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« Reply #25 on: September 14, 2010, 10:43 »
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I emailed a person at an industry association and asked that they consider reviewing the policy of istockphoto, since they use a lot of photos from IS. In essence, the answer was similar to the bolded words above. Buyers, especially big buyers, are going to stay out of the politics for the most part, especially if they have a sweet deal with IS for their photos (my commentary, that was not in their answer). They will review what's happening, and if they feel the need to make a change, they will. At least my emailing them put them in touch with what has happened.

Good job on e-mailing them Cathy.  Sorry to hear they aren't that concerned over it.  Maybe it's just the small buyers that care about this, because they can identify?  Even if istock keeps its large corporate buyers, I have to imagine that a large enough loss of small buyers will be felt. 


« Reply #26 on: September 14, 2010, 11:02 »
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I emailed a person at an industry association and asked that they consider reviewing the policy of istockphoto, since they use a lot of photos from IS. In essence, the answer was similar to the bolded words above. Buyers, especially big buyers, are going to stay out of the politics for the most part, especially if they have a sweet deal with IS for their photos (my commentary, that was not in their answer). They will review what's happening, and if they feel the need to make a change, they will. At least my emailing them put them in touch with what has happened.

Good job on e-mailing them Cathy.  Sorry to hear they aren't that concerned over it.  Maybe it's just the small buyers that care about this, because they can identify?  Even if istock keeps its large corporate buyers, I have to imagine that a large enough loss of small buyers will be felt. 

I think you are correct. Large buyers can lock in deals that small buyers would never even have a chance to think about, much less negotiate.

« Reply #27 on: September 14, 2010, 12:05 »
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Buyers will care if they can't find what they are looking for on istock.  They also care about having future supply of new images, that's why some don't use microstock, thinking contributors wont be able to earn enough.  This could be the straw that breaks the camels back, it feels different to other times sites have cut commissions.  I have never seen so many posts here and in the istock forum.  The next few months are going to be interesting.

Unfortunately there is no indication that the buyers will not find what they are looking for at iStockphoto. You and me stopping uploading? Come on, that will not make a difference to buyers. It would however if big players like Yuri, AndresR, Lisa and other big names would be willing to delete all their images and because of them many would join them. You would need a substantial amount of contributors and images to be pulled to build up a serious threat. But that is not gonna happen. Because the big players have a lot more to loose than 2% loss of income through the royalty change. And iStock knows that, maybe one more reason the top contributors are not as hard hit by the royalty change. We do have the power, but to use it might cost too much and we are way to unorganized. Agencies will watch closely how iStock succeeds and they will see that it works...

« Reply #28 on: September 14, 2010, 16:43 »
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I emailed a person at an industry association and asked that they consider reviewing the policy of istockphoto, since they use a lot of photos from IS. In essence, the answer was similar to the bolded words above. Buyers, especially big buyers, are going to stay out of the politics for the most part, especially if they have a sweet deal with IS for their photos (my commentary, that was not in their answer). They will review what's happening, and if they feel the need to make a change, they will. At least my emailing them put them in touch with what has happened.

Good job on e-mailing them Cathy.  Sorry to hear they aren't that concerned over it.  Maybe it's just the small buyers that care about this, because they can identify?  Even if istock keeps its large corporate buyers, I have to imagine that a large enough loss of small buyers will be felt. 

I think you are correct. Large buyers can lock in deals that small buyers would never even have a chance to think about, much less negotiate.

It's not that. The "deals" are transparent, since we know what 20% of a sale is. Their only deal is the reduced price on huge credit packages. Big business simply isn't interested in what it sees as the internal policies of companies it deals with.

« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2010, 16:50 »
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A noticeable fall off of buyers from IS will never be seen, as much as some of you think that may happen. There are far to many buyers, Istock is worldwide and the amount of buyers is way to vast for these royalty changes to have any noticeable effect on istock sales. Istock knows this, its no secret. They aren't concerned about any fall out.

« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2010, 17:08 »
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DLs have been a little below average for me.  I'm taking a bigger hit on RPD, probably due to the 25% sale credits starting to be spent.

« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2010, 18:34 »
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Dls are better than Aug. But I guess that is because I didn't upload much image on Aug.

« Reply #32 on: September 15, 2010, 00:32 »
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I've actually been kicking butt since this whole deal went down, including 2 ELs yesterday. Thank goodness those rolled in now as opposed to next month.

« Reply #33 on: September 15, 2010, 04:23 »
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Same stats for us this month as in August (so far).

« Reply #34 on: September 15, 2010, 04:25 »
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weak.

« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2010, 04:39 »
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DLs are worse than last month, plus, even they cut our commission,the acceptance is still tough for me at least :-\

« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2010, 05:34 »
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Mine are slowly increasing, as indeed they are everwhere else. The 'summer slump' appears to be coming to an end.

It'll probably take weeks or months for any sales fall-out to become evident at Istock. New accounts would need to be opened and credit packages used up. It's not going to happen overnight.

Unrelated but one thing I have noticed is ever-increasing PPD sales at SS. At the beginning of the year they were about 25% of total SS earnings but they have been slowly creeping up each month and for September are now at 34%.

The other day I found one of my images on own-brand food packaging at Tesco's, the UK's biggest supermarket. The only EL I had sold recently was at SS in May. From previous images-in-action I'm pretty sure that Tesco used to buy from Istock but it appears they may have switched to SS.

What was the product, I'd like to check it out?


 

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