Dreamstime is the Worst Micro Stock Company

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#2 Dec 7, 2012
All the micro stock sites are pretty bad now. They have their established photographers and probably don't need any new ones. But in my experience I also felt Dreamstime was far and away the worst. The other companies were professional at least, albeit their joining process was very difficult. With Dreamstime it was easier to join but they also stole some of my photos even though they were copyright. One manager was so arrogant he just said, "Sue us if you don't like it." They know their pockets are deeper than ours. For those who buy photos I would certainly recommend Shutterstock and Istock over Dreamstime too. A friend of mine purchased some photos at Dreamstime and was really upset.
Ripped Off

Bensenville, IL

#3 Dec 10, 2012
Dreamstime burned me and some. I had pretty much the same experiences as the two posters above. The things that stood out the most were their promise in writing to respond to new photos sent to them within 2 days. It's nearly two months now and I'm still waiting. I got a Search Engine virus on my computer that was very bad. Instead of being able to use Google my computer was taken over by a company called Claro which kept directing me to their own sites. Another one called Blekko (sp?) was a problem too. I did a bad review against them but the site deleted my review. I think this whole micro stock stuff is rigged.
Jimmy

Chicago, IL

#4 Dec 10, 2012
I read some reviews on a site called Micro Stock Insider. Nothing but good reviews at first. Now it's just the opposite. Even the people who gave good reviews said that newbies should stay away. Well, who the hell else would sign up?? What a joke!
Reality

Bensenville, IL

#5 Dec 13, 2012
I always stayed away from micro stock photography sites. The commissions they pay are rock bottom. Better to set up your own site and sell photos online. You'll make about 100 times more.
Louis

Wheaton, IL

#6 Dec 19, 2012
This company is a total rip-off! They're worse than politicians. They'll promise you one thing, then do just the opposite.
Foaming at the Mouth

Melrose Park, IL

#7 Jan 5, 2013
I'll join the club. They stole all my photos and gave me a terrible computer virus.
Renee

Montréal, Canada

#8 Jan 7, 2013
I had been planning on using Dreamstime to purchase photos. Glad I read this thread first. If I was smart I wouldn't do business with any American companies.
Reality

Bensenville, IL

#9 Jan 9, 2013
From what I've been reading here and other places, one can conclude micro stock companies are even worse than I thought. They're a big waste of time. And, if you use Dreamstime they'll mess up your computer too. Hope they all go under and hope the people running Dreamstime do prison time.
Julie

Wood Dale, IL

#10 Jan 12, 2013
I know two people who bought photos from Dreamstime. They were very disappointed to put it mildly. They said the photos looked worse than a cheap phone camera once they were downloaded. They tried to get their money back but the people at Dreamstime ignored them. They were screwed out of too small an amount to hire a lawyer. But thought I would still warn others.
Take Action

Des Plaines, IL

#12 Jan 17, 2013
Let's give all their shareholders a link to this site. That should stir the pot a little.
Peter

Laval, Canada

#13 Jan 21, 2013
I order all my photos through Shutterstock.com . They look very professional. I heard Istock is okay too.
Dreamstime is a wannabe which cuts too many corners.
Everything I read in here is true.
Irish Eyes

Columbus, IN

#14 Feb 4, 2013
If you're a photographer. Sell your own photos. You get to keep 100 percent of whatever you sell. These micro stock companies are more convenient. But can they be trusted? It appears certainly not Dreamstime. lol
Fotolia Rocks

Columbus, IN

#15 Feb 4, 2013
Fotolia is a good company to work with. In my book they're the best.
Ken Tannenbaum

Kew Gardens, NY

#16 Feb 15, 2013
I REALLY hate to take the other side here as my interests are the same as yours, enjoying the process and making some money. My experience with Dreamstime has been fairly good. I have nearly 700 images with them and although some commissions match the atrocious rates from iStock and Shutterstock (33¢ is a joke), other commissions are much more reasonable from them. Just this morning I thought I'd fold my tent at 123rf because the rate's so terrible. Anyway, about DT, I don't believe my Macs been infected from them and honestly, I haven't had many personal dealings with them so I can't comment on that part of this thread. I'd hate it if I felt I was being treated unfairly or rudely but it hasn't been my case. I'd move on in that case too. I also sell through Alamy (RF) and some sales I get there are quite good by comparison. About folotia, I had images there and same as 123rf, I thought the commission structure was so lopsided I pulled out. FYI, I earn about $5K-$6K from this insanity. I'm a semi-retired advertising photographer.
Fotolia Rocks wrote:
Fotolia is a good company to work with. In my book they're the best.
Ripped Off

