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Shutterstock Review

Jul 16/11, 6:24   

This is the largest microstock in the world which is currently selling around 60 millions of royalty free images, with this figures increasing by 90-100 thousands weekly.

The major characteristic of this stock photo agency is that images and photos stored on Shutterstock are available using subscription only. Shutterstock, thus, mainly targets those customers, who buy a large number of images and photos on a regular basis.

The standard subscription plan, offered by Shutterstock, is "25-A-Day". It includes 25 royalty free photos or images that can be purchased daily throughout one month. Thus, a customer is able to buy 750 images per month for only $249 or $0.33 per image. There are special discounts for those who purchase three or more months subscription. And it can lower to $0.28 per image.

In addition to monthly subscription, Shutterstock offers yearly subscription called "On Demand" to those who rarely need to purchase images and photos. Having chosen this type of subscription, you will be able to purchase images and photos from Shutterstock any time while your subscription lasts.

In other words, the "On Demand" plan allows you to make purchases of individual items (or single purchase) at Shutterstock. However, the terms of "On Demand" are not as flexible as the terms offered by other stock photo agencies as single purchases.

As such, the price of one image or photograph, excluding vector files of vector images, on Shutterstock will amount to $9.16 (given the subscription price of $229) or $15.00 (given the minimum subscription price of $15). In order to take all advantages of vector images, you will have to purchase a subscription plan for $49 or $229 with a minimum image price of $9.80 and $9.16 respectively.

Evidently, Shutterstock does not suit you if you are interested in purchasing one image or photograph for $1. However, if you are planning to buy large numbers of royalty free images and photos on a regular basis, Shutterstock is the service you should seriously consider. An incredible variety of images and photos available on Shutterstock will meet the demand of the most sophisticated customers. And all of this — at a very low price.

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Shutterstock Profile

Number of images
60 millions
Single purchase possibility
Single purchase packages/price
Subscription purchase possibility
Subscription purchase packages/price
price period per image
Basic Package  
$49 12 months $9.80
$229 12 months $9.16
Professional Package  
$199/mon 12 months $0.27
$224/mon 6 months $0.30
$229/mon 3 months $0.31
$249/mon 1 month $0.33
Enhanced License  
$199 12 months $99.5
$449 12 months $89.8
$1,699 12 months $67.96
Restrictions of standard license
Maximal times to reproduce/display the content, or an element of the content: 250 000.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: no.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Extended license price
Restrictions of extended license
Maximal times to reproduce/display the content, or an element of the content: unlimited.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Supported payment methods
Credit card, Wire Transfer or check
Pro et contra
+: the largest one among all stock photo agencies;
+: very quick update and growth of the image database;
+: possibility to purchase images for editorial usage.
-: subscription only (no single purchases available);
-: relatively high rate of the minimal amount of account refilling.
Sales are available by subscription only, so it's good for those who needs a large number of images regularly. Such clients will appreciate quick offer enlargement, enabling the client to find high-quality pictures everyday.
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