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[email protected]:
Everybody is good, I want to consult one thing, hesitation ss have already cut prices in May reduce my income a lot, I want to try to register istosk sole contributor account, don't know what you think, I saw my friend is exclusive to istock contributor, income is very good, although I also have the non-exclusive istock contributor, income is too low.
I want to ask, what are the requirements for istock to apply for an exclusive right now? Do you still need 1,000 downloads? How long does it usually take? Has anyone successfully applied recently?

CommuniCat:
Unfortuantely, iStock also has a long and sad history of unilaterally changing contacts, moving goals posts and screwing contributors over.

If you feel that exclusive is the way to go for your images, I'd honestly look at Stocksy and consider if your work, or the work you want to produce, fits their niche.

In my head there is a short list of agencies worth considering going forwards. Adobe, Alamy, Pond5 and maybe Dreamstime.

I know that it's not exactly scientific, but if you look at the general MS Poll Results at top right on this site, you will see that AS has overtaken SS for earnings and IS is now just a few short points behind iStock exclusive. In other words, if you stay independent and upload only to AS and a handful of other sites that pay better commissions you won't cannibalise your sales at idiot agencies like Shutterstock.


ShadySue:
I won't offer an opinion as to whether you should become exclusive at iStock: it all depends on your port and your tolerance of BS. (disclaimer: I'm exclusive and I'm earning less than 25% of what I earned in e.g.2011-12, when my port was about 30% of its current size, but I know that was better 'for me' than being indie would have been, through the years I've been active [historically, SS wouldn't have worked for my particular port]).
And who knows what will happen in future? Risky if you do, risky if you don't.

Nowadays, becoming exclusive isn't dependent on sales, it's done by them assessing your port for commercial value.

Be aware that if you choose to become exclusive, your existing files will all stay at their current 1 credit selling price, though you'll get your exclusive rate on these sales. Your subsequently uploaded files will sell at 3 credits, and you'll get your exclusive rate.

[email protected]:
Thank you, I understand, I still can't put eggs in a basket, but I heard that istock is exclusive, there is a chance to sell pictures into the subset of gettyimages, and there is a better chance.

--- Quote from: ShadySue on August 30, 2020, 06:03 ---I won't offer an opinion as to whether you should become exclusive at iStock: it all depends on your port and your tolerance of BS. (disclaimer: I'm exclusive and I'm earning less than 25% of what I earned in e.g.2011-12, when my port was about 30% of its current size, but I know that was better 'for me' than being indie would have been, through the years I've been active [historically, SS wouldn't have worked for my particular port]).
And who knows what will happen in future? Risky if you do, risky if you don't.

Nowadays, becoming exclusive isn't dependent on sales, it's done by them assessing your port for commercial value.

Be aware that if you choose to become exclusive, your existing files will all stay at their current 1 credit selling price, though you'll get your exclusive rate omn these sales. Your subsequently uploaded files will sell at 3 credits, and you'll get your exclusive rate.

--- End quote ---

pics2:
I'm on the fence also. Adobe is not enough to compensate for SS loses. Other agencies are not even worth mentioning. So, it comes down to decision Adobe vs Istock exclusive. It doesn't look like a hard decision at this moment and  in this environment.

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