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Which of the sites do you dislike most?

Shutterstock
17 (7%)
Istockphoto
53 (21.7%)
Dreamstime
15 (6.1%)
Fotolia
88 (36.1%)
123RF
31 (12.7%)
Bigstockphoto
37 (15.2%)
Stockxpert
3 (1.2%)

Total Members Voted: 145

Author Topic: The most unsatisfying site?  (Read 10404 times)

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« on: March 19, 2009, 23:31 »
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Sort of like an Anti-Oscar award  ::)
Any of the Big 6 sites make you unhappy? Consider the overall experience of being a contributor, not the mere financial return.
You can vote for two choices. You can change votes.


« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2009, 01:52 »
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The only thing that really matters to me in the end is revenue. Even if a site is super easy as far as up;ad etc, if it makes miniscule or no cash, what's the point?

Fotolia is the one that makes the giant * sound for me. Low sales, hate their upload. The rest are fine for me.

« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2009, 02:09 »
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IS and FT are the biggest pain to upload to but as they both are always in my top 3 for earners then it's worth it. Places like BS and 123 I wouldn't bother with if they weren't so easy to upload to.
As Stormchaser says the only thing that really matters to me is earnings.

« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2009, 02:44 »
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They all make me money. 'Nuff said.

« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2009, 02:46 »
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They all make money for me also but 123 and BS make only about 2% of total sales.
They all make me money. 'Nuff said.

« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2009, 03:39 »
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Ahh good after submitting my votes im glad to see fotolia there. I have been on that site longer than any other stock site yet sales are lower much lower in fact than all others.

RaFaLe

  • Success level is directly proportional to effort
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2009, 04:54 »
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It's really weird how some people have FT and IS as their biggest sellers, and other SS and IS, and then BigStock etc.
I've seen a common pattern between threads across the forums where it stands true: Different strokes for different folks.

I'm applying again at FT today. Really hoping they'll accept my application then hoping they'll be as good to me as SS has ;)

Holding thumbs  ::)

Xalanx

« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2009, 05:13 »
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hoping they'll be as good to me as SS has

They won't be. But good luck.

gbcimages

« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2009, 08:41 »
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I closed my account wit FT,NEVER WAS WITH IS. I  would say 123 and BS for now.

« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2009, 09:52 »
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I'm applying again at FT today. Really hoping they'll accept my application then hoping they'll be as good to me as SS has ;)

Holding thumbs  ::)

Do you need to apply?  :o

tan510jomast

« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2009, 10:08 »
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this poll truly is significant as it indicates that there is really not one standardized
"good site" .  which is good, because where the ones you swing, for some of us they  stink, and vice versa.

« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2009, 12:02 »
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Another way to look at this poll, is to realize that photographers in general are not happy with the treatment they get from the agencies, or they feel unsastifactory with the stock photo industry.

this poll truly is significant as it indicates that there is really not one standardized
"good site" .  which is good, because where the ones you swing, for some of us they  stink, and vice versa.

Moonb007

  • Architect, Photographer, Dreamer
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2009, 14:57 »
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Great post, it was a tough choice for the bottom two for me.

« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2009, 17:22 »
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123RF for sales.

FT for relationship with contributors (my earnings are good).

I thought of voting SS, for it being the king of subscription, but as I am not there, I didn't.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2009, 17:34 »
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I hate when I can't predict what will be rejected, and one of these sites is specialist in inconsistent rejections. Who am I talking about? Can someone tell me? :)

tan510jomast

« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2009, 23:23 »
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I hate when I can't predict what will be rejected, and one of these sites is specialist in inconsistent rejections. Who am I talking about? Can someone tell me? :)


whitechild, you read my mind... ;D

« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2009, 15:53 »
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That's easy, FIBTOLIA...err Fotolia, the only agency to actually lower commissions for contributors

« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2009, 16:03 »
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I know that diff sites favor diff photographers depending on images etc but to see such a similar trend from so many people must show that something needs to be done about these sites. I agree totally with the inconsistent rejections

KB

« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2009, 16:12 »
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned that there's a Big 6 site missing from the list. Maybe it was felt that absolutely no one would select StockXpert is their most unsatisfying site?  ;D

I strongly agree with the site that's "leading" the poll, but just as strongly disagree with #2.

