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« on: February 16, 2010, 15:15 »
Has anyone heard of or had any experience with www.tastylemon.com? I got a solicitation email from them today. Found a few things in Google search but not much. They claim to be launching a new "a photographer-centric stock community". Was wondering if anyone knew anything about them.

« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2010, 15:21 »
Looks like LuckyOliver, but designed by fifth graders.  "seeds"?  "squeezes"?  Come one.  Treat us like adults.


« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2010, 16:00 »
they only pay 20% commission,no thanks!

« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2010, 16:32 »
The more I looked, the more I finding exactly as you guys have said. They said in my email that "commission rates starting at 30% for Beta members. We happily negotiate higher commissions for photographers based on experience and upload commitment."  The email read like a hodge-podge of a little bit of everything for everyone. I was just curious. Thanks for your replies.

« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2010, 13:45 »
It's a community and social networking site too. Wow. Remember how well Mostphotos works? That they are paying the highest rates rates in the industry is a blatant lie. The light effects on the site hurt my eyes and it's full of glitches. When I do a search on Asian teen I get the Aya Sophia in Istanbul.

« Last Edit: February 17, 2010, 13:57 by FD-amateur »

« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2010, 05:10 »
Hey there,

I'm with tastylemon.  We're a tiny team that launched a very early Beta with the idea that we'd continue developing the site on the fly.  We haven't gone in to overdrive promoting the site yet and have mainly only contacted a small group of photographers to help build the library and get feedback from experienced users.

Some of the placeholder copy from an early Alpha version is still lingering on the Beta, specifically the content in the LemonAid section--we prioritized certain site developments over fixing this for the moment since we've been reaching out individually to potential members.  Admittedly, it's our fault that this faulty info is still up. 

We don't have the highest commissions in the industry, but our commission rate cap for microstock is 60%, non-exclusive, and that's a really competitive rate.  The other thing is that our karma system (which dictates your commission boosts and bonuses) rewards you based on your site activity, how much people like your photos, and how many photos you upload to tastylemon, among other things.  Hitting the rate cap isn't difficult if you're a prolific photographer with quality images.

New Beta members start at 30% and we do negotiate higher commission rates based on upload commitment and experience.

We're also happy for you to promote your other stock etc. portfolios on our site via StudioMe and the other social network features which we're building into the site.  We're attempting to be transparent, open, and not naive to how great stock photographers make money--and many of the future features we'll launch will reinforce that.

But look, this is probably not going to convince you to change your opinion of the site, and nor should it. Results are what matter.  Check back in a few months and see what you think. 

Our goal by contacting experienced photographers was to find those few who are enthusiastic about startups and willing to give great feedback and advise us on what their needs were and how we could meet them.  We've found a few of those folks and are forging ahead. 

If you wanna chat about the project email me on newbielink:mailto:[email protected] [nonactive] or newbielink:mailto:[email protected] [nonactive].  Best of luck to you all--

« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2010, 09:19 »
Here's some advice - lose all the nonsense about "lemonaid" "squeezes" "karma" and stuff.  Treat it like a business and you'll attract people who are serious.  Even Lucky Oliver couldn't win with all that kind of fluff.

« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2010, 10:53 »
I used to like Lucky Oliver because they were different.  From what I read, a lot of designers liked them too.  They were selling more than a lot of the new sites that all look similar are now.  I think the reason they closed was probably more down to the economic downturn and the fact that they had launched a few years too late. 

I don't know about tasteylemon, can't see a reason to use them yet, it is an almost impossible task to make money with new sites but I wish them luck.


« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2010, 11:12 »
you have that right to try and get it going. there is a lot of competition . The way the economy is at the moment it's going to be a tougher go. I hope you succeed .

« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2010, 14:53 »
Sent you an email, Chris.


« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2010, 18:22 »
You will not get any attention from important submitters until you come up with some decent (and rather better than average) commissions. That's the first step. Then you would want to "squeeze" out the childish aspects of your website, assuming you understand that it'll represent the work of experienced professional photographers, and there are many in microstock world. And then there are many many other steps...
Until then, I'm afraid your collection will be nothing more than what it is now. Good luck to you.


« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2010, 00:08 »
You need more "sexy" pictures in your database. There is only 2 pages...  :-*


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