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Author Topic: Any Photo + Illustrators Exclusive with Vectors only at iStock?  (Read 2994 times)

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« on: June 23, 2011, 22:43 »
So, I dropped my exclusivity at iStock last October but so far have only uploaded photos to the other sites.  I've been trying to decide if it's worth it or not to upload my vectors (my maps are one of my most popular things in my iStock portfolio) to other sites.  It seems the other sites with the subscriptions will be giving away my vectors and I'll be earning less than a dollar on them.  I make better at iStock and am thinking about going exclusive for vectors only at iStock.  has anyone done this?  are some of the sites selling vectors for more and just selling the JPG versions for the cheap price? 

(should I have posted this in the illustrations forum?)

« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2011, 02:54 »
For the moment, I haven't uploaded any of my vectors as vectors - only as JPEGs which all the sites except iStock allow.

I agree with you that I'm not willing to let my vectors go for subscription prices - which would be the way DT, SS and some other sites work -  but I have no trouble selling the JPEGs from my vectors for subs prices, and I'd have to give that up if I were exclusive for vectors at iStock. As I have a small number of vectors, I'd only make 25% on those if I were to be exclusive, and given the sales volume I've seen in the last year or so, for me, it just doesn't make sense.

I'm not sure about CanStock and StockFresh - whether their subscriptions include vectors or not, but they do offer higher prices for Vectors than the JPEGs

« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2011, 09:10 »
thanks JoAnne -- I haven't joined canstock maybe I'll look into that.  I guess I will consider the JPG option, too.  I forgot about that - I can upload them as JPGs only without giving away the vector at rock bottom prices.  and I guess I would only be at 25% as well if I went exclusive vector at iStock - maybe 30% by the end of the year if I was lucky. 

that gives me some more things to think about.  thanks again.


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