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« Reply #50 on: December 31, 2009, 08:34 »
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Yes yesterday one sale after a long very long time.


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« Reply #51 on: December 31, 2009, 09:04 »
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The future for "midstock" looks very ominous. There has been Featurepics, Zymmetrical, LuckyOliver, Mostphotos and Cutcaster.

Featurepics had to change strategy drastically, added a volume plan, and is still critical; Zymm and LO had to stop; Mostphotos is a great backup; and Cutcaster is all that's left for now.

The midstock concept just didn't work, and all new sites that are popping up now play the low pricing game.

I think midstock is very viable if properly executed. Istock's Vetta is an example.

« Reply #52 on: December 31, 2009, 09:10 »
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$65 total sales.  All editorial (motocross) images.

You found a great niche there for your Editorial then. One of the reasons I quit CC is that CC denied my editorial since there were now and then children in it. If I'm doing lifestyle, travel and ethnic shots in the Philippines, it's impossible to avoid children when 1/2 of the population is below 20.

BigStock and SS refuse my Editorial now, since it's not "newsworthy" (they only seem to accept Obama headshots) but ethnic and cultural. I had no views on my Edorial at YAY. DT is the only place that still accepts it, if I'm lucky. I came to the conclusion that microstock and Editorial don't mix, although there must be a huge market for it in the media (less in the commercial word).

I'm still looking for a place to park Editorial, and I'm not so sure about Alamy, after what I read here.

« Reply #53 on: December 31, 2009, 09:16 »
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I think midstock is very viable if properly executed. Istock's Vetta is an example.

Yes but it's embedded in a traditional micro site. DT has "midstock" too, with their level 3+ images. What I mean is a midstock site with higher prices all across the board.

« Reply #54 on: December 31, 2009, 09:57 »
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Nearly 500 images and still zero sales.

The future of RF images does not look very bright to me. Too many .25 cent and free images. I am buying a new large format printer, mounts and frames and getting ready to hit the Art Galleries again. I have made more money there in one summer,  than all the RF I have shot in the last 4 years.

This is the slowest December in four years.

I will soon delete all images on all sites that have never been sold to keep them out of the Free RF Market. I cannot take free to the bank.

I do not wish to work for such low wages!

All of the RF sites listed on the right side of this page are in a race to go broke by offering lower and lower prices. I think the crash has begun.

-Larry

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« Reply #55 on: December 31, 2009, 10:21 »
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I think midstock is very viable if properly executed. Istock's Vetta is an example.

Yes but it's embedded in a traditional micro site. DT has "midstock" too, with their level 3+ images. What I mean is a midstock site with higher prices all across the board.
I don't think a midstock-only site is viable unless the site has a niche that hasn't already been filled elsewhere.

Otherwise the only buyers they'll get are the ones who already looked on all of the macro and micro sites and didn't find what they wanted. That ends up as one-sie two-sie sales and isn't viable. Maybe that's one reason Zym didn't make it.

Istock is slowly raising prices accross the board. They're primarily micro now but at some point they may end up mostly as a midstock site that's part micro. They already have the buyer base to pull this off. Then Getty would be the macro part.

Pricing for macro and micro is already moving toward a tiered model. This gives buyers a one stop shop for all images of all pricing. And it also gives photographers higher prices they need to justify their costs.
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« Reply #56 on: December 31, 2009, 10:36 »
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$65 total sales.  All editorial (motocross) images.

You found a great niche there for your Editorial then. One of the reasons I quit CC is that CC denied my editorial since there were now and then children in it. If I'm doing lifestyle, travel and ethnic shots in the Philippines, it's impossible to avoid children when 1/2 of the population is below 20.

BigStock and SS refuse my Editorial now, since it's not "newsworthy" (they only seem to accept Obama headshots) but ethnic and cultural. I had no views on my Edorial at YAY. DT is the only place that still accepts it, if I'm lucky. I came to the conclusion that microstock and Editorial don't mix, although there must be a huge market for it in the media (less in the commercial word).

I'm still looking for a place to park Editorial, and I'm not so sure about Alamy, after what I read here.
Alamy should be good, as they only reject for technical reasons and they sell to lots of editorial markets.  It would probably take you a year to get sales going, it is much slower than microstock but the prices can make up for it.  I don't think a lot of people here have given alamy a proper chance.  They aren't going to sell many microstock style images that are much cheaper on the other sites.  Looking at their forum and the alamy pro forum, there are some people doing very well with more traditional editorial photos that don't sell well on the micros.

« Reply #57 on: January 06, 2010, 04:34 »
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Woooow!
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!


I have m first sale here, and that is big one!!!!


    * Photo
    * 3648x2736
    * Royalty Free + Extended License
      - Electronic Items for Resale or Other Distribution - Unlimited Run = 60.00
    * 4.74

    *
Additional Cost: $60.00

Total : $64.74

My Payout : $25.90



Thanks John!


Cutcaster, live long and prosper!!!

« Last Edit: January 06, 2010, 04:38 by borg »

« Reply #58 on: January 08, 2010, 14:55 »
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Just noticed they are in the green on the right....I haven't uploaded much since November, but will give this site another go. JG seems determined 2010 will be a good year.

« Reply #59 on: January 08, 2010, 15:00 »
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Nada, zero, nothing. Even my weakest performing agencies got few images sold.

« Reply #60 on: January 08, 2010, 16:06 »
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I can't remember if I posted in this thread or not.  I think it might have to with not having some exclusive to Cutcaster images.  I told John a week or so ago that I'd do that once I get back online.  Since almost all of my vectors are on the 5 sites I'm on the chance of sales there with the same set of files isn't gonna work since buyers can get them elsewhere cheaper.  Might be worth the time to give them a few exclusive images to test it out.


 

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