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Achilles
Admin
We are about to celebrate our seventh anniversary and we look forward to a new fruitful period here at Dreamstime. To celebrate this, we are releasing a large array of new features and upgrades meant to consolidate our position as a leader in stock photography and also to improve sales.



Although still young, we've managed to establish a tradition of innovative and unique features throughout time and to continue in the same spirit, we bring you an upgraded price structure, additional licenses, a special lightbox feature, and new subscription plans.



The new price structure that is to be launched today brings a "new guy in town", level 0!



   Columns and fronton   



As you can see, a new level has been introduced for images without any downloads (for now, new customers only):

- The first download will continue to sell at the price we've had so far, while the next will have the previous level 2 pricing. Higher levels shifted towards files with less sales (e.g. now: 1-4 downloads, before: 5-9 downloads).

- First download awards a 25/27.5% royalty (non-excl. contributors), while the next ones stay the same, but at higher prices.

- Exclusive royalties remain unchanged.

- Level 5 files sell now for a maximum of 19 credits (previously 17 credits).

- Level 0 subscriptions remain at 1 download. The average price per download for subs awards an average of $0.50 (non exclusives). Adding extra downloads here would only make this this product less attractive for the buyers.



We expect most files to continue to sell at better pricing under the new level, while any additional downloads will bring better revenue to the contributors (as much as triple for extra small files). The increase is high for lower levels and diminishes for higher ones.



Two brand new licenses go live today: SR-EL1 and SR-EL3. They are in fact extended RF licenses awarding an unlimited print run and exclusivity for a specific time interval (1 year or 3 years). In order to keep things simple, their value is based on the price set for SR-EL (hence the name). Files are automatically disabled after purchase and automatically re-enabled once the license expires. At that time, the designer is allowed to continue to use the file, but will lose exclusivity. Full details here. These licenses are automatically available for all files that already have SR-EL enabled.



A new experimental feature, "Choose your price", gets launched today for a limited number of customers. This feature is available for downloads via lightboxes and is consequently targeting volume buyers. Designers will be allowed to set their own pricing for the files they prepare to download. The feature is using an elaborated algorithm that ensures that contributors receive royalties above minimum required (credit-based). The price that is set by the designer will be split between the agency and the contributors according to each file's level and per our royalties chart.



Three new weekly subscriptions are added today for designers with short-term projects to complete. With the weekly option, subscribers are able to download up to 10, 25 or 50 images per day. While the product is almost identical to our current monthly subscription, the abbreviated subscription is available at a lower cost.



later edit:

April Fool's joke combined with 10% discount: Considering the anniversary as well as price increase, we've decided to offer all our imagery free of charge for the day. Designers or simple members will be able to download any images for free, promoting the site to their business partners, associates or friends. This is available only for a 24 hour window on April 1st 2011 and should allow everyone to adjust to the new price structure.




Dream for more, everything is possible today!

Edited: 04/04/2011, 09:25:11 AM by Admin
Stuartkey
You guys... :)
Posted: 04/01/2011, 03:30:22 AM
Paulcowan
I take it the SR-EL 1&2 are only applicable to exclusive files, or at least those which have SR activated. It looks good. The free download day worries me a bit, doesn't it open the door to legalised theft of our portfolios?
lens, 24-70 f2.8L, 1-5X 65mm macro lens and twin flash, 100mm f2.8L m...
Edited: 04/01/2011, 03:33:17 AM
Nicku

Originally posted by Paulcowan:
Quoted Message: I take it the SR-EL 1&2 are only applicable to exclusive files, or at least those which have SR activated. It looks good. The free download day worries me a bit, doesnt it open the door to legalised theft of our portfolios?




:))
100mm f/2.8 USM, Quad core Workstation PC with 8Gb of RAM and Nvidia ...
Edited: 04/01/2011, 04:26:59 AM
Chimeandsense
Dream for more, everything is possible today!
Posted: 04/01/2011, 03:38:43 AM
Paulcowan

Originally posted by Nicku:
Quoted Message: @Paulcowan... free download is a joke.....




Is the whole thing a joke, then? It's not very wise for agencies to make jokes about our livelihoods.
lens, 24-70 f2.8L, 1-5X 65mm macro lens and twin flash, 100mm f2.8L m...
Posted: 04/01/2011, 03:44:47 AM
Godfer

Originally posted by Paulcowan:
Quoted Message: Is the whole thing a joke, then? It`s not very wise for agencies to make jokes about our livelihoods.


