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« on: December 18, 2013, 11:11 »
Hiya Peeps

Been ages, since I've been here...... Just stumbled across this site on a google search for stock sites:


What are your thoughts?


« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2013, 11:33 »
They are a  couple in Ohio giving away photos when you sign up so they can build a client base. Recently they offered a free-based service for other options. Could be a nice marketing strategy for a small internet business. Seems like they put a lot of thought into this. Logo sucks though LOL
« Last Edit: December 18, 2013, 11:37 by oxman »

« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2013, 11:51 »
Interesting concept. The end game seems to be able to sell the images in narrow categories. A subscription plan focused on very specific needs. The proof is always in how many will actually pay. I'd be interested in seeing if the technique of sending the images monthly is a valid one. It certainly eliminates the keyword problems.


« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2013, 12:08 »
Its old news, they have been in business for a while, it was discussed here. Cant find the thread. It was about 6 months ago.



« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2013, 12:19 »
they must have died...


« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2013, 17:45 »
they must have died...

LOL!  Well with the name and all it seems to have been a self-fulfilling prophecy ;D


« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2013, 21:03 »
It's interesting, and a bit confusing at the same time. In some ways it seems like they're just offering a unique service, but they bill it as something alternative to stock image licensing via agencies, hence the name. But in reality it's not a suitable alternative for most people. It's very limited, and the photos aren't good for commercial use without model and property releases. For commercial use, it's a sort of "use at your own risk" scenario. Which obviously isn't going to work for most folks.

It's an interesting service for bloggers maybe, just looking for some simple background images or filler content. But beyond the casual web use, I'm not seeing how this does anything to offer a true alternative to stock licensing for 99% of image buyers out there.

Edited to add: There was a Wired article about this recently. Some of the comments are interesting. People getting upset that anyone would criticize this new idea. I think some of the criticism is fair, though, especially if this is being described in the name as a shot at existing stock photos. I'm all for a new idea and a new way of doing things if it offers something truly useful or does something better than it was previously done. This new offering doesn't do anything to replace stock image needs for the vast majority of buyers out there.
« Last Edit: December 18, 2013, 21:11 by EmberMike »


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