Quote Originally Posted by waynecrider
But then what about some buyer who would normally spend hundreds of dollars and finds out they can spend a hell of a lot less. Corporations, publishers and media buyers are looking for better bottom lines. These types of photo libraries are just an opportunity for them to find it if the picture is of a high enough caliber and suits their purpose.
If someone else can do as good a job at better cost then don't they deserve the buisinesss? To argue otherwise isn't the voice of a professional photographer, but someone requesting charity. The professional selling through more expensive/traditional stock libraries should be selling better images, and the libraries should be providing a better service - if they're not then they'll go under.

I suspect the stock market is good - more is being published than ever before, but the model is changing. Literally everyone wants high quality images but most of those can't pay old style licensing fees.