Do Alamy buyers search elsewhere?
Earlier in August I did an analysis of all the zooms on Alamy in the first half of the month to see if a buyer then searched for, and bought, that image on one of the microstock sites. This post continues that analysis for the rest of the month.
I only uploaded these images from Equatorial Guinea to Alamy and Getty (via Corbis).
This one is a problematic one. I uploaded as editorial to Shutterstock at some point even though it was RM on Alamy. I guess even the best organized photographers make mistakes sometimes! I don’t know if the sale on SS was linked to the Zoom on Alamy – 3 days seems to be a long time?
So, what do we learn from this? Firstly, all the images that sold on Alamy did so without a zoom. The RF ones that sold were available elsewhere, but it seems the buyer did not search elsewhere for a “cheaper” license, which suggests that most buyers on Alamy do so because that is where they license images. Apart from one possible linkage between a zoom and a purchase (as a subscription) on Shutterstock, there is no indication that someone sees an image they like on Alamy and then goes to find that specific image elsewhere. I doubt if this SS license was the same person because it was licensed as part of a subscription package.
This is all pointing to the logic that if an image can be RF, regardless of how “good” or special it is, then it might as well be uploaded to all agencies. As RF images on Alamy get the same earnings on average as RM ones, then the old wisdom that a “great” image should be RM should be consigned to the trash can of history!