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Harvepino

« Reply #75 on: September 14, 2017, 18:29 »
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I've been using Microstockr since the very beginning and always liked it. Unfortunately, because of what iStock did and because some small agencies not supported by Microstockr started working well for me (eg Canva), the app currently reflects only some 70% of my microstock income and almost all of that is SS and Fotolia.
With the amount of images I have online, organizing into Collections is too laborious for me, so I can't use those.
There is still huge benefit in the Match All function and sorting by Best Sellers. But on SS and Fotolia, I can see the best sellers on the dashboard.
So, while Microstockr is a really nice app, it more of a "nice to have" sort of app for me. I got very used to it and I might change my mind, but sorry, at the moment I can't justify paying subscription.


« Reply #76 on: October 03, 2017, 02:00 »
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Hi Microstockr! I am in love with your app since the first day I use it last year.
Especially the "collections" feature. It helps a lot to analyze my item statistic.
Super great impressive job.

Anyway,  I have a suggestion that probably could improve this app more.
I am a vector contributor that have a diverse type of categories . Kindly please consider to add this into your next update.
I am also ok if you raise the price a bit to add this (now you know its really important for me) LOL.
Or do let me know if you can create this custom request for me.

What I need:
1. The ability to sort "Collections" by alphabet title and sales (both asc and desc similar to what you have now in the "download" section tab).
2. The ability to create a child sub collection inside a parent collections. For example, if I create a collection "logo vector", i would like to have/create another sub collections under logo vector that will have something like "health logo, animal logo, classic logo and etc". By having this, my categories will be more organized (logo, icon, print, greetings card, character, alphabet, hand drawing, watercolor, badges, and etc). It will be great also if both parent and child collections have sales total as what we have now.
3. The ability to total the whole collection. For example if I have 7 collections in, it will be handy if there is an area that can sum up the total of collection 1-7 sales. Same goes with the sub collections (child). If in my sub collections child folder have 10, there should be a location where it show the total of sale from sub collections 1-10.   
4. It will be nice also if in each collection, we can see a pie chart where it show how many percentage from shutterstock, adobe, 123rf and etc. Probably you can hide this in the monthly statistic area as a slide that user can navigate using paging bullet

Thats all, 1-3 is the most important thing, thank you!


Hey guys,

First of all, thank you for everyone who has been a Beta user. It is probably our fault for not communicating our appreciation of them well enough, maybe through a bigger discount. Lesson learned.

We wanted to make a few mentions, maybe to clarify things a bit.

1. The market for microstock photography is comprised of thousands of contributors out of which only a fraction are willing to pay for a software helping with sales tracking. This means there's a cap to the number of subscribers we'll probably have and a certain price we cannot go below for this project to be worthwhile. We have thought about the prices long and hard for over 2 years. We have even contacted a few marketing and pricing specialists so we'd have an amount that's affordable to as many people as possible. This is very close to as low as we can go, to support us the creators of this software and the infrastructure/hardware needed. Developing this requires expert level design and IT skills and A LOT of time. None of which comes cheaply. But we are stock photographers ourselves and this product is our baby.

2. Microstockr Pro is definitely a niche product. Since the market is so small, no big company will enter and develop such an app because it is not worth it. Hence, comparing our app to Photoshop and Lightroom which have a mainstream market of millions of users is not really fair. Adobe does not have any competition and can charge whatever they want. The reason, we think, they charge $9.99 for Photoshop & Lightroom is because a lot of people would use their software illegally anyway, so why not grab a piece of that market too? They can afford it and it's a smart move.

Not many people remember that only a couple of years ago Photoshop cost $699 and you also had to pay a few hundred dollars for every update.

Comparing this to Microstockr Pro is like comparing apples and oranges. What if Adobe decided to charge $4.99 instead? Following that logic no other product should be more expensive since it's not more complex. It is called dumping price and is used by dominant players to control the market.

3. The agencies change all the time. Our app will never be a finished product because it will always require updates and adjustments. Hence development will never cease. In order to support it, we needed a subscription based model and a steady income to support it. Otherwise, we would've charged once and considering the market is small, when the cash ran out development ceased. So, in a way, subscription was the only way to go.

Hope this perspective clears things up a bit and helps others see things from our side too.
Cheers.

