SpiderPic Helps Buyers Compare Prices

Posted on 1/29/2010 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (2)

SpiderPic, a division of the Israel based company Ginipic, has launched a new service to help image buyers find the cheapest source for microstock images. This is accomplished by simultaneously searching across multiple sites for specific images.

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  • Bill Bachmann Posted Jan 30, 2010
    Oh this is good...let's let Yuri and other top shooters RUSH to sell images for even less money! Let them all race towards the bottom.

    Maybe someone will then decide to PAY the buyer so he will use the image. The race is on to go out of business in Micro.

    This profession never stops surprising me. Why does everyone want to dash to the lowest price?? Jim, you should know better. Are you trying to encourage everyone to go out of business? Why not think of ways to make stock better and more expensive?

    Bill Bachmann

  • Jim Pickerell Posted Feb 2, 2010
    Alan Capel of Alamy sent the following comment:

    We are very concerned about the statements you make, particularly the comment below.

    “SpiderPic’s examples <http://www.spiderpic.com/examples> page demonstrates that in some cases prices for the exact same image can be 10, 20 or even 30 times higher when purchased from the most expensive distributor compared to the cheapest available price.”

    SpiderPic is clearly misrepresenting the market in two key respects

    Firstly, Alamy’s pricing for Low Res images starts at $5, something which is conveniently ignored.

    Secondly, For a customer to purchase comparable rights for a microstock images as they can for a standard Alamy RF licence they will have to purchase extended licences which in some cases actually work out more expensive.

    The SpiderPic comparison is an artificial one and is very far away from comparing apples with apples. The editorial comment that you have provided fails to recognize the difference in licenses granted. Please find attached a fact sheet which further illustrates our point with some examples which you are free to use.

    With best regards
    Alan Capel
    Head of Content

    I do agree that it is unfair to compare Alamy with the microstock sellers because the business models and so different. It also seems to me that someone using Alamy as the search for images would then bother to see if they could find the same image on a microstock site. Very few images that can be found on Alamy are also on microstock sites.

    However, most microstock customers should find the ability to compare sites to find the lowest price very useful.

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