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Author Topic: Snapwire images for sale on Alamy  (Read 2984 times)

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« on: February 14, 2015, 20:05 »
I noticed for the first time this morning that Snapwire have started distributing images through Alamy.  ***There are 4 or 5 of mine that are also already for sale directly through Alamy, which I am not exactly thrilled about.  Snapwire do have a "premium" collection which are exclusive and, in that case, I might be OK about the arrangement (although Snapwire are pretty light on info about how revenue is to be distributed in any partner arrangements, which is another gripe).  But now I am effectively competing against myself by having the same images available twice (which must be annoyng for customers seeing the same images pop up twice)

I appreciate that Snapwire's terms allow them to distribute through partner channels, and accepted that because I was keen to support a new player with a fair revenue arrangement (50-70% depending upon type of sale).  Frankly, I assumed that mainly was to allow them to distribute through Media Bakery which I think is related).  However, I am surprised that they have not communicated anything to distributors about distributing through another agency as big as Alamy.  It seem almost inevitable that there will be a reasonable number of people who contribute to both.  Personally, I would just like to be able to opt out of the Alamy arrangement, but will remove the overlap images from Snapwire if that's the only option.

(I have some other unrelated gripes about Snapwire, but have been willing to put them down to teething problems.)

Anyhow, thought others may like to know

***EDIT - well, I'll be darned.  Should have investigated more before posting. It seems that the images I am concerned about have at some stage been designated "Premium" (exclusive) at Snapwire, weeks or sometimes even months after initially uploading.  In the meantime, or maybe even before submitting to Snapwire, they had already been loaded elsewhere. Or (bizarrely) there seems to be one copy non-exclusive (Select) and one exclusive (Premium).  Since I had turned off notifications, because I just can't abide any more email spam, I hadn't noticed.  So I guess this means that it must just be Premium images being distributed on Alamy, which removes my initial gripe. Still inconvenient and irksome to have to go back through images many weeks later and work out where there might be an exclusivity conflict.  Since I am not at all keen on exclusivity, I think I will be going through and removing all "Premium" images from Snapwire and stick with Alamy, etc.  And drop a line to Snapwire suggesting that give people the option of choosing in advance if they want an image to be considered for exclusivity or not, rather than trying to figure it all out weeks later
« Last Edit: February 14, 2015, 21:45 by KerinF »


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