500PX Moves To Two-Tiered Pricing Model

Posted on 8/28/2015 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Previously, 500PX had priced the images in its Marketplace at flat rates of $50 for web resolution, $250 for print resolution, and $750 for products for resale. Now they have introduced a second tier for images their editors deem of lower quality. The flat rate prices for images in this tier, called Core, are $35 for web resolution, $150 for print resolution, and $300 for products for resale. The prices for the first Prime tier will remain the same.

The default search, in theory, shows ALL the images in the collection and then gives customers the option to search just the Prime collection or the Core (lower quality) collection. However, a few random searches indicate that this feature is not working perfectly just yet. Below is the count of the number of images of certain subjects in each collection.

  All Prime Core
Office 10,968 5,208 16,674
People 101,115 38,470 624,192
Business 20,559 11,217 23,417
Wildlife 85,748 13,095 290,937
Nature 407,507 49,566 1,608,247
Landscapes 269,841 33,413 1,103,173
Healthcare 3,222 1,711 1,934

In most cases there are significantly more images in the Core category than in All. It seems that All counts some of the Core images, but not all of them. It is not clear how the images from the two groups are organized in the All default search. In most cases it seems that the Prime images appear first, but that is not true in all cases.

All submitted images are curated by 500PX’s professional team of Content Editors, They evaluate technical quality, originality, general aesthetics, and production and commercial value. Photos may be moved from one collection to the other at any time, at editors’ discretion.

Contributors will receive the established 70% royalty rate from images licensed through both collections. For more on 500PX check out this story.

Copyright © 2015 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of www.selling-stock.com, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to: http://www.jimpickerell.com/Curriculum-Vitae.aspx.  


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