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« on: June 25, 2007, 10:50 »
So I'll put this out there.  Well, since they finally put up their about Snap Village a microstock or midstock?

"SnapVillage is a major step forward for microstock with fresh, thoughtfully designed innovations that simplify and improve the experience of licensing low-cost, user-generated, royalty-free photography via the Internet."

" SnapVillage is a fresh approach to microstock with a clean, intuitive website, straightforward pricing and purchasing as well as innovative interactivity features that generate its proprietary "Snappyness" picture ratings. SnapVillage features the revolutionary 'Pick Your Own Price' model that gives photographers control and flexibility so they can maximize their income."

« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2007, 11:12 »
Both right now. Question is will so much inconsistency be confusing for customers?

Price your own/pay-per-download/subscription with opt-out per image. As a customer I have no idea what I'm getting at what price under what model.

Perhaps this is a feeling out phase for Corbis, and they will solidify a model once they see what works and what doesn't?

« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007, 11:21 »
We just need comments from Jon and Chad and most of the establshed sites will be covered.  ;D

I personally think they stuffed up on their market research. Snap village - come on - what sort of name is that for an agency that wants to be taken seriously.

But back to the question.

I dont think they know if it is microstock or midstock.  So I have a picture priced at $1 because it is basic (I think that $5 should be minimum) and one priced at $50 because it is unique.  What do you think the EL for each is (they call it product).  Thats right, both for $50.  ??? ??? ???  Good idea but this stuffs it up.

They also mix free images right into the search.  So a buyer has a page of images and one of them is marked free.  Which one is s/he going to choose?  Though based on the quality that I have seen there maybe they will choose with their feet and go to LO or StockXpert.

« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2007, 11:33 »
FeaturePics also offers a set-your-own-price model, which quite frankly I've never been crazy about for the very reason Steve mentions.  I've always thought it would be too confusing for buyers.  Some of the artists who contribute there are used to higher traditional or art photo pricing, while others are used to selling at micro prices.  There is no happy medium.  For a set-your-own-price model to work, the must be some sort of separation between the micro-priced and mid-priced imagery so buyers know what to expect.  This is where LO got it spot on right with their Sideshow. 


« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2007, 12:36 »
Maybe they just should have bought Lucky Oliver!  ;D

Sorry Bryan. Had to say that.

« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2007, 17:39 »
It don't matter if they are micro or mid as long as they peddle our photos and we get a nice little cash flow......

« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2007, 19:25 »

Nobody can forget where they come from and what's their support. They may seem feeling the market for now, don't know if it's to keep or to change in a few days/weeks/months time, and this is probably a beta phase.

But when they seem fit and want to, they will have the means to "go to market" in a nick of a time. I guess it's just a question of finding out if they're able, because i don't doubt that they can. And if they're able, they'll be big, regardless of how silly the name or site or anything may seem...


Francisco Leito

« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2007, 23:51 »
It looks like somebody has hit the "panic-button" at Corbis. They seem to have included every feature they could think of. Any price, any keywording, any photo and the search function will come up with any photo as well.

Most of the new start-ups, with much less resources than these guys, have done a much better job creating a believable concept. A lot of things will have to change before this is a serious contender.

« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2007, 03:34 »
I'm sure the site has a few initial bugs - obviously carrying on a Microsoft tradition ;) but despite that if it looses some of the technical review elements, and focuses more on the creative side of the image content, I think it has a unique place in the market that will make it stand out from the other sites.

I don't think there is any doubt that Corbis has the right industry links to push the site in a big way once it comes out of the beta stage.

« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2007, 04:55 »
Question is will so much inconsistency be confusing for customers?

Why should it be confusing to offer images of different qualities and price points on one site? Following your logic every supermarket should close its doors immediately.

My guess is that a lot of customers don't really care if an image costs 1, 5, 10 or even 25$ because all these prices are bloody cheap.

I am pretty confident that the snapvillage model is the future. Micro agencies who don't adapt will get increasing problems to attract contributors.

« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2007, 09:21 »
I like the option to choose prices. I love nature pics but I know everyone has flower pics so I tend to price them low while other nature pics I'll set higher.

I have found the upload process frustrating as it doesn't work about half the time.

My question: Is this a new big player or just another up and coming?

« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2007, 13:33 »
yeah it will be interesting to see where they end up.  With all that backing they SHOULD be able to be in the top 6... but the way they are starting things out, i am not getting my hopes up.

I'll add them to the list of sites as soon as they get their website working.

« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2009, 18:02 »
It's always fun to read old threads. At least, we know the answer on this one...  :o

So I'll put this out there.  Well, since they finally put up their about Snap Village a microstock or midstock?

« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2009, 14:59 »
Maybe they just should have bought Lucky Oliver!  ;D

Sorry Bryan. Had to say that.

Oh my, I bet someone wishes they had.


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