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« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2014, 03:49 »
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Their interface to submit photos is just terrible.
Seem its selling video much better than photos (I have only photos) and this year they are not even in my top10.
But I still like the ability to set my own prices and 50% commission.


« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2014, 05:17 »
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     In my opinion the key to Pond 5's success is linked directly to the contributors and giving each image/clip a true/accurate evaluation of  its' value. How much is it really worth to the average buyer? Is your assessment too high? I think it's a good idea to periodically allow Pond5 staff to set the price for an image/video clip. That'll give you a "second opinion" on your general assessment.

« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2014, 08:06 »
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They'll only be the leader if a large amount of talented contributors decide to put their work only on Pond5.  If people continue to put all of their work on all of the sites, the cheapest sites will win out in the long run.  I think it's really that simple.

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« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2014, 10:06 »
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My experience shows Pond5 is a leader! Of course I'm referring to video sales. For me they consistently earn the highest monthly payout through solid sales and a fair royalty percentage.
The ability to set your own price is a big plus!

They were very late getting into still images so I think it's going to be a long uphill battle for them to make significant inroads in that market. However if you like to be treated fairly, I would certainly recommend continuing to support them by uploading your new material.

« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2014, 11:03 »
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I've had a few occasions recently where I've needed to buy stock photos.  I went to all the usual suspects (IS, SS 123rf, etc.) but was frustrated.  As an occasional image buyer I didn't want to buy a subscription or pay for credits I didn't need. 

I found the image I wanted on P5 and bought it easily and for a reasonable price.  I couldn't do that elsewhere.  If P5 could keep that simplicity for smaller buyers and add image packs at bigger discounts for larger buyers, I think they'd have a win.

« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2014, 13:11 »
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     In my opinion the key to Pond 5's success is linked directly to the contributors and giving each image/clip a true/accurate evaluation of  its' value. How much is it really worth to the average buyer? Is your assessment too high? I think it's a good idea to periodically allow Pond5 staff to set the price for an image/video clip. That'll give you a "second opinion" on your general assessment.

interesting point ATBT. but isn't P5 the site that has a SUGGESTED PRICING? or maybe it's the other newer middle player in the game.  perharps a suggested price could be introduced from the research of sold images. this will give contributors a realistic amt to set for their images...
+ if they feel their images is better  - if they feel it need a bit of discount to encourage the client to choose their image over another of the similar. 

« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2014, 13:58 »
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- if they feel it need a bit of discount to encourage the client to choose their image over another of the similar.

That's precisely the problem across the board. Agencies and contributors willingly to continually go lower and lower. Now we've pretty much reached the unsustainable level in this market. We as contributors are in the very lowest level of the food chain! In my opinion, volume selling is simply not going to work much longer for us as the producers of the work.

My new material goes to fair trade sites first. Not that I think it makes a difference but I still feel better about it!

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« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2014, 10:21 »
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I too am optimistic about Pond5. As part of the recent Pixmac acquisition, I have seen some nice little sales growing. Hoping for more growth. However, I also like GraphicLeftovers/GL Stock as well. They do not seem to be doing well, but I still support them through regular submissions. Payout is a few times yearly. 8)

Seriously, they have all it takes to win - great interface, search, fresh content, recognizable brand, contributors' support. The last one may turn out to be the most important these days. Pond5 give fair 50%, allow to set your own prices and have clear distribution network.

What do you think? Maybe this is THE ONE which we should support the most? Not jokers like graphicleftover (the name speaks for itself) or other newcomers that have no idea what they are doing.

Cheers!

« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2014, 10:32 »
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images sold: 0

« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2014, 10:35 »
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I can't find my images on pixmac, though I opted in through P5. How long does it take or how does it work?

« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2014, 08:34 »
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I can't find my images on pixmac, though I opted in through P5. How long does it take or how does it work?


How is that so? When I go to www.pixmac.com is tells me the sites have merged to P5.

As far as sales, I have not seen one single uptick in sales since the merger, but I am mostly still images.

« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2014, 08:51 »
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I can't find my images on pixmac, though I opted in through P5. How long does it take or how does it work?


How is that so? When I go to www.pixmac.com is tells me the sites have merged to P5.

As far as sales, I have not seen one single uptick in sales since the merger, but I am mostly still images.


They did merge but photo sales are down after the merger, not up.

« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2014, 09:30 »
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I can't find my images on pixmac, though I opted in through P5. How long does it take or how does it work?


How is that so? When I go to www.pixmac.com is tells me the sites have merged to P5.

As far as sales, I have not seen one single uptick in sales since the merger, but I am mostly still images.


They did merge but photo sales are down after the merger, not up.
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Right. That's my point, as most agencies claim sales of images were technically going to rise but as I stated I have not seem any uptick in sales as a result of the merger.

« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2014, 13:59 »
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Right. That's my point, as most agencies claim sales of images were technically going to rise but as I stated I have not seem any uptick in sales as a result of the merger.

Yes, I am agreeing with you. 

« Reply #39 on: September 12, 2014, 12:44 »
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100 vectors on Pond5 for 8 months. 1 single sale.

Same 100 vectors on Shutterstock = $200 per month easy.

Going to answer no.

« Reply #40 on: September 13, 2014, 14:24 »
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I like Pond5 for their contributor approach and am happy to support them despite the low sales (on stills) - but just wish that the site functioning was much better.  Uploading is a clumsy process there in my experience.

« Reply #41 on: September 13, 2014, 15:00 »
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I like Pond5 for their contributor approach and am happy to support them despite the low sales (on stills) - but just wish that the site functioning was much better.  Uploading is a clumsy process there in my experience.

Totally agree. While I never saw any lift in sales from the merger, P5 gets my still and video work. They pay fair. They just need more buyers. I haven't purchased anything on P5 so I don't know how friendly the UI is for buyers.

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« Reply #42 on: September 13, 2014, 17:30 »
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the photo upload system is a kind of medieval torture
I don't get it? It takes only 3 clicks to submit!!!!

« Reply #43 on: September 13, 2014, 17:39 »
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100 vectors on Pond5 for 8 months. 1 single sale.

Same 100 vectors on Shutterstock = $200 per month easy.

Going to answer no.

so i guess , based on P5 pricing (between 2.50 and 6 for smallest , 25 and 10 for the largest)
u only need to sell 8 to 20 largest size to earn the same $200 p.m. with P5

+1 ...  Mantis  They pay fair. They just need more buyers.

« Reply #44 on: November 02, 2014, 21:29 »
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With some more advertisements (getting the Pond5 name out there) and better review times, Pond5 will be in the top tier. Just my opinion

« Reply #45 on: November 02, 2014, 23:27 »
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With some more advertisements (getting the Pond5 name out there) and better review times, Pond5 will be in the top tier. Just my opinion

Maybe for video.  For photos they have a loooooooong way to go. 

« Reply #46 on: November 03, 2014, 02:36 »
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Yesterday P5 was in TOP 4 in right poll column. Today it takes 5th place, still not bad...

I really, really wish them the best!

« Reply #47 on: November 03, 2014, 08:47 »
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I don't have a lot of images on P5. Uploaded there for the first time a year ago last summer (I think) and then mostly forgot about it. There was a brief spate of sales at first, then nothing for a long, looooong time. But in just the last couple of weeks, I've had a couple of sales with royalties so much better than SS or DT.

Now, I think I'll go back and upload a bunch of new stuff. Can't hurt. Might help both P5 and me.

« Reply #48 on: November 03, 2014, 14:52 »
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I hope so. My footage sales were neck and neck at P5 and SS for quite some time. Recently SS has broken away and is now way outperforming my P5 footage. Therefore I upload to SS first.

« Reply #49 on: November 04, 2014, 11:12 »
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I too like Pond5 ... It's sad that it's not getting the traffic that other sites are because, it certainly deserves it.


 

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