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« on: July 09, 2009, 18:36 »
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This is my homecity stock site. Yes, I joined it last of all simply because I found out they are based in Halifax, NS.
I only started to get a tiny cash  1.35 or something like that lately, with Canada Day, and a recent sale with an image that sold twice already with Fotolia. Having started with Can stock the same time as Fotolia, Fotolia has earned me 16x more in the same time, with an equal portfolio size. Fotolia has also caught up with BigStock and overtook it in earning for me even though BigStock was the first site I joined way over 1 and 1/2 years ago. It is also closing in on DT and StockXpert which were my best performers, but suddenly went off into some kind of stupor.
I am very optimistic with Fotolia, maybe the Euro buyers like my style. I like to think I can feel the same optimism with CanStock. They don't push me any more than anyone else even though I am from here like them. But I do like their style... except for the lack of sales.


Enough said, what do you all think of Canstock . I am sure many here are long time contributors with them already. Should I keep up with my uploads to them? 


« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2009, 18:55 »
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They aren't a big seller, but they are really nice people.

If you are short on time it's probably not worth uploading there, but once in awhile there is a big $20+ sale from their affiliation with Fotosearch, so it isn't a total waste of time :)

« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2009, 20:07 »
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I stopped uploading long ago.  Fotosearch deal was a good surprise once in a while, but not enough to change the situation.  I had just one sale at CanStockPhoto last month, a 25c subs. 

Yes, nice people, but with a business that doesn't take off.  For me, at least.

« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2009, 20:22 »
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for me the fotosearch changed everything. it swings a bit because of the less common larger payments but  Canstock now competes with 123rf and BigStock for me

gbcimages

« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2009, 21:58 »
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been with them since 4/4/09  272 images 3 sales,that's it.

« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2009, 01:50 »
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I just logged in to check my sales and found one of those big Fotosearch sales. A nice surprise. The happen just often enough to keep me interested. I like Canstock. I have a portfolio of 936 images with them.
They are a fair site, always approachable and willing to talk to the contributor. They have nice little touches, for example, being able to export a list of images in your portfolio as an xls file.
Their approvals are consistent, and sales are regular but not as frequent as I would like. In my priority list for uploading they are number eight behind 123rf.

« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2009, 02:51 »
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Its quite logical that Canstock sells less than Fotolia.  100 sales at Ft equals 4 sales at Can.   I dont expect a boom there. They are a much smaller site in total.  Its easy to upload there so I dont mind. 

« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2009, 02:55 »
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I had a nice fotosearch sale there in December and February with just a small part of my portfolio.  I uploaded lots more and haven't had another since, just $0.30 subs and a few small PPD sales.  I wonder if old images do better there?  They are way behind bigstock and 123rf for me.

grp_photo

« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2009, 03:24 »
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Totally overrated these days! And yes I got one of these Fotosearch-Sales too. Even Featurepics (and they are not really big) are five times better than them. The next complete overrated agency is Veer Marketplace by the way (I already can foresee these threads in autumn about disappointing sales ;-) )

Ah and I'm with CanStockPhoto since 2004 with enough files too judge it.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2009, 03:26 by grp_photo »

« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2009, 06:05 »
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I have not signed up with them for two reasons: I have been told they are insistant on property releases even when all identifying information is cloned out. That kills my Real Estate sales.

Model releases required even if the person is a little black spot in the distance and his Mother could not identify him. Kills my Golf shots.

Without the above being corrected, I'm just not interested.

Am I wrong???? ???

« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2009, 06:30 »
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I had 2 Fotosearch sales in one week, and nothing after it....I think it's already 3 months now as I didn't sell a thing, but I am uploading regularly.

« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2009, 07:08 »
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I had 2 Fotosearch sales in one week, and nothing after it....I think it's already 3 months now as I didn't sell a thing, but I am uploading regularly.

Same...

I had 1 sale on 50 views, now is about 1/110... But nor any sale from1/50 couple months ago...

I am getting more and more views but without sales...

m@m

« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2009, 10:41 »
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I had 2 Fotosearch sales in one week, and nothing after it....I think it's already 3 months now as I didn't sell a thing, but I am uploading regularly.

Same...

I had 1 sale on 50 views, now is about 1/110... But nor any sale from1/50 couple months ago...

I am getting more and more views but without sales...

Tons of views...but views do not make me any money, so I will stop uploading there very soon if things don't change drastically.

