Is distribution necessary? in Stock photography discussion and contributor experience Posted August 29, 2014 Surely the bottom line is Alamy's business model. They are in a position to assess whether distributors add value to their business. They have seen the need to open local offices in the USA and Germany which would suggest that local representation increases sales. Languages, taxes exchange control, competition, politics etc will undoubtably also influence their decision. dov I agree. I also agree that opening local offices abroad is a much better way (from the photographers' point of view at least) to increase sales. I do, however, realise that opening offices in 200-300 countries is perhaps impractical.