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« on: March 29, 2010, 12:29 »
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Albumo
Lucky Oliver
Zymmetrical
Snapvillage
StockXpert
ThePhotoStorage
ImageCatalog
StockRiot
Fotomind

Which did I miss?


« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010, 13:15 »
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Crestock

« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2010, 14:23 »
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There should be another list for Dead Sites Walking.

Tough business......

lisafx

« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010, 14:39 »
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Crestock

I stopped contributing there.  Is Crestock officially dead, or just on life support?

« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010, 14:59 »
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There should be another list for Dead Sites Walking.

Tough business......

Like Image Vortex

« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2010, 15:02 »
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Photo Shelter ?

« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2010, 15:05 »
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actually, Mantonino , you should copy paste every site on the right column
that has subscription. because by next few years they will all be dead after the buyers stockpile all they can get for pennies.
i know stockpiling is not allowed, but so is paying contributors pennies for their hard work, and not letting them opt out on subs !

but who really cares a rat's a..?

« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2010, 15:09 »
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Gekkostock (which was called something else originally)
Bigwhitebox

« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2010, 15:21 »
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Crestock

I stopped contributing there.  Is Crestock officially dead, or just on life support?
I'm waiting to reach payout and then I'll delete my images there, so I'm also interested. They said they can't pay out the rest of my royalties even if I close my account.

« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2010, 16:07 »
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TotalPhotos or TotalImages - don't even remember anymore :)

Stockphotomedia

it seems FeaturePics too

« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2010, 16:45 »
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There should be another list for Dead Sites Walking.

Tough business......

Like Image Vortex
...and Vivozoom

« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2010, 17:04 »
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On the vector side Voomstock and VectorNexus are gone.

« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2010, 17:37 »
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TotalPhotos or TotalImages - don't even remember anymore :)

Stockphotomedia

it seems FeaturePics too

no, I don't think FeaturePics , as Elena was here recently to say she's reorganizing things.
at least I haven't heard from her of it closing.

« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2010, 17:42 »
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Galastock
AreaImage

« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2010, 18:00 »
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Is it about dead and buried sites, or about those in life support?

« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2010, 19:47 »
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Is ThingStok also on life support e.g. to early newborn babe in incubator?

« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2010, 12:34 »
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Microstock is a brutal business but the failure rate is probably about average for any startup business. Think of your local restaurant lineup versus five years ago.


Microbius

« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2010, 06:20 »
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got an email from crestock saying they had evaluated my images today, lol, I can't remember the last time I submitted to them!

« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2010, 16:00 »
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I wonder how many new agencies have come onto the scene in the same time period? The only ones that come to mind for me are:

Cutcaster
Deposit
Thinkstock

« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2010, 17:58 »
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Albumo
Lucky Oliver
Zymmetrical
Snapvillage
StockXpert
ThePhotoStorage
ImageCatalog
StockRiot
Fotomind

Which did I miss?


www.fotofolio.at
« Last Edit: April 03, 2010, 18:38 by OxfordSquare »

CCK

« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2010, 14:24 »
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Bnps.

I can't remember what Bnps stood for, but its still on my spreadsheet, and they died owing me money.

« Reply #21 on: April 05, 2010, 02:44 »
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Gekkostock (which was called something else originally)
RawStockImages (RSI), rebranded to Geckostock when Richard's cousin reprogrammed it. Richard had some good ideas but he kept his server on the kitchen table. One day the dog bumped into it and that was it.  ;D

From an (also defunct) blog in 2007:
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I am not sure why but there has been a few new entries into the market in the past month:

I have already blogged about Snapvillage here and here. It is definately most anticipated of the new entries but also the most disappointing. No FTP, No IPTC and only 30% commission. It is only Beta so expect things to get better there.
Recommedation: Hold off for now till they at least offer FTP and IPTC.

