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« on: June 21, 2015, 02:33 »
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I started uploading to Pond 5 and have about 170 images on line to test the waters. Has anyone had much lucky selling photos through them ?


« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2015, 02:58 »
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 ;D Testing with only a part of your images is NOT working !!!
If coca cola would sell in just one small city with just 20 bottles..
That`s not working.

« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2015, 03:03 »
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P5 is not good for photo sales.
They do better with videos.

But despite 50% P5 is still well behind SS in sales.
Reason? NO investing in sales.  :o

What's the point uploading to deal of 50% or even more when nobody buys! :-\
But why would P5 care...they've got $61 millions in funding to go to eternal vacation ...plus all they ever wanted was IPO to get rich, hence "we-look-after-artists" bs PR for naive masses.  :-X
« Last Edit: June 21, 2015, 05:39 by KnowYourOnions »

Semmick Photo

« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2015, 03:30 »
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;D Testing with only a part of your images is NOT working !!!
If coca cola would sell in just one small city with just 20 bottles..
That`s not working.
If he had put 170 images on SS to test the waters he would have seen a result. The fact that he didnt on P5 just means that sales are not plentiful there. So the test works fine.

« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2015, 06:05 »
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Their review process is also a mystery.  I had 80% rejection rate for photos already selling well at 5 other sites!

lff

Johnski2015

« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2015, 07:16 »
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Pond5 seems OK to me - I have just started uploading videos, and will hopefully make a few sales - I like their royalty rates to be honest

They are Australian as I recall??

ShadySue

« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2015, 07:22 »
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They are Australian as I recall??

Really?
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2015, 07:31 »
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I've had some photo sales there but they are definitely slow.  They do not have subscriptions so when you get a sale it is for more than pennies - I think the least I've received for a photo sale there is around $2.50.  Plus they pay out promptly when you are over the minimum of $30.  You will need more than 170 images there to see many sales so just keep uploading.  Or not, if you don't think it's worth it.

« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2015, 07:46 »
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They are Australian as I recall??

They don't have any presence in Australia, nor in Canada, UK.... they target small markets like Argentina/Czech... hence weak sales!  :o

https://www.facebook.com/pond5/videos/10153426575334777/

https://www.facebook.com/pond5/posts/10153402913799777


Johnski2015

« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2015, 08:01 »
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They are Australian as I recall??

Really?
Contact Us

Address:
Pond5 Inc. (NYC)
155 Wooster St. - 8th Floor
New York, NY 10012
USA

Pond5 s.r.o. (Prague)
Pribenicka 20
130 00 Praha 3
Czech Republic

Pond5 Gmbh
Route de Frontenex 86 bis
1208 Genve
Switzerland

Domain Name: POND5.COM
Registry Domain ID: 139027506_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Update Date: 2008-02-04T23:25:48Z
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Registrant Postal Code: 10012
Registrant Country: United States


OK I was wrong

« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2015, 09:18 »
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Very poor photo sales on Pond5. We sell mostly video there but I add our photos because their uploading process is pretty easy (no categories, etc). We've sold 4 photos this year with a port of over 600 images. Not even enough for a payout (which is actually $25) but since the photos are extra on top of our video sales, it works. I would not submit there with only photos (or I would not have high expectations).

« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2015, 09:38 »
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Very poor photo sales on Pond5. We sell mostly video there but I add our photos because their uploading process is pretty easy (no categories, etc). We've sold 4 photos this year with a port of over 600 images. Not even enough for a payout (which is actually $25) but since the photos are extra on top of our video sales, it works. I would not submit there with only photos (or I would not have high expectations).
Raise your prices.

« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2015, 10:14 »
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Very poor photo sales on Pond5. We sell mostly video there but I add our photos because their uploading process is pretty easy (no categories, etc). We've sold 4 photos this year with a port of over 600 images. Not even enough for a payout (which is actually $25) but since the photos are extra on top of our video sales, it works. I would not submit there with only photos (or I would not have high expectations).
Raise your prices.

Raise your own. I'm happy with my prices.

« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2015, 10:27 »
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;D Testing with only a part of your images is NOT working !!!
If coca cola would sell in just one small city with just 20 bottles..
That`s not working.

It depends on whether you have a portfolio that's already established at other sites. If you do, then you know what sells and what doesn't (after the fact; I'm not saying I could ever know for sure up front).

A long time ago, another stock photographer shared the idea that for a new site, give them 300 of your known sellers. If they can't move those in a few months, then you know enough not to bother giving them more.