« Reply #77 on: October 03, 2017, 04:52 »
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Hey guys,

First of all, thank you for everyone who has been a Beta user. It is probably our fault for not communicating our appreciation of them well enough, maybe through a bigger discount. Lesson learned.

We wanted to make a few mentions, maybe to clarify things a bit.

1. The market for microstock photography is comprised of thousands of contributors out of which only a fraction are willing to pay for a software helping with sales tracking. This means there's a cap to the number of subscribers we'll probably have and a certain price we cannot go below for this project to be worthwhile. We have thought about the prices long and hard for over 2 years. We have even contacted a few marketing and pricing specialists so we'd have an amount that's affordable to as many people as possible. This is very close to as low as we can go, to support us the creators of this software and the infrastructure/hardware needed. Developing this requires expert level design and IT skills and A LOT of time. None of which comes cheaply. But we are stock photographers ourselves and this product is our baby.

2. Microstockr Pro is definitely a niche product. Since the market is so small, no big company will enter and develop such an app because it is not worth it. Hence, comparing our app to Photoshop and Lightroom which have a mainstream market of millions of users is not really fair. Adobe does not have any competition and can charge whatever they want. The reason, we think, they charge $9.99 for Photoshop & Lightroom is because a lot of people would use their software illegally anyway, so why not grab a piece of that market too? They can afford it and it's a smart move.

Not many people remember that only a couple of years ago Photoshop cost $699 and you also had to pay a few hundred dollars for every update.

Comparing this to Microstockr Pro is like comparing apples and oranges. What if Adobe decided to charge $4.99 instead? Following that logic no other product should be more expensive since it's not more complex. It is called dumping price and is used by dominant players to control the market.

3. The agencies change all the time. Our app will never be a finished product because it will always require updates and adjustments. Hence development will never cease. In order to support it, we needed a subscription based model and a steady income to support it. Otherwise, we would've charged once and considering the market is small, when the cash ran out development ceased. So, in a way, subscription was the only way to go.

Hope this perspective clears things up a bit and helps others see things from our side too.
Cheers.

I think you should listen more to your subscribers and not the marketing "specialists", they are wrong so many times. I would consider to buy subscription if it was 1/3 of the price and probably many more would do. I pay for you mobile app, so I'm willing to pay, if the price is reasonable. It doesn't seem to me logical to sell it for this price. I wonder how many users you loose now, those who could be your prospective customers. Vast majority of microstock contributors are earning less than $150/month, those you will loose almost all. You will keep those who are at 500$/month maybe and you also compete with stockperformer for them. How many of such microstock contributors are there left? 1/1000?. I believe you could go with the price to 1/3 and earn much more. If it works in stock photography business, why wouldn't it work with the app like this. I wonder how would it affect infrastructure cost? App is self standing with its own database. It probably use microstock sites apis to acquire data. So it's not your infrastructure. I don't know what cost is for api, but it's not usually too much. So what is your infrastructure? Website and cloud storage where users download app and updates. I'm experienced web developer so I know that's not that expensive, also you have been paying for all that infrastructure until now. I understand stockperformer's price, as they store and process data on their own servers, which require far greater infrastructure, and they didn't have competition. Well, I'm sorry you haven't asked users for their opinions on price and I am sorry I have to part with the app, as it was great for me.

« Reply #78 on: July 01, 2019, 22:38 »
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Hello! Sorry for the old thread. I just renewed my Pro account after some time without it, but I'm having problems with the iStock info. It shows my money but not the downloaded photos. I've loged in and out and also I did the "rebuild agency database" but nothing happened. I contacted them but meanwhile anyone has the same problem?

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« Reply #79 on: July 02, 2019, 10:28 »
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Hello! Sorry for the old thread. I just renewed my Pro account after some time without it, but I'm having problems with the iStock info. It shows my money but not the downloaded photos. I've loged in and out and also I did the "rebuild agency database" but nothing happened. I contacted them but meanwhile anyone has the same problem?

I think they may have just updated it to fix that.

« Reply #80 on: July 02, 2019, 10:30 »
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Hello! Sorry for the old thread. I just renewed my Pro account after some time without it, but I'm having problems with the iStock info. It shows my money but not the downloaded photos. I've loged in and out and also I did the "rebuild agency database" but nothing happened. I contacted them but meanwhile anyone has the same problem?

I think they may have just updated it to fix that.
Yes, it was on their side :)

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