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ap

« on: October 13, 2009, 20:17 »
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this is the anti anti-dreamstime thread for those who'd like to air their differences and show their support for this "dream" stock co.

1. great company name - very inspiring and so unstockish, like ss or is, or any name with 'stock' in it.
2. great for newbies, in terms of reviews and acceptance. their qc seems to be based more on subject matter and composition (something a newbie should be able to handle) rather than the technical details of noise and artifact. there is a strong selective aesthetic sense about their choices. so, even though i've managed to get my technical quality up, my acceptance rate has remained the same.
3. acceptance of editorial photos, even for those non newsworthy but illustrative of an event or subject. this is just great for those really 'interesting' photos or a chance to play photojournalist for a day.
4. highest commission pay out per download (for me) in absolute $, not % commission (it averages about $1.19 per download, beating 123rf and is at $.89)
5. there are no tests to pass or hoops to jump through for the newbie. so, you're kind of off and running from the start with your dignity intact as you climb the rungs of success at higher rated agencies.
6. the design and layout for the website is very nice, giving it a real professional edge.
7. they show the key words buyers used to search for your photo - invaluable and entertaining!
8. kudos to achilles for responding to each and every negative query, irregardless whether he's right or wrong.
9. dreamstime became the first microstock site to sign on to the picscout agency irc, which means: "all buyers who lookup a microstock image in the IRC will be directed to Dreamstime exclusively" and "the IRC protects images from theft and misuse". http://www.microstockdiaries.com/

for those who have a different experience, here is the original anti-dreamstime thread:

http://www.microstockgroup.com/dreamstime-com/what-do-you-hate-about-dreamstime/
« Last Edit: October 13, 2009, 22:25 by ap »


« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009, 07:03 »
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Great company It's my home their the best at everything my money makers ;D

« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009, 07:14 »
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Great profile page;
nice earnings but still behind SS;
nice statistic page;
database exposure numbers;
favorite photographers feature;
their spiral logo;
pending images countdown;
image levels;
monthly uploads feature.

Dan

« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 15:23 »
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  my  best  amount  for  a  pic  came  at  DT  ($1.44).  I  have  only  3  online  with  one  sale  but  have  been  unable  to  take  more  pic  for  the  last  2  months.  They  are  great  and  a  friendly  forum.

lisafx

« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2009, 16:53 »
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There's quite a bit to like about them IMO.  Probably the reason they keep winning the "who's your favorite micro" polls.  :D


« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2009, 18:32 »
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Great company and great layout...BUT...sales have been down a LOT in the last few months.

« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2009, 05:35 »
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There's quite a bit to like about them IMO.  Probably the reason they keep winning the "who's your favorite micro" polls.  :D
That might change with the next poll. When would that be?

traveler1116

« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2009, 11:03 »
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There's quite a bit to like about them IMO.  Probably the reason they keep winning the "who's your favorite micro" polls.  :D
That might change with the next poll. When would that be?

Yeah where can I vote.  I won't tell you which site I think should be at the bottom.   ;)
« Last Edit: November 06, 2009, 11:45 by traveler1116 »

vonkara

« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2009, 14:22 »
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I just made the last one 1 month ago in october. You still can vote if you didn't. Now I don't think a lot of things have changed since October 5

http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/your-best-agencies-3-poll/

Would be good to get suggestion on how to improve the poll though

« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2009, 12:37 »
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Great profile page;
nice earnings but still behind SS;
nice statistic page;
database exposure numbers;
favorite photographers feature;
their spiral logo;
pending images countdown;
image levels;
monthly uploads feature.



