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« on: August 23, 2006, 15:43 »
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I just discovered Shutterpoint (www.shutterpoint.com) a few days ago. They're asking the photographers to pay the hosting fees (100MB = $25/year... = approx. 30 images.) On the other hand, they let photographers choose their own prices ($50/image av.)
Does it worth the money ?


« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2006, 15:45 »
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nope

but perhaps i shouldn't be so sceptical. 

But any company which makes members PAY for them to sell the photos when they take a cut of the sales, isn't worth my time.  If they made enough off the sales of photos they wouldn't need to have fees.. which maybe shows that they don't have that many sales.

dbvirago

« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2006, 19:07 »
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NO. There are micro sites that let you set your price. And they don't charge you to profit from your work. Also, from my experience the business model doesn't work. Totallyphoto is gone, and I haven't done much at Featurepics.

I will keep posting at Featurepics though because of the pricing and ease of uploading.

And to Leaf, I don't think you can be too skeptical. The post above re Greatstockphoto, totallyphotos, usphotostock.

I'd hate to see the level of images posted on a site where poeple pay to get accepted.

« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2006, 16:25 »
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I just discovered Shutterpoint (www.shutterpoint.com) a few days ago.

I've been there for the last nine months (this is one of the sites to which I submit my high res images), with two sales totalling US$70, from which I get 85%.  Minus the subscription price, I still have a profit.

Pros: easy upload, IPTC and EXIF data reading, interesting discussions in their forum
Cons: no submission screening, so too many highly-amateurish images ruin the site's portfolio

In my point-of-view, it's a good site if you want to use it as a showcase of your portfolio that you can send a link to your potential buyers and eventually make a sale from the site itself. You can do the same thing for free at FeaturePics, with the advantage of the resizing option, but SP seems to get a better exposure from Google search.

Regards,
Adelaide

PS: I forgot to say that usage terms are different from microstock sites, they are more like the extended licenses, allowing reselling items and such, so for those purposes the "high" prices (minimum of US$20) are not exorbitant and one may think.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2006, 16:28 by madelaide »


 

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