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« on: October 11, 2013, 12:17 »
Just received this email from Pocketstock.  Kind of glad I haven't been making any sales there....


Dear Contributor

 As you know we have always been reluctant to get into price wars we tried Packages for a while, but felt it wrong to sell images at such low prices, so we got out pretty quickly.

 There are so many competitors who are prepared to sell an image for whatever price they can get, to enable them to compete, we feel the market has become too saturated with price competition.

 We have, because of this, decided as of today that we will no longer be accepting any new Non-Exclusive content from any supplier. Currently we are making a staggering 91% of our sales through Exclusive content, so it makes logical sense for us to look at ways of expanding this area.

 We will continue to represent any Non-Exclusive content we have, but will not be adding to it, because of the cost implications and lack of large-scale sales in this area. We hope you all understand.

 As all our contributors distribute through multiple channels, you all have plenty of places for your content, so we are sure this change will not be a big blow to any of you.

 We never got into this space to compete on price, but with many others, in our view, selling content at unsustainable prices, selling Non-Exclusive content is not an area we see as our very long-term focus.

 Many of our competitors do very well of course we are not blaming them for anything, but can we complete with those that have many more images and sell content cheaper than us? It's very difficult.

 Can we compete representing and selling more Exclusive content? We have a better chance, that's for sure.

 This new policy will come into immediate effect. Any Non-Exclusive content uploaded from now on will be returned. As said, it will have no effect on the content we already represent.

 We wish you all well and thank you for your ongoing support

 reef creative



« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2013, 12:25 »
You and I must have been typing at the same time Chris :)

« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2013, 12:48 »
« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 09:13 by Audi 5000 »

« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2013, 12:49 »
I gave up on them when they sold noting and tried very low prices.  The problem with exclusive content is that there are better options for us.  Why give a site that has sold nothing and has already changed strategy several times a chance with exclusive images?  We're going to be better off using lots of non-exclusive sites or getting in to Stocksy, Offset or uploading exclusive images to the other sites that accept them.  So how is Pocketstock going to get enough exclusive content to get buyers interested?

As they didn't make it easy to remove my portfolio, I really don't think I'll be bothering with them again.

« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2013, 12:54 »
who cares? not even them, it's a dead site since the 1st day, they must be living in another world believing they are something, worst agency EVER!

« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2013, 18:38 »
who cares? not even them, it's a dead site since the 1st day, they must be living in another world believing they are something, worst agency EVER!

I signed up with them but never uploaded anything.  Glad. 


« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2013, 22:00 »
I believe their exclusive content is in their room collection. It is mobile photography with a lot of instagram filters added. I was personally not a big fan of the stuff I saw and there seemed to be a lot of copyrighted materials in the shots (but I didnt see anywhere where it said it was editorial?). They are apparently going to soon let people like the photos to make them and the contributors popular and are going to introduce briefs. Sounds familiar


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