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« Reply #100 on: February 03, 2010, 07:36 »
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I unchecked the box on StockXpert, so hopefully that will put a stop to it.

Don't count on it. I have been opted out on both IS and StockXpert for over a month now and my whole port has been sent over to thinkstock. I had to call yesterday and ask them to remove my photos from the subs.

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Does anyone know how to get rid of the images there? I'm pretty cautious when it comes to stock, so I'd rather make a decision than have my images just thrown up there. Plus, I was pretty much disgusted by the previews for my CMYK vectors. They need to work out the kinks before I even think about making a decision.

I called istock support yesterday and asked they be removed. The woman I spoke to said that she would put my name on a list and they would be removed in 24-48 hours.

I am glad to see that they are paying exclusives more for the subs. Since I am contemplating exclusivity, that makes it all much more appealing and if I were to take that step, I would opt back in to the subs.


« Reply #101 on: February 03, 2010, 09:26 »
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If you are looking to see if your stuff is at ThinkStock you need to use your real full name in single quotes.

'John Smith' not "John Smith"

Not so for me.

Mine only works if I enter "firstname  lastname" in double quotes (") and with TWO spaces between the names...


Thanks for the trick, I have been trying to see what . they have of mine and couldn't . .  with double spaces it works, so thanks again.

donding

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« Reply #102 on: February 03, 2010, 09:54 »
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I tryed " ' first last...first last double space....first last single space...triple space and even last name first with all of the above and it shows nothing...not even under iStock. I went ahead and ask for my payout from StockXpert because of this.

« Reply #103 on: February 03, 2010, 09:57 »
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I called istock support yesterday and asked they be removed. The woman I spoke to said that she would put my name on a list and they would be removed in 24-48 hours.
Thanks. My portfolio is still growing there, so I guess I'll put in a support ticket on IS.

SNP

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« Reply #104 on: February 03, 2010, 11:52 »
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my portfolio is still there too, we seem to all be in the same boat. the people voicing concern about opting out have been placated, and those of us who were on the fence are now off the fence and also opposed to the PP now. talk about eroding contributor confidence. I don't know what they are trying to do.

thinkstock can't compete with SS as is and I doubt it will ever get to a point when it can compete. the whole thing comes across as poorly planned and rushed. the only thing Getty can do if they want subs is to buy SS (tongue in cheek)....good luck with that. in the meantime, exclusives at istock need to keep their work on istock and istock only if they want their images to grow in terms of value.

I feel for independents deciding which way to go on this one.

« Reply #105 on: February 03, 2010, 12:03 »
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Hi Paulie,

 Not all Photodisc is holly owned I have a bunch of Photodisc. That is probably why you aren't seeing everything the same at both sites. I also think there will be a migration of images I don't think they released everything yet. I think it will be released slowly. I saw the news about StockXpert shutting down and I imagine they will move all of those over to either Istock or the new brand. Everyones images are still going to be available they are just going to liceanse them differently. This is still a bit of a scare. I don't like it when one company has so much power in any industry, it always hurts the worker bees in the end. Balance of power is much better for all of us. Help me Obi- Wan... :)

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #106 on: February 03, 2010, 15:36 »
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Well, I tried "Maria Adelaide Silva" and "Maria Silva" in various forms mentioned herein, and I did not find anything.  Gladly.

Did thinkstock exist before StockXpert's murder?

lisafx

« Reply #107 on: February 03, 2010, 15:38 »
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Did thinkstock exist before StockXpert's murder?

No, it's brand new.

donding

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« Reply #108 on: February 03, 2010, 16:09 »
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Did thinkstock exist before StockXpert's murder?
I'm not sure when they started but there was chatter on this forum about it then the next chatter was the StockXpert closing down all on the same day.

« Reply #109 on: February 03, 2010, 16:38 »
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If I remember rightly...Thinkstock was one of Jupiter's brands...they commissioned wholly owned shoots...so Getty just put the name to a different use after they killed of the Jupiter wholly owned program.





Did thinkstock exist before StockXpert's murder?

No, it's brand new.

« Reply #110 on: February 03, 2010, 16:50 »
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If I remember rightly...Thinkstock was one of Jupiter's brands...they commissioned wholly owned shoots

I also believe that Thinkstock has been around for quite awhile.

donding

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« Reply #111 on: February 03, 2010, 16:54 »
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If I remember rightly...Thinkstock was one of Jupiter's brands...they commissioned wholly owned shoots

I also believe that Thinkstock has been around for quite awhile.
You know you're proubably right...right now it would be very difficult to buy a domian name with the word "stock" or "photos" in it so it may have been around awhile

lisafx

« Reply #112 on: February 03, 2010, 17:04 »
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I also believe that Thinkstock has been around for quite awhile.

I didn't realize the name had been around already.  Still, the site in its current incarnation is new.

« Reply #113 on: February 03, 2010, 17:12 »
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I also believe that Thinkstock has been around for quite awhile.

I didn't realize the name had been around already.  Still, the site in its current incarnation is new.

But it looks and operates just like Photos.com. I'm sure they just crossed out the name at the top and inserted the new logo and changed the colours and wording a bit. It's destined to be yet another short-term adventure by the ex-Jupiter crew into the world of microstock. After Istock they'll surely have run out of places from which to purloin content from others.

lisafx

« Reply #114 on: February 03, 2010, 17:24 »
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But it looks and operates just like Photos.com. I'm sure they just crossed out the name at the top and inserted the new logo and changed the colours and wording a bit. It's destined to be yet another short-term adventure by the ex-Jupiter crew into the world of microstock. After Istock they'll surely have run out of places from which to purloin content from others.


