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« on: May 03, 2021, 05:31 »
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The European Commission said the tech giant was in breach of its rules by charging high commission fees in its App Store.

Could this be the thin end of the wedge, and help the Microstock creative sector fight back against the likes of Shutterstock and Getty.


« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2021, 07:06 »
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The European Commission said the tech giant was in breach of its rules by charging high commission fees in its App Store.

Could this be the thin end of the wedge, and help the Microstock creative sector fight back against the likes of Shutterstock and Getty.

Would be nice.
I'm not really familiar with the App Store, but i think it's a different scenario than microstock sites.
AFAIK the App Store only provides a platform the distribute the apps, but the developer still have to do their own marketing to reach customers.
With microstock sites you just upload your material, and forget the rest, trusting the agency with finding buyers for your work.

Still it would be great to do something about abusive MS commission structures. Just wanted to say that comparing App Store commissions to microstock commissions directly could be misleading

« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 07:56 »
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I agree with Desintegrator, this has nothing much in common with microstock. Following a claim from Spotify, the European Commission accuses Apple of being both a distributor and a competitor in the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store.
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_2061

« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 19:04 »
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The European Commission said the tech giant was in breach of its rules by charging high commission fees in its App Store.

Could this be the thin end of the wedge, and help the Microstock creative sector fight back against the likes of Shutterstock and Getty.

Yeah, fight while ignoring the law of unintended consequences, which is teaching us that a potential royalty increase, definitely passed on to end-consumers, will lead to a price increase, then to a reduction in sales, and very likely, to a global earning reduction.

So... as they say, be careful what you wish for...  ;)

« Reply #4 on: Today at 02:40 »
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The European Commission said the tech giant was in breach of its rules by charging high commission fees in its App Store.

Could this be the thin end of the wedge, and help the Microstock creative sector fight back against the likes of Shutterstock and Getty.

Yeah, fight while ignoring the law of unintended consequences, which is teaching us that a potential royalty increase, definitely passed on to end-consumers, will lead to a price increase, then to a reduction in sales, and very likely, to a global earning reduction.

So... as they say, be careful what you wish for...  ;)

I know many owner and employees from graphic and web design companies, and even here east Europe, never ever one of them complained about how expensive photos/vectors are.

They do go for cheaper sites if they find out about them, but only if those are same or similar quality, and those people in marketing/web/graphic design companies do know the difference.


« Reply #5 on: Today at 07:18 »
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The European Commission said the tech giant was in breach of its rules by charging high commission fees in its App Store.

Could this be the thin end of the wedge, and help the Microstock creative sector fight back against the likes of Shutterstock and Getty.

Yeah, fight while ignoring the law of unintended consequences, which is teaching us that a potential royalty increase, definitely passed on to end-consumers, will lead to a price increase, then to a reduction in sales, and very likely, to a global earning reduction.

So... as they say, be careful what you wish for...  ;)

I know many owner and employees from graphic and web design companies, and even here east Europe, never ever one of them complained about how expensive photos/vectors are.

They do go for cheaper sites if they find out about them, but only if those are same or similar quality, and those people in marketing/web/graphic design companies do know the difference.

Maybe, but the bulk of buyers are the average blogger, the small company with a small website, etc. Common people, not big corporations. And these common people are price sensitive.
Remember that many newspapers fired their photographers to replace them with us. So don't tell me that they are not price sensitive.
All these people will buy less if the prices go up, and we will suffer more. That's how the market works.

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« Reply #6 on: Today at 07:40 »
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The European Commission said the tech giant was in breach of its rules by charging high commission fees in its App Store.

Could this be the thin end of the wedge, and help the Microstock creative sector fight back against the likes of Shutterstock and Getty.

Yeah, fight while ignoring the law of unintended consequences, which is teaching us that a potential royalty increase, definitely passed on to end-consumers, will lead to a price increase, then to a reduction in sales, and very likely, to a global earning reduction.

So... as they say, be careful what you wish for...  ;)

I know many owner and employees from graphic and web design companies, and even here east Europe, never ever one of them complained about how expensive photos/vectors are.

They do go for cheaper sites if they find out about them, but only if those are same or similar quality, and those people in marketing/web/graphic design companies do know the difference.

Maybe, but the bulk of buyers are the average blogger, the small company with a small website, etc. Common people, not big corporations. And these common people are price sensitive.
Remember that many newspapers fired their photographers to replace them with us. So don't tell me that they are not price sensitive.
All these people will buy less if the prices go up, and we will suffer more. That's how the market works.

So my question would be, who are our customers... really? SS they seem to be people with huge, multi-seat subscriptions. That's not the price sensitive little shops. And I'd argue that if someone can get the image they need and it's high quality, then they are willing to pay a little more. Who are our customers, really? Which group? And who pays the most for quality, so we can make some money.

Are we volume producers or quality content creators? I find the identity is mixed up and confusing. How can anyone be everything for anyone?

What's the market?

« Reply #7 on: Today at 10:30 »
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The European Commission said the tech giant was in breach of its rules by charging high commission fees in its App Store.

Could this be the thin end of the wedge, and help the Microstock creative sector fight back against the likes of Shutterstock and Getty.

Yeah, fight while ignoring the law of unintended consequences, which is teaching us that a potential royalty increase, definitely passed on to end-consumers, will lead to a price increase, then to a reduction in sales, and very likely, to a global earning reduction.

So... as they say, be careful what you wish for...  ;)

I know many owner and employees from graphic and web design companies, and even here east Europe, never ever one of them complained about how expensive photos/vectors are.

They do go for cheaper sites if they find out about them, but only if those are same or similar quality, and those people in marketing/web/graphic design companies do know the difference.

Maybe, but the bulk of buyers are the average blogger, the small company with a small website, etc. Common people, not big corporations. And these common people are price sensitive.
Remember that many newspapers fired their photographers to replace them with us. So don't tell me that they are not price sensitive.
All these people will buy less if the prices go up, and we will suffer more. That's how the market works.

So my question would be, who are our customers... really? SS they seem to be people with huge, multi-seat subscriptions. That's not the price sensitive little shops. And I'd argue that if someone can get the image they need and it's high quality, then they are willing to pay a little more. Who are our customers, really? Which group? And who pays the most for quality, so we can make some money.

Are we volume producers or quality content creators? I find the identity is mixed up and confusing. How can anyone be everything for anyone?

What's the market?

I know that personal examples are not representative, but when I google my own work, I find that the large majority of buyers are common folks. And it makes sense. I'm pretty certain that any blogger, who is publishing regularly and wants to stay fresh and relevant needs a subscription. I am pretty certain that a small company will not hire an expensive photographer to update its website, when it only costs a few dollars to get their photos from us.

When it comes to corporations, you would be surprised to know how price-sensitive some are, especially when the decision is left to the middle management managing small team budgets. I know for a fact that in many cases, subscriptions expenses are denied and the corporate employees are even using unlicensed materials for their internal presentations.  >:(

So, the "call to arms" made by the OP is rather based on ideological wishful thinking and a superficial understanding of the real world market drivers.
« Last Edit: Today at 13:13 by Zero Talent »


 

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