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For Independent Submitters Only: What Stock Agency Do You Feel Is Best?

Shutterstock
28 (25.5%)
Dreamstime
51 (46.4%)
Fotolia
10 (9.1%)
iStockphoto
12 (10.9%)
Stockxpert
9 (8.2%)
123RF
0 (0%)
BigStockPhoto
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 96

Voting closed: December 31, 2008, 14:20

Author Topic: For Independent Submitters Only: What Stock Agency Do You Feel Is Best?  (Read 10900 times)

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« on: December 19, 2008, 14:20 »
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NOTE: PLEASE ONLY VOTE IN THIS POLL IF YOU ARE AN INDEPENDENT.

As the question asks, which stock agency do you feel is best (from a submitters point of view)?

I am wondering what submitters (photographers, illustrators, CGI artists, etc) feel is the best agency.

You can vote anonymously and don't need to leave a response if you don't want, but if you want you can leave the reason for your vote as well.

FYI: I only included the top 7 sites, since they are the largest, and ordered the sites in the poll according to the "Microstock Poll Results" (on the right side of this page).
« Last Edit: December 19, 2008, 14:24 by GeoPappas »


« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2008, 14:22 »
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It varies for me - too small a portfolio for consistent results probably - but I like the one that pays the most. Right now that is Stockexpert - but if I get back to uploading regularly it will probably change to Shutterstock.

fred

WarrenPrice

« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2008, 14:26 »
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I use only four and am boycotting two.  I like the Cutcaster Model and have pretty much commited to it.  Sure wish I had some sales to show for it.   :(

hali

« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2008, 14:36 »
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voted. 
« Last Edit: December 19, 2008, 14:48 by hali »

« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2008, 14:58 »
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I can't vote because there is no one "best" for me - one is "best" for user interface, another is "best" for sales (and that isn't always the same one), yet another is "best" for rejections feedback, etc...

AVAVA

« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2008, 15:00 »
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I voted.

Best,
AVAVA

lisafx

« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2008, 15:38 »
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Me too. 

I think all the sites have their good points, but I think the site that consistently excels in all areas is Dreamstime. :)

So much for keeping my opinion to myself, LOL
« Last Edit: December 19, 2008, 15:49 by lisafx »

« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2008, 15:47 »
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I'm very happy with StockXpert, except for this month's sales, which dropped absurdly - it's currently my 6th earner.  I would be very happy with DT if they allowed me to opt out subs.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2008, 15:49 »
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We voted for Dreamstime.

Shutterstock is good, but they do not offer exclusive images, and if you don't feed the beast, your sales decline.

Dreamstime offers a higher percentage on exclusive images, and the better your image does, the more money you make.

If we had to pick one agency to go exclusive with, it would be DT, and happily.

vonkara

« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2008, 15:56 »
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Thats a pretty hard one. I voted for Dreamstime but if you was asking me 6 months ago I would not. But now i think they have a great search engine. I like the way it work using the title and a bit of the description. The acceptance ratio play also. It make things clear and this is the way I like it...

« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2008, 17:04 »
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It's to short for me to answer. I know that only SS gives me regular payouts so obviously I voted for it. Others are pretty erratic. I Was thinking that StockXpert would be next best but this month they were outperformed by 123RF, DT and FT :-)

« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2008, 17:06 »
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DT all the way.  For me this year they have made only 60% of what SS has earned, but they are far more consistent with everything:  sales, reviews, customer service.   They seem to constantly make improvements, enter new partnerships and I really like their price structures.  

lagereek

« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2008, 17:21 »
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Its a bad question, all have good and bad points you know and everything isnt about money, earnings. I will give you the most Un-professionally run agency:  Hellman-Friedman.

lisafx

« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2008, 17:25 »
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Its a bad question, all have good and bad points you know and everything isnt about money, earnings. I will give you the most Un-professionally run agency:  Hellman-Friedman.

^^ LOL! 
Wonder how many will get this reference?

AVAVA

« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2008, 17:34 »
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AH Lagereek,

 You are a funny guy. We must sit and enjoy a beverage some day.

Best,
AVAVA

« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2008, 18:10 »
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Is not my best earnier but i vote

DREAMS TIME

« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2008, 18:14 »
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I say Dreamstime as well for the same reasons as the others have posted. They are also not my top earning site.


« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2008, 20:05 »
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Again, not my best earner (Shutterstock is), but I voted DT.

Reasons already outlined by Lisa (and others) in recent posts.

Can I mention one more site please?
That would be STXpert.
They're nice too and I enjoy uploading there.
:)

Best,

« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2008, 20:15 »
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I voted DT like so many others:

- Good sales of photos as well as vectors
- Prices that increase with popularity
- Sales are increasing steadily (no. 2 for me now, catching up on SS every month)
- Subs sales are low
- Very good user interface
- Good search engine (I'm a buyer as well, and I buy almost exclusively at DT)

« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2008, 20:29 »
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I voted for IS. On a per file basis, it makes almost twice as much as DT in a given period for simiar amount of files.

« Reply #20 on: December 20, 2008, 03:05 »
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I voted for Dreamstime, and would put Shutterstock close behind.
Dreamstime is not my best earner, but I like the way they run things and I think they are heading in the right direction.
It is not just about highest earnings, but attitude to the contributors.  I hope Dreamstime's fairness and open-handed attitude can continue in the future.

« Reply #21 on: December 20, 2008, 04:55 »
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I voted fotolia because I make way more money there but for all round fairness to us Dreamstime gets my vote.

« Reply #22 on: December 20, 2008, 07:11 »
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None of the above until they start charging more for mine work and paying more. You can make more begging on a street corner.

« Reply #23 on: December 20, 2008, 07:13 »
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None of the above until they start charging more for mine work and paying more. You can make more begging on a street corner.

Speak for yourself, YadaYadaYada.

« Reply #24 on: December 20, 2008, 10:10 »
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Dreamstime is so progressive. Very fair every step of the way. Plus also has a good looking and intuitive website.


 

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