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« on: January 11, 2013, 07:06 »
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I signed up with them a few weeks ago and got accepted but since then I've read lots of bad things about DepositPhotos which has put me off uploading anything, has anyone got anything good to say about them or should I avoid them with a barge pole?


« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013, 07:09 »
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I have taken my pictures off the site, because of obscure derivates.

« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013, 07:34 »
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Please elaborate on these "obscure derivates". I also just got accepted there. Their image review process is pretty slow.

« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2013, 07:35 »
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Yes, elaborate more please.

Microbius

« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 07:37 »
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They have a high volume of sales and good customer service. But their prices are too low.

« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2013, 07:47 »
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I thought as much, what's your average royalty for a full sized download?

« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2013, 10:57 »
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I added 7 new sites this year and this one brings me the biggest monthly pay out by quite a big margin.
ETA  I just looked and my RPD there last month was 68c which is about the same as SS was for me last month.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2013, 11:02 by fotografer »

« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2013, 11:26 »
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I don't submit there because they are all about special deals and promises of special search placement. They contacted me about uploading. I said their prices and royalties were too low to consider it. They replied with an offer of an artificial bump to a higher royalty rate and special search placement.

The special placement (a) isn't in buyer's interests and (b) won't last beyond the next sucker they make the same promise too. Felt to me too much like being propositioned by a lecherous drunk in a bar - all sweet talk up front, but it's not a good deal in the long run

« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2013, 11:34 »
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Well yes. When they get their search together and when it works, they are selling Ok. I have had two so and so days and have resumed uploading, hoping it gets back to the way it was.

CJ6

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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2013, 11:37 »
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Not a dam*n thing

« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2013, 12:02 »
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I don't submit there because they are all about special deals and promises of special search placement. They contacted me about uploading. I said their prices and royalties were too low to consider it. They replied with an offer of an artificial bump to a higher royalty rate and special search placement.

The special placement (a) isn't in buyer's interests and (b) won't last beyond the next sucker they make the same promise too. Felt to me too much like being propositioned by a lecherous drunk in a bar - all sweet talk up front, but it's not a good deal in the long run

thanks for sharing, I always knew about the higher royalty rate because even Yuri havent got to that ranking yet, the search placement makes it even better, nice!

lisafx

« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2013, 14:04 »
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I thought as much, what's your average royalty for a full sized download?

Mostly I get sub sales for .33, but I get a few PPD sales a day also for a couple of dollars. 

They do very good volume, so they are good for at least a couple of payouts a month for me, which puts them well on the middle tier. 

« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2013, 18:17 »
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DP are my "volume dealers". They accept 95% of my submissions. The only way you're going to make decent payout frequency with middle tier agencies is with high volume.

DP is far more lenient than DT or 123RF. I have twice as many images thus I make twice as much coin. I've always felt rejections have a positive side in that it makes you try harder and improve your skills. Shutterstock and IStock keep me striving which serves DP with on-going improved submissions.

« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2013, 19:04 »
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DP doesn't work for me at all. Sales even worse than Canstock or Veer. Yes, acceptance ratio is around 99% and the upload is easy. This is the only reason I contribute to DP so far, because I can't see a financial reason (82DLs with almost 1100 images in 8mths). Maybe it takes it time and sales will kick in one day, but I don't rely on it. I could tell you a different story about 123rf... others can't.

So, here you are: some have positive experiences, some have negative stories to tell - you can ask your question about every single agency - and I bet, you'll get the same kind of answers. Maybe one portfolio works better than the other here and there or not at all, maybe there are other reasons for success. In the end, don't hang up your expectations too high as long as you have just a small portfolio and do it just as a hobby. Do it as long as you have fun. Take the pocket money or leave it (saves you a lot of stress and disappointments). But you have to make your own experiences. You might even get a nice surprise - just be prepared for a harsh reality in MS-business.

Best of luck

dbvirago

« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2013, 19:35 »
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For me, they are the best of the bottom feeders, and usually do better than iSuck

tab62

« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2013, 20:15 »
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iSuck has been renamed to iFree

« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2013, 20:48 »
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I do well with them. Last year I had almost every month an increase of sales. Never had any problems with them.

« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2013, 21:15 »
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Thanks for the replies, I may upload some.
iSuck has been renamed to iFree
Or imLeaving

« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2013, 21:36 »
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They make a ton of money for me.

jareso

  • Boris Jaroscak
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2013, 03:47 »
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I have good sales there considering I am just enthusiast photographer.
I take photos of nature, cultural heritage (such as photos of castles, outdoor museums, historic towns, etc.) and animals mostly.
Not typical stock photos.

My recent stats at DP:
Online Files: 431
Sold Files: 280
- By Credits: 56
- By Subscription: 216
- By SMS: 8

My portfolio at DP:
http://depositphotos.com/portfolio-1002040.html
« Last Edit: January 12, 2013, 03:56 by jareso »

« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2013, 04:36 »
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I don't submit there because they are all about special deals and promises of special search placement. They contacted me about uploading. I said their prices and royalties were too low to consider it. They replied with an offer of an artificial bump to a higher royalty rate and special search placement.

The special placement (a) isn't in buyer's interests and (b) won't last beyond the next sucker they make the same promise too. Felt to me too much like being propositioned by a lecherous drunk in a bar - all sweet talk up front, but it's not a good deal in the long run

Good for you Jo Ann! I took my images off DP last year, I dislike intensely their practices.

rubyroo

« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2013, 04:42 »
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I have a good thing to say about DP.  They don't have any of my images ;D


« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2013, 05:03 »
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Each to their own - I submit to them because they make reasonable sales even at a low price. I'm OK with that, not everyone is. Bottom line at least they do make sales..

« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2013, 06:36 »
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Yep I make regular payouts with them...I've submitted to some agencies where I haven't. Be nice if they raised their commissions though.

CJ6

    This user is banned.
« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2013, 07:22 »
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DP are my "volume dealers". They accept 95% of my submissions. The only way you're going to make decent payout frequency with middle tier agencies is with high volume.

DP is far more lenient than DT or 123RF. I have twice as many images thus I make twice as much coin. I've always felt rejections have a positive side in that it makes you try harder and improve your skills. Shutterstock and IStock keep me striving which serves DP with on-going improved submissions.

Well, here's my AR:
Uploads in this month:   0
Acceptance ratio:   98.55%

But as you can see, also no ULs this month. I haven't been ULing there for almost a year. They're such a low volume, rock bottom price dealers for me. It's just not worth my time.


 

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