.

lisafx

« Reply #23 on: February 14, 2012, 14:55 »
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It is like saying that you are on average comfortable warm when your arse is in the freezer and your head is on fire.

ROFL!  Brilliant!  ;D

« Reply #24 on: February 14, 2012, 15:47 »
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I could moan about acceptance but can't complain about sales on the few that have got in.  Last year 20 images in IS netted 75% of what I earned on FT and 50% of DT with over 300 images.  Per image earnings were 4 times SS despite the fact that my most downloaded images are not on IS.

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