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« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2008, 11:48 »
I opted out of subs a few months ago. Today there was a nice morning surprise when I checked StockXpert - two $5.00 sales. I don't mind losing out on the subscription sales; the only concern would be lower placement in search results causing lower credit sales, and that's just about impossible to track.

« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2008, 00:12 »
I opted out from day one, and my sales... they are increasing   ;D

« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2008, 03:21 »
I don't graph my subs vs credit sales (had never looked to see they were seperate! :-) )

But taking a quick look 'd say 20% are subs sales... 

I have a small portfolio though, with ~20 sales a month...

« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2008, 19:01 »
In April subs dlds went up madly and I decided to opt out.  I don't think this affected my results there.  I regreted to do that since StockXpert is a nice site, but then I was feeling outraged with my then latest upload selling only at subs.

I wished I could do that at DT as well.  Subs increased significantly for me there too.



« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2008, 03:56 »
I'm also considering to opt out. Todays earnings explain why:

« Reply #30 on: June 04, 2008, 04:07 »
Hi guys,

We've been running numbers, but it's still to early to tell if any definite  trends are forming around this. By the end of April we will have a better idea of knowing whether or not, on a whole, subs are cutting into credit sales.

If credits sales go down and subs go up, StockXpert also loses out, so we definitely are monitoring this closely. Lately we have been running an aggressive credit marketing campaign and look for a couple other changes in the coming weeks that should help boost credit sales.

In the meantime, I will follow up with tech on the unable to opt-out issue some of you are having.


So Steve, are subs cutting into credit sales?

« Reply #31 on: June 04, 2008, 04:13 »
my StockXpert sales are actually currently higher than either dreamstime or fotolia (14 day average)

« Reply #32 on: June 04, 2008, 04:18 »
At the very least you made $3.00.
Had you opted out, the total would have been $0.00 (I recognize there would not have actually been a total available had you opted out)

As unfortunate as it may seem, subs allow our images to come in "second place winners" an alternative no DL's at all.
If you opt out then all your DL's become first place winners. Thats a good thing right? ....Wrong

By opting out, you have not changed the buyers selection habits for his DL's. He will select what he can from a list of images available to him.
Guess what?! Your images are NOT on that list! You lose! Your images have been banned from playing this second string DL game altogether.

I contend that if you "opt out" you ultimately hurt your potential income.

Cranky MIZ

« Reply #33 on: June 04, 2008, 04:37 »
But if the buyer can't find an image like yours in the subs section, you might get $5 for it instead of 30 cents. 

Now SS have raised their prices, I think we should all opt out until StockXpert raise theirs.  I want at least 35 cents before I will consider opting in again.


« Reply #34 on: June 04, 2008, 04:38 »
I'm against subs nevertheless i tried it for a little bit more than two weeks in may. I uploaded a batch of 800 new pictures (about 600 accepted) and i wanted to give them a boost in the best match search engine.
Unfortunately none of my new files have been downloaded as subs instead of this i had a lot of XL and XXL downloads of my old bestsellers. May ended up with 10% less than April. Plus minus 10% is in line with my normal fluctuation on StockXpert so i will not say it had a negative impact but is obvious to me that it had also no positive effect.
I hope most contributors will option-in for subs so StockXpert can continue their policy of making your own choice and allowing me to option-out. I have a lot of exclusive files with them because for me they are the most contributor-friendly microstockagency and still have good sales unfortunately they are currently not the market-leader.


« Reply #35 on: June 04, 2008, 04:42 »
I wouldn't opt out because I think that I would start getting credit sales instead of subs sales. My sales would go down, I'm aware of that. Plus my images would be ranked lower on the popularity searches. I just don't like to see my portfolio downloaded in a matter of few days for small bucks. With the current trend of stealing images the subscriptions are not good for "my potential income". I doubt it that someone would pay 50$ for my 10 vectors just to put them online then. Which I can't say for subs.

If many of us do the same, then the whole thing would become interesting. Like shapshot said, many would be forced to either switch the agency or go for credit sales if the couldn't get what they need with subs.
« Last Edit: June 04, 2008, 04:44 by CofkoCof »


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