Phil Robinson Posted August 27, 2014 Share Posted August 27, 2014 I think most people feel the same when they see a good sale then realise it's via a distributor and they lose a painful amount in commission. The argument is that it gets extra sales that wouldn't have gone to Alamy. But is that true? Alamy now has 50m images and, thanks to Alamy, so do all its distributors. Customers go to the distributors because they know they can find 50m Alamy images there - so they don't go direct to Alamy. The internet is global, that's sort of the point of it. The picture-buying market is mostly English-speaking, because photographers and agencies alike know that English is the global language and they have a much better chance of finding the image they want if they search in English. Keyword translation DOES NOT WORK. Why does the world's biggest image collection need distributors? if these distributors around the world lost Alamy's 50m images, they would lose most of their customers too - who would know that Alamy is just a mouse click away. Prices are plummeting because of competition. But a lot of that is agencies competing against themselves with THE SAME IMAGES. If you can find and buy the same picture at three different places, you are going to negotiate the cheapest price between them. The only winners are the customer and the small libraries who, without acting as agents, would probably go out of business, leaving a smaller number of agents competing against each other on the quality of their collection. We all know who the losers are. Any thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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