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« Reply #50 on: March 09, 2011, 01:44 »
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Yes, I fully realize none of the "fair trade" sites are generating sales that are even significant at this point.  What I am saying is that if enough contributors starting talking up "Micro X" as being the lifeboat they were climbing into,  a serious movement might get started.   And if big portfolios suddenly started coming to Micro X, and buyers starting hearing about a migration from IS to Micro X, and looked at it,  the thing might start feeding on itself.  My fairy tale ends with Micro X, within a few months, starting to generate some big numbers.

It's not a complete fantasy.  Things like this have happened: a business that once had a lock on a market suddenly realizes - too late - that there's a new kid on the block who's eating their lunch.  

The key is having a specific escape plan, a destination with a name, i.e. "have you heard? Everyone's moving to Micro X!"

Agree.

When IS introduced the last paycut just a few months ago, I restarted submitting to nearly all (very) minor microstock sites which I abandoned long ago due to lack of sales. Well, now my total % from those sites -excluding the top and middle tiers - is 2%. Not much, but it was 0% before. And it's going slightly up each month, while IS is going slightly down.

Yes, things can happen. And lightburner is making those things easier.
« Last Edit: March 09, 2011, 01:47 by microstockphoto.co.uk »


« Reply #51 on: March 09, 2011, 01:58 »
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When IS introduced the last paycut just a few months ago, I restarted submitting to nearly all (very) minor microstock sites which I abandoned long ago due to lack of sales. Well, now my total % from those sites -excluding the top and middle tiers - is 2%. Not much, but it was 0% before. And it's going slightly up each month, while IS is going slightly down.

Yes, things can happen. And lightburner is making those things easier.

Agreed; starting to get small sales from minor sites and hoping for the eventual shift of customers to one of these partners

michealo

« Reply #52 on: March 09, 2011, 06:24 »
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Excl

Dec $5.65
Jan $4.31
Feb $3.53

« Reply #53 on: March 09, 2011, 11:37 »
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Indie

Dec 1.32
Jan 1.25
Feb 1.01
Mar 0.79

« Reply #54 on: March 09, 2011, 12:17 »
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Exclusive. The variability in here is largely a result of extended licenses. As I mentioned before, this is plain exclusive stuff (no Vetta, Agency or E+)

Dec  $4.14
Jan  $4.59
Feb  $4.22
Mar  $4.66

« Reply #55 on: March 09, 2011, 13:37 »
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It's the Greater Fool Theory, and it is why a few microstock companies and other related companies such as CafePress have become success stories by exploiting crowdsourcing.  These companies know it is a horrible deal for contributors to work with them.  But they also know there will always be a few people out of every 10 who will do anything for another dollar, even if it means the agency is making 5 or 6 dollars for every 1 they make.

Just remember every time you see a 9 cent commission that iStockphoto did not do this to you, You did this to you.  If you accept anything, that's exactly what you will get.

So you've shut all your microstock accounts at IS and elsewhere then, I take it?

« Reply #56 on: March 09, 2011, 18:42 »
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So, can we now officially call Istock the lowest-paying-per-download microstock of them all?  (not talking percentage, just payment per sale)

« Reply #57 on: March 09, 2011, 19:06 »
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I have heard they have applied for trademark of the name "iSuck" :-\

« Reply #58 on: March 10, 2011, 14:59 »
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It's the Greater Fool Theory, and it is why a few microstock companies and other related companies such as CafePress have become success stories by exploiting crowdsourcing.  These companies know it is a horrible deal for contributors to work with them.  But they also know there will always be a few people out of every 10 who will do anything for another dollar, even if it means the agency is making 5 or 6 dollars for every 1 they make.

Just remember every time you see a 9 cent commission that iStockphoto did not do this to you, You did this to you.  If you accept anything, that's exactly what you will get.

So you've shut all your microstock accounts at IS and elsewhere then, I take it?


I have stopped uploading, except for a trickle here or there.  I'm spinning up my own business and setting my own prices.  If that fails, and I cannot catch on with macro, then I am done.  Yes I put my money where my mouth is, and No I don't take kindly to being ripped off.

« Reply #59 on: March 10, 2011, 15:05 »
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I found it a bit interesting that the 3 exclusive contributors who have reported so far have all had increasing $/DL. I guess it's up to me to ruin that trend.  ;D

Jan: $3.02
Feb: $2.47 (worst $/DL since I've become exclusive)
Mar: $2.19 (worser :P )


Sorry to see this KB.  I was making around $2.50-$3.00 per DL as an exclusive prior to September.

I don't find it surprising at all that the majority of exclusives posting their RPD show little drop off, or even a rise.  Consider that a lot of exclusives who realized they were going to lose a level (or more) bailed on exclusivity, while the ones who realized they were going to benefit decided to stay. 


 

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