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« Reply #175 on: September 20, 2014, 00:55 »
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Not sure but it seems you are still ignoring the fact that there are thousands and thousands of customers not belonging to the design firms and publishers with employees and office and all category. You call them cheapskates, they are just different customers, with different needs, which should come with different pricing. You want to get rid of that market altogether so it seems, probably shooting yourself in the foot, losing a lot of revenue.

you would be right if your analysis could be backed by hard data, how much of our sales are actually coming from the bottom feeders ? nobody knows, it could be 1% as far as we know, or 50% for some obscure niches.

if they were really so many then it would be obvious from the number of sales in the cheapest price range but this is not happening, in the best scenario they're probably just 10-20% of the total.

remember the Pareto's law ... 80/20 ... the top 20% of the buyers paying off 80% of our sales.
who cares if we lose the bottom 20% ? let them move to Thinkstock or Flickr and good riddance.


« Reply #176 on: September 20, 2014, 02:16 »
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how much of our sales are actually coming from the bottom feeders ? nobody knows, it could be 1% as far as we know, or 50% for some obscure niches.

if they were really so many then it would be obvious from the number of sales in the cheapest price range but this is not happening, in the best scenario they're probably just 10-20% of the total.

If you're exclusive then you were probably already priced out of the market for the "bottom feeders". I've just looked at the stats for the last three files I've sold and on the first page of DLs for those 50% of the sales (i.e. 30 out of 60) were for small or extra-small sizes.

(PS: You're an unusual person, in wishing good-riddance to what you think may be 10% or 20% of your sales. Most people don't enjoy a pay cut).
« Last Edit: September 20, 2014, 02:24 by BaldricksTrousers »

« Reply #177 on: September 20, 2014, 19:08 »
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I don't think I would call web users bloggers and such  bottom feeders.  They are many of the customers that microsto k was started to reach, and they are a big part of our bread and butter.   To me the bottom feeders are the ones that use pirated images or grab stuff off google for free.

« Reply #178 on: September 21, 2014, 04:05 »
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I don't know if it means anything, but my Bigstock sales over the last three days have picked up sharply. Eight sales on a Saturday is very unusual - and they were well spaced out, too, not all from one person.

It's worth remembering that if Istock is the market leader by a large margin, as is widely supposed, then losing 20% of its customers to other sites could lead to much more than a 20% boost for places like BS.

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« Reply #179 on: September 21, 2014, 04:08 »
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I don't know if it means anything, but my Bigstock sales over the last three days have picked up sharply. Eight sales on a Saturday is very unusual - and they were well spaced out, too, not all from one person.

It's worth remembering that if Istock is the market leader by a large margin, as is widely supposed, then losing 20% of its customers to other sites could lead to much more than a 20% boost for places like BS.

And strangely all my sales on iStock stopped after Monday Sept 15th

Prior to that it was going pretty well with daily sales :(

« Reply #180 on: September 21, 2014, 04:11 »
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I don't know if it means anything, but my Bigstock sales over the last three days have picked up sharply. Eight sales on a Saturday is very unusual - and they were well spaced out, too, not all from one person...

How are your SS sales in relation? I'm asking, because I'm also having a good month at BS, but only a so-so month on SS, and I'm wondering if the migration might SS to BS, rather than IS to BS...

« Reply #181 on: September 21, 2014, 06:04 »
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How are your SS sales in relation? I'm asking, because I'm also having a good month at BS, but only a so-so month on SS, and I'm wondering if the migration might SS to BS, rather than IS to BS...

SS seems to be doing what it was before the iS change. Its been a bit weak for several months without BS showing any improvement (in fact, BS has looked quite horrible up to the last few days).

« Reply #182 on: September 21, 2014, 11:58 »
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I see the pimp thread is "Let's showcase 3 - 4 Vetta images that are now a great value for our buyers!" .  There still seems to be this idea that Vetta is hanging around.  It's gone, right?  Kaput.  No further collection.  Same with S+.  "Vetta" is just a click button to nominate images for Getty, afaik.


 

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