If you’re like most image buyers you’re probably asking yourself “Why buy images here, rather than at ‘BigNameStockHouse’?” I’d like to take a moment to address the benefits to you when you make your license your stock imagery direct from the source.
Firstly, if you’ve been buying my images through another source: Thank you. I appreciate every sale that I get from whichever source. If you haven’t been buying my images, but have been buying someone else’s… Thank you, for supporting other creatives by licensing their work! That said, if you’ve been licensing your stock images from a large source with many artists you are most likely in one of two situations:
- 1. You buy a large batch of credits for use over time and to get the best value…sometimes having credits expire.
- 2. You are on an expensive subscription plan entitling you to download a quantity of images each day or month.
I’m an image user as well as a buyer, in the first situation it is really annoying to lose money/credits because they expire. It’s happened to me and I’m still a bit peeved. If you’re on a subscription, ask yourself how many images you really download per day/month on average. What is the true cost of licensing images through that subscription model for you and your business?
When you buy direct from my site (or another Symbiostock Network site), you license the image you need when you need it. You don’t have to purchase expensive credit packages or buy a monthly subscription. Buying direct gives you access to me, access you don’t get from the sites that I license images through. If you have a problem with the image, all you have to do is email me and I will respond. If you want to get an edit or customization done, I can make the changes you need (some fees may apply). Anywhere else, you will not get that service.
Are you still asking yourself if you should buy images here? Licensing directly cuts out the middle man and supports the artist/photographer/illustrator with the highest percentage of licensing fees available. The agencies, like all middle men, want their share of the proceeds. As creators, we agree to this. However, as the microstock industry grows, the percentage that the middle men want has gone up. The larger the agency, the bigger share they want. I left one major microstock site several years ago, when they cut the commission rate from 20% to 15% on the contributor side…with any discounts they offered off the full retail also coming out of the contributor’s share. I’ve left several other agencies as they have continued down that path.
5 percent doesn’t seem like a lot, but it meant instead of 20 cents for a blog size image only 15 cents. For an extended license of $100, the contributor sees $15. That seemed to me then and to me now to be an unbalanced partnership. So, I left. Perhaps, I license fewer images but I don’t think so. At the very least I’m compensated in a way that I’m comfortable with.
My image library is growing and as it grows new images will be available here before they’re available through the sites I contribute to. Why? No review time, no wait.
Here, I can offer discounts and rewards to my clients. I can promote the work of the designers who shop here, the authors who choose my images for their book covers and interact with the people who use my images. I can negotiate a custom license for a specific need or approve a license variance.