I hope you're right, G, and that it doesn't turn out to be a big deal.  Lots of concern over at Istock that they will be aiming for a higher end market rather than the bottom of the barrel that Photos.com goes after.   I would be sorry to see lucrative credit sales at IS siphoned off to a sub site.

http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=171201&page=12

« Reply #115 on: February 03, 2010, 17:39 »
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Don't the higher end buyers like paying higher prices?  That might seem strange but I remember watching a seminar video and the buyer wouldn't look at microstock sites.  The higher end buyers want to pay more for something special, they are not looking for cheap subs sites that are selling old images that haven't sold on other sites. 

Thinkphotos looks like a mess to me at the moment.  They should of at least sorted the search and got rid of some of the inappropriate images before launching it.  I don't understand why people have such faith in Getty here.  They might be the biggest company in the stock industry but I remember their share price was sinking before they were taken over.  How do we know they have sorted out their problems and they are now going in the right direction?

« Reply #116 on: February 03, 2010, 17:41 »
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Still, the site in its current incarnation is new.

Yes. What I remember is (and please bear with me because this was a good number of years ago before microstock was even thought of). I used to buy stock photos and your choices were macro RM agencies. They all used to send out expensive, four-color catalogs and promo pieces. Along with Thinkstock was Creatas, Masterfile, Comstock and a few other names I could probably dig from the archives in my head if I had to.

I believe I am remembering correctly (the name thinkstockphoto rang a bell immediately yesterday when I saw it), they just added the photo to the end now. Again, I could be way off base.


ShadySue

« Reply #117 on: February 03, 2010, 17:53 »
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But it looks and operates just like Photos.com.
With the big difference that an annual sub for the same number of downloads is about $1000 more, yet contributors get the same amount per sale.

ShadySue

« Reply #118 on: February 03, 2010, 17:57 »
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Thinkphotos looks like a mess to me at the moment.  They should of at least sorted the search and got rid of some of the inappropriate images before launching it.  I don't understand why people have such faith in Getty here.  They might be the biggest company in the stock industry but I remember their share price was sinking before they were taken over.  How do we know they have sorted out their problems and they are now going in the right direction?
Apparently it's a beta release, so hopefully they're right onto sorting out the bugs pdq.
What scares me is that Getty are aiming to take over the photo universe; then they could well start squeezing the contributers, when there's nowhere else to go (as we've seen how difficult it is for new starts to take on Goliath).

« Reply #119 on: February 03, 2010, 18:02 »
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Hi Sharpshooter,

 Many companies tank their sales value when they want to become a privately owned company. It allows them to buy out at a low price then spend the next few years raising that underpriced stock so they can sell for a profit. Happens quite a lot to companies that want their stock holders gone. Not saying they did this but it is a very common practice.

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #120 on: February 03, 2010, 18:09 »
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Hi CC,

 The sale of RF imagery goes way back to before Micro was invented so there was RF for you to choose from 10 years ago it just wasn't at Micro prices. Masterfile is still strong Corbis is still strong as well as a couple more but they seem to struggle to take over more of the share from Getty. This might be a good opportunity for other top agencies in the Macro market to make a move and pick up some of the customer base out there. Still hard to say. Macro RF I think is on the way out or I should say merging with Micro. Only the Shadow knows :) Anyone around here old enough to remember The Shadow? ;D

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #121 on: February 03, 2010, 18:27 »
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Are my istock images at risk of being sold at ThinkStock?

« Reply #122 on: February 03, 2010, 18:36 »
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Still, the site in its current incarnation is new.

Yes. What I remember is (and please bear with me because this was a good number of years ago before microstock was even thought of). I used to buy stock photos and your choices were macro RM agencies. They all used to send out expensive, four-color catalogs and promo pieces. Along with Thinkstock was Creatas, Masterfile, Comstock and a few other names I could probably dig from the archives in my head if I had to.

I believe I am remembering correctly (the name thinkstockphoto rang a bell immediately yesterday when I saw it), they just added the photo to the end now. Again, I could be way off base.

I actually have a big fat Masterfile catalog thing laying around from just a few years ago.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #123 on: February 03, 2010, 18:36 »
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Hi CC,

 The sale of RF imagery goes way back to before Micro was invented so there was RF for you to choose from 10 years ago it just wasn't at Micro prices. Masterfile is still strong Corbis is still strong as well as a couple more but they seem to struggle to take over more of the share from Getty. This might be a good opportunity for other top agencies in the Macro market to make a move and pick up some of the customer base out there. Still hard to say. Macro RF I think is on the way out or I should say merging with Micro. Only the Shadow knows :) Anyone around here old enough to remember The Shadow? ;D

Best,
Jonathan

Did he follow Bobby Benson of the B Bar B and his golden palomino Amigo?  
Or, was that Sky King?   ;D

« Reply #124 on: February 03, 2010, 18:48 »
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The site is new but it has blood on it's hands! StockXpert and the old Thinkstock have been bumped off.



I also believe that Thinkstock has been around for quite awhile.

I didn't realize the name had been around already.  Still, the site in its current incarnation is new.


 

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