Our Review: 

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.



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Site Details
Media Types (in addition to RF Images): 
This site accepts vector illustrations
(sort by agency)
Real US$ Cost of 1 Standard Image: 
10 (compare prices)
Referral Scheme: 
Yes - Base rate of 2.5% for referred photographers and buyers revenue/earnings forever, plus a bonus system that applies extra if total affiliate earnings are over a fixed threshold each month (compare rates)
Exclusivity Options Available: 
Exclusive Contributor (compare)
Cost of a standard image (1600x1200) 2MP approx: 
10 Credits
Royalty Rate: 
Tiered, Non-Exclusive 20%-30%, Exclusive 30%-40% Based on a combination of accepted images and combined downloads (compare)
Cost of 1 Credit (basic): 
$ 1
FTP Upload: 
Yes, Generated credentials for each photographer, not your photokore Login
Daily, 10 images/day, $150 per month Monthly, 100 images/month, $120 Annual, 100 images/month, $1200 (compare subscriptions)
Site Statistics
Approx. size of photo collection (0 = no current estimate): 
1,000,000 Images (compare)
Alexa Traffic Rank: 
80000 (a measure of the site popularity, lower number is better)
Alexa 3 Month Change: 
20% (measurement of the increase of site popularity compared with three months ago, negative is a decrease)
fan page link (list all)
Overall Rating: 
Site Closed / Not Recommended

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