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« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2012, 07:16 »
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My original post was more coherent then that.  Not sure what happened.

I saw your original post and there was nothing wrong with it. I don't remember any swear words or anything. Not sure what happened either, but a couple of people have reported strange goings on with their posts.


EmberMike

« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2012, 07:38 »
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...Someone posted on that blog that you can buy images for blogs for a dollar from some micros he listed. While that could be technically true, you can't just go to any of the micros, pay your one dollar and come away with the one photo you wanted. To a maybe-would-be small buyer who followed these links, that's just 'yank my chain'. I realise that if people came and literally bought one image for a dollar, the costs to the company would outweigh the benefits and the sellers wouldn't be pleased with the cents they were getting...

How is that not a true claim? Lots of micros still sell their smallest size images for a dollar. istock used to do it, up until a few years ago. You can still go to StockFresh, 123RF, Crestock, PhotoDune, DepositPhotos, etc. and get $1 blog-size images. No one's chain is getting yanked.

« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2012, 07:47 »
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...Someone posted on that blog that you can buy images for blogs for a dollar from some micros he listed. While that could be technically true, you can't just go to any of the micros, pay your one dollar and come away with the one photo you wanted. To a maybe-would-be small buyer who followed these links, that's just 'yank my chain'. I realise that if people came and literally bought one image for a dollar, the costs to the company would outweigh the benefits and the sellers wouldn't be pleased with the cents they were getting...

How is that not a true claim? Lots of micros still sell their smallest size images for a dollar. istock used to do it, up until a few years ago. You can still go to StockFresh, 123RF, Crestock, PhotoDune, DepositPhotos, etc. and get $1 blog-size images. No one's chain is getting yanked.

Maybe she means that most agencies, you have to buy groups of credits, like 15 at a time, which would cost you $15.00 up front. Then you could buy the $1 image. Which makes the statement a little misleading.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2012, 08:00 »
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...Someone posted on that blog that you can buy images for blogs for a dollar from some micros he listed. While that could be technically true, you can't just go to any of the micros, pay your one dollar and come away with the one photo you wanted. To a maybe-would-be small buyer who followed these links, that's just 'yank my chain'. I realise that if people came and literally bought one image for a dollar, the costs to the company would outweigh the benefits and the sellers wouldn't be pleased with the cents they were getting...

How is that not a true claim? Lots of micros still sell their smallest size images for a dollar. istock used to do it, up until a few years ago. You can still go to StockFresh, 123RF, Crestock, PhotoDune, DepositPhotos, etc. and get $1 blog-size images. No one's chain is getting yanked.

Maybe she means that most agencies, you have to buy groups of credits, like 15 at a time, which would cost you $15.00 up front. Then you could buy the $1 image. Which makes the statement a little misleading.
exactly. You can even buy a 1 credit XS on iStock's Value collection, but you'd need to buy at least a $9.95 bundle and you'd need to know how to spot the Value files from the thums (I haven't worked it out yet). (There is a ten-credit offer for signing up, but as I haven't done it, I don't know if it's a 'free' offer or if it's added onto your first bundle)

Are there any agencies at which you can literally go in, pay your one dollar and come out with one photo?

« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2012, 08:58 »
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...Someone posted on that blog that you can buy images for blogs for a dollar from some micros he listed. While that could be technically true, you can't just go to any of the micros, pay your one dollar and come away with the one photo you wanted. To a maybe-would-be small buyer who followed these links, that's just 'yank my chain'. I realise that if people came and literally bought one image for a dollar, the costs to the company would outweigh the benefits and the sellers wouldn't be pleased with the cents they were getting...

How is that not a true claim? Lots of micros still sell their smallest size images for a dollar. istock used to do it, up until a few years ago. You can still go to StockFresh, 123RF, Crestock, PhotoDune, DepositPhotos, etc. and get $1 blog-size images. No one's chain is getting yanked.

Maybe she means that most agencies, you have to buy groups of credits, like 15 at a time, which would cost you $15.00 up front. Then you could buy the $1 image. Which makes the statement a little misleading.
exactly. You can even buy a 1 credit XS on iStock's Value collection, but you'd need to buy at least a $9.95 bundle and you'd need to know how to spot the Value files from the thums (I haven't worked it out yet). (There is a ten-credit offer for signing up, but as I haven't done it, I don't know if it's a 'free' offer or if it's added onto your first bundle)

Are there any agencies at which you can literally go in, pay your one dollar and come out with one photo?

Not that I know of. And wouldn't you think that bloggers are going to use a bunch of images anyway? Even $10 or $15 up front isn't all that much. Bloggers make money from the adverts that typically surround the blog, no? So buying images would be a cost of doing business.

