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   I am new to Alamy and with very little experience in stock. I came here because it was the best place I had access to to sell RM images. Of course my thinking was RM offered the best outcome for me financially, especially with my very best work. My question is, if I get an offer I can't refuse for an image that is listed RM at Alamy, how do I proceed? Will Alamy pull a file if I notify them of an exclusive sale? How about a high priced offer for less than exclusive? I do not want to run afoul contractually to anyone, not sure how these things are handled. I haven't uploaded anymore images since my original 4, trying to figure out how all of this works,  selling thru several agencies at the same time, plus my own on line portfolio.

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I think the OP wants to know what to do if he gets an exclusive offer for an image that's already on Alamy.

The answer is that you can delete it here and make it unsearchable, but there might be a sale already in the pipeline.

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Yes space cadet, thank you. My passion is wildlife photography, and I am not sure how well they sell with Alamy, but Alamy seems to be my only option for RM. Most of the RM wildlife agents are either not easily accessible, or require a larger initial portfolio than what I have. I have no idea of the type of fee possible with RM. I also have some things listed RF with an agent that pays much higher than micro or standard RF, but it remains to be seen if things sell there. I do NOT have Alamy RM listed anywhere else, but they can be viewed by prospective buyers along with my entire portfolio, and offers of all types can be made through the agent. With my inexperience in selling I am not sure of anything. Thankful to everyone for their guidance.

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Yes space cadet, thank you. My passion is wildlife photography, and I am not sure how well they sell with Alamy, but Alamy seems to be my only option for RM. Most of the RM wildlife agents are either not easily accessible, or require a larger initial portfolio than what I have. I have no idea of the type of fee possible with RM. I also have some things listed RF with an agent that pays much higher than micro or standard RF, but it remains to be seen if things sell there. I do NOT have Alamy RM listed anywhere else, but they can be viewed by prospective buyers along with my entire portfolio, and offers of all types can be made through the agent. With my inexperience in selling I am not sure of anything. Thankful to everyone for their guidance.

 

Do remember that if you  have the same images listed RF somewhere else, you can't list them RM on Alamy, they also must be listed RF.

 

Jill

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MS are very helpful so they would probably be able to tell you if a sale was pending.  You could then offer exclusivity outside the licence terms granted for that sale.

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Jill, I am aware since joining that I cannot list, or ever have listed, an image as RF and then list as RM with Alamy. Since I have yet to find another RM agency that would work for me, Alamy RM is my sole representative for these images in terms of licensing. My plan was to list my very best as RM, and lesser stuff as RF. And hopefully find a couple good agents for each avenue to give me more sales exposure. So my best work will be with Alamy, not contractually exclusive, but exclusive none the less. If my style and what I shoot does not sell here, then my best never gets licensed. I know everyone faces the same issues, but when your new at this it seems tougher. I have always shot to capture the beauty of what I see, and stock is a bit of a different game I know. I am not going to change my approach much for the sake of stock, so don't figure to ever have the large library that many here have. All I really want to do is generate a bit of income to pay for my equipment, but I refuse to sell my best for 1$ per license.

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Judging from your 4 images: if you have a sizeable collection of natural history images and plan to shoot more of those, there are several established specialist agencies out there that can and do provide better returns (if you have the right material).

 

Do not worry too much about an exclusive offer coming from elsewhere.

 

GI

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    Lack of a large number of quality salable images is the problem. I have been doing photography for over 40 years, used to do weddings many years ago, and have submitted transparencies in the past to various magazines, but mostly what I have done is family stuff, for myself and friends. The few specialists I know of require a couple hundred images for an initial evaluative submission. I do plan on continuing this, so Alamy will get the best as RM. When I get to the point of building a large enough portfolio I hope to find a specialist. Hope to always be with Alamy, because I do other stuff as well, and will be submitting some model release stuff a bit at a time. Just catching up with the digital age the last few years.  I do have a lot of transparencies I need to go through and think about getting them scanned.

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