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Out of curiosity, I checked my images sold in the past 12 months.

File numbers beginning with A, 12% of those sold in the past 12 months.

File numbers beginning with B = 32%

44% of my sales were of images a bit long in the tooth.

Cool beans.

 

How about yours?

Betty

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4% of my last twelve months' sales were As, 6% were Bs - don't know that there's much to be learned from this!

 

Alex

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Just over  50% for A & B, and then it is fairly evenly spread up to F. I have not been submitting much in last year or so. The most frequently sold image (3 times) was shot on film in around 1990 and was part of my first Alamy submission in 2002.

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Only 7% Bs, I wasn't here for As.

I keep a log by year rather than letter- 15% are before 2011. Three-quarters from the last 4 years. 2012 has been my best year three years running but that's mostly just a matter of upload volume, I think, although Dubai and another small monopoly of mine did help.

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It doesn't sound like your images are negatively dated, Betty . . . but I haven't heard anyone say "cool beans" since the late '60s. 

 

Sadly, I can't do percentages. I used to know how, then I bought a calculator that did them, then I lost the calculator.  :unsure:

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Strange month, very strange ... still, these too could just be cool beans ...

 

8% = A    (8.333 % if you're being picky)

8% = D        "                         "

8% = G        "                         "

75% = E

 

 

Far out man!

:D

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I have a pretty hip grandson that says cool beans. What goes around, comes around, I guess.

My point is this. I once was tempted to clean up my port. Get rid of old images that perhaps weren't developed as well as what I'm doing now. Thought maybe it would help CTR.

Paying attention tells me that these older images are still worthy. They might not license as often as the newer ones, but they still license. One of the older images that sold recently brought my highest dollar amount over several months.

Not that it was any great shakes amount, but I'll take it.

(How old is "great shakes"?) ;)

Edited by Betty LaRue

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Ah American slang! I see the term "hipster" has reappeared, but the meaning has changed since we used it in the '40-'50s to described a person who liked and understood jazz. 

 

I'm getting ready to some culling of my collection, but only a handful of images I don't like. Do more images mean more sales, is this a numbers game? That has to be a big part of the story. 

 

October has fallen off slightly for me, but 2016 has been my best by far with Alamy.   :)

 

"Great shakes"? Are you referring to milk shakes?

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What's old? Nearly 50% of my licenses this year were A or B image codes which goes back to around 2006. I often get the feeling that some images need to "marinate" before they begin to sell. On the other hand, about a third of licenses were for film images that were shot in 2001 or earlier. They haven't all been on Alamy as long but these archival images continue to be licensed. One in particular, with an E code, was shot in 1993. It was licensed twice in one week this summer by different clients.

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Golly gee whiz. Didn't we have this discussion about old images just recently (can't find the thread)?

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My last 12 months:

 

D = 51%

E = 16%
F = 1%
G = 1%
S = 31%
 
I joined in October, 2012.

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A's,B's and C's remain my biggest sellers. Lately, though, I've seen an increase in the number of D's, E's and F's licensing, which is encouraging. I'm hoping that many of these newer images must be "marinated" sufficiently now.

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My last 12 months:

 

A = 23%

B = 16%

C = 22%

D = 4%

E = 15%

F = 19%

G = 1%

 

I am pleased with the F results as I am trying to fill in the gaps and it seems to be working.

Edited by gvallee

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Guess "my beans" are a bit past old..

most of my licenses are from images

shot on RDP and PKR in the 80's and 90's

with a few 70's and a very small number

of "new millenniumum" images shot digital

thrown in...

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Golly gee whiz. Didn't we have this discussion about old images just recently (can't find the thread)?

 

Yes, John. We did. But it was more of a "do they sell?"  Rather than percentages, which tells us more than "does an old dinosaur license once in awhile," but actually make up a decent percentage of current sales!

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Sold two today - one was a B, one of my very first images and the other was a C. Sale earlier this month was an F. 

That's about the same average for the past year - about 2/3rds older images, B & C and the rest E & F (mostly F).  Alamy also collected on some infringements, but I'm too lazy to try and figure out those Letters. Nice to know the old stuff is still selling, and just as nice to know new stuff is selling too. 

Edited by Marianne

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I'm not going to do a full analysis but looking at just the last two months, there were 15 As, 6 Bs and 2 Cs The As & Bs were scans from my considerable 40 year archive and the couple of Cs were digital originals. So, yes, of course earlier work still sells. By all means chuck a few out if you feel the need, or want to update but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

 

I'm relieved to see a few of the more recent digital originals sell, but will they buy me that new K-1? I doubt it, but I'm not ready to just stand still yet

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Certainly eye-balling Sept and Octobers sales the % are as follows:

 

A- 9%

B- 20%

C- 34%

D- 17%

E- 12.7%

F- 7.3%

G- 3.5%

 

Kumar

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Interesting.

It might pay for me to look at my older ones to see if redeveloping them wouldn't make them better.

I'd also like a picture of Philippe's closet. I haven't seen any prehistoric clothes since I cleaned out my own closet last week.

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Philiippe can probably get away with the odd lumberjack shirt in Belgium, but too many people know I'm Canadian and burst into a rendition of Michael Palin's "I'm a Lumberjack and I'm all-right..." if they catch me in one. In fact, Michael was a neighbour in NW London for some years but refrained from the ditty. Jane is a pretty smart dresser; thankfully, most people are too kind to make cruel comments about the tramp tagging along beside. Perhaps we do look a strange couple. Betty, you don't want to know what treasures I have in my closet!

Edited by Robert M Estall

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You are all maybe missing the point. It is all about HOW MANY images did you submit in the different years. If you submitted lots of shots in the year  C then you probably have more "C" sales.

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Interesting.

It might pay for me to look at my older ones to see if redeveloping them wouldn't make them better.

I'd also like a picture of Philippe's closet. I haven't seen any prehistoric clothes since I cleaned out my own closet last week.

 

reconstruction-of-cro-magnon-man-sculpte

 

Come on, don't tell me my clothes are THAT outdated :huh:

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

 

Don't throw out your spears and sabre-toothed tiger vests yet. They could be staged to make a big fashion-statement comeback. My tattered old button-down shirts are now all the rage again. B)

Edited by John Mitchell
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You are all maybe missing the point. It is all about HOW MANY images did you submit in the different years. If you submitted lots of shots in the year  C then you probably have more "C" sales.

 

That's a good point. It also can be a matter of different subject matter. A lot of my older images -- the ones that continue to sell well -- were shot with a specific market in mind in places that I don't have easy access to any longer.

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You are all maybe missing the point. It is all about HOW MANY images did you submit in the different years. If you submitted lots of shots in the year  C then you probably have more "C" sales.

Yes, this matters. I didn't submit many images during the time A and B reigned. I've submitted half my port in the last two years. So that makes my percentages of older images licensed in the last year look even better.

Now I need to take another look at those to see what's different from what I'm doing now.

Not that my recent images are duds...they are licensing, too.

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