Clearly there are exceptions - primarily for specialty sites or new ideas (like Creative Market selling PSDs and more complex things).

Regarding the original question, Pond5 has a low payout and it's automatic once you get to the threshold, but I found the low (and not growing) photo sales and painful upload process a deterrent to further uploads.

« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2015, 14:48 »
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If pond5 was a place for photos i would already have uploaded a bunch.Let's not kid ourselves here the only reason someone would treat p5 as a stock image site would be if he already had a very good and big collection of commercial photos selling at ss and other sites and would upload and price his best ones at 400 and 500usd in hopes of getting a couple of big sales a month as an added bonus.

To those familiar with pond5's artist's resources every week there are a handful of very high priced sales by producers that propably sell these like hot cakes at other sites and just land 400-500 single sales at p5 every couple of weeks or so.

There are also a few guys mostly doing dslr timelapse who upload select photos priced at 15-25 and get a number of sales, (again) ,as an added bonus.
Too bad i delete my tiffs after i upload a timelapse i might start uploading some photos but i prefer to focus on video.

« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2015, 02:57 »
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I'm having 1-2 sales per month with ~500 images. Similar as with Photodune or CanStock. And with their 50% commission I'm slowly but surely reaching a payout.

« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2015, 03:04 »
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In 7 - 9 months I sold 4 pictures with 2000 files in my port... :-\

« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2015, 11:53 »
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The occasional sale with 1,200 photos. I like them because of the 50/50 split but sales are pretty slow.

« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2015, 12:03 »
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My photos are on P5 thru Pixmac.  They sell about even with other low tier photo sites.  I still upload via pixmac cuz the process is super easy there.  I don't know anything about setting my own prices, so I guess they are at default.  I been getting around one payout per month on a bit over 5k images, so to me its worth it.

Tryingmybest

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« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2015, 12:48 »
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I started uploading to Pond 5 and have about 170 images on line to test the waters. Has anyone had much lucky selling photos through them ?

I have 4,288 illustrations on there as of today. I've made about $100 (much more than I would have made before they acquired Pixmac). Just pennies for only 1.5 years. But the submission process is practically effortless and the commissions are decent. So I keep uploading.

WeatherENG

« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2015, 13:33 »
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Some people are having luck and making money selling still photos, not sure how many but I checked the artists resources page today at Pond5 and almost fell off my chair at the prices three photos just sold for, in the $500 range, thought it was video and I clicked and they were still photos.......nice to see!

« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2015, 15:16 »
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Some people are having luck and making money selling still photos, not sure how many but I checked the artists resources page today at Pond5 and almost fell off my chair at the prices three photos just sold for, in the $500 range, thought it was video and I clicked and they were still photos.......nice to see!

Link pls!

« Reply #22 on: June 24, 2015, 15:20 »
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Some people are having luck and making money selling still photos, not sure how many but I checked the artists resources page today at Pond5 and almost fell off my chair at the prices three photos just sold for, in the $500 range, thought it was video and I clicked and they were still photos.......nice to see!

Link pls!

You are a member there  (arent you?)  go check the artists resource page.

fritz

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« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2015, 16:04 »
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Some people are having luck and making money selling still photos, not sure how many but I checked the artists resources page today at Pond5 and almost fell off my chair at the prices three photos just sold for, in the $500 range, thought it was video and I clicked and they were still photos.......nice to see!

artist:WeatherENG
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« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2015, 06:17 »
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Apparently WeatherENG has been banned or quit?

« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2015, 10:39 »
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Apparently WeatherENG has been banned or quit?

Wow...could WeatherENG be undercover P5 agent that got busted? ;-)

« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2015, 10:40 »
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Apparently WeatherENG has been banned or quit?

Wow...could WeatherENG be undercover P5 agent that got busted? ;-)
Interesting comment coming from SSArtist.

« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2015, 10:42 »
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Apparently WeatherENG has been banned or quit?


Wow...could WeatherENG be undercover P5 agent that got busted? ;-)

Interesting comment coming from SSArtist.


Ha ha.... Unnecessary comment coming from TickStock. SSArtist has nothing to do with SS!

Great one from cobalt - http://www.microstockgroup.com/shutterstock-com/what-if-ss-offer-exclusivity-with-these-contributors-commissions/msg423535/#msg423535
« Last Edit: June 25, 2015, 11:22 by KnowYourOnions »


 

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