28 Apr 2007 123RoyaltyFree
123RoyaltyFree, commonly known as 123rf, was around when I first started selling photos online. My original popularity test told me it wasn’t a good investment of my time, but I’m starting to see a lot of other microstockers experiencing pleasing results with them.
The 123rf website has the appearance of an established market participant, complete with all the bells and whistles. An initial investigation shows the numbers are starting to look good. So, it’s time to reconsider my original decision about 123rf.
|700,000 images at time of review (over 17,000,000 at Dec 2012)
|Standard Royalty Free. Extended Licenses for Multi Seat and Resale Items, but Unlimited Reproductions are included in the standard license.
|50% for credits and 36 cents for subscription sales
|Scales per size, starting at $1, or subscription
|PayPal, MoneyBookers, Check
|$50 paid automatically on 15th of following month
|15% of buyer purchases and 10% of contributor sales for six months
|None, just start uploading
|FTP, web form
|English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Taiwanese
|San Francisco, CA. USA (Operational HQ in Malaysia)
|Fully owned by traditional stock agency Inmagine
The 123rf website is great. The layout is clear and all the information you’d expect to find is there. The agency is owned by one of the larger traditional stock photography companies, Inmagine.
I have no complaints about 123rf who I feel are doing a fine job with their website and creating some success with their agency. My only reservation with them is their popularity and turnover. I hope that given their website and technology seem solid they’re now concentrating on marketing and building their customer base. I will sign up with 123rf and upload a selection of images and watch. If the images sell sufficiently well I will continue to invest.