Squat

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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2009, 11:18 »
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They aren't a big seller, but they are really nice people.

If you are short on time it's probably not worth uploading there, but once in awhile there is a big $20+ sale from their affiliation with Fotosearch, so it isn't a total waste of time :)

I'm confused here. My first two downloads got me $1 and 30 cents respectively.
How does $20+ for one download happen? Such a disparity between $1 and $20+
Do I have to opt in to Fotosearch for that? Or is this from the Ext Lic option?

« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2009, 11:54 »
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I had a few subscription sales there and couple of regular CanStockPhoto downloads that are a couple of of dollars each. No Fotosearch regular downloads for me yet.

« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2009, 12:02 »
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They aren't a big seller, but they are really nice people.

If you are short on time it's probably not worth uploading there, but once in awhile there is a big $20+ sale from their affiliation with Fotosearch, so it isn't a total waste of time :)

I'm confused here. My first two downloads got me $1 and 30 cents respectively.
How does $20+ for one download happen? Such a disparity between $1 and $20+
Do I have to opt in to Fotosearch for that? Or is this from the Ext Lic option?

Yes, you have to opt in to enhanced licenses to be on Fotosearch.  Go to My Account, click on Preferences, at the bottom, and in the Licensing box, see if Allow Enhanced License is checked.  If not, check it.  If it's already checked then maybe you just haven't had any Fotosearch sales yet. 

« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2009, 14:07 »
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Keep uploading and got sub sale once in a while.

Squat

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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2009, 13:02 »
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I'm confused here. My first two downloads got me $1 and 30 cents respectively.
How does $20+ for one download happen? Such a disparity between $1 and $20+
Do I have to opt in to Fotosearch for that? Or is this from the Ext Lic option?

Yes, you have to opt in to enhanced licenses to be on Fotosearch.  Go to My Account, click on Preferences, at the bottom, and in the Licensing box, see if Allow Enhanced License is checked.  If not, check it.  If it's already checked then maybe you just haven't had any Fotosearch sales yet. 

Thanks , I just went over and the Allow Enh Lic is ckecked. So it must be I haven't any Fotosearch sales yet !  Dammmnnnnn !  :D

« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2009, 14:36 »
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I stopped uploading long ago.  Fotosearch deal was a good surprise once in a while, but not enough to change the situation.  I had just one sale at CanStockPhoto last month, a 25c subs. 

Yes, nice people, but with a business that doesn't take off.  For me, at least.

For me it's going very well but I'm uploading all my new stuff. If you do not upload, there are less possibilities to have sales, simple. A lot of fotosearch regular sales bring monthly payouts, before fotosearch I had payouts twice a year.

lisafx

« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2009, 16:27 »
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For me it's going very well but I'm uploading all my new stuff. If you do not upload, there are less possibilities to have sales, simple. A lot of fotosearch regular sales bring monthly payouts, before fotosearch I had payouts twice a year.

Yep, that's about it for me too.  Couple of payouts a year.  Now at least I get one every couple of months.  There aren't a lot of big fotosearch sales, but it only takes 3 or so to reach the $50 payout level.

Squat

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2009, 10:37 »
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Yep, that's about it for me too.  Couple of payouts a year.  Now at least I get one every couple of months.  There aren't a lot of big fotosearch sales, but it only takes 3 or so to reach the $50 payout level.

Hey Lisa, good to see you back !



I'm confused here. My first two downloads got me $1 and 30 cents respectively.
How does $20+ for one download happen? Such a disparity between $1 and $20+
Do I have to opt in to Fotosearch for that? Or is this from the Ext Lic option?

Yes, you have to opt in to enhanced licenses to be on Fotosearch.  Go to My Account, click on Preferences, at the bottom, and in the Licensing box, see if Allow Enhanced License is checked.  If not, check it.  If it's already checked then maybe you just haven't had any Fotosearch sales yet. 

PixelBytes, yes I just verified and I am marked for Ext Lic.
I also got one dl via Fotosearch, it was for 30 cts.
Right company, wrong amount  ;D

« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2009, 15:06 »
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For me it's going very well but I'm uploading all my new stuff. If you do not upload, there are less possibilities to have sales, simple. A lot of fotosearch regular sales bring monthly payouts, before fotosearch I had payouts twice a year.

Before I stopped uploading to CanStockPhoto, most of the few sales I had were subs.  Fotosearch had a happy start, one 19.80 sale per month, but the last one was in March, and since then I'm back to the poor small sales.  It's not the same in other sites, even though my uploads in the past year were just a few. CanStockPhoto never worked for me.

« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2009, 14:46 »
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PixelBytes, yes I just verified and I am marked for Ext Lic.
I also got one dl via Fotosearch, it was for 30 cts.
Right company, wrong amount  ;D

Hang in there Tan, they will come :)

« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2009, 16:40 »
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Ah, a 19.80 sale again!  Now I can get my payout!

« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2009, 18:27 »
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Ah, a 19.80 sale again!  Now I can get my payout!

Congrats!  Those are sweet when they happen :)

« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2009, 19:40 »
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Easy upload site, occasional sales, good staff. Might as well hang around and see what happens.

« Reply #26 on: July 18, 2009, 03:13 »
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I never joined them originally as I heard so much negative stuff about them, but when they introduced the fotosearch venture I decided to give them a try. I only loaded 700 images.   To my surprise they have done fairly well.....I almost reach payout every month and regularly get large fotosearch sales.  A few days ago i got 4  $19.80 sales on fotosearch in one day.  I plan to load the rest of my portfolio up as I get time.

« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2009, 09:39 »
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Well, the upload process is really nice.  I enjoy how they have the "series" editor.  The portfolio view both old and new are great.  I hadn't seen any sales there with my first batch, so I didn't upload for a few months, then I sent a second batch and have had 4 sales.  I think I'm going to try to upload more consistantly there.

One thing for sure is, they are sure beating my sales a BigStock, which RARELY come!

« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2009, 21:34 »
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One thing for sure is, they are sure beating my sales a BigStock, which RARELY come!
For me too. In fact, if I take into account the length of time I've been selling there, 123rf too.

« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2009, 07:13 »
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I have not signed up with them for two reasons: I have been told they are insistant on property releases even when all identifying information is cloned out. That kills my Real Estate sales.

Model releases required even if the person is a little black spot in the distance and his Mother could not identify him. Kills my Golf shots.

Without the above being corrected, I'm just not interested.

Am I wrong???? ???

I am interested but nobody answered my questions posted earlier.
If you are the one to answer them I may sign up and name you as a referral and you can earn some money off of me.

Thanks in advance.
-Larry

« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2009, 07:23 »
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I have not signed up with them for two reasons: I have been told they are insistant on property releases even when all identifying information is cloned out. That kills my Real Estate sales.

Model releases required even if the person is a little black spot in the distance and his Mother could not identify him. Kills my Golf shots.

Without the above being corrected, I'm just not interested.

Am I wrong???? ???

I am interested but nobody answered my questions posted earlier.
If you are the one to answer them I may sign up and name you as a referral and you can earn some money off of me.



Thanks in advance.
-Larry


You are right.   ;)

« Reply #31 on: August 16, 2009, 18:19 »
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Hi Larry~

I disagree with the above poster.  I believe you are mistaken.  I have uploaded 3 or 4 luxury homes there and HAVE NOT had to have a property release.  These are single family homes, taken from a golf course.

My canstock link below somehow doesn't show all my images. I've provided this direct link so you can see the photos I'm speaking of:

https://www.canstockphoto.com/portfolio.php

PS: I would LOVE for you to sign up and get referal $$ ;D I need all the help I can get! :-)  Please just click on my "see my portfolio at Canstock" link in my signature ~ THANKS!
« Last Edit: August 16, 2009, 18:43 by sgcallaway1994 »

m@m

« Reply #32 on: August 18, 2009, 19:58 »
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I guess I don't have much luck with Duncan's CanStockPhoto, so far is the worst site I contribute too, even behind CC and FP by a long run, in making me some money, I don't have a large portfolio with them though, only about 275 images, but I don't think I'll be uploading there anymore until I see some changes in $$$.  :-\
« Last Edit: August 18, 2009, 20:02 by m@m »

« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2009, 05:42 »
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Hi Larry~

I disagree with the above poster.  I believe you are mistaken.  I have uploaded 3 or 4 luxury homes there and HAVE NOT had to have a property release.  These are single family homes, taken from a golf course.

My canstock link below somehow doesn't show all my images. I've provided this direct link so you can see the photos I'm speaking of:

https://www.canstockphoto.com/portfolio.php

PS: I would LOVE for you to sign up and get referal $$ ;D I need all the help I can get! :-)  Please just click on my "see my portfolio at Canstock" link in my signature ~ THANKS!

