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  1. Ok, So we all know that the rates for images are falling but hey, we are all to blame in someway, why? Because we all use open forums where the topic of dismal pricing is openly discussed, buyers who were happy enough to pay a commercial rate for an image a few times a year, now have access to forums such as this. Result they feel shafted and then say they will only pay the lower price. We need to do a number of things, either have the Alamy forum locked to contributors only, where things can be spoken of freely or we all start plastering forums with stories about how great it is we got €200 per image for magazine feature, do this and we set the perceived market price. Think about this if your supermarket had products at one price on the shelf and then a poster on the door saying "guess what, your being shafted, we supply some customers way lower than the checkout price", how long do you think the supermarket would be in business or the queues at customer service would be seeking the heavy discounts? I have said it before, the internet is great but it is too open and drives distribution channels to the point that picture libraries are now. In reality if you asked most company owners, marketing managers how much a full page image for a brochure should be, they would not be able to tell you, but a few clicks around the forums and hey presto they know its 7-20 dollars!
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