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« on: December 01, 2014, 16:07 »
From my email:

December 1, 2014
The End Of The Road - Licenses

Hello all,

After two years online and the lack of good results, Macrografiks will finally stop offering licenses as a stock image agency. The site will be working as it is now until the 31st of this December, when it will be changed to an informational page redirecting to our Etsy shop. We are not taking more uploads at this time and all the content will be deleted that day, so you do not need to delete your account.

None of the latest tests worked. The 90% royalty-rate did not encourage photographers to bring possible customers on their own and the blog-size license did not bring more sales. The site became very static for not bringing more contributors and we got to a point where it is too difficult to boost it again and expect different results.

Macrografiks will not disappear. We will turn our platform into a product-based business, offering different type of print products and many home decor items. We will continue to work with quality photos as we have done with our licenses and probably add new type of images like graphics(vectors and bitmaps). During the next months we will focus on our Etsy shop until we can implement a basic e-commerce platform for our new set of products.

Right now we are working with few photographers on Etsy, we will contact more during December to extend our type of images but we will keep the list small as it is easier for us to manage under the present circumstances. If you want to participate please send us an email.

We will keep the newsletter updates to inform users about products and the platform, but also to advise photographers who may want to rejoin if we manage to grow with this new model. Most of our present contributors may be subscribed to our newsletter, if not, you can do it from our Facebook page.

The Macrografiks team wants to thank you for being part of this project and for dedicating your valuable time uploading your content. It has been a hard and long road and we are very sorry that this project did not work as we expected. We spent priceless time doing our best to make it work but things do not always go the way we want. Hopefully we can find new ways to succeed and whether you are still with us or not, we wish you all the best as photographers.

All the best,
Francisco Aveledo

« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2014, 20:38 »
It's a real shame. Francisco did so many things right and was great to deal with. He just couldn't make it work unfortunately.


« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2014, 11:53 »
Argh, I knew this would happen though. It looked like it had potential but the fact is that contributor friendly agencies don't stand a chance anymore. How could they anyway if we keep supporting the greedy ones, that includes all top tier agencies and more.
Too bad since Francisco was a great guy and I hope his future endeavours will bring him, his staff and his contributors more success.

Good luck!

« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2014, 13:58 »
It's a shame. Hope they have better luck with their etsy platform.

« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2014, 16:02 »
I'd love to be selling prints on Etsy, with someone like Micrografix handling the transaction and print fulfillment.   I think I have some things that would sell there.  I hope they do this.  Microstock is a dead end. 

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2014, 17:00 »
I am so sorry to read this.
Francisco has been and still is a nice person.
I wish him all the best for the future


« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2014, 21:14 »
I agree, Thought it was a great Idea. Liked the guy a Lot. One of the first questions I asked when Joining was "How much Money do you Have" LOL


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