No, I believe that you are mistaken. You photographed private property from private property and did not have a release, yet on the user agreement for Canstock, you agreed that you did have all releases on file, even if not submitted with the uploaded images. Here it is in part below copied from their site. I am not an attorney but It looks to me if they get taken to court for using an image withour a release, they will blame YOU, as you agreed when you signed up that you would have the releases.

I decided against using Can Stock for the reason below, copied from their user agreement.
 
b. By uploading his or her Data File, the Supplier warrants that he or she owns all proprietary rights, including copyright, in and to the Data File.  To the extent that the Data File contains images of recognizable people or persons, the Supplier also represents and warrants that he or she has obtained a complete and accurate model release in substantially the same form as attached hereto as Schedule B.  To the extent that the Data File contains images of identifiable property or property for which it is necessary for the owner to permit the uses allowed under the End User License Agreement, the Supplier also represents and warrants that he or she has obtained a complete and accurate property release in substantially the same form as attached hereto as Schedule C.  Supplier is responsible for keeping all original releases and maintaining accurate release records, and shall submit such releases to Company upon request.
 
It means I HAVE ON FILE a full release for ALL persons and PROPERTY in every image uploaded and I do Not!


For this reason I will not upload any images to Canstock as most of my images are sports with people, houses, etc.

I suggest that everybody read the user agreements on any site before they upload to them, as you may be sorry!

-Larry

« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2009, 09:08 »
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My CanStockPhoto experience is very strange.  It was dormant for a very long time, then starting around May or June I got a run of $19.80 sales, about 6 or 7 in a month, sprinkled in with a bunch of $.30 or $1.00 sales.  Now the activity has all but dried up again... quiet for the past several weeks with just the occasional tiny sale.  I wonder if they had invested in some advertising around June or so that boosted our downloads in early summer.  Anyone else notice the same thing, only to see their CanStockPhoto sales dry up lately?

« Reply #35 on: August 24, 2009, 14:34 »
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I just nailed my first Fotosearch sale this weekend. I have to say, given the super easy upload, its worth keeping around.

« Reply #36 on: August 24, 2009, 15:33 »
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Started uploading in May.
Now in August have 457 photos online and three 30 subscription sales this month.
Not very impressive, but hope to get some of the higher sales soon. :-\

« Reply #37 on: September 24, 2009, 15:45 »
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I don't know yet: just joined them early august. I have a portfolio of 246 images, bigger than dreamstime and almost equal to Fotolia but no Canadian sales so far!

« Reply #38 on: September 24, 2009, 15:53 »
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Slow like hell. I got one DL a month with portfolio closing 1.5K images.

« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2009, 19:05 »
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Very slow, but with Fotosearch regular sales still better than BigStock for me.

« Reply #40 on: September 24, 2009, 19:13 »
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dead this month......

« Reply #41 on: September 24, 2009, 21:50 »
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I have 1-2 month only a hand full of sales and then comes a month with more sale plus sales from Fotosearch. Next month is then back to 2-3 sales. So it is an up and down. The upload via FTP is fast and easy.

« Reply #42 on: September 25, 2009, 07:08 »
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More views, less sales...

« Reply #43 on: September 25, 2009, 07:22 »
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More views, less sales...

hey borg,
good point, I have 30.200 views, but only 188 sales at canstock.

Stock_Fox

« Reply #44 on: September 25, 2009, 10:39 »
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I had my first CanstockPhoto downloads today, 3 $0.75 sales. Prior to this, I've had 6 Fotosearch subscription sales. Would be nice to get one of the Fotosearch regular sales though at $19.80.

« Reply #45 on: September 25, 2009, 10:46 »
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Canstock is quite dead for me. The easy uploading and occasional Fotosearch sales keep me uploading.

« Reply #46 on: September 25, 2009, 11:08 »
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I have a nice little story about Canstock.  I posted here that I couldn't get ftp to work and that the Activex uploader does'nt work either.  Java worked, so that night I started sending folders over.

The next morning Dillon called from Canstock offering to help with my ftp problem.  

A few days later I received an e-mail essentially stating there is indeed a bug with Activex .

I've always heard talk that Duncan from Canstock is such a great guy.  Words can't express how impressed I was that Dillon followed a public forum post and called to offer assistance.  In the past when I've had problems with one of the various micro-agencies  1.  Site won't return e-mails 2. Site doesn't understand my problem 3.  Site does not agree with my problem 4. Site says "it's You not Us" or tell me to use Firefox instead.

