9 Nov 2015 - Photocore have anounced their closure
Review for historial reference
Photokore is a microstock agency offering Asian images to both an Asian market (specifically those speaking Korean, Japanese and Chinese) as well as to the rest of the world. Although Photokore has a niche in the Asian market they accept images by photographers from all over the world and will accept images of a broad spectrum of contemporary microstock subjects not just 'Asian'.
Photokore have ticked all the boxes you would expect from a modern microstock site (launched in 2010). FTP is by request, marketing assisted by a referral program (although a low paying one for buyer referrals compared to other sites); this fits with Photokore in a phase of growing their image collection; they have recently run a series of competitions aimed at photographers.
Fair referral rates are not too difficult to achieve for a non-exclusive artist, most artists will reach 23% (400 images accepted).
Subscriptions offer buyers a flexible range of both daily and monthly download limits. Sensibly, Photokore have not tried a discount approach for buyers pricing. I think this makes their business model a lot more secure than those start-up agencies trying to 'come in from the bottom'.
Exclusivity is available to those contributors with more than 500 images receiving a total of 500 downloads or more combined.
With very few sales and more than a year of persistent problems uploading to photokore, the site seems to be broken so far as user submissions go - I'm no longer uploading my portfolio here.