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« on: October 04, 2007, 18:00 »
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Lets see how they do.  ;)

Answer the following questions on a scale of 'A' for best, and 'F' for worst. If you are not a submitter on that site then just put 'N/A'. The sites I included are just the big 6 and LuckyOliver since Bryan commonly visits here and most of us upload to them. (I think?)

Just copy and paste filling it in.

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1. Ease of uploading:
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -

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2. Reviewing process:
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -

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3. Earnings:
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -

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4. Website Usability:
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -

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5. Customer Service:
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -

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6. Growth in Earnings/Customer Base/Sales:
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -

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7. Community:
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -

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8. Overall Grade:
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -


« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2007, 19:04 »
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1. Ease of uploading:
Shutterstock - C
IstockPhoto - F
StockXpert - B
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - B
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LuckyOliver - N/A

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2. Reviewing process:
Shutterstock - B (Being noise freaks means failure to accept many potential good sellers)
IstockPhoto - B
StockXpert - D (High % of acceptance, frequent erratic evaluation though)
Fotolia - C (frequent erratic evaluation)
Dreamstime - A
BigstockPhoto - A (4 rejections, 400 accepted)
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LuckyOliver - N/A

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3. Earnings:
Shutterstock - B
IstockPhoto - A (Over 100 less of my images than any other agency, but top earner)
StockXpert - D
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - A
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - N/A

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4. Website Usability:
Shutterstock - A+
IstockPhoto - D (Moving target in terms of tedious procedure, better now than before)
StockXpert - C
Fotolia - C (I like download details, but what a mess this summer...)
Dreamstime - C
BigstockPhoto - B
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LuckyOliver - N/A

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5. Customer Service:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - A
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - A
Dreamstime - A
BigstockPhoto - A
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LuckyOliver - N/A

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6. Growth in Earnings/Customer Base/Sales:
Shutterstock - B (appreciate the occasion raise)
IstockPhoto - A
StockXpert - A (slow start, moving up as time passes)
Fotolia - C (Should raise baseline commissions)
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - N/A

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7. Community:
Shutterstock - N/A
IstockPhoto - N/A
StockXpert - N/A
Fotolia - N/A
Dreamstime - N/A
BigstockPhoto - N/A
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LuckyOliver - N/A

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8. Overall Grade:
Shutterstock - B
IstockPhoto - C (I'm making money despite horrific uploading procedure)
StockXpert - C
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - A (My overall fav site and No. 2 earner)
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - N/A

« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2007, 19:35 »
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1. Ease of uploading:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - N/A
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - B
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LuckyOliver - A

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2. Reviewing process:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - N/A
StockXpert - B
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - B
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LuckyOliver - B

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3. Earnings:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - N/A
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - D
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LuckyOliver - D

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4. Website Usability:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - N/A
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - D
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LuckyOliver - A

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5. Customer Service:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - N/A
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - A
Dreamstime - A
BigstockPhoto - A
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LuckyOliver - A

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6. Growth in Earnings/Customer Base/Sales:
Shutterstock - D
IstockPhoto - N/A
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - B
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LuckyOliver - D

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7. Community:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - N/A
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - D
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LuckyOliver - A

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8. Overall Grade:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - N/A
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - C

« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2007, 20:21 »
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1. Ease of uploading:
Shutterstock - B
IstockPhoto - C
StockXpert - B
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime -  C
BigstockPhoto - E
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LuckyOliver - A

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2. Reviewing process:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - B
StockXpert - D
Fotolia - A
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - A
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LuckyOliver - A

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3. Earnings:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - C
StockXpert - D
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - F

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4. Website Usability:
Shutterstock - B
IstockPhoto - A
StockXpert - C
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - B

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5. Customer Service:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - E
StockXpert - C
Fotolia - A
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - B

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6. Growth in Earnings/Customer Base/Sales:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - F
StockXpert - C
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - A
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LuckyOliver - F

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7. Community:
Shutterstock - B
IstockPhoto - F
StockXpert - C
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - B

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8. Overall Grade:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - D
StockXpert - D
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - E

« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2007, 02:48 »
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you know i was thinking exactly about this type of thing recently - I think it sure would be nice to incorporate something like this into the site where we could see a graph of all the peoples votes.  Just haven't figured out how yet :(

« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007, 03:09 »
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That would be a great thing leaf!

« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2007, 14:11 »
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1. Ease of uploading:
Shutterstock - n/a
IstockPhoto - F  (doesn't read my IPTC, DA is slow and has to be repeated to every image in a series)
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - A
BigstockPhoto - B
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LuckyOliver - A

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2. Reviewing process:
Shutterstock - n/a
IstockPhoto - C (would get a B if the reviews were faster and Scout was faster in complaints - my last took one month to be accepted, and there is one older ticjet still pending)
StockXpert - B (doesn't get an A mostly for the "we're not looking for...")
Fotolia - A
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - A
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LuckyOliver - A
 
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3. Earnings:
Shutterstock - n/a
IstockPhoto - A
StockXpert - B
Fotolia - B
Dreamstime - A
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - F

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4. Website Usability:  I judged navigation, search tools, uploading tools and statistics; I'm not sure this what was expected.
Shutterstock - n/a
IstockPhoto - C (images load very slowly for me - not in upload, but thumbnails in a search and images when I click on a thumbnail - , advanced search fields sometimes gets over the existing text, great for statistics, crashes in Netscape 7, ample choice of options in advanced search)
StockXpert - B (mostly very good, folders are very useful, I wished I could see stats for all images together - I have to visit each folder to see them - , some problems with translations between the language options)
Fotolia - D (can't edit keywords, problems with searches, statistics are very weak and I can't see total earnings per image)
Dreamstime - B (goods statistics, limited choice of options in advanced search)
BigstockPhoto - B (poor statistics and I can't see total earnings per image; can't edit keywords, but the staff does it quickly when you ask)
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LuckyOliver - B (easy to use, limitations with Nestcape 7, statistics are very weak and I can't see total earnings per image)


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5. Customer Service:  (from my contributor side; buyers may have another opinion)
Shutterstock - n/a
IstockPhoto - F (slow to answer, never bothered solving my IPTC data problem)
StockXpert - B
Fotolia - C (never have the time to do anything)
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - A (fast answers, generally problems are satisfactorily solved)
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LuckyOliver - n/a (I don't remember having need it)

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6. Growth in Earnings/Customer Base/Sales: I don't follow that closely, and sales vary so much every month, so I'll skip it
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -

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7. Community:  I don't participate much, so I'll skip it
Shutterstock -
IstockPhoto -
StockXpert -
Fotolia -
Dreamstime -
BigstockPhoto -
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LuckyOliver -

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8. Overall Grade:
Shutterstock - N/A
IstockPhoto - B (good earnings, painful to submit)
StockXpert - A (great earnings per sale, multiple languages)
Fotolia - B (good for ELs, fast process, searches are still messed up, but my earnings are ok, multiple languages selling well in Europe)
Dreamstime - B (earnings used to be better)
BigstockPhoto - B (medium earnings, but an unbeatable US$30 minimum payout)
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LuckyOliver - C (low earnings, but so easy to upload)
« Last Edit: October 05, 2007, 14:13 by madelaide »

« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2007, 13:32 »
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you know i was thinking exactly about this type of thing recently - I think it sure would be nice to incorporate something like this into the site where we could see a graph of all the peoples votes.  Just haven't figured out how yet :(


Something like what gamesbids.com has for the Olympic bid cities would be awesome. I have no idea how it could be done though.
You can see it on their main page: http://www.gamesbids.com/english/index.shtml
On the right under "Bid Index"

« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2007, 14:22 »
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1. Ease of uploading:
Shutterstock - B
IstockPhoto - F
StockXpert - A
Fotolia - E
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - A

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2. Reviewing process:
Shutterstock - B
IstockPhoto - D
StockXpert - C
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - C
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - B

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3. Earnings:
Shutterstock - A
IstockPhoto - B
StockXpert - B
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - F

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4. Website Usability:
Shutterstock - C
IstockPhoto - C
StockXpert - B
Fotolia - D
Dreamstime - C
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - B

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5. Customer Service:
Shutterstock - C
IstockPhoto - C
StockXpert - C
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - C
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - C

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6. Growth in Earnings/Customer Base/Sales:
Shutterstock - C
IstockPhoto - D
StockXpert - B
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - F

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7. Community:
Shutterstock - B
IstockPhoto - C
StockXpert - C
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - C
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - C

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8. Overall Grade:
Shutterstock - B
IstockPhoto - C
StockXpert - B
Fotolia - C
Dreamstime - B
BigstockPhoto - C
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LuckyOliver - D


 

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