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Author Topic: iStock is SO BAD THESE DAYS  (Read 12164 times)

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namussi

« Reply #25 on: September 21, 2017, 09:01 »
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You're misremembering. By April 2004 the commission at iStock was 10c, 20, and 30c, depending on the size of image downloaded. What was good about those times was that almost anything got downloaded frequently, whereas now even outstanding images may not sell at all. But you knew that...

True. But in those days the resolution of my camera was only enough for the 10c size.

And yes, you're right, any old crap would sell. But a handful of my best-selling images from more than a decade ago (shot on film) are still downloaded at least once a month.


« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2017, 09:09 »
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I actually like iStock allot. I make $1,70 per image per month. That is higher than SS with $1,55 for last month. But SS went down since last November. Before November it was $1,90. In my experience iStock has been stable and growing since 2013 when I joined them and sales have only gone up for me since ESP started.

I have to admit that iStock outperformed itself, in August. My RPD was $0.96, the highest ever. It was even higher than Fotolia's ($0.95 in August). However, it is still significantly less than my $1.33 on Shutterstock, for August.
Even so, I firmly believe that August is just and exception for them, since my 2017 iStock average RPD is only $0.78.  And it hurts to see a bunch sales earning only 5, 6, 7 or 8 cents/sale

This is why I DON'T like iStock, I also firmly believe that it is in our best interest to see as many customers as possible switching away from iStock, towards any of the other "Big 4, 5 or 6" agencies
« Last Edit: September 21, 2017, 09:38 by Zero Talent »

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2017, 11:21 »
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In a Premium Access/pay per view you get a few cents for allowing a customer to use the image for a short period.


Hmmm - where do you see 'short period', the licence says 'time limited', but it doesn't specify how long, so we don't know what timespan they got.

"Generous Usage Rights
A wide range of rights and few restrictions means you can use our content in almost any way, worry-free. Use our content with:
    Unlimited users
    Product packaging
    Advertising and marketing
    TV and film
    Non-profit, business or commercial projects
    Apps, websites and social media
    Presentations, newspapers, magazines and books"


http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/resources/premiumaccess#rights

"Premium access offers stress free licensing so that there's no need to worry about the fine print" (scary re editorial)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDS4rLFG148&feature=youtu.be  1.48

Also it has never been denied that via Premium Access we really can't tell what percentage we're being paid.
« Last Edit: September 21, 2017, 15:59 by ShadySue »

« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2017, 15:39 »
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I haven't had any communication that the Getty commission rate is going to drop from 20 to 15%, which is a major 25% reduction in royalties.

I'm assuming they'd tell the artists first before a stock news site. Perhaps it's just for photographers who supply them with pictures from phone or similar 'non-traditional' methods.

namussi

« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2017, 19:56 »
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In a Premium Access/pay per view you get a few cents for allowing a customer to use the image for a short period.


Hmmm - where do you see 'short period', the licence says 'time limited', but it doesn't specify how long, so we don't know what timespan they got.

"Generous Usage Rights
A wide range of rights and few restrictions means you can use our content in almost any way, worry-free. Use our content with:
    Unlimited users
    Product packaging
    Advertising and marketing
    TV and film
    Non-profit, business or commercial projects
    Apps, websites and social media
    Presentations, newspapers, magazines and books"


http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/resources/premiumaccess#rights

"Premium access offers stress free licensing so that there's no need to worry about the fine print" (scary re editorial)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDS4rLFG148&feature=youtu.be  1.48

Also it has never been denied that via Premium Access we really can't tell what percentage we're being paid.


1) Time limited is short compared to the right to use forever.
2) How are the other conditions different to traditional RF?


ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2017, 02:09 »
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Unlimited users is different - in non-premium access, an EL must be bought for multiple users.

« Reply #31 on: September 25, 2017, 21:48 »
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Yes, RPD is moving up, but sales are 1/4 of last year. Lets talk money in the bank and dollars? Dismal, dire, disaster, horrible. Don't quote some empty stat when I know my actual earnings are down to almost nothing.

jonbull

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« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2017, 12:43 »
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what i see is that stock has a 0,75 rpd...better than folia not far from ss...what i like is that stock seems really seeing a lot of new content...for me is very good cause I'm uploading much better and more stock oriented content than in the past.

SS instead sell much more than any other agency, but mostly content uploaded in the past or till end 2016...evey stuff uploaded after 2016 sell very seldom or at all...

I hope ss change algorithm and eliminate the Best search because i have the impression that most stuff is sold through best images, so if u have files up the best u keep selling mining any hope to increase earning through new files.

MxR

« Reply #33 on: September 27, 2017, 09:05 »
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for all people: Getty will pay 15% for images Distributors like Blend, Eyeem, Westend61, Imagesource... time ago Getty paid 30-25-22-20% for split agencies and contributors in not exclusive images (images that sell in offset, infinite, alamy...)

Contributors continue with amazing 20% with exclusives collections (e+ for istock signature plus exclusives or moment for direct indi contributors)


 

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