Tht is only a weighty argument if you produce stand out individual images, if you produce images of tomatoes on a white background or garlic on a chopping board then I cannot understand how exclusivity can be the answer.
I am not criticising your style as I like your portfolio and I produce lots of "been done a thousand times" type of images also... But for me the weighty argument for exclusivity if you produce well crafted but ultimately reproducable images is not really that weighty.
On all the basic microstocks can be found the same photos. Here in what a problem. So the photo-bank isn't allocated and loses buyers. We know with you одн photo-bank where especially persistently call in an exclusive, for this reason so the mad traffic and the majority of buyers.
I think it is quite a bit more complicated. Even just looking at the top few sites they seem to target different types of buyers. Some sites focus on corporate buyers, some cater to designers and supply all forms of media (illustrations, video, audio, etc.). The problem is that while a single site may get better sales for your image, it won't necessarily be the same site for every image you have.
Consider two types of products - ketchup and some niche flavored sauce. If you are selling the ketchup would you sell it in one chain, or would you want it in all the grocery stores? On the other hand, if you sold a niche flavored sauce you might go exclusive with a chain that caters to those buyers. Likewise with microstock - the more generic your image the more it could sell anywhere. The more specific, the better off you may be to find the right place to sell it.
Where it gets really complicated is that Dreamstime requires FULL exclusivity and prevents you from selling in channels...(More)
I'm exclusive but it is really just because I didn't have time to split between a number of sites, and my images weren't selling as well as dreamstime. I've never regretted it, and I think you will be happy too. Best wishes to you!!!
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