When Did The Price of Stock Photos Triple?

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I clearly recall buying photos from iStockphoto and Dreamstime for about $1 each. Now, they run from $2.95 for a small one all the way up to $19 for some. It seems like overnight, they all raised their rates dramatically.

Anyone have any reasonably priced alternatives?
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  • That's nuts. I remember looking at those sites quite a while back and being surprised at how much everything costed.

    I'd recommend photodune. They have some really low prices, and a ton of selection based on what I've seen
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  • Profile picture of the author WillST
    Ditto, I found an awesome photo I could use, clicked on it to see how much the resolution was that I wanted - $130!!!!

    Ridiculous!
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    • Profile picture of the author Bruce Wedding
      I just found depositphotos.com and they're 50 cents for small, web-sized photos. My new home
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      • Profile picture of the author Cee
        Originally Posted by Bruce Wedding View Post

        I just found depositphotos.com and they're 50 cents for small, web-sized photos. My new home
        This thread showed up at just the right time since I'm looking for images for my eBook. The free images are not always high-quality and the paid ones way too expensive. I just looked at depositphotos.com and they have some really nice images. So thanks for the tip.
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      • Profile picture of the author JackieGold
        Originally Posted by Bruce Wedding View Post

        I just found depositphotos.com and they're 50 cents for small, web-sized photos. My new home
        Great find - just signed up. Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author 3dy
        Originally Posted by Bruce Wedding View Post

        I just found depositphotos.com and they're 50 cents for small, web-sized photos. My new home
        I second this. DepositPhotos and PhotoDune seem to be the best sources of cheap stock photos at the moment.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillST
    Bruce Wedding - you hero!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Lynn
    I know what you mean. They definitely have raised their rates. I'm going to look into that website you mentioned...
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  • Profile picture of the author webdesignnomad
    Yeah, I've noticed too!
    I didn't realize exactly when it happened, it sort of snuck up on me!
    I'd be interested in a cheaper alternative too
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
    Not sure when. But I am not suprised, considering how many people abuse the image licensing.

    For awhile there you could actually get images, and use them in templates, such as headers and minisites, from certain image sites.

    But that is long gone now.

    I have a great place I get my images from, for a great rate, like around $7.00 for the whole year......
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Bruce Wedding View Post

      I clearly recall buying photos from iStockphoto and Dreamstime for about $1 each. Now, they run from $2.95 for a small one all the way up to $19 for some. It seems like overnight, they all raised their rates dramatically.

      Anyone have any reasonably priced alternatives?
      Yeah, what do they think they're selling? Gasoline?

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  • Hi Guys and Gals,

    iStockPhoto was recently bought by Getty Images for a sizeable sum, so perhaps it's no coincidence that the prices have had to go up to make it worthwhile.

    Warmest regards,

    Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author kencalhn
    i find it very odd that so many services are raising their prices a lot during the world's worst recession, compared to pre-recession pricing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tovuti
    IStockphoto's prices jumped up about a year ago. I use to buy all my images from them but but I found a cheaper option. Check out 123rf.com. You can get most pictures (even Vectors!) for about $1.00.
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  • Profile picture of the author vgvetter
    Bruce,

    Here's a place you may like..

    morgueFile free photos for creatives by creatives

    Vern
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  • Profile picture of the author JackieGold
    I just spent a good amount of time selecting and purchases images from depositphotos.com
    I am super-impressed! Good selection and quality of images at lowest rates and an easy to use UI. This was a great find on the WF for me today!
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  • Profile picture of the author centurion81
    Originally Posted by 3dy View Post

    I second this. DepositPhotos and PhotoDune seem to be the best sources of cheap stock photos at the moment.
    Count my vote - photodune.net is good right now...

    I agree though, the price seems to going up and up...it's surprising since there are so many vendors.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    I was using istock photo a few months back and felt absolutely sick paying those prices for images

    So i went looking for another place that i could get quality images from instead

    I ended up stumbling onto Royalty-Free Stock Photos, Illustrations & Vector Art | Depositphotos®

    all i mainly use the images for is my blog and each image costs me $.50 which is just awesome

    if any of you are fed up getting ripped off from istock then check out depositphotos they are a great site and it`s very easy to use and with a very good selection of images

    paul
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  • Profile picture of the author BlueOak
    from someone who loves photography and did many hours of research into stock photos..lemme tell ya, it's WAY WAY too cheap!!!

    The websites keep the majority of the money, sometimes you even have to pay fees to join. They are very strict about what goes and what does not. You may hire a model for a day ($300), rent a studio ($200), maybe equipment ($300), then spend an entire day shooting 1000 photos, then a week editing them and picking the best 100..... just to have them all rejected by the website because they already have enough of that style or some other silly reason like they don't like the lighting. Most of the time they won't even tell you why they rejected them!

    The stock photo business was headed into a death spiral and was about to crash. The price adjustment saved it from doom. The photos are now targeted to more traditional outlets, like magazines, ad companies, and newspapers who don't mind paying $100 for a photo.

    It used to take 1,000 photos to make any real money, then it was 2,000, then 4,000, then 6,000....you see how it was going. Hopefully photographers can make a living again.

    But what are we (internet marketers) to do? We have to use the lower end sites. I think the difference in prices among sites is a very good thing, it gives everyone a chance to make money.
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