Bensenville, IL

#17 Feb 15, 2013
Ken Tannenbaum wrote:
I REALLY hate to take the other side here as my interests are the same as yours, enjoying the process and making some money. My experience with Dreamstime has been fairly good. I have nearly 700 images with them and although some commissions match the atrocious rates from iStock and Shutterstock (33¢ is a joke), other commissions are much more reasonable from them. Just this morning I thought I'd fold my tent at 123rf because the rate's so terrible. Anyway, about DT, I don't believe my Macs been infected from them and honestly, I haven't had many personal dealings with them so I can't comment on that part of this thread. I'd hate it if I felt I was being treated unfairly or rudely but it hasn't been my case. I'd move on in that case too. I also sell through Alamy (RF) and some sales I get there are quite good by comparison. About folotia, I had images there and same as 123rf, I thought the commission structure was so lopsided I pulled out. FYI, I earn about $5K-$6K from this insanity. I'm a semi-retired advertising photographer. <quoted text>
Assuming you're on the level and don't work for Dreamstime, nobody is saying they don't treat their established photographers well. I was a newbie and had a very horrible time with them. What I mean by Newbie, was with Dreamstime not as a photographer. I'm a world class photographer with world rankings but they didn't even accept one of my photos. Said they weren't stockworthy. But what happened to the many photos I sent they didn't reply to? I think they were stolen by Dreamstime and sold by them to their customers. I don't have a Mac and did get a very bad computer virus. And, as you can see I'm not the only one complaining. I don't think they care, because like most big companies they're making a fortune in hand outs form the Fu*****
Fed!
Ken Tannenbaum

Kew Gardens, NY

#18 Feb 16, 2013
Work for Dreamstime? You're being cautious and a bit cynical but I get it. Anyway, I work for me, my wife and kid. Period. In short, I'm "established" IF THAT MEANS I have some nice pictures, but still, I'm mostly treated like s__t by reviewers, just like everyone else. THe truth is I'm industrious but not all my images are good enough for every place I submit WHICH IS THE REASON I can't EVER justify being exclusive...some rejections one place sell pretty well in another. Dreamstime seems to like the majority of what I send them so it works for me...plus, as mentioned, I haven't had "run-ins" with them.
Jenny

Wood Dale, IL

#19 Feb 16, 2013
Ken Tannenbaum wrote:
Work for Dreamstime? You're being cautious and a bit cynical but I get it. Anyway, I work for me, my wife and kid. Period. In short, I'm "established" IF THAT MEANS I have some nice pictures, but still, I'm mostly treated like s__t by reviewers, just like everyone else. THe truth is I'm industrious but not all my images are good enough for every place I submit WHICH IS THE REASON I can't EVER justify being exclusive...some rejections one place sell pretty well in another. Dreamstime seems to like the majority of what I send them so it works for me...plus, as mentioned, I haven't had "run-ins" with them.
For a casual member of this group you're really pushing now on their behalf, especially since the consensus in there states that they give preferential treatment to their established photographers. Maybe they should just say they don't want new people, that they're set with what they have. That just might have saved a lot of us grief, don't you think?
Ken Tannenbaum

Kew Gardens, NY

#20 Feb 16, 2013
You may be right, I don't know how they go about their business. But honestly, I've got to believe (or want to believe) that images from old or new sources that fit in with what they believe will sell is the key. Rest assured, they reject stuff from me too. I do believe that at all the stock companies, older images which don't sell get pushed way down in the general "bin" and that we must continue to produce and submit new pics or the portfolio eventually dies on the vine.
Personally, it's something I despise about the whole process...that decent pictures eventually are on page 32 or 62 or 92. It's stinks. But that's one of the problems of contributing inside of a crowd source based industry.

BTW, I just happened on this thread and will depart with this comment. While true that I've been a "casual member". I am not "pushing on their behalf". That's a complete fiction on your part if you believe it. There's a big difference between "pushing" as you suggest, and saying that I have some sales at DT which are better then the puny 33¢/photo I get elsewhere on nasty "subscription" sales.

Anyway, we all need some luck but more than that, I work hard at this and still there's no way I call it a living wage. It's just a supplement I enjoy.
stephen

Pierrefonds, Canada

#21 Feb 18, 2013
i've started microstock as a hobby back in august of 2006. Things were good in the industry. Now there are many many stock sites and tens of millions of images to choose from. the competition is insane. Now you have professional photographers with teams of models and studios who pump hundreds of images a month into the pot. You used to shoot your grandmother in a wheelchair and make decent money.. now its all shot in studios etc.. etc..
You have to feed the beast to make any money. and you have to be good.
for me, shutterstock is still the best...
fotolia sales have tanked in the last year.. their rejection reasons are USELESS to help you re-shoot (like the 'engine' light in a car)... and they reject some of my best sellers for 'aesthetic reasons'..
and dreamstime has REALLY tanked.... supposidly they favour their exclusives...
anyway.. microstock is not the faint of heart...
(oh and i got p*SSED off at stock.. I passed the test with a bunch of images.. but on my first submission they rejected some of those which got me in...
i have no patience for incompetence..
Elaine

Harwood Heights, IL

#22 Feb 23, 2013
Add me to the ranks of those burned by Dreamstime.
I think like stephen said they favor their exclusives and toss everybody else out.

They are the worst of the worst.

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