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« on: May 17, 2013, 03:00 »
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Hi everybody,
Some experience about Alamy distribution scheme? did you notice increase your incomes...? Is a good idea to opt?


Poncke v2

« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 05:44 »
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You only get 30% of peanuts... If you are selling on micros as well, why not.

« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013, 06:19 »
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Thanks Poncke. You noticed some kind of peanuts increase...?

Poncke v2

« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2013, 07:30 »
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I have maybe 1 sale per 2 months on Alamy with 400 images, RF and RM, but I only sold RF, so I am not the right guy to answer this. ShadySue has a lot more experience and sales, so she will chime in at some point, I am sure.

ShadySue

« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2013, 09:40 »
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Hi everybody,
Some experience about Alamy distribution scheme? did you notice increase your incomes...? Is a good idea to opt?
You can only opt out in April, like a football player-buying window.

« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2013, 09:50 »
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Now I See, I'll be alert next window, anyway you have a good experience? (RF)

ShadySue

« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2013, 10:14 »
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Sorry, OP, I got distracted in the middle of writing this and see you posted again. As I'm RM only there, there may not be a direct relevance.

I have maybe 1 sale per 2 months on Alamy with 400 images, RF and RM, but I only sold RF, so I am not the right guy to answer this. ShadySue has a lot more experience and sales, so she will chime in at some point, I am sure.
I absolutely don't have a lot more sales, but I'm only RM.
It's hard to advise someone on what to do. I've had some small distributor sales, and some that are higher than direct sales.
By far my smallest sales have been in the UK Newspaper scheme, but s I sell RM, they have to rebuy if they want to use the pic again (sometimes at a discount, but at the very lowest prices, sometimes not). What I can't get any information about is whether the newspapers in the scheme see your photos at all if you opt out of the scheme, so is it 'low price or no price' or low price or possibly-better price.
Similarly with distributors, since a very few random checks of my own Alamy port's older obscurer subjects has not thrown them up in a Google Search. (I have no idea if Alamy pics normally show up on Google.)

Some say that distribution in two particular countries lead to your images being propulgated willy-nilly. You can opt out of distribution in certain areas, again (I'm guessing) in April.
If your photos are bought for use in a certain highbrow newpaper in the scheme (not the lowest prices) the articles, with all photos, will immediately be copied in several Asian language websites, and heaven help you trying to sort that out (unless you can read the appropriate language/s). Alamy don't help you chase up this sort of misuse.

So certainly, if the people who bought via the distribution scheme would not/could not have bought otherwise, it did increase my income.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2013, 13:22 by ShadySue »

Poncke v2

« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2013, 10:56 »
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Well, what coincedence, I just had a distributor sale, and the distributor makes more money then Alamy and the photographer which is an absolute shame. Its just criminal, but if I hadnt opt in, I wouldnt have a sale at all. So I cant complain really but still I do.

16-May-13   Sale   Sale      21.39
16-May-13   Alamy Distribution Commission   30%   6.42   
16-May-13   Distributor Commission   40% Distributor Commission   8.56   
 
Me  6.42

« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2013, 11:18 »
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Thank you for your comments. A sale always is a sale. With distribution scheme you are benefit like Fotolia scheme or so,my god!. Thank you again!

« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2013, 23:37 »
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I opted out of distributor sales in April - because I too think it is just nuts for some third party who does next to nothing gets more than I do. What prevents the customer from buying from alamy.com? Distributors are a relic of a bygone era, IMO

Today (May 20) I see there were two distributor sales. I've written to Alamy support to find out how that can happen (I'm expecting some answer along the lines that the distributor gets many months to keep selling after I opt out; I'm sure that's balanced out by the many months I have to wait to get paid :))

One of the distributor sales was for a 300 * 450 size (i.e. tiny) for $381.30 which seems light daylight robbery - what sort of distributor would do this? If you bought from alamy.com, you could have that size (full price) for $49.

In addition to being ticked off that the distributor pocketed $152.52 - three times the alamy list price - I don't want to be associated with this sort of customer rip-off. Not even Getty gouges its customers this badly over RF sales

Alamy should get rid of the distributors and sell via alamy.com, but meantime I want nothing to do with this.

ShadySue

« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2013, 03:18 »
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@JoAnn:
The probably answer you'll get is that distribution sales can take 6 months to be reported (that's what I was told when I reported an unreported in-use)

However, I'd never heard of the price hike before - it's usually complaints about sales well under the published price. I will be very interested in what they say about that, though I'm locked in until next April now.

I also wonder why they need distributors; OTOH, I don't know if Alamy is translated into other languages. I remember reading 'on the forum' that if you take pics in non-English speaking countries you should at least put the most important keywords also into the local language, which I tried to do for Paris.
On Google searches, I do see my Alamy pics on their distributor sites, though not directly via Alamy.

« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2013, 08:32 »
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They assured me I am opted out and yes, that the sale occurred beforehand.

They didn't comment on the price (to be fair, I didn't ask about that as I expected some nonsense answer). I assume any distributor can charge whatever they feel they can get away with. I just don't want to have any part of that sort of customer rip off.

« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2013, 19:58 »
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They assured me I am opted out and yes, that the sale occurred beforehand.

They didn't comment on the price (to be fair, I didn't ask about that as I expected some nonsense answer). I assume any distributor can charge whatever they feel they can get away with. I just don't want to have any part of that sort of customer rip off.

Same for partner sales from many Microstock sites. We get ripped off.



 

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