Pending images countdown: I think is broken! For the last five days I have uploaded every day and the countdown started at 155 hours and it is still 145 to 150 hours for all five days! They need a new Rolex :)

-Larry

traveler1116

« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2009, 12:41 »
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^Was it ever anywhere close?
BTW there is a thread for all the things you dislike about DT out there http://www.microstockgroup.com/dreamstime-com/what-do-you-hate-about-dreamstime/, maybe there could be some things people like put in this thread?  Maybe not though?
« Last Edit: November 07, 2009, 12:43 by traveler1116 »

ap

« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2009, 13:23 »
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^Was it ever anywhere close?
BTW there is a thread for all the things you dislike about DT out there http://www.microstockgroup.com/dreamstime-com/what-do-you-hate-about-dreamstime/, maybe there could be some things people like put in this thread?  Maybe not though?



i'm tempted to migrate there (if i wasn't the op here), simply for the lack of sales at dt. what's happened to our favorite stock site?!

should you be pimping your thread here though?  ;)




traveler1116

« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2009, 13:30 »
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HA!  I don't think I need to this one seems to be doing just fine, I'm just posting to keep it at the top so maybe someone will have good news.  I was merely trying to see the good in DT but doesn't seem like there is too much, afterall I'm still stuck there for a few months.  BTW after getting rid of 99% of my level 1 images my sales are down 70% and my RPD is about the same as SS I think it was 58 cents last I checked.  Thats a joke especially after we were told that with the change we would get lots of sales (unless i'm misremembering) to move our images up from level one to higher levels, it's like offering a ton of free content and then expecting buyers to pay for similar shots???  Really thats how its going to work?  I haven't seen any upside and apparently many others feel the same.

Just checked my RPD is 58 cents and I have had 6 sales, 5 of them level 2 images.  Who could be happy with that?
« Last Edit: November 07, 2009, 13:34 by traveler1116 »

ap

« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2009, 13:47 »
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i can only envy you. i have only level one images but the rpd is well over a dollar. so, you're saying most of your sales are subs? so, it doesn't help if your images sell well and reach level 2, 3, or 4 because the buyer will be subs anyways. is there some sort of strange relationship between the popularity of an image and subs?

ap

« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2009, 13:58 »
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Quote from: Lcjtripod link=topic=9133.msg121771#msg121771 date=1257615461


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Pending images countdown:[/b] I think is broken! For the last five days I have uploaded every day and the countdown started at 155 hours and it is still 145 to 150 hours for all five days! They need a new Rolex :)

-Larry

the clock goes both ways. for one image starting at 121 hours, it was approved within 12 hours. go figure!

« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2009, 16:50 »
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I have a few images there that are exclusive to DT.  It's nice getting the bigger commission when those images sell, so I like the option to have individual exclusive images on DT.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2009, 16:59 »
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I have a few images there that are exclusive to DT.  It's nice getting the bigger commission when those images sell, so I like the option to have individual exclusive images on DT.

I took all my exclusive image out of the exclusive pool after the cut in commission for non-exclusive members. 
I get really irritated at the RAH RAH RAH SIS BOOM BAH dtdtdt Cheerleader CRAP.  But, it seems to be what it takes to stay on good terms.

I wonder if those cheerleaders are sincere about all that mush?   :-* :-* :-* ;D

lisafx

« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2009, 17:39 »
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I took all my exclusive image out of the exclusive pool after the cut in commission for non-exclusive members. 
I get really irritated at the RAH RAH RAH SIS BOOM BAH dtdtdt Cheerleader CRAP.  But, it seems to be what it takes to stay on good terms.

I wonder if those cheerleaders are sincere about all that mush?   :-* :-* :-* ;D

Not sure if I am one of the DT "cheerleaders" you are referring to or not.  I certainly haven't made it a secret that I think highly of them.  I also haven't hidden my concerns when I had issues with them or any site (like when commissions were cut recently).

Maybe if my sales had plummeted there like I keep reading that some have I would feel differently, but my sales at DT have remained strong and I continue to think they are a well-run and contributor friendly site.  This is my experience since I joined them in 2005.  Sorry if that sounds like Rah Rah to you. 

Most of the sites have their "cheerleaders".  I may not agree with some of the opinions I read here, but I would not insult people or question their sincerity just because I disagree with them...

« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2009, 18:21 »
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I took all my exclusive image out of the exclusive pool after the cut in commission for non-exclusive members. 
I get really irritated at the RAH RAH RAH SIS BOOM BAH dtdtdt Cheerleader CRAP.  But, it seems to be what it takes to stay on good terms.

