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« Reply #375 on: October 02, 2010, 12:57 »
The only other thing this site doesn't have that IS does is a Request Forum - a place buyers can come and ask for images they need. That's a service both for buyers and contributors (a couple of times I've shot things for people and found it filled a useful niche in my portfolio.

I think this is a good idea if it worked properly.

Seems like every time I peek in there it goes something like this.

Buyer: "I need a picture of a dog by a pool"

Typical responses: "Here's a dog in a backyard", "what about this dog by a lake?", "what about this cat by a pool?", "here's a dog, maybe you can put it by a pool"

« Reply #376 on: October 02, 2010, 13:32 »
If the calculations are right then that seems like a suspiciously round number, doesn't it.  Do you think that have they decided that 40% is a perfectly sustainable commission rate but only as long as they cull the herd down from whatever-thousand contributors they have now, to this "golden 100" of top performers?

No, it's not a 'suspiciously round number' at all. I'd say that is exactly what they would have done. If you want to increase profitability by cutting commissions, but also want to limit the damage to your future business by taking care of your top suppliers, the first thing you need to do is to work out how many suppliers you will allow into that category. The 'Top 100' seems a reasonable enough number __ certainly more so than say the 'Top 371' which is the sort of figure some folk have mooted.

Only once you have decided on the 'framework' can you work out how much each lessor category needs to lose in order to achieve the target. The more people they allow into the top tier, the more everyone else has to lose out.


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