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« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2010, 15:22 »
Sorta curious why buyers use IS at all.  Everybody is moaning about the lousy cut the contributer gets but (in my very limited experience) the return per download is higher than elsewhere - ergo the site must be much more expensive for the buyer.  Exclusives aside, most of the images must be available elsewhere at much lower cost.  Doesn't sound like a good time to piss the exclusives off???
People stick with the same bank all their lives while continually complaining about them.  They don't like big stores/supermarkets but shop in them all the time.  Lots of people are complaining about istock here but continuing to supply them with new images.

I don't really understand it but I gave up trying to work out why people do things.  Life would be much better if they all did what I want them to :)


« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2010, 15:53 »

My DL's have increased since I left exclusivity.  The change was instantaneous.  The minute the crown disappeared, DLs increased.  I've checked, and there is no change at all in my best match positions (at least nothing tangible).  Which confirms for me what I long believed as an exclusive...that the best match gave zero incentive to exclusives except for Vetta. 

The instantaneous increase in DL's suggests to me the possibility that buyers are becoming increasingly price conscious at iStockphoto, and prefer to buy at non-exclusive prices when given the choice.

VERY interesting info Dan.  Thanks for sharing that. :)


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