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« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2008, 11:22 »
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I wouldn't pay iStock prices if I could get the exact same thing in a SS subscription.


« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2008, 11:47 »
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I'm finding exactly the same as Lisa and Phildate.  I haven't reached emerald yet on FT but when I do it will put fotolia well in front of FT and possibly SS also.

fotolia well in front of FT  ?

« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2008, 11:55 »
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« Last Edit: April 01, 2008, 11:58 by fotografer »

« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2008, 11:57 »
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I meant to say well in front of IS

I'm finding exactly the same as Lisa and Phildate.  I haven't reached emerald yet on FT but when I do it will put fotolia well in front of FT and possibly SS also.

fotolia well in front of FT  ?
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« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2008, 15:49 »
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I'm probably the next or 2nd next person who will reach emerald with 384 downloads to go and this month FT was already the best selling agency for me, so I guess when my pricing because x2 what it is today, there is no way for IS to catch up with it.

Also something weird happened this month on IS. My number of sales went up like 20% while my income got reduced by 10-15%  ???

This shows me that I had lots of XS downloads which I really hate  :P   

If you need images for web , S is the size to go people !! :P

lisafx

« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2008, 16:59 »
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Also something weird happened this month on IS. My number of sales went up like 20% while my income got reduced by 10-15%  ???

This shows me that I had lots of XS downloads which I really hate  :P   

Which brings up another issue - despite all the complaining about .25 - .30 subscription sales, istock still holds the dubious position of being the only site where contributors can get paid as little as .16 and .17 commission for a licensed image.  And XS sales are all too common there.

« Reply #31 on: April 01, 2008, 17:10 »
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Which brings up another issue - despite all the complaining about .25 - .30 subscription sales, istock still holds the dubious position of being the only site where contributors can get paid as little as .16 and .17 commission for a licensed image.  And XS sales are all too common there.

But buyers pay 80-84c (some more than US$1) for that 400x300pix image, not 30c for a 8MPix one (or even a 4MPix). 

Although XS images are fairly common to me too, I seldom get less than 22c for them.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #32 on: April 01, 2008, 17:26 »
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As a small time contributor, 116 images on Istock and just over 200 on the less fussy sites, I have found since I started a year ago Istock has consistently  been in the top 2 earners every month, whilst other sites have yo-yo'd  up and down.

What i have found this year though is that my average amount per download at IS has increased from 56c in 2007 to 90c so far this year.

Obviously I am more liable to fluctuations due to the small size of my portfolio.

« Reply #33 on: April 01, 2008, 17:41 »
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I only know that im my case  SS beats all of them together , and it beats them good.

« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2008, 18:22 »
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I only know that im my case  SS beats all of them together , and it beats them good.
Even per photo? You have about 4,800 photos on SS and only 572 on IS.

« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2008, 06:58 »
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I only know that in my case  SS beats all of them together , and it beats them good.
Even per photo? You have about 4,800 photos on SS and only 572 on IS.

Why would I care for high earnings per photo on IS when I dont have a chance to upload most of my work there ? Only thing I care about is total income , and that pays the bills.

I started with stock 2 years ago , almost at the same time at SS and IS and the fact that I have about 10 times more images at SS its a result of IS policy.

IS gives me 2 times more per photo , but I have 10 times more photos at SS. IS is rejecting half of my work in 90% of the time is because that they do not find it suitable for stock.

« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2008, 08:49 »
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For me istock has been consistently losing ground over the past year.  They used to be close to 50% of my earnings each month, but have gradually dropped to where they are 36% for the month of March. 
same for me...

« Reply #37 on: April 02, 2008, 11:21 »
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Suprised at the response! I guess its different for everyone. I noticed a huge difference in sales at istock after I started linking series, similars, and lightboxes. Its a ton of work, but worth it for a small port.


 

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