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WarrenPrice

« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2009, 09:53 »
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Don't know if this should be in another thread but I was wondering about Getty buying the competition and letting it dry up.  Where does that leave all the buyers who prefer microstock to Getty prices?  Isn't it reasonable to believe there will always be a market for "cheap" pictures?

I, personally, do not see how Getty, or any other huge company, can completely eliminate a Market.


« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2009, 10:00 »
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I have a love/hate relationship with StockXpert at the moment. On one hand, my sales of older images are still strong there. On the other hand, NOTHING I've uploaded in the past two months is selling - the images aren't even getting any views.  >:(

Because of this, I have stopped uploading to StockXpert for the time being. Time is money, and it's not worth my time to upload images that won't be included in the search engine.


« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2009, 10:01 »
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Don't know if this should be in another thread but I was wondering about Getty buying the competition and letting it dry up.  Where does that leave all the buyers who prefer microstock to Getty prices?  Isn't it reasonable to believe there will always be a market for "cheap" pictures?

I, personally, do not see how Getty, or any other huge company, can completely eliminate a Market.


I took the freedom and started a new thread about your question here: http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/getty-buying-the-competition/

Getty won't be able to eliminate a market but they will certainly be able to control it to a certain extent.

« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2009, 10:05 »
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I have a love/hate relationship with StockXpert at the moment. On one hand, my sales of older images are still strong there. On the other hand, NOTHING I've uploaded in the past two months is selling - the images aren't even getting any views.  >:(

Because of this, I have stopped uploading to StockXpert for the time being. Time is money, and it's not worth my time to upload images that won't be included in the search engine.

Correct. I also sell old stuff sometimes at great prices but recent material gets rarely seen/purchased.

I don't think that StockXpert will be gone anytime soon so I won't stop uploading.

It's a matter of the tech department to get their act together so all images are indexed properly and displayed correctly in the customer searches.

Let's see what happens in the next few weeks. It "shouldn't" take longer than that to fix such a crucial issue...

« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2009, 11:39 »
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 What if they took all their lower end content and put it into a Subs collection in Micro then make Istock a more top grade Micro without subs but with their very best content. Getty purchased a great deal of wholly owned imagery of very good quality from Jupiter for a low price what if it was put into Micro. They could always move the best of the best to Istock and put it at the top of the search engines since they will not have to pay out any commission that way. That is one direction they have gone in the past.

« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2009, 11:44 »
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New images aren't getting any views and this has to mean the search and ranking algorithms have been fiddled with.  I guess if you just wanted to discourage new submissions to StockXpert and start herding everyone to IS, this would be a rather smooth way to do it.  It leaves submitters feeling that IS is "better"  instead of being angry about the way Getty simply bought out the competition. 

« Last Edit: April 13, 2009, 11:52 by stockastic »

batman

« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2009, 11:49 »
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I, personally, do not see how Getty, or any other huge company, can completely eliminate a Market.

well ,takeovers to create a monopoly has been done successful for ages. if not completey eliminate a market, at least to dominate it.  bill gates did it once, and i know of a few national companies who successful did that in the 80s. they made a bundle, then sold the franchise.


some of these monopolies even are shrewd enough to create little "competitions" as a smoke screen
.. tiny little snappers with lots of promises and no delivery. all just for show, to make it look like
there is no monopoly, but in reality, there 's more to it .

it's not impossible, money talks voluminously. 

« Reply #32 on: April 13, 2009, 12:49 »
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... That's why they are courting Flickr cellphone shooters  ;D

I don't want to derail the discussion, but I just wanted to say that made me laugh  :D

batman

« Reply #33 on: April 13, 2009, 16:25 »
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... That's why they are courting Flickr cellphone shooters  ;D

I don't want to derail the discussion, but I just wanted to say that made me laugh  :D

jsolie, how can you be so cruel to laugh? some of the old timers are literally bawling after seeing the flickr cellphone shooters derail their lifelihood  ;D

« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2009, 16:35 »
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... That's why they are courting Flickr cellphone shooters  ;D

I don't want to derail the discussion, but I just wanted to say that made me laugh  :D

Yeah, that was funny.


 

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