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« Reply #150 on: October 05, 2009, 20:41 »
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Treveler it's a shame you have such a personal dislike for DT - I appreciate your work and have purchased a number of your files over the past year or so from DT ... I will miss your portfolio - we as a matter of principle don't buy from istock (among other reasons so little of istock's purchase price goes to the contributor) ...  but good luck to you in the future.


traveler1116

« Reply #151 on: October 05, 2009, 21:13 »
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Treveler it's a shame you have such a personal dislike for DT - I appreciate your work and have purchased a number of your files over the past year or so from DT ... I will miss your portfolio - we as a matter of principle don't buy from istock (among other reasons so little of istock's purchase price goes to the contributor) ...  but good luck to you in the future.

Thanks for the kind words, DT is not better than IS now in terms of % for contributors and in fact going exclusive will get 30% from IS which would be the same for a vast majority of files sold and there will be no sub sales and if in the future IS changes it's policy I can always put my pictures back on other sites (not DT though).

« Reply #152 on: October 12, 2009, 18:13 »
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Well, I tried to promise myself I would stop complaining about things, but this got under my skin a little. Dreamstime wants us to NOT add the keyword "vector" to our illustrations until after the eps file is approved. Here's the thread for anyone interested:

http://www.dreamstime.com/thread_18912

I'm sick of arguing about silly things like this, so I'm just going to roll my eyes and move on. I'll just add that to my growing list of how to prep my illustrations for each different agency. Maybe it is time for iSyndica.

vonkara

« Reply #153 on: October 12, 2009, 18:37 »
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Treveler it's a shame you have such a personal dislike for DT - I appreciate your work and have purchased a number of your files over the past year or so from DT ... I will miss your portfolio - we as a matter of principle don't buy from istock (among other reasons so little of istock's purchase price goes to the contributor) ...  but good luck to you in the future.

Thanks for the kind words, DT is not better than IS now in terms of % for contributors and in fact going exclusive will get 30% from IS which would be the same for a vast majority of files sold and there will be no sub sales and if in the future IS changes it's policy I can always put my pictures back on other sites (not DT though).
I'm also on my way to be exclusive on IS. Even if DT is giving more % I have a strong feeling that I still get less unless my image is level 3. I talk about subscription who have become around half of my sales. That's why most of the other sales are small sizes.

Also I don't know why exactly but I see lots of portfolios with more images than sales there. The dilution effect is strong on DT as their relevency search is not working to put any good seller up in the search. That make sale potential weak unless you have thousand of pictures to get more exposure. I don't like that, as it favor quantity over quality.

« Reply #154 on: October 14, 2009, 06:56 »
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Dreamstime is great I make enough to buy my equipment people are great.
But the only thing that really bugs me is selling additional files as subscription.

dbvirago

« Reply #155 on: October 14, 2009, 12:34 »
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Last 20 sales:  10 subscription sales, 8 of those at large or maximum size, and 6 of them level 2.  Not much more to say I guess, but weren't we told that higher levels would be easier to reach?  My RPD is down to 88 cents now from last year at 1.12 and down from last few months by at least 13%.  This even though I have deleted most of my level one files (down from over 1300 files to under 300 now), my RPD should be much higher since most of my files are level 2 now.  Compare that with RPD at Istock of 1.85.

I thought the same thing, but when I ran the numbers, my average sale from 06-08 was actually lower than my 09 average. And although Oct has fallen flat, this will definitely be a better year than last with one BME and overall totals steady to climbing.

traveler1116

« Reply #156 on: October 14, 2009, 22:32 »
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Last 20 sales:  10 subscription sales, 8 of those at large or maximum size, and 6 of them level 2.  Not much more to say I guess, but weren't we told that higher levels would be easier to reach?  My RPD is down to 88 cents now from last year at 1.12 and down from last few months by at least 13%.  This even though I have deleted most of my level one files (down from over 1300 files to under 300 now), my RPD should be much higher since most of my files are level 2 now.  Compare that with RPD at Istock of 1.85.

I thought the same thing, but when I ran the numbers, my average sale from 06-08 was actually lower than my 09 average. And although Oct has fallen flat, this will definitely be a better year than last with one BME and overall totals steady to climbing.

Two weeks later update:  RPD is now .85 and 12 out of my last 20 sales were 35 cent subscription sales (60%),  my portfolio has been decreased from 1300 images to 146 with almost all level one images that I can delete, deleted leaving a very high percentage of level 2 images.  This should have increased my RPD but lowered overall sales, it has lowered overall sales and RPD and increased the % of subscriptions.  My RPD at IS is at 1.60 (no els and only 1 video sale this month yet which is why it's lower so far) while at SS it's .50 but with 20 times the volume of DT. 

« Reply #157 on: October 28, 2009, 21:22 »
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You can add to this list new "database cleaning" - in the reality they want  force us to give them images for free.
Diminishing our commission from 50 to 30% was not enough? >:(

traveler1116

« Reply #158 on: October 30, 2009, 22:01 »
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