Albumo.com
Albumu: Weird name (better than Snapvillage though) but they do have FTP, IPTC and commissions of 50% or more.
In addition, they are trying to get critical mass of photos so they are giving contributors $25 if they upload 250 or more photos.
Recommendation: Uncertain but the initial offering of $25 for 250 makes it tempt it.

Geckostock: This technically isn't a new site as it is a rebranding of Raw Stock Images (RSI) which never really started. They also offer FTP, IPTC and 50% commission.
Recommendation: Uncertain but they are offering 50% so may be worth supporting.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2010, 02:51 by FD-amateur »

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2010, 03:28 »
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no, I don't think FeaturePics , as Elena was here recently to say she's reorganizing things.
at least I haven't heard from her of it closing.

Seems like the site has been redesigned lately, so it's probably not closing soon

however, I had 1 sale ($0.50) so far this year with thousands of pics online - rpi is near zero unfortunately

« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2010, 05:47 »
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From the (future) hidden referral Stossip blog in 2012:
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The past year 2011 certainly won't go unnoticed in this first decade of microstock. The year started with a bang in what was quickly nicknamed as the Nordic Cataclysm last January, when Crestock, and YaYmicro/MostPhotos closed doors just a few days apart.
That Crestock was run only by Judge Ross for the last few years was a public secret, but nobody could foresee her untimely death when stumbling over her wig, she smashed into a sharp projection of her vintage Singer sewing machine.
YaYmicro, as we know, joined forces with Mostphotos end of 2010 when its Norwegian government grant ran out, and was quickly acquired by the mysterious third party buyer that turned out to be the Finland-based Subscription Claus. But when they took their new offshore operation (called LeastPhotos) a bit too literal and their rusted ferry with servers was hijacked by Somali pirates near Zanzibar,  they were - obviously - out of business.

Nothing of the sort, though, what happened right after the summer of 2011. It was already clear near the end of 2010 that Dreamstime would run into problems with their "no similars" policy and adding 15 more levels, where level 20 images would cost 999 credits. When they finally reached the milestone of 15 million images online end of 2010, all possible images in the world were already there and additions could only be similars, thus effectively exposing their Achilles heel.
Fotolia on the other hand realized that their "aesthetic" images sold less than their appalling ones that slipped through by a rogue Elbonian reviewer and they'd hit the glass wall too. Banning about 20,000 unaesthetic contributors didn't help also (advise: never upload your mugshot to sites!).

Trying to achieve synergy and break into new markets (the vast demand for unaesthetic similar images), in a bold move, Dreamstime and Fotolia decided to join forces at the summit on Mt.Olympus in Greece, with Jupiter and Zeus advising and Elena from Featurepics as the Delphi Oracle. The mutual acquisition sums involved in founding Dreamolian have been kept confidential, but industry watchers notice that Achilles is currently shooting with a Hasselblad H4D-240 and Chad drives around in a Maserati Barchetta V8 ragtop.
As a relative detail in the wake of this major event, we had to deplore the foreclosure of Featurepics when Elena had to pawn her servers to keep paying her Gourmet Gold Casseroles cat food.

Compared to these breathtaking changes in the microstock world, iStockphoto held up very well, considering they came in the news very unfavorably with the violent siege of their headquarters by a mob of exclusives dressed up like Elizabethan peasants with too roughly feathered forks and maces, demanding the removal of their images from Thinkstock.
That holding company Getty acquired 123RF went almost unnoticed in the turmoil, as well John of Caster cutting himself on the new razor sharp search algorithm were Yuri Arcurs and Warren are always in front by design. He is still in intensive care being stitched up as we speak, and we we wish him well!

2011, a year that won't be forgotten easily.  ;D
« Last Edit: April 05, 2010, 05:59 by FD-amateur »

« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2010, 10:29 »
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Crestock

I stopped contributing there.  Is Crestock officially dead, or just on life support?

I recently received 2 payouts and asked to delete all of my images. The account is still active though, just in case they improve their situation. I was definitely not ok with waiting months for my money.


 

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