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151 / Re: One Thousand Images
« on: February 20, 2012, 12:53 »
I'm new to Bigstock and find it slow. Hard to believe it's so high on the Poll Results to the right.

Veer / Re: Average subscription earnings on Veer?
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:56 »
I've only had couple of sub sales average 0.27 cents, standard sales are OK averaging 5.83 dollars this month.

New Sites - General / Re: Anyone selling in
« on: February 10, 2012, 03:18 »

Getty owns, not ;)

Looks like a made big mistake. My apologies.

So there's a, and a

StockFresh / Re: StockFresh - Is the opportunity passing?
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:50 »
Get your large payouts every month from Shutterstock and Fotolia while slowly building up extra income from the smaller sites.

That's a good attitude.

New Sites - General / Re: Anyone selling in
« on: February 08, 2012, 07:01 »

Oh, and one more thing about iclipart, last time I checked they don't credit illustrators on the item pages.. That's even worse than paying %20 commissions.

That is strange "Contributors Anonymous"

New Sites - General / Re: Anyone selling in
« on: February 08, 2012, 06:20 »
So, what is wrong with it? :)

I looked into iClipart awhile back but became apprehensive.
Honestly I can't remember why, but I would also be interested in feedback from current contributors.

New Sites - General / Re: Anyone selling in
« on: February 08, 2012, 06:14 »
Is it definitely a Getty site? Do Getty own Vital Imagery Ltd.?

This is the list of the Getty companies I saved from somewhere.

Getty Images - - iStockphoto - Jupiterimages - - PunchStock - Thinkstock - WireImage

If you Google - Getty Images and iClipart - you'll find iClipart to be a subsiduary of Getty.

New Sites - General / Re: Anyone selling in
« on: February 07, 2012, 15:15 »
Beware, it's a Getty site.

I think contributors should make rational decisions as to where they upload images. If you're not happy with the site - don't upload there. If you do vectors, naturally Vectorstock seems like the logical place to go, but even a site like Fotolia, that has been criticised for lowering prices, is paying four times more for a vector image than Vectorstock. I guess you can always give the stuff away, but your also warping the business for the rest of us.

If they improved the pricing policies I would tempted to upload some images.

GLStock / Re: Graphic Leftovers has new Look
« on: January 27, 2012, 17:40 »
An adjustment of pricing is something they probably had to try because the old structure just wasn't working.
I hope it works for them and improves contributor returns.

161 / Re: Is DT alive ?
« on: January 27, 2012, 03:33 »
I've noticed that if you don't upload new images to DT you seem to drop off the radar.
No new files = less sales.

If banding appears after generating a jpg from the eps, in my experience if you look closely, it's already in the initial file. When this happens I use a blends instead of gradients to get rid of the banding.

Fotolia gives me the XL price for my 12MP camera shots and XXL price for larger images that I've made using a scanner. I've been considering upgrading to a 16MP camera to get the higher return.

Off Topic / Re: 100 reasons to be happy
« on: January 10, 2012, 09:40 »
Jonathan, thank you for sharing such a beautiful experience. So many are or feel invisible to the public, and even for just a moment you gave them a voice and looked them in the eye.

You see the pain in their eyes but despite their situations you got them to focus on some personal positive. Bravo!

Newbie Discussion / Re: Who has had sales at Graphic Leftovers?
« on: January 10, 2012, 08:25 »
All quiet on the GL front. You can almost hear crickets chirping.

Envato / Re: Dune and Graphic River
« on: January 08, 2012, 10:48 »
Why have two different sites with overlappings images but different price structure?
Dune / Graphic River = too complicated.

I didn't get the mail either - I think 123rf might have had a problem with how this mail was sent. And as pointed out, why no site mail on this as well as e-mail? I can't buy the "check your spam filters" when (a) so many didn't get it and (b) I regularly check my spam filters and it wasn't there either.

Important changes like this should be clearly communicated - such as a popup when someone logs in or visits the site, sitemail, some other positive-confirmation method so the agency is sure the contributor has actually received the notification.

I hasn't received anything either. Communicating this change through MSG is totally unprofessional.
Plus this special treatment of MSG contributors is unfair. 

General Stock Discussion / Re: Sending DMCA Notice to an Agency
« on: December 27, 2011, 06:54 »
Please, what is DMCA?

"You don't need an EL for an album cover."-sjlocke
So you are saying they can sell 100,000 albums, no El?
499,999 if from iStock.
249,999 if from Shutterstock.

I always thought the 500,000 / 250,000 was refering to a press run were as something like an album cover is more like a product.
But when does a buyer actually need to buy an EL?

"I feel micro could have (and should have) started at a much higher price point when it began."


So true, when I first got involved with microstock as a buyer I couldn't believe the prices.
I'd just download the high resolutions images for comps and if they got the green light it was just one less step in
the production process. Even today when I need a special image for a project I end up downloading more than I need.
The return on the picture that I use will easily cover the costs of the others.

StockFresh / Re: StockFresh - Is the opportunity passing?
« on: December 21, 2011, 02:45 »
The StockFresh site is well designed and contributor friendly. The images they use as examples are selected by someone with good taste. I've been getting regular monthly sales but nothing to write home about. More buyers is all they're missing. 

If only a few contributors have received an email from 123 it looks like they've leaked the topic to get some feedback from which to fine tune the up coming new contributor hazing features.
I've only been with them for a few months, got the sales, with a mix of vectors and photos, but not the 150 accepted images. Interesting to see what they come up with - 123rf seems like an OK site.

173 / Re: Few doubts about Alamy submission
« on: November 30, 2011, 02:16 »
I joined Alamy on 26.11, uploaded my initial images on 27.11 and received confirmation that I passed the Quality Control test on 28.11. I'd say pretty smooth sailing.
but 27-11 was sunday and i dont think they review pix on sunday/weekends...

They must have on done it on Monday 28.11 - I guess.

174 / Re: Few doubts about Alamy submission
« on: November 29, 2011, 13:12 »
I joined Alamy on 26.11, uploaded my initial images on 27.11 and received confirmation that I passed the Quality Control test on 28.11. I'd say pretty smooth sailing.

Off Topic / Re: Don't you just love customers?
« on: November 28, 2011, 04:16 »
Professional buyers are OK but an amateur is mostly likely a recipe for trouble.

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