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tirc83
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 7:55AM
to find that the same photo will sell more than once within an hour? I've noticed this has happened to a few of mine. Could it be the same purchaser coming back for a larger version after checking out the smaller?
YinYang
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 8:08AM
Lucky you... That is a good thing, well, it could be the same buyer, but I think a good seller is a good seller, it could just be coincident, it is not that unusual. Now the trick is to get 500 of those.

YinYang
Kombinerki
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 8:18AM
Now the trick is to get 500 of those.


and where I can learn this trick?

(Edited on 2007-03-02 08:19:07 by Kombinerki)
StephanHoerold
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 8:26AM

It's easy. Just shot a bestseller.

 
Posted By Kombinerki:
Now the trick is to get 500 of those.


and where I can learn this trick?

(Edited on 2007-03-02 08:19:07 by Kombinerki)
YinYang
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 8:32AM
Hmmmmm....

If I know the answer to that you would be able to see some major black diamonds next to my name... LOL

YinYang


Posted By Kombinerki:
Now the trick is to get 500 of those.


and where I can learn this trick?

(Edited on 2007-03-02 08:19:07 by Kombinerki)
kelvinjay
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 8:42AM
I get it all the time and it is odd. A photo that hasn't sold at all for months will often be downloaded twice in the same day, often within a couple of hours of each other. The really weird bit is that it's frequently the same size - so not a question of someone buying the XS and then the L versions or whatever.

So far my theories to explain it run like this: there's a big company somewhere that gives briefs to a couple of design agencies, which both use iStock and decide that this image is the one for them. Or, maybe a large agency has more than one designer hunting for stuff and buying duplicates - either way Thank you very much!

AYImages
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 8:47AM
I would like to know too
I've noticed the same thing too, images that don't get downloaded very often will suddenly have a bunch of downloads the same day. I don't think it's the same person though, because often they're the same size, sometimes 2-3 in a row.
ProArtWork
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 8:51AM

It has happen to me many times. Many times in a matter of minutes.
lisafx
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 8:58AM
It has happened to me fairly often on my most popular photos. Of course that makes sense - it is how they got to be popular

Just enjoy it. You are obviously doing something right!
JaiGieEse
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 9:02AM
Never look a gift download in the...er...well, you know...
lagereek
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 9:10AM
Yep! Ive noticed this all the time. It starts with a small and pretty soon a larger ( same image ) or vice-versa. Could be that the image is featured twice in the same broschure or whatever, half page or something and the smaller as a thumbnail etc.
diane39
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 9:20AM
It does happen quite frequently...I just wish they wouldn't dissappear from the "last download" list when it does.
gaffera
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 9:27AM
it has happen to me several times -
gecko753
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 9:43AM

When it happens to me, I like to think theres a designer out there who has downloaded a file of mine and thinks, "wow! this file is so amazing, I think I'll buy it a second time!"


At least, that's what I would think...
titaniumdoughnut
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 10:03AM
I assume they're following the rules really well, and more than one designer in the same office needs to use it.
YinYang
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Posted Fri Mar 2, 2007 11:32AM
I have purchase the same file but in difference resolution in some occasions. The way most designers buy stock is that, they either download a free "Comp" image for the design as a sample to layout the design or make a "comp" or "prototype", or in the case of istock, since it is so cheap to buy a low res for making a comp, and you can show them to your clients without the wateramrk, which often confuse them, many designer just buy the low res and if the client like the design, the designer come back and buy a high res of the same image.

There are times, I would buy several low res images for several options in a particular design, and the client choose one, and I go ahead and buy the high res image for the final. In traditional RM and non-Microstock RF stock, the images are expensive enough that I don't usually buy even the low res for comp, I just use the watermark free comp image, but in Microstock, it is nice to have it without the watermark, since it is only a few bucks.

YinYang
dsharpie
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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2007 10:28AM
Posted By tirc83:
to find that the same photo will sell more than once within an hour? I've noticed this has happened to a few of mine. Could it be the same purchaser coming back for a larger version after checking out the smaller?




One of my new ones uploaded in early Feb has sold 9 times, but three of those were within 24 hours (all X-Small, so not the same buyer). Then it tapered off to twice a week. No explanation, other than new shots show up higher in Best Search? Or maybe it's the effect of someone rating your file, pushing it up in the searches for a brief time so more people saw it within that time period? Who knows?...


Or maybe it happened on a traffic spike day here like Feb 20? Several of us had Best Day Ever on the 20th, as reported in the Feb statistics thread, and someone pointed out that Alexa shows a spike in internet traffic coming to iStockPhoto on that day.


Dave in St. Pete, FL (dsharpie)

(Edited on 2007-03-03 10:40:50 by dsharpie)
nano
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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2007 6:22PM
I wondered about this a couple of years ago. I saw the same file get dl 5X within minutes. I surmised that it could have been a bunch of students in a classroom after doing some poking around.
kandinskybefore1920
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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2007 6:37PM

I've got that Tom Jones song running in my head..."It's Not Unusual"....


"to sell a photo multiple times in an hour..." ba da da da da daaaa


 tirc83, I don't know if its Usual (Un)usual, but its pretty sweet to make the sales!


~ Will
phcore
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Posted Sat Mar 3, 2007 6:44PM
Posted By tirc83:
to find that the same photo will sell more than once within an hour? I've noticed this has happened to a few of mine. Could it be the same purchaser coming back for a larger version after checking out the smaller?
same happend to me  too...
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