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Serge:
Hi, I am wondering if there is a difference in contributing to GI alone (through the Moment collection) or through some of the distributors, like W61? I have been accepted by GI and as they are exclusive, I don't know if I want to limit myself only there.

If I understood correctly, if I contribute to a distributor such as W61, they will take a certain percentage (50% or more) from the already low 20% (or 30?) from GI and other outlets? What is the advantage in submitting to distributors instead of going directly to the agency except in the fact that they distribute it to more places (but the question is if those places are profitable at all..)

What would your suggestion be for a person like me... I have some higher end imagery I am almost certain would not sell well on microstock, and also I don't feel like selling those shots for 25c. Submit to GI as an individual or use a distributor?

Thanks!

Sean Locke Photography:
For example, WE has it's own site, so you'd get 50% royalty on what you sell there.  But yes, if they distribute to Getty, based on whatever they negotiate from that, you get your %50.  So, if they negotiate 20%, you end up getting %10.  Since most Getty licenses seem to be for less than a dollar these days, you aren't losing out on much.  Hopefully you make it up in volume from the number of agencies the distributor goes through.  They may be able to start with a higher % too from Getty or whoever - whatever they work out.

MichaelJayFoto:

--- Quote from: Serge on May 25, 2016, 08:45 ---What would your suggestion be for a person like me... I have some higher end imagery I am almost certain would not sell well on microstock, and also I don't feel like selling those shots for 25c. Submit to GI as an individual or use a distributor?
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If you don't want to sell them for 25c, you shouldn't sell them through Getty at all. Not even through distribution partners. Also a lot of other agencies that are marked as "macrostock" sell web licenses in subscription packages to customers at very low rates. It's illusionary to believe that with larger agencies you wouldn't get small sales. Actually the smallest sales I had last year were coming in through Corbis (which is now gone). Then again, I also get sales in the range of $50-100 through those channels but not in huge numbers.

Another option would be to exclusively sell your images through a smaller agencies that only offers direct sales at higher prices like Stocksy, 500px, Offset...

As I am also selling through Westend61 (I have given up submitting to Getty directly), most of the larger sales come through other partner agencies. Then again, some partners mostly sell smaller licenses. It's just a mix of sales with a wider variety you get. My personal average sale still is ten times higher through Westend61 than it is through the microstock channels.

Rose Tinted Glasses:

--- Quote from: Sean Locke Photography on May 25, 2016, 08:49 ---  Since most Getty licenses seem to be for less than a dollar these days, you aren't losing out on much.

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Really???

cobalt:
That is nothing new.

Just because an agency has a list price for several hundred dollars in their window, doesnīt mean it wonīt get sold for cents.

And offering your files on a subs agency like SS doesnīt mean you canīt get licenses for over 100 dollars.

My average sale on the macros is higher than on the micros, but sales volume is much lower, so the micros can still outsell macro even today. And refunds are not common on the micros.

And macrostock can be very picky, they might just take 2 images from a series, instead of placing 10 files on the micros. The burden to bring in the money is much higher on a smaller portfolio.

It takes time to figure out what sells best where and for which prices.

If you want to avoid micro downloads altogether, you have to either sell direct from your own shop or work with a specialised exclusive agency like stocksy or others.

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