I wonder if those cheerleaders are sincere about all that mush?   :-* :-* :-* ;D

Not sure if I am one of the DT "cheerleaders" you are referring to or not.  I certainly haven't made it a secret that I think highly of them.  I also haven't hidden my concerns when I had issues with them or any site (like when commissions were cut recently).

Maybe if my sales had plummeted there like I keep reading that some have I would feel differently, but my sales at DT have remained strong and I continue to think they are a well-run and contributor friendly site.  This is my experience since I joined them in 2005.  Sorry if that sounds like Rah Rah to you. 

Most of the sites have their "cheerleaders".  I may not agree with some of the opinions I read here, but I would not insult people or question their sincerity just because I disagree with them...


Amen!! I am with you Lisafx. I like DT also.
This started as a POSITIVE thread and I for one would like to see the negative comments gone! There is another thread that is nothing but negative, post the hard feelings there if anyone has them.

-Larry

« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2009, 21:23 »
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Finally, after 2 weeks of research, I found something I like at DT. Even a photographer without any photo can be favorite for many others.
Example : Tangie.  ;D

eyeCatchLight

  • Imagination is more important than knowledge.
« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2009, 10:12 »
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I also like DT.
First of all they're my no. 1 sales (up to now, I just started, and I haven't applied for SS and IS yet).
Second, it seems to be a bit of a mixture with a social networking site, that's not bad to make contacts. It shouldn't get too much though, some of the blog posts are a bit ...
Third, they also seem to like non-microstock oriented pictures, such as landscapes.

Funnily they do not accept very much my microstock-oriented pics, whereas Fotolia does. Consequently I sell almost only the non-accepted things on DT in Fotolia and vice versa... ::)

« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2009, 10:39 »
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i can only envy you. i have only level one images but the rpd is well over a dollar. so, you're saying most of your sales are subs? so, it doesn't help if your images sell well and reach level 2, 3, or 4 because the buyer will be subs anyways. is there some sort of strange relationship between the popularity of an image and subs?
I had a sub download the past week of a level 5 image and my share was 1.26$. Another sub download of a level 3 image gave just 0.35$. I don't know for sure but the higher yield for subs only counts for level 4 and 5.

My RPD the past 12 months has been: (port size N = almost 1K)
$1.24
$0.91
$1.28
$1.05
$1.39
$1.67
$1.23
$1.18
$0.94
$1.39
$1.12
$1.03
$0.87 (current month)

Hope this gives an idea.

« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2009, 10:47 »
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Second, it seems to be a bit of a mixture with a social networking site, that's not bad to make contacts.

How? I can't contact anybody on DT. My right to comment on photos was taken away 2 years ago. I have no clue why. The only blog post I ever made there was removed. You can't even put up a decent tutorial there since external picture and video links are impossible. The DT blogs are glorified forum posts and the vast majority is a total time waste.

I don't need social networking on DT, I need sales.
« Last Edit: November 08, 2009, 10:52 by FD-amateur »

vonkara

« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2009, 10:50 »
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I had a sub download the past week of a level 5 image and my share was 1.26$. Another sub download of a level 3 image gave just 0.35$. I don't know for sure but the higher yield for subs only counts for level 4 and 5.

I just had a level 3 image sold for 0.70$ as subscription

« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2009, 11:05 »
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I just had a level 3 image sold for 0.70$ as subscription

Strange. Eearnings page:
11/06/2009     n/a      This is a level 3 image     subscription     $0.35     maximum

And on my download history it says:
Download date     Buyer searched after      Image level     Price     Earnings     Resolution     License
11/06/2009 10:18    airport handling    Level 3    subscription    $0.70    maximum (upsized)    RF
11/06/2009 02:02    n/a    Level 3    subscription    $0.35    maximum (upsized)    RF

So I sold it twice that day as sub, once for 0.35$, once for 0.70$, but in my earnings (2 days ago so no issue about database sync) it's only reported once on 0.35$.

Gosh, do we need to check really everything on those sites?  :o  :'(

Image: search for luggage handling: my shot is first. Direct link is here.


« Last Edit: November 08, 2009, 11:12 by FD-amateur »


 

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