There's no point complaining about the existence of these services
That comment was meant generically and not targeted at anyone in particular. Sorry if you took it that way. And I am glad to hear that you have a market for your work. Aside from benefits to yourself it helps enlarge that market for everyone. BTW, like the tractor.
I am contributing ti Shutterstock under a pen name using shots I take with a Fuji Finepix F10 6mp compact mostly at lunchtime.. Enormous fun! Its so whacky, it works. Good luck to them, its the free market at its most free....they are carving a huge slice of the low-end market, so why not join in the revolution?
But for your more considered work, you'd be better off with a more regular agency. I manage a small one of our own, and I have also begun to contribute RM work to Alamy.
Agree completely. I would say that it would be a mistake to put a finely crafted work of art up on a micro-payment site. Wrong place for that. Especially so if you already have a market and clientele ready to buy your best works for closer to what they are really worth.
In fact, I would go farther. Those sites usually have a minimum acceptable resolution, about 3-4 meg on the ones I have paid attention to, and I think it would be a mistake to supply them with anything much above that minimum. You should get what you pay for in life and their clients don't pay much. But they don't need much either or they'd be looking elsewhere. Steak is better than burger but sometimes you just want a grilled cheese sandwich, to stretch a metaphor.