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« on: October 24, 2007, 05:31 »
I read on StockXpert forum some people were complaining that their sales had gone down  since subscription sales  started .
for the past week I too noticed a decrease but I thought it was too early  to speak of such an impact.
I'd like to hear what is your experience?


« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2007, 05:32 »
Too early I think.

« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2007, 09:56 »
Too early I think.

yes that's what I thought too.

« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2007, 09:58 »
Sales seem about normal to me. I've had one Sub sale only so far but it's impossible to know if they would have bought it at the normal price.  So I don't know if I lost money or gained 30c.


« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2007, 10:32 »
I've had a decrease, but haven't had any subscription sales yet. I think my decrease is due to images not getting reviewed for weeks while others get done immediately. If sorting by newest first, my newest accepted file is one month old.

On the other hand, if you browse newest files, you get page after page of images with no thumbnails, so that couldn't help either. If you browse by newest files, you get to page 12-13 before you stop seeing missing thumbs. They start back up around page 66 and you have 10 or so pages with no thumbnails.

I quit looking for my 'newest' after page 100, or 2000 images.

« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2007, 10:40 »
I haven't sold anything at StockXpert in about two weeks. But I never sold much there anyway; a green apple makes up about twenty five to thirty five percent of my sales.

And just after I finished typing this message, I scored a sale. Figures. :)
« Last Edit: October 24, 2007, 10:47 by Whiz »


« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2007, 10:45 »
I sold my last one 1.50$ the 22 October... Didn't know if the subscription is started at this time?

« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2007, 11:33 »
My sales have slowed down a bit but I was making new records, so a fall for a while isn't a big surprise.  This month overall has been good.

« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2007, 12:22 »
Haven't noticed a decrease in sales, it seems to hold steady, i'm hoping it stays like that  ;D

« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2007, 13:58 »
No subscription sales yet for me either, but overall I've seen a little lift in sales there.  (Although I've got a small portfolio, so its hard to judge really)

Also I see they are getting onto the approval backlog, I've just had some images approved that I uploaded on the 8th of October..

« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2007, 16:25 »
BME in StockXpert, no subs sales yet (gladly!).


« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2007, 16:38 »
I have decided to opt in and have had a few sub sales already, I want to see what impact this has on my total sales.

The way I see it is that there are now two groups of buyers, there will still be the buyers who buy using credits as normal and there are now the subscription buyers. By not opting in I feel that I will be excluding one group of buyers who will still be there whether I opt in or not.

Also, even if the price point of a sub sale is lower, I am still getting purchases recorded on images which increases their popularity in the search engine. As we all know, images moving up the search default is a good thing, increasing exposure to both groups of buyers.

I am interested to see the impact of subscription sales, since I do hope that this move will bring more subscription buyers over from other sites.

My 2 cents :-)

« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2007, 16:55 »
BME in StockXpert, no subs sales yet (gladly!).


Same here.  I've already surpassed my BME with a week left to go this month.

« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2007, 01:24 »
I got a very good month on StockXpert, sales have not slowed down and I have not seen a subscription sale. Most likely on StockXpert I will have a BME. StockXpert stabilizes for me on the third place regarding earnings. I have seen a very good growth on StockXpert, it overtook first Fotolia and then DT in earnings. It is still far away to overtake SS though.


« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2007, 05:05 »
I also thought its too early days to complain:
But i noticed exact the same my earnings did go down no doubt about it and i can judge from a pretty big portfolio (not just a few hundreds).
I thought it's only me because i optioned out for subscription but other people seems also affected.

« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2007, 15:59 »
If I can complain of anything about sales, is that I got none today, after many busy days. 



« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2007, 17:32 »
StockXpert has been doing exceptionally well this month - a BME there by far, and it's in the #3 slot after SS and IS!

I hated to see the XL subscription sales, but today, for example, only 2 of the 7 sales were subscription (and only one of those XL), so the total for the day so far is $10.60 for 7 sales, which isn't bad.

« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2007, 18:09 »
I think sales have been the same so far is too early to tell BUT the site is a right mess at the moment

« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2007, 19:05 »
as much as I'm irritated with the site right now...I will admit older images are still selling well. That said, my christmas images, which are doing incredibly well on other sites, haven't gotten a single view on StockXpert.  So....applause for what they've done for older images and some serious irritation at the site for how they've been able to handle newer images. I can't even get a thumbnail to process on one of my recent batches.

Get it together over there, before you've lost the faith of all of us who were willing to believe in you during those slower months. I was one of them. Unless you sort out your current business...I won't be one of them in the future.

I know my images sell. It's been proven to me on other sites.

The question is...will you continue to sell my images?

That is entirely up in the air for me...and as it would appear....many others.

You say time and time again that you've fixed things and yet I see no evidence of anything being fixed. I'm tired of the excuses. This is a business and in the past months....StockXpert programming has been useless. SORT IT OUT. And please....don't ask the contributors to be patient. Why should we have patience with your inability to handle your own company's growth?

I work hard creating the images I contribute and I expect as much...if not more out of the sites I contribute to.'re lagging hardcore.

« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2007, 19:14 »
A very average month at StockXpert for me. No subscription sales so far. I'll probably opt out if they become more than 20% of my images sold. My BME was in May, and since then, I haven't even been close to that, in spite of a bigger portfolio.


« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2007, 05:41 »
I think sales have been the same so far is too early to tell BUT the site is a right mess at the moment

I'll second that, they really should concentrate their resources on getting the site fixed.

Oh and answering questions on their forums would be a good thing too!!

« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2007, 05:47 »
I got a few subscriptions sales and I was indeed a little bit worried to see XXL pictures sold for $0.30.

But it seems until now that my sales are not impacted and StockXpert is performing extremely well for me for the last few months. September was BME and october earnings should be 30% higher than september!

StockXpert is now clear #3 behind SS (#2) and IS (#1).

It is however to early indeed to have a clear vision of the effect of subscription on earnings at StockXpert.

« Reply #22 on: October 26, 2007, 16:00 »
Two days now without any sale.  :'(

I had sales every day this month, except two days in weekends.  But now these are two working days.     ???


« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2007, 14:43 »
My sales have dropped dramatically from the first half of this month. Whether that has anything to do with the new subscriptions or whether it is just ebb and flow is a toss up. I have only had 1 subscription download so far. Regardless, this is easily my BME on StockXpert.

« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2007, 17:17 »
My sales have dropped dramatically from the first half of this month.

it has been pretty much the same for me as well. but as far as we know no one is getting huge amounts of subscription  sales  therefore  slowed down sales must be because of the current technical issues.(just guessing)


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