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« on: January 15, 2008, 02:42 »
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I uploaded nearly 100 images last month to Crestock and Bigstock to try the sites.  So far on BS I have earnt about 70 - 80$ and on Crestock the grand total of 25c. Is this site worth bothering with as so far it has been a big dissapointment to me.  I will get the rest of my portfolio up to BS as it has big possibilities but would like to know whether it's worth the effort with Crestock.


« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2008, 06:56 »
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Crestock is slow, and most of my sales there are subscription sales generating 25 cent each. Not a place to get rich fast.

« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008, 07:27 »
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I have on download yesterday :)

« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2008, 08:04 »
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very slow mostly sub sales at 25c,I make $ 1-2 with 150 pics on line, very slow....

« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008, 08:50 »
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i have actually earned as much on crestock this month as 123RF.  And much less of my portfolio is uploaded on crestock.  i think there might be hope there.

« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2008, 10:33 »
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Good site,good service,quite user friendly but I doubt if it's worth the effort.
I am thinking of removing my photos if I ever reach my first payout and I am not uploading anymore.
and I know some people are happy with 123RF but my thoughts is much the same for them as well.

« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2008, 11:48 »
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This is my experience with Crestock.  This January I sent 4, they accepted them reluctantly and downsized them.  I ftp'd a batch, but only put through 5.  They rejected all of them.   Huge blow to my ego.  It felt like Istock all over.

Then I thought about it.  I struggle with Istock.  They take what comes right out of the camera, but they reject everything that I have played with and I think is really fabulous.  They are my abusive husband, but they sell, sell, sell, so I will never leave.  I'm getting to know what they'll take and slowly my embarrassing % is climbing.

I "HEAR" that Crestock sells mostly subs and that their standards are exeptionally high.  If my first 9 photos suck they aren't going to take anything else from me now or in the immediate future.   I don't need the rejection blues.  I get that from Istock, so I pulled everything that was already live and from my pending.   Maybe it's not fair of me to judge them so quickly with only pushing 9 through, but I don't need to have 5 or 10% of my photos on a site that has a reputation of a slow earner.   I didn't want to keep 4 photos live that may or may not sell for them, but I will likely never reach a payout on.

On the other hand - I admire that an agency can stand by the quality standards that they have established - and that I have "HEARD" about from other photographers.   I just don't know that a micro-subscription site is the right place to be so picky.

« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2008, 13:16 »
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Thanks for the replies.  I'll think that I'll just leave my images at crestock for now but not bother with uploading any more unless sales pick up and get the rest of my portfolio uploaded to BS.


« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2008, 00:00 »
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Eeeee.... all right, I decided why not and signed up for crestock, :) just uploaded the first batch two or three days ago; they reviewed two, accepted two, and I already sold one, the rest are still in qeue for review. What's started to bother me is that a buyer pays $5 for a small dl and i only get $1...isn't that a lot more than on other sites for a non-subscription dl?

hehehe... all i'm learning from this is that at one point i'd not want to hand all this money over to stock sites...

josh_crestock

« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2008, 05:19 »
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Hey,

@ChasingMoments, it sounds like you will pretty soon have 100 DLs and then be on a 30% commission. But, then, the thing is that lower commission rates don't equal higher profit for stock sites. Not for Crestock, we aren't sitting up here in cold Scandanavia counting our kroner, everything that is earned needs to be re-invested into marketing and the logistics of keeping the site afloat. Crestock's sales are going up and up, but that only results in the opportunity to promote the site more and gain a larger share of the market.

We're working on higher sales, from more marketing. Not low sales with a high comission. 50% of no sales is still, no sales.

We wish you all the best,


« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2008, 06:00 »
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I have only uploaded 50-60 files to Crestock, they rejected about half of them. Only 2 credit and 4 subscription sales in 9 months !
Only 0.25 $ earnings for the site with "our standards are much higher than on others microstock sites". This is ridiculous. I don't want to upload more. If they change earning system I can accept high rejection ratio and slow downloads, but not for 25 cts.

« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2008, 06:01 »
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fotographer, I have tried uploading a proportion of my portfolio to sites before and it doesn't give a good impression of the potential sales when you upload everything.  I am sure you would do well with crestock.

I did see a big advert for Crestock in a UK photoshop magazine, so they are re-investing profits.  I am pleased that I uploaded my portfolio there.  Sales are catching up with 123rf but I have uploaded much less to crestock so far.

« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2008, 09:55 »
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I have only uploaded 50-60 files to Crestock, they rejected about half of them. Only 2 credit and 4 subscription sales in 9 months !
Only 0.25 $ earnings for the site with "our standards are much higher than on others microstock sites". This is ridiculous. I don't want to upload more. If they change earning system I can accept high rejection ratio and slow downloads, but not for 25 cts.

That's why they have so much to reinvest  ;D
..yeah, that ran me off last year. Left them and LO...just not worth the time invested. You can argue the same about Featurepics, but at least my 1 or 2 dl's a month = $6 -$10 each (as opposed to .25 each). Personally, I WILL take  "low sales with a high comission" thank you very much...I'm a "Call Girl", not a [email protected]  ;D

« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2008, 10:36 »
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Hey,

@ChasingMoments, it sounds like you will pretty soon have 100 DLs and then be on a 30% commission. But, then, the thing is that lower commission rates don't equal higher profit for stock sites. Not for Crestock, we aren't sitting up here in cold Scandanavia counting our kroner, everything that is earned needs to be re-invested into marketing and the logistics of keeping the site afloat. Crestock's sales are going up and up, but that only results in the opportunity to promote the site more and gain a larger share of the market.

We're working on higher sales, from more marketing. Not low sales with a high comission. 50% of no sales is still, no sales.


Josh, thanks for responding, hope this strategy pays off.  I personally (and I am sure many here'll join me in this) wish you all the best as your success will mean more $ for us in the future

« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2008, 11:40 »
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Thanks, for the reply. I'll probably upload any new images I have when I upload to other sites and maybe do a few at a time of my portfolio to see how it goes.  I think if the 2 sales I have had been normal price it wouldn't have bothered me so much but just sub. sales make it seem a waste of time,  I said at the beginning that I have made about 70 $ on bigstock in the same amount of time but it's actually about 50$ because I've had a few photos up there for about a year and a half that have made 20$ over that time.

fotographer, I have tried uploading a proportion of my portfolio to sites before and it doesn't give a good impression of the potential sales when you upload everything.  I am sure you would do well with crestock.

I did see a big advert for Crestock in a UK photoshop magazine, so they are re-investing profits.  I am pleased that I uploaded my portfolio there.  Sales are catching up with 123rf but I have uploaded much less to crestock so far.

« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2008, 15:54 »
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No dlds in CS this month for me.  I only have 70-something images, true.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2008, 10:18 »
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can you opt out of sub sales at CS like you can at StockXpert?

« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2008, 12:00 »
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24 downloads so far this month. $9.75. Average of about .40c per download.
Thats with 167 files.
Huge increase over November and December. Looks like their marketing is paying off.  ;)
« Last Edit: January 27, 2008, 12:50 by Kngkyle »

« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2008, 00:55 »
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No dlds in CS this month for me.  I only have 70-something images, true.

Regards,
Adelaide

same here.

« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2008, 01:04 »
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I had so much problems with getting approvals at crestockthat I stopped after only 4 approvals. My time has been much better spent elsewhere.

By the way guys I'm loving DT and 123rf as I've had 9 sales between the two this month where I was at only 1 last month between the two. All in all my sales across all sites have been Nov 1, Dec 1, 11 January (BME) !!   No sales ever from Albumo, CS and FP (yet FP I get to set my own prices so I will continue to support them FOREVER and there is lots of view traffic at FP as opposed to Albumo and CS)

Mark

« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2008, 06:19 »
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This is my first month in microstock.
By now I have 51 images in Crestock and 3 downloads (3 x 0.25  :( )

« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2008, 12:25 »
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I'm really new at crestock, but i am a bit worried.. no dl's at all. and very very few views...


« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2008, 12:16 »
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I'm really new at crestock, but i am a bit worried.. no dl's at all. and very very few views...



well, given that its prices are higher than almost elsewhere, I'd stick around for a while, upload in your spare time when you don't have anything to upload anywhere else, wait and see what happens, give it some time to cycle through a season or two... and then either get out or stay :)

I myself just joined not too long ago, and i'll give it a few months. After which it'll be either all or nothing. Cuz uploading to so many sites is just not worth the time and effort...

« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2008, 12:52 »
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I made $25.75 in January with around 780 in my portfolio.  Not great compared to some sites but a payout every other month will do me.

CCK

« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2008, 15:09 »
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I made 25c in January, but they take more or less everything I upload and I like the site, so I will stick with them.


 

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