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« on: January 09, 2013, 18:21 »
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I just noticed that BigStock seem to have changed their pricing from being in dollar amounts to credit amounts. Eg: It used to show $2.99, $5.99 etc for different file sizes - now it just says a round number that is much lower than the previous dollar amount.

Think this will make much of a difference for them in terms of sales?


« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013, 22:50 »
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As a buyer, I like dollar amounts rather than credits. I like to know what I'm really spending.

KB

« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013, 23:07 »
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I just noticed that BigStock seem to have changed their pricing from being in dollar amounts to credit amounts. Eg: It used to show $2.99, $5.99 etc for different file sizes - now it just says a round number that is much lower than the previous dollar amount.

Think this will make much of a difference for them in terms of sales?
Sounds like it will result in lower commissions, with credits as low as 99 cents (BEFORE the inevitable discounts).  One more step down.

« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2013, 00:56 »
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It doesn't look as if you have an option to pay in cash any more. Given the hoopla when they switched to cash pricing - where they were trying to contrast that with the inconvenience of the complex models of other sites.

Take a look at the wayback machine version of the site from January last year and the video explaining why cash pricing is the way to go. I guess that was then...

I do think that they should have sent something out to contributors talking about this change - I didn't get any e-mail. Did anyone else? Is there any sort of contributor communication any more - the last newsletter I have is from February 2012. The "blog" is just a list of free images. Not a lot on their Facebook page either (I couldn't see anything there about dropping cash prices)

As far as lower commissions, the credit packs have been there along side the cash prices (see the wayback machine for December 2012) and they aren't now cheaper than they were then, so I don't thing it's reasonable to describe it as a step down

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2013, 01:03 »
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Yeah I agree jsnover, seems like communicating poorly with contributors has caught on at many sites. Although today there was a major outage at Envato, and they did an excellent job of keeping the community informed I must say.

Don't think this change at BigStock will make a big difference, just wish they had of let us know about it.

« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2013, 10:47 »
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As a buyer, I like dollar amounts rather than credits. I like to know what I'm really spending.
I agree credit is just camuflage

« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2013, 12:31 »
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I had a client over the holidays and I could have sworn I showed her small single photos that were $5.  Then when I went to buy on Monday I needed a 6 credit package - so it wasn't the dementia..... As far as I could tell, Istock is the only single purchase site (and the prices are wacked).

Something that was (maybe) nice though, I got a pop-up when I was on the BS credits page "hi it's Liz, can I be of any assistance"... I asked and there was definitely someone there because she responded immediately.


 

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