Actually, there isn't anyone close to #1 in my opinion, but I selected DT for my second choice, because I'm so fed up with their "too specific or well-covered" or "Not quite what we're looking for" rejections. But they remain my #3 earner, so that still makes them pretty satisfying.  ;)

« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2009, 16:31 »
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I hadn't noticed StockXpert was not there, and definitely it wouldn't be one of my picks.  Also IS in second, I agree it is a pain to upload to it, and rejections abound, but they are good at selling at good prices.  Commissions are low, but we agreed with them from the start, right? 

tan510jomast

« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2009, 16:50 »
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That's easy, FIBTOLIA...err Fotolia, the only agency to actually lower commissions for contributors

sorry no, definitely NOT Fotolia. i don't care how low the commissions as long as they sell the images they approve. and they do.
also, when Fotolia rejects an image , they give very specific reasons, you know when you correct that reason your next uploads will be accepted.
so I repeat NOT FOTOLIA.

KB

« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2009, 17:25 »
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also, when Fotolia rejects an image , they give very specific reasons, you know when you correct that reason your next uploads will be accepted.

Hmmm. There must be 2 Fotolia's out there!  ;D

« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2009, 18:34 »
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D'oh!  ::) Thanks for noticing, guys! I forgot to include StockXpert in the poll, it's in there now. Although now the poll has 7 sites :)
« Last Edit: March 21, 2009, 18:37 by Konstantin Sutyagin »

« Reply #23 on: March 23, 2009, 07:49 »
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned that there's a Big 6 site missing from the list. Maybe it was felt that absolutely no one would select StockXpert is their most unsatisfying site?  ;D

I strongly agree with the site that's "leading" the poll, but just as strongly disagree with #2.

Actually, there isn't anyone close to #1 in my opinion, but I selected DT for my second choice, because I'm so fed up with their "too specific or well-covered" or "Not quite what we're looking for" rejections. But they remain my #3 earner, so that still makes them pretty satisfying.  ;)

I would agree with you on #1, there is no one coming close (and therefore I didn't pick two).

But I disagree on #2, I'd rather get an "this is not what we are looking for" than "artifacting" which I can't find anywhere in the picture. But overall no other than FT deserved my vote.

« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2009, 09:47 »
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also, when Fotolia rejects an image , they give very specific reasons, you know when you correct that reason your next uploads will be accepted.

Fotolia does not always give very specific reasons for rejections, look at this one:

The image contains one or more technical problems:

Blurry or out of focus
Over/Under exposure
Framing problem
Over or under saturated colors
Problems with contrast
Noise or Pixelation
Quality of routing
Interpolation problem

KB

« Reply #25 on: March 23, 2009, 15:47 »
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also, when Fotolia rejects an image , they give very specific reasons, you know when you correct that reason your next uploads will be accepted.

Fotolia does not always give very specific reasons for rejections, look at this one:

The image contains one or more technical problems:

Blurry or out of focus
Over/Under exposure
Framing problem
Over or under saturated colors
Problems with contrast
Noise or Pixelation
Quality of routing
Interpolation problem

Hey, what's your problem with that? There's eight very specific reasons all in one!  ;D  ;)  ;D

« Reply #26 on: March 23, 2009, 16:43 »
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The image contains one or more technical problems:

Boy, you got one bad image!  ;)

« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2009, 17:53 »
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Oh?! I thought Ft has only one rejection...that one about aesthetic level of the image....  ;D I always get that one.

« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2009, 00:59 »
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Can we vote for 5 of them?

« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2009, 14:17 »
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I voted for IS ant FT. I like these sites just fine and they make me good money, they just get my vote for general attitude toward contributors and silly rejections.

donding

  • Think before you speak
« Reply #30 on: April 27, 2009, 20:52 »
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Fotolia is number 1 in my book!! I hate that site. Enough said.
Then 123 RF is number 2...just because I don't really care for the lay out of their site. Shoot I had to ask someone on here to find out where to find out what photo sold.   "Thank you whitechild ;D"

tan510jomast

« Reply #31 on: April 27, 2009, 22:41 »
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The image contains one or more technical problems:

Boy, you got one bad image!  ;)


Hey, what's your problem with that? There's eight very specific reasons all in one!  ;D  ;)  ;D

ROFL you people kill me !  ;D
« Last Edit: April 27, 2009, 22:43 by tan510jomast »


 

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