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« on: September 29, 2007, 18:52 »
If you had a friend who wanted to buy images for say a school project.  which site would you send them to buy the pictures at (not taking any referal income into consideration)

note:you can vote for up to 2 sites

« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2007, 19:03 »
Lucky Oliver and StockXpert.

Shutterstock for referral bonuses though.  ;)


« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2007, 19:31 »
For A friend for a school project? whichever is cheapest on a per picture basis.

For any other single buyer - FP or LO for high commissions.

For general marketing, SS because most months, that's where the money is.

« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2007, 19:51 »
Featurepics or Mostphotos, because there I can set my own price.

« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2007, 19:52 »
I answered  before reading it properly.  I thought it meant which would I send someone to, to buy one of my images so I answered DT as I make the most out of it on average. If I  was sending a friends to buy images I would send them to the cheapest site, probably FT.

« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2007, 20:02 »
Reasons why I wouldn't send him to certain sites:

Shutterstock - has to buy a full months subscription when he only needs a few photos.
Fotolia - loads slow, the search is weird, and there are a lot of poor quality images.
Dreamstime - no real reason, just prefer StockXpert and Lucky Oliver better.
Istockphoto - disaster of a website.
Bigstockphoto - unattractive website, lot of poor quality images.

and the reason why I picked LO and StockXpert:

StockXpert - high quality images, neat and easy website to use.
Lucky Oliver - the theme and set up is great. the images are decent quality.

« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2007, 22:12 »
Featurepics should have been on the list, and would have been my first choice. I have a big portfolio there, and the earnings per download are much higher.

« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2007, 23:11 »
What kind of images are they looking for?  Do they already have models in mind?  Honestly, for a school project, if the models and the concepts and everything else is already lined up (so all I have to do is shoot), then I'd do it in exchange for a model release.  The good shots, I'd upload to traditional agencies.  The mediocre shots, I'd upload to microstock.  I'd exchange the images for property/model releases.

For images already in my portfolio, I'd negotiate on my own.  Why would I want to send them to competition if I could fulfill the need?

Last resort....doesn't matter in the end.  Either, I've already failed to market myself as a photographer or I'm already rolling in the money and don't need the business anyway.  :)

(sorry, I'm being cynical - I'm not in a position currently where I can turn business, or potential business opportunities away).

« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2007, 02:11 »
Featurepics is my first choice.  I can set any price and receive 70% commission.  I don't understand why we are not promoting them more.  Wont we all make more money if they do well?  I would like to see links to them all over the place.

Here's mine :)

StockXpert would be my second choice as I want them to take over from istock as the number 1 site.  They have 50% commission for non-exclusive images compared to just 20% with istock and the upload is very straightforward.  The site doesn't seem to have the problems I have experienced with istock.  The sales are good, considering they are one of the newer sites.

« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2007, 02:25 »
dreamstime for me.

1) they are the cheapest :

2) they have a subscription plan

Selecondly IS  >:( -> still a very good search engine, a lot of good vectors and of course some exclusive content.  But the most expensive of the lot.

« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2007, 08:03 »
if it was a friend for a school project, I'd just let them use it, I aint that greedy  :D

« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2007, 09:58 »

1. You do not have to subscribe with hunders of dollars, you buy credits that you need, for example 10 credits, for 10$, and you do not have to buy hunderds of images if you dont want.

2. I am selling there, so buy my images. hahahahaha

« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2007, 12:30 »
Featurepics would be my first choice, because I get a better commission from my images and they also pay me for referrals.  In my website, everytime I use an image I have in FP, I put a link to it.

I picked StockXpert for my second choice, because prices and commissions are very reasonable.  But on a second thought I think I won't get any referral from them, would I?  If not, DT would be a second choice.


« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2007, 12:42 »
Feature Pics for me as well - good returns per image.

« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2011, 10:42 »
DT is best for buyers and Sellers because there customer service is not rude like IS and SS

« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2011, 15:42 »

« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2011, 17:20 »

Shameless plug inserted into an old thread!  ;D

« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2011, 17:49 »
Buy my photos! Following Cory's lead...shameless plug inserted into old thread.  :D

« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2011, 20:10 »
Lucky Oliver and StockXpert.
Right  ;D

« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2011, 20:26 »
Buy my photos! Following Cory's lead...shameless plug inserted into old thread.  :D

I try to look through the individual artist sites that I have bookmarked when I need photos (yours included). Unfortunately, I don't buy images very often. I'd like to compile a larger list at some point. It's a pet project on the back burner now though.


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