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« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2009, 15:30 »

In this sort of marriage, the little b#st#rd soon gets ported off to private school, and soon the biological mother is given the Henry VIII's treatment.
check out the film The Other Boleyn Girl, if you're not conversant with the monarchy's history, lol.

I hope the picture is clearer now ?

LOL! Good analogy!

If you liked The Other Boleyn Girl you should also check out The Tudors on Showtime - Dysfunctional family drama at its best ;D

« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2009, 15:38 »

The point is, if we don't support StockXpert and spread the doomsday news, we are just doing our part to send StockXpert to its grave without giving it a chance for redemption.

I agree about StockXpert sales still outselling 123, BS, etc. but I don't think anything we do or say one way or the other will affect StockXpert's future.  They are part of Getty now, not a separate site. 

No point in talking about "supporting StockXpert".  Supporting StockXpert is supporting Getty and Getty will do whatever they darn well please with them.

« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2009, 16:08 »
I am not sure I understand why you think this way. Getty only cares about making money. If StockXpert makes money, then it will get sufficient attention from its step parent. I know you are going to say that Getty wants to eliminate competition for IS. But I am sure Getty also knows the concept of diversification of its assets. It is possible that Getty may take StockXpert to a different direction so as to avoid direct competition with IS.

I don't hate Getty because IS is one of my better performers in this industry, so is StockXpert. DT used to be comparable to IS, but now it only generates less than 1/3 of IS's revenue.

Getty didn't start a policy to discriminate non-exclusives. As a matter of fact, Getty does not even ask the photographers to be exclusive, and only asks the contents to be exclusive.  IS community is the one which nurtures this culture of self importance and total exclusivity. I hope Getty will do away with it one day and allow exclusive contents as well.

« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2009, 16:18 »
Getty only cares about making money. If StockXpert makes money, then it will get sufficient attention from its step parent.

I wish this were true.  Sadly, Getty's insistence on taking all the (high selling, money making) StockXpert images from independents off Photos.com etc. will result in their losing most of the content from those sites.  So in that case, StockXpert was making money and Getty isn't giving it anything like sufficient attention.

On top of that, last month was my best month in a year on StockXpert, and yet nobody can get any customer service.  Another example of StockXpert making money and getting insufficient attention.

I know you are going to say that Getty wants to eliminate competition for IS.

I would never say that.  I seriously doubt Getty cares any more about istock than any of its other acquisitions. 

As you said yourself, they care about making money and that's all.  Whichever sites they have to destroy to build their bottom line will go on the chopping block.  Istock may be their prize pig for the moment, but that can change real fast.

« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2009, 17:35 »
with the photos.com etc announcement saying that images were being removed, it said on StockXpert that contributors should be submitting to istock as they are the leader etc.  The implication was that StockXpert would be shut down.  obvisously noone at StockXpert has confirmed this (I'd doubt if they knew) but it was mentioned in their forums that more big changes were coming including hinting at changes in commission. 

I hope they dont close it, and hope that they say that while it is profitable it stays, but who knows some bright spark may say shut it and offer the customers credits at istock where they make more money etc. Dont know but I keep uploading :):)

« Reply #30 on: July 06, 2009, 20:40 »
ciao freedom, pixelbytes, puravida,
allow me join in the discussion on the dysfunctional fly. I am a big fan of StockXpert for a long time. At least until they went mysteriously out of whack.

freedom, Getty's interest to pacify IStock's exclusives cannot be applied to Stockxpert's independents.  Here is the problem and the big difference.
We have our images all over the place, so if Getty loses us, they lose nothing. The images are already with the competition.

Now, with the exclusives at IStock. It's entirely a whole different kettle of fish. You have special vaultage of this inventory. Your buyers were informed of this specialty. If even a small section of exclusive packs up and leaves. There is going to be a gap like your proverbial leak in a dyke. The slow leak can transform into a gushing and disastrous flooding.

Stockxpert is not like that. The loss will only be to us contributors have a once well run agency and losing it. There is no loss to Getty, they can even toss if out the window, write off the loss, or sell it to someone who wants to make some new money with new promises to newbies and all.

This is my input. Not optimistic but quite realistic evaluation of the ghostly situation , or should it be ghastly situation at Stockxpert? You all decide .
I wish we can find redemption with Stockxpert, but as someone else once said , I wouldn't hold my breath.


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