So thanks Dillon!

Reminds me I better complete those files that I uploaded.

lisafx

« Reply #47 on: September 25, 2009, 11:48 »
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Very nice story Pixart!  You are so right about that level of service being almost unheard of.  When they were bought out by Fotosearch I had wondered if the personal service from CanStockPhoto would be over, but clearly it isn't.

Sales there picked up after the Fotosearch buyout.  They still are nowhere nearing big 6 status but at least I am getting a payout most every month now. 

« Reply #48 on: September 25, 2009, 12:31 »
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A few nights ago I had my first $29.18 sale at Canstock.  Quite a nice surprise.  I've had a bunch of $19.80 sales, but the higher amount surprised me.  Will have to look into what it was.  My sales summary page calls it a  "Fotosearch Regular - XLarge" but that's also what my $19.80 sales say.  The image with the larger sale has had 5 downloads to date... maybe Canstock has a sliding scale like DT, where the more downloads an image gets, the higher its price rises?  I'll look it up and write back with what I find.

« Reply #49 on: September 27, 2009, 16:31 »
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Well I've decided that its worth spending a bit of time uploading my portfolio to a few of the other sites out there, so at the moment am doing this for Canstock again, after bailing quite a while ago. Lets see if they've fixed up the property release issues for ancient buildings etc...

« Reply #50 on: October 09, 2009, 02:02 »
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Slow like hell. I got one DL a month with portfolio closing 1.5K images.

same here...

« Reply #51 on: October 09, 2009, 06:07 »
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Even views are less!!!

gbcimages

« Reply #52 on: October 09, 2009, 13:02 »
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not good,I'm about ready to pull the plug!

« Reply #53 on: October 09, 2009, 13:55 »
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Only been with CanStockPhoto for a few months and have 11 small sales with close to 600 photos online. Still waiting for the big Photosearch sales. :)

lisafx

« Reply #54 on: October 09, 2009, 17:53 »
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I got more of the big Fotosearch sales when they were first bought out.  They have slowed down the past couple of months. 

« Reply #55 on: October 09, 2009, 23:39 »
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Just got a Photosearch sale yesterday!

« Reply #56 on: October 10, 2009, 02:32 »
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My sales from Fotosearch still make it worth uploading there.  They are not that often but it doesn't take many to reach a payout.

« Reply #57 on: October 10, 2009, 11:00 »
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LIttle views, no sales.

I do a lot better on the Big 6.

I'm giving them to end of month. Same for many other lesser sites.

Waste of upload time and follow thru.

A.

« Reply #58 on: October 10, 2009, 12:04 »
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I haven't had a good FS sale there since July, last FS subs in August, then just the regular CanStockPhoto credit and subs.

« Reply #59 on: October 10, 2009, 12:35 »
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I got more of the big Fotosearch sales when they were first bought out.  They have slowed down the past couple of months. 
Same here. I miss those $20+ sales popping up now and then in my CanStockPhoto sales, which are otherwise pretty meager.

« Reply #60 on: October 10, 2009, 20:41 »
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LIttle views, no sales.

I do a lot better on the Big 6.

I'm giving them to end of month. Same for many other lesser sites.

Waste of upload time and follow thru.

A.

Same here: two months on Canstock, a few views but not a single sale. Smaller portfolio on two of the big six agencies bring in money every day. If things do not chance, I quit because it's a waste of time.

« Reply #61 on: October 12, 2009, 05:53 »
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They are number 7 for me ytd, after passing StockXpert this month, but so far behind SS, IS, DT, FT, BS and 123. If I continue to sell Fotosearch full price at the current rate, they will pass 123 before the end of the year, and possibly also BS.

« Reply #62 on: October 16, 2009, 14:33 »
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After some promising months... zip... it's like someone turned out the lights on my portfolio... despite adding aprox 15 images per day....

Disappointing.  I expected more.

Patrick H.

« Reply #63 on: October 16, 2009, 14:50 »
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Random sporadic sales but I should not complain I got $26 DL yesterday :-)

« Reply #64 on: October 16, 2009, 19:28 »
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I just found the amount of 1 (one) dollar on my account: 2 small sales so there is some light on the horizon!

« Reply #65 on: November 01, 2009, 16:01 »
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Hi guys!

I had two regulars in two days, 17,82$ and 29,55$ !!!


 

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