29 May 2007 Crestock
In recent correspondence with one of the top microstock contributors, he queried why I wasn’t using Crestock. He said he was generating double the amount of revenue with them than with some of the other microstock agencies I was using. A referral from one of the industries top performers carries a lot of weight so I took a closer look.
Crestock is a website I’d heard about in my online travels, but I had assumed they were in the third-tier trying to break into the second. With this recommendation and direct favorable comparison to some of my second-tier microstock agencies, I’ve adjusted my perception. Let’s take a look:
|Image Stats||Not found|
|Minimum Image Size||2400 x 1600|
|Vectors||Yes: EPS, AI & Flash|
|Licenses||Standard Royalty Free|
|Compensation||20% for credit sales (rises to 30% after 100 sales), or $0.25 for subscription sales|
|Pricing||Single images (from $5), subscriptions, and credits|
|Payment Methods||PayPal, Moneybookers & Check|
|Payment Delay||Information unavailable|
|Application Process||None. Just start contributing.|
|Upload Methods||HTML, Flash and FTP|
|Delete images?||You need to contact support|
My Comments on Crestock
Crestock have a nice website. All of the usual features are there in a clear and clean layout. Their upload process is great. I was able to upload 23 images in no time and was always clear of where I was in the process and what was next. There are no upload limits.
I’m keen on referral programs and Crestock don’t have one.
It’s a forgone conclusion as I’ve already signed up. I uploaded 23 of my best images using their very impressive upload process. 22 were rejected. By their own admission Crestock reject a lot of photos that other microstock agencies don’t, and they weren’t kidding. Not being a highly skilled photographer I can take the rejection for what it is and use it as motivation to improve my skills and knowledge. For microstockers with good portfolios, Crestock is a good option. This is still largely based on the recommendation I mentioned above in terms of earnings performance. In terms of their website and processes, they’ve done some excellent work. In terms of their profile and exposure online, they’re still second tier. Let’s watch and see if they can climb.