I think it is probably just the free downloads that is a joke. I don't think that they would go to the bother of making all those charts if it is was a joke.

Anyway the new pricing and levels sounds good to me :)
Canon 5D MK II
Edited: 04/01/2011, 04:12:49 AM
Bbbar
Great job!
NIKON D800,D70,D90,D300S,NIKON F80,NIKKOR AF-S35/1.4G,AF50/1.8D,AFS24-...
Edited: 04/01/2011, 04:38:36 AM
Nicku
Its very welcome the new week sub. feature and limited SR-EL. I don't know about the higher level credit pricing but this will compensate with the new subs. packages ..... is good for us (contributors) , DT and buyers. From now on will see much more sub. sales but higher revenue in credit sales.... its even...
100mm f/2.8 USM, Quad core Workstation PC with 8Gb of RAM and Nvidia ...
Edited: 04/01/2011, 03:58:02 AM
Mrallen
I do NOT like the idea of free downloads for the day. I'm in this game to make money, not give my work away. Why were we not consulted before they went ahead with this daft idea. We should have been given the right to 'opt out' . I made $26 yesterday from 18 sales, and this was when people had to pay. Just think how many downloads I might get and income I might loose if they can get my images for free!! NOT HAPPY !!



WE ALL NEED TO BOMBARD DT WITH E-MAILS TO TELL THEM OF OUR DISGUST AT FORCING THIS ON US.
of Canon lenses and accessories from 15mm fisheye to 500mm telephoto....
Posted: 04/01/2011, 03:59:52 AM
Grisho
Admin

Originally posted by Mrallen:
Quoted Message: I do NOT like the idea of free downloads for the day. I`m in this game to make money, not give my work away. Why were we not consulted before they went ahead with this daft idea. We should have been given the right to `opt out` . I made $26 yesterday from 18 sales, and this was when people had to pay. Just think how many downloads I might get and income I might loose if they can get my images for free!! NOT HAPPY !!WE ALL NEED TO BOMBARD DT WITH E-MAILS TO TELL THEM OF OUR DISGUST AT FORCING THIS ON US.




Hey, images are free for you too. Go download some :)
Fuji X10-T, 10-24, 90/2
Posted: 04/01/2011, 04:05:23 AM
Stuartkey
Hee hee.

Edited: 04/01/2011, 04:28:33 AM
Mrallen
I'm a professional photographer, what do I want to download other peoples images for ?? I have no use for them what so ever.
of Canon lenses and accessories from 15mm fisheye to 500mm telephoto....
Posted: 04/01/2011, 04:10:25 AM
Mrallen
Are we sure it's a joke?? It is the sort of daft thing they might do!
of Canon lenses and accessories from 15mm fisheye to 500mm telephoto....
Posted: 04/01/2011, 04:11:45 AM
Nicku
''And with the new pricing system and week/subs. we will increase the upload limit too'' :)





100mm f/2.8 USM, Quad core Workstation PC with 8Gb of RAM and Nvidia ...
Edited: 04/01/2011, 04:24:58 AM
Godfer

Originally posted by Mrallen:
Quoted Message: Are we sure it`s a joke?? It is the sort of daft thing they might do!


Yes , go and try and download one and see what happens
Canon 5D MK II
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Mrallen
It would seem it is a joke (Ha Ha) as I have just made some sales. Not a very funny joke though.
of Canon lenses and accessories from 15mm fisheye to 500mm telephoto....
Posted: 04/01/2011, 04:17:15 AM
Cristalloid
I need to buy a new calendar because I have to look if it is April 1st or fools day today... *bigsmile*



Please, please Achilles give us poor people a hint :-D
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Posted: 04/01/2011, 04:43:49 AM
Tamarabauer
Admin
First of all, congratulations to Dreamstime and the wonderful team behind it for 7 successful and productive years!!



I welcome the new changes...full steam ahead, Dreamstimers!! :)
Sony A6000, Sony RX100M3
Edited: 04/01/2011, 05:18:59 AM
Shadow69
Don't know about the rest of it, but I checked out the SR-EL1 and SR-EL3 part by going to the Manage Rights section of the management area. Seems like that part at least is no joke.



Just a question, would it be possible to just select these options seperately from SR-EL? i.e. be willing to limit the SR-EL for 1 or 3 years, but not selling for all time? Right now it seems that is not possible, so either you enable the option for all 3 licenses or for none at all.



Cheers.
Sigma)...
Posted: 04/01/2011, 04:48:38 AM
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