Recession and Dreamstime Survey

As everyone one knows we have been bombarded with news about the Financial Collapse and the Global Recession. And I'm sure it has affected everyone in one way or another. But how has it affected Dreamstime and your sales? From all the improvements and features added to Dreamstime, it seems like Dreamstime is thriving. You would think that the advertising budgets of businesses and companies have shrunk so sales in theory should be down for Dreamstime during this time of crisis. But maybe more companies are moving to microstock photos instead of hiring photographers for their advertising projects which is actually giving Dreamstime a boost. Just like how Dollarama and The Dollar Stores are thriving. Maybe with the devaluing of the US dollar, Dreamstime is getting more international exposure and sales.

© Farang
My sales have actually gone up during this time. But then again my portfolio is rather small.

I'm interested to see how others are doing during this time of "crisis". So this blog is more of a Survey than anything. So let's hear how you are doing.


Photo credits: Farang, Christos Georghiou, Stephen Vanhorn.

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October 13, 2009


It's interesting hearing how others are doing. There are definitely some very good points. It's seems like right now the edge is sales have gone up. Not too many comments about sales going down. Way to go dreamstime. Keeping very competitive in the recession.

October 13, 2009


I believe overall sales only fall in the beginning of recessions, and for what I've seen they may fall hard. Then they level and begin to rise slowly. But this may be only my interpretation.
For me and for the last few months: July was BME, like 3 times average sales, don't have a clue why! August was the very worst month of the year. Sept was average and October might be a little above average. On average the last year sales have risen a little, but since my port doubled and sales didn't go up nothing like that ... not that good I'm afraid.

October 11, 2009


September was a BME for me on Dreamstime - about twice as much as any other month. So far this month has been slow, but I have a very small portfolio so that probably doesn't mean much. I think sales will pick up as the economy improves - I just need to get some more images online.

October 10, 2009


My sales too have gone up despite a small portfolio. Last month was my BME :)

October 10, 2009


I thnik recession it's affecting me, only 1 sale on the last two days, I usually have 4 or 5 sales a day

October 10, 2009


Hi I'm Hakan, my sales on dreamstime have not affected by the economic recession. Because in my opinion, the sales on dreamstime have nothing to do with the bail out. In a simple logic, if the sales of the companies going down then they should pay more attention to the advertising so,this means to use more photos :-),and your sales on dreamstime should go upward. So, whether it is affected by economic crisis or not, my sales are going upward because I know how to sell my photos on dreamstime, that is the point.

October 09, 2009


Sounds like the edge is now in favour of increasing sales through the recession.

October 09, 2009


 Financial Figures 
my sales slightly gone up as well.

October 09, 2009


in the last few months i have actually done pretty well in sales overall. I have a small portfolio, but in relation to my other months on here, over the summer i did well!!!

October 08, 2009


I've only got a small portfolio but my sales have been going up every month. I agree with Stanley, that I've been learning so much since I joined here, the sales are just the icing on the cake :0)

October 08, 2009


So far it seems the consensus is split 50/50. We'll see how it pans out when more people comment. It would be interesting to see some of the veteran's to DT and Admin to respond. They'll probably give us a better idea.

October 08, 2009


My sales have been spotty since the beginning of the
I'm hopong for an
   Up swing   
and ultimately a full
For now I'm just trying to make the best of it.

October 08, 2009


some good sales too .. but quite slow this month .. I'm also a beginner with a mini portfolio so I'm not sure what my 2 cents is worth .. still :)

October 08, 2009


Money can be part of a motivation but it's not everything.
I am a beginner with a small portolio and yes, some good sales !
What i like the most about Dreamstime that in the past 4 weeks
my learning curve has been going fast , i am making images now and I
''see things'' that I never expected make or see....

It's great.....

Stanley - from Amsterdam.

October 08, 2009


Well, I joined Dreamstime in full crisis...Let's say it can be better!

October 08, 2009


Well in fact, my sales has gone up, in spite of my small portfolio. as you said agencies have gone towards microstock than hire photographer an models.

October 08, 2009


This is an interesting argument. Until now also my my sales gone up. :-)

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