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Costco and Corbis print on demand deal?

 
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Dec 06, 2010 06:10 |  #1

Has anyone else hear about this?

"Corbis and warehouse retailer Costco have announced a deal to offer print-on-demand photographs, posters, and giclée canvas prints through nearly 600 Costco stores around the world. Corbis has made more than 20,000 travel, nature, landscape and other images available for the program, which has alarmed some of its contributors."

"Prices range from $1.49 for 8×10 prints to $8.99 for a 20×30 poster print, and $79.99 for a 24×32 giclée canvas print to $99.99 for a 16×48 panoramic giclée canvas print."

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Even more competition and will be even more hard to make money selling images...




  
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Dec 06, 2010 09:07 |  #2

I think of it this way....

I am selling the image, NOT the ink and paper it's printed on. So if you want the image I created with my talent ( :wink: ), equipment, time, energy, time invested in learning, reading, practicing, experimenting, etc... the list goes on and on then my fee is $XX.


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Dec 06, 2010 10:45 |  #3

Doesn't affect me, as Ray states, I am selling my time, vision, experience and the image. Print prices are a very low consideration in my costs.


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Dec 06, 2010 12:25 |  #4

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Dec 06, 2010 14:55 |  #5

I wasn't referring to print prices, I think you missed the point.

This will affect you, for example, if you are selling landscape photos at art fairs for $300-$500 for 24x32 photo/canvas. Almost all of these types of sales are open edition, so it will be some what directly comparable to Costco/Corbis deal.

Now costco/corbis will sell you some very excellent and famous landscape images by pro photographers for $79 for the 24x32 canvas. This is not a run of the mill poster print, but actual Canvas print using Costco Epson 7880 printer, which is a very nice printer. I myself print on Canon ipf6300/8300, which is about equivalent to this. Most others that I know prints on similar caliber printer as Costco's Epson printer as well.

I understand that if you are a portrait, wedding, product shooter where you get paid to shoot, this does not affect you, but a few of us who shoots landscapes, it does. It alreay is hard to make a living as a landscape photographer...




  
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Dec 11, 2010 12:48 |  #7

skyy38 wrote in post #11434021 (external link)
So, presumably sir, you don't lose sleep if you pair up a $10, 20x30 print from Costco and a $12, 20x30 frame from Walmart and pair them up for the asking price of, say, $250?

Not a criticism, just wondering. :)

Well, I do my own prints so my cost is even less. And my frames are a little more, But to answer your question, I in no way once so ever lose sleep.
Because i know exactly what goes into creating that print and I have a good grasp on what it costs me to do business.
Just an FYI, it probably costs as much in gas to get to the shoot as my print cost, still not near as much of a factor as my time.
Now, what price would you need to charge to sleep comfy at night for that 20x30?


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