Where Do Buyers Go To Get Stock?

Posted on 11/23/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

PhotoShelter has published a new Free guide to Selling Stock Photography that can be found and downloaded here.

Included in the guide are the results of a PhotoShelter survey of 500 buyers of stock. There were asked to list the agencies they use when searching for stock photography. It is no surprise that Getty and Corbis topped the list, but the number and frequency of mentions of other sites is interesting.

iStockphoto 172 mentions Getty owned
Veer 81 mentions Corbis owned
Shutterstock 53 mentions  
Alamy 16-30 mentions  
AP Images 16-30 mentions  
Dreamstime 16-30 mentions  
Fotolia 16-30 mentions  
Jupiter 16-30 mentions Getty owned
Masterfile 16-30 mentions  
Photolibrary 16-30 mentions Getty owned
age fotostock 8-15 mentions  
Flickr 8-15 mentions  
Fotosearch 8-15 mentions  
Gallerystock 8-15 mentions  
National Geographic 8-15 mentions  
Photos.com 8-15 mentions Getty owned
PhotoShelter 8-15 mentions  
Punchstock 8-15 mentions Getty owned
Superstock 8-15 mentions  
Thinkstock 8-15 mentions Getty owned

94 other agencies received 7 or fewer mentions. You can find the names of these agencies on page 16 of the PhotoShelter guide.

Of particular note is the number of professional buyers who are using the four leading microstock sites – iStockphoto, Shutterstock, Dreamstime and Fotolia – to find the images they need. Also note the number of sites among those that are most used that offer Royalty Free images exclusively.

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Copyright © 2011 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.  


  • Leif Skoogfors Posted Nov 26, 2011
    No Corbis?

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