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« on: September 26, 2012, 04:11 »
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Hi,  I have only submitted about 100 images onto Cutcaster for the time-being.  I was just wondering what your opinions are of Cutcaster?  Have you had many sales?

I know that Cutcaster is at (or near) the bottom of the Microstock Poll Results but I was just checking if there are any "bright lights at the end of the tunnel" for Cutcaster submitters?

Thanks,

Chris :)


Carl

  • Carl Stewart, CS Productions
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 04:56 »
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Not for me.  I have a thousand files there, and a grand total of three sales.  One in November of last year, one in February of this year, and one in July (this year).  "Your mileage may vary."

« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012, 05:06 »
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4 sales in August giving me less than 9$ and not a single sale so far this month but really easy upload so I stick with them.

CD123

« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2012, 07:18 »
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Removed (sorry, was referring to wrong site)  :-[

« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2012, 08:22 »
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Thanks for your replies so far.  Yeah I heard that the sales are more of a trickle than a cascade.  I suppose there is no harm in submitting all of your files there - even if it brings in one pay-cheque a year it's something.  And you can rely on the other agencies to bring in the real dough :-)

« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2012, 08:43 »
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A trickle would be wonderful. I've made $1.96 there this year from 1,200 files and last year they made over $10!!!!

« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2012, 09:21 »
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I still upload there occasionally.  Get a trickle of sales but nothing to get excited about.  Some of these small sites have a few good months every now and then and that just about makes it worth uploading.  Definitely not worth it for people just starting out or those that don't get regular payouts but if you're selling lots on the big 4, its an easy upload and they seem like nice people to work with.

« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2012, 09:40 »
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they seem like nice people to work with.

apart from kicking out people after saying they are dead in terms of sales ;D

« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2012, 10:21 »
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I didn't make sales there and decided to remove my portfolio mainly in the interest of simplicity.  One positive thing I will say about them is that leaving their agency was no problem, a single email was all it took, they immediately deleted everything and replied with a confirmation.   This is not a small matter, as there are other sites where getting out is a major pain.

m@m

« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2012, 10:22 »
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Hi,  I have only submitted about 100 images onto Cutcaster for the time-being.  I was just wondering what your opinions are of Cutcaster?  Have you had many sales?

I know that Cutcaster is at (or near) the bottom of the Microstock Poll Results but I was just checking if there are any "bright lights at the end of the tunnel" for Cutcaster submitters?

Thanks,

Chris :)

Check out past threads on the subject, and make your own conclusion ;)

EmberMike

« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2012, 11:20 »
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Worthwhile or not?

Unfortunately, no.


tab62

« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2012, 14:35 »
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Not  :-\


« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2012, 16:11 »
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Thanks for your replies so far.  Yeah I heard that the sales are more of a trickle than a cascade.  I suppose there is no harm in submitting all of your files there - even if it brings in one pay-cheque a year it's something.  And you can rely on the other agencies to bring in the real dough :-)

This is a great attitude to have.  I personally submit to about 20 agencies.  I get a check a year from each of the small ones, 6 checks from the middle ones, and one a month from the usual suspect.

I look forward to seeing your work!!!

« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2012, 17:00 »
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As it is now, everyone is trying to sell everything to everyone.   In the long run, I hope to see the small agencies find ways to distinguish themselves from the big ones, in terms of marketing and content.  Eventually, those of us with small portfolios of  unusual or niche material should be able to find small agencies that are something of a 'match',  and then it would be worthwhile for us to submit to them.   

« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2012, 17:35 »
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As it is now, everyone is trying to sell everything to everyone.   In the long run, I hope to see the small agencies find ways to distinguish themselves from the big ones, in terms of marketing and content.  Eventually, those of us with small portfolios of  unusual or niche material should be able to find small agencies that are something of a 'match',  and then it would be worthwhile for us to submit to them.

I agree with you in a lot of ways.  I have been in micro from day two or so and found that many sites, when they start up, let's say the first 3 million or so images, will take just about anything, or import an unedited api.  I think that's a mistake.  I think the first 3 million are critical, and having a clean site from the beginning is key.  A slower boat of higher quality. 

Just thoughts.  I am writing a book on the subject (108 topics so far, kill me) from the inside out.  I think a lot of the slower sales at bigger sites is due in part to a glut of images and search fatigue. 

« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2012, 18:09 »
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As it is now, everyone is trying to sell everything to everyone.   In the long run, I hope to see the small agencies find ways to distinguish themselves from the big ones, in terms of marketing and content.  Eventually, those of us with small portfolios of  unusual or niche material should be able to find small agencies that are something of a 'match',  and then it would be worthwhile for us to submit to them.

I agree with you in a lot of ways.  I have been in micro from day two or so and found that many sites, when they start up, let's say the first 3 million or so images, will take just about anything, or import an unedited api.  I think that's a mistake.  I think the first 3 million are critical, and having a clean site from the beginning is key.  A slower boat of higher quality. 

Just thoughts.  I am writing a book on the subject (108 topics so far, kill me) from the inside out.  I think a lot of the slower sales at bigger sites is due in part to a glut of images and search fatigue.

dont forget to write about how to deal with contributors ;D

« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2012, 20:12 »
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I think a lot of the slower sales at bigger sites is due in part to a glut of images and search fatigue.

This is the elephant in the room.   

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2012, 04:32 »
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so my 2 sales from a mere 48 files is not so bad?

Dan

« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2012, 05:43 »
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     I  hope  they're  worthwhile.  Just  uploaded  some  editorial.  Have  just  a  few   reg  pics  but  still  too  few  too   judge.

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #19 on: November 27, 2012, 05:16 »
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As it is now, everyone is trying to sell everything to everyone.   In the long run, I hope to see the small agencies find ways to distinguish themselves from the big ones, in terms of marketing and content.  Eventually, those of us with small portfolios of  unusual or niche material should be able to find small agencies that are something of a 'match',  and then it would be worthwhile for us to submit to them.

I agree with you in a lot of ways.  I have been in micro from day two or so and found that many sites, when they start up, let's say the first 3 million or so images, will take just about anything, or import an unedited api.  I think that's a mistake.  I think the first 3 million are critical, and having a clean site from the beginning is key.  A slower boat of higher quality. 

Just thoughts.  I am writing a book on the subject (108 topics so far, kill me) from the inside out.  I think a lot of the slower sales at bigger sites is due in part to a glut of images and search fatigue.
this might be a dumb question, or often asked, but why don't agencies start culling non selling images after an arbitrary time period (say, 3 years?)

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