ShadySue

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« Reply #30 on: July 23, 2012, 09:14 »
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Not that I know of. And wouldn't you think that bloggers are going to use a bunch of images anyway? Even $10 or $15 up front isn't all that much. Bloggers make money from the adverts that typically surround the blog, no? So buying images would be a cost of doing business.
Maybe, I don't really read blogs other than Sean's and a few related to my own interests, the latter of which have no ads. I was thinking of doing one myself (to fill in the time until/if ever the rain stops), but I wouldn't have ads, unless I could pick and choose.
Still, it's not true to say that you can just go to a micro and buy a pic for $1, so for sure a chain yank. I guess on iStock we can still convert credits for $1 and buy a Value pic, but someone coming new to the site can't.

« Reply #31 on: July 23, 2012, 09:40 »
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I still believe that bloggers aren't our customers, so we don't technically "lose" money, but in general the attitude of many web users is scary. They could be our customers and we need to work hard to convert them into payers, not thieves.

I've purchased images for my blog, but I could be in the minority. It's hard to say what the majority do though. I was kind of shocked that the woman that wrote the article asked around and came to a consensus that what she was doing was correct. Also, I'd think you would end up on a stock site sooner or later when you were searching for images and just purchase one.

EmberMike

« Reply #32 on: July 23, 2012, 09:46 »
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Are there any agencies at which you can literally go in, pay your one dollar and come out with one photo?

Not 1 for $1, but StockFresh lets you buy 5 credits for $4.99. I think that's the lowest buy-in available. BigStock does their simple pricing thing where there are no credits, you just buy what you need for the price listed, which I think for the smallest size is $2.99.

I wouldn't call the dollar-image claims misleading. The credit package buy-ins have never been a major issue for any of the stock sites. I couldn't imagine anyone signing up for a site and then not be willing to put 5 bucks into it.

ShadySue

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« Reply #33 on: July 23, 2012, 09:56 »
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Are there any agencies at which you can literally go in, pay your one dollar and come out with one photo?


Not 1 for $1, but StockFresh lets you buy 5 credits for $4.99. I think that's the lowest buy-in available. BigStock does their simple pricing thing where there are no credits, you just buy what you need for the price listed, which I think for the smallest size is $2.99.

I wouldn't call the dollar-image claims misleading. The credit package buy-ins have never been a major issue for any of the stock sites. I couldn't imagine anyone signing up for a site and then not be willing to put 5 bucks into it.

The poster didn't mention Stockfresh. Here's what he wrote:
"...Actually, Roni DID profit from the use of the photograph. Her blog is used primarily for publicity in order to sell her books. But in any case, she violated the photographer's copyright regardless of whether she made a profit. I can understand why the photographer would take the action he/she took.
Here are four of the largest online microstock websites (there are many others) where you can search for high quality, professional pictures and legally purchase licenses to use them on your blog for as little as $1.00. No, I haven't misplaced the decimal point.
www.shutterstock.com
www.istockphoto.com
www.dreamstime.com
www.fotolia.com ..."
It was just unfortunate that he chose to express it like this when clearly he meant well.
There's nothing like part-truths to bounce you right back off a site again, even though it wasn't their claim.

« Reply #34 on: July 23, 2012, 10:09 »
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Not 1 for $1, but StockFresh lets you buy 5 credits for $4.99. I think that's the lowest buy-in available. BigStock does their simple pricing thing where there are no credits, you just buy what you need for the price listed, which I think for the smallest size is $2.99.

I wouldn't call the dollar-image claims misleading. The credit package buy-ins have never been a major issue for any of the stock sites. I couldn't imagine anyone signing up for a site and then not be willing to put 5 bucks into it.

That's basically what CanStockPhoto has too. It's around $3 to just buy without credits, then half if you buy a credit package. That's where I bought last time I wanted an image, although I did look through Dan's, Cathy's, Elena's and Lisa's sites first. As an infrequent buyer, it's so much easier to just pay for what you want. I wouldn't buy from iStock again because of expiring credits (among other reasons).

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #35 on: July 23, 2012, 10:19 »
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I wouldn't buy from iStock again because of expiring credits (among other reasons).
Allegedly, contacting MS lets you use your expired credits; but I appreciate your other issues.

EmberMike

« Reply #36 on: July 23, 2012, 11:57 »
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...It was just unfortunate that he chose to express it like this when clearly he meant well.
There's nothing like part-truths to bounce you right back off a site again, even though it wasn't their claim.

True, those were some unfortunate choices of recommended stock sites. The poster's intention was good, but the examples used to illustrate it were not.

« Reply #37 on: July 24, 2012, 11:47 »
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If I would have sued every infringement on Pinterest, I'd be retired already and laughing at all this.

;-)

I still have many photos/graphics are are pinned via Tumblr infringement.  I need to figure out how this works in the case of non-registered work.


 

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