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dcdp
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013 7:31PM
Posted By jeangill:
Not funny, Dave, at least to me. You can't criticise istock for losing customers and for trying to keep them; for charging too much and for giving discounts. You know how competitive the stock world is.


Steep discounts for certain buyers to keep them indicates to me the buyer thinks prices are too high. If that is the case iStock should be listening to buyers and lowering prices generally not just for huge customers. Huge customers were little customers once upon a time, iStock has burnt off the little customers with prices. Look at how software companies do it, they charge lower prices for academic buyers so when they get jobs they are familiar with the product and able to buy the full priced product. iStock does the oppposite. It shuns the little buyers and makes large discounts for the ones most likely to be able to pay.


However, there are discounts and there are discounts. 37c credits represents around a 75% discount on the cheapest available price. Even if the person is buying 100,000 credits it doesn't seem good business sense to me - it is on par with selling Vetta ELs to Google for $30 - $60 each
dcdp
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013 11:39PM
Today has been the best day for me for $$ this week!
jeangill
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013 11:46PM
Yay - got me another Designer Spotlight and 5 free credits, for the Bladesong jacket  http://www.istockphoto.com/design_spotlight_details.php?ID=34486
brittak
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013 12:30AM
Congratulations!
lostinbids
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013 4:01AM
I am hoping there is some pick up going on.  I had my best week for DLs since last september. The first time I have been over 100 dls since then (I do not include the week where all the missing subscription downloads were added onto the stats).  I am trying to work out if it is because there is a general up turn or because I am working harder.  I guess we will have to wait and see...
dcdp
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013 5:37AM
Great news Jo. I hope it continues to pick up for you!
PaulaConnelly
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013 1:57PM
I also had the best week last week in 17 weeks!  I hope I haven't jinxed it now and that things will pick up.  Having said that, I've blanked so far this weekend.


I had something of a stressy week last week, so when I woke up yesterday and saw the sun was shining I took off for a weekend's walking with my camera.  Yesterday was glorious and I climbed a hill I've had on my "to climb" list for a long while.  It isn't exactly Kilimanjaro, but I intend it to be the first of many this year and it was a good start.


This is it, Roseberry Topping in North Yorkshire (also known as Odin's Hill).  Although I came down the gentler path to the right of the photo, I climbed up the rock face on the left which was slippery and a bit of a challenge.  Someone had just fallen off and as we arrived an air ambulance helicopter was circling.  I was hoping for some editorials, but don't think any I've got are good enough (helicopter just looks like a big fly!).  Today wasn't as sunny but perfect for a 10 mile hike over the moors.  Trouble with that is, even though the light wasn't good enough for pics, I still had to lug the camera along!


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Felt really good to get the camera out of the house smile

(Edited on 2013-03-03 14:01:41 by PaulaConnelly)
AlasdairJames
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013 4:10PM

^ I'm very envious of your weekend Paula, it sounds perfect. Roseberry Topping looks beautiful.


Congratulations on your great week Jo. 
brittak
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013 5:54PM

Paula, congratulations on climbin your private Kilimanjaro, you really needed a break.


Jo, hope your luck continues. looks as if the new images are getting a chance these days. Unfortunately I have uploaded almost only Editorials laterly and they are not big sellers.


Funny weather here, after a very hot and humid period it has now turned windy and cooler and yesterday it rained the whole afternoon - evening. Probably my fault as I had started the day by giving the flowers on the terrace a good watering and then ran the washmashine and put everything out to dry.


Invited to friends for bridge and dinner in the evening and had to bring an umbrella going to the next house. Had a very pleasant evening with good cards, and good food.


 
TheCrimsonMonkey
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013 6:48PM
Hey, you guys ever had kale chips?  I made a bunch to shoot, and I can't stop eating them, they're so good.
dcdp
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Posted Sun Mar 3, 2013 7:27PM
I've had potato chips, sweet potato chips and even beetroot chips, but never kale chips.
PaulaConnelly
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 4:02AM
Has anyone else noted a BM shift?  My more recent stuff is much nearer the top this morning.
Empato
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 4:06AM
Just noticed that myself Paula, my solitary recent upload is on the top line of my portfolio sorted by BM.
TadejZupancic
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 4:07AM
Posted By PaulaConnelly:
Has anyone else noted a BM shift?  My more recent stuff is much nearer the top this morning.


I am waiting for the sales to show me the difference.


As I expected, after BDE Thursday, I had a blank Friday and also the weekend (nothing unusual lately). I hope things start to pick up. My balance will change today if the GI sales are processed, but I also hope to get something from here.
PaulaConnelly
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 5:38AM
A quick recipe question.  I'm going to bake the banana bread in the recipe request thread.  I would normally serve a loaf like that as buttered slices.  Would you butter a slice of banana bread in the US? 
cmannphoto
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 5:42AM

I am not a fan of banana bread but I have seen butter used by others here in the Northeast US.


 
PaulaConnelly
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 6:05AM
Thanks Charlie.  I  guess I have a couple options when I think about it, to shoot it with and without.
jeangill
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 6:13AM

I didn't think about that, Paula - I've always seen it without butter, so that's how I was going to shoot it, and was introduced to it by an American friend at uni - no butter. The Requests mag is South Carolina, if that helps any! I don't know if I'll get round to the banana bread as the carrot cake will add enough kilos as it is - the carrot cake is a lovely recipe though. Nice that you're getting out and about with the camera again - beautiful region.


May your good days/weeks keep coming Jo - and everyone else's return! Yep, new BM - looks more balanced/better for buyers - better get uploading again!
PaulaConnelly
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 9:28AM
Thanks for that Jean.  I'll see how many I can take without butter before I start eating it, then may try a few with as well, which is how I would eat it.  I could do without the extra calories too, but I know I won't be able to resist.  I got plenty of exercise at the weekend, but we stayed at an inn which served the most delicious food (like slow roasted belly pork) and local ales.  Damage done already!
jml5571
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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2013 9:55AM
I can tell you this All-American banana bread eater always puts butter on her banana bread slices! Wouldn't have it, couldn't have it any other way!
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