First off, Fotolia launched The Infinite Collection a few days ago with the words that it´s "the first traditional stock library to be created by a microstock agency". Does The Infinite Collection pose in any way a threat to Shutterstock in particular and to the microstock photo industry in general? Do you think Fotolia will permanently lose contributors to other microstock agencies like Shutterstock because Fotolia´s contributors will see The Infinite Collection as a competition?
The quality of the images in Fotolia´s new collection is inferior to those that are being submitted to Shutterstock at the moment. In fact, we would have rejected many of the images they have chosen. I´m not sure what the advantage to the buyer is?
No matter what people pay,
they want value for their money. I´ve been following the threads in
the microstock forums (as I always do) and contributors aren´t happy
that inferior images are selling for $20 - $80 each. Here is one example,
one of many, that contributors are pointing to:
[an image from Image Source]
We do not see this new offering as a threat to Shutterstock.