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« Reply #50 on: March 20, 2016, 06:57 »
I still hope that one day we will have a site majority owned by contributors and buyers.  Until that happens, how can we stop sites getting greedy or becoming incompetent and making things worse for us?  Symbiostock was one solution but I think having lots of sites wont work.  Surely there will come a time when someone has a serious attempt at making a site that wont get in to the wrong hands?

Alamy is the last site left that I have some confidence in but they don't take video seriously.  Every other site I have used has made changes that have made it harder for us to make money.  I'm sure if we were given the chance to grow our earnings, we would put much more in to our work and it would make much more money for the site.  Unfortunately, none of the sites have fully grasped that.

« Reply #51 on: March 20, 2016, 07:06 »
I initially hoped that stocksy could be scaled up to size, to include many more artists. But it is very niche and too specialized for that. They do what they do exceptionally well, but the very close knit, family like structure and care of artists, i dont see how it can be translated into a platform for thousands of people.

But somewhere between the old pond5, the photoshelter approach and stocksy lies a business model that somebody who is very clever can develop and make a lot of money with.

It does need quite a large team and millions of dollars in funding to get it off the ground.

But it is possible, this is such a tiny industry, it is so easy to connect with all the players. Friendly people too.

But you need someone with the skills of Bruce Livingstone or Jon Oringer to make it work and people like that are very hard to find.

The entrepreneur and his vision are the soul of any company. You need people with passion and also excellent business instincts to make it work.

And you cant buy vision with money. That is why so many investor projects fail.
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« Reply #52 on: April 26, 2016, 03:33 »
So after a few weeks of trialling $79 prices for all clips it hasn't worked. Not a single sale. Time to lower the prices reluctantly  :-\

« Reply #53 on: April 26, 2016, 04:25 »
So after a few weeks of trialling $79 prices for all clips it hasn't worked. Not a single sale. Time to lower the prices reluctantly  :-\

If you have less than 1000 clips I'd say give it a lot more time than a few weeks.

« Reply #54 on: April 26, 2016, 04:26 »
So after a few weeks of trialling $79 prices for all clips it hasn't worked. Not a single sale. Time to lower the prices reluctantly  :-\
Do you really think that few weeks test can give you an answer??you need months to say the least...
Btw what makes you sell is content not low prices...

« Reply #55 on: April 26, 2016, 04:46 »
Maybe you should raise your prices even more, to 300 or 500 dollars.

There are artists on pond5 who have been there forever and say high prices are the best way to make money on pond5.

They have those prices on extremly simple clips, not just files with high production costs.

« Reply #56 on: April 26, 2016, 05:47 »
I think a fair price could be the standard price of other agencies where you probably 79-199...low price doesn't help your income since volume of sales is not stock is different from photo stock..


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