Our Review: 

2 Mar 2016: Corbis / VCG have anounced that veer will close as of 30 March 2016

- this review remains in place for historical reference only, veer were ranked: 12th before delisting

veer.com is a successful stock photography, typography and graphic brand owned by Corbis.

In February 2009 Corbis announced that it planned to close down their first attempt to enter the microstock market, snapvillage.com, and with the agreement of the user involved to migrate most of the content to veer.com under the cover 'veer marketplace'. Veer have now dropped the term Marketplace from their website and integrated microstock results into the main search. I'll still refer to 'marketplace' here to differentiate the user generated collection/ upload process from veers' other image collections. This in itself is another small step towards the term microstock disappearing as more and more 'microstock' becomes 'stock' (but a long way down that road to travel just yet!)

Like everything else that veer does the microstock marketplace seems to function flawlessly (with the exception of the dogs breakfast affiliate programs). It oozes thought in everything it does from the subtle humor hidden around the interface like Easter eggs to find, to the way that the content of each page has been laid out making maximum use of type and graphic to make everything easy to follow. I have to admit I might be a little bias on this point, I always liked the veer site and the content on it long before the announcement, I never imagined veer would offer 'microstock',

As a non US contributor the scary tax form W-8BEN rears its head during sign-up, but helpful advice is provided to guide you through it swiftly, just take appropriate care with this important declaration.

In hindsight, it's now feels like an obvious decision that veer would offer micro prices, they already have a vast assortment of different macro / premium priced brands. The website is quite clear to point out that different terms are in place for the marketplace photos. Veer already offer a mix of RM and RF licenses for their different brands and I think it's probably wrong to suggest that their professional customers would be confused by a mix of prices and licenses.

Anyway, back to the important subject, can I upload and does it earn? I was invited to join veer like a lot of other microstock photographers because I had an account on snapvillage. All my images were migrated over during the sign-up process. To sign-up as a new contributor access the contributor area at contributor.veer.com (make sure you use that sign up and not the application to become a veer photographer for their macrostock collection).



Despite the support of Corbis in the background it seems the "love has run out" at Veer. The blogs go un-fed with fresh content, the site was once 'very' (excuse the corbis brand in-house joke!) popular with designers who even if they didn't buy full priced stock went to the site to view the inspirational material... and to buy the t-shirts!

Recent years have seen slow but steady sales, nothing inspiring, and that is reflected in a lack luster ranking for veer (disappointingly)



Site Details
Real US$ Cost of 1 Standard Image: 
5 (compare prices)
Referral Scheme: 
"not available in your locale". They also have 15% via commission junction, 17% via in house scheme payment only by cheque or wire transfer - a dogs breakfast! (compare rates)
Cost of a standard image (1600x1200) 2MP approx: 
5 Credits
Royalty Rate: 
35%, 20% on subscription downloads (compare)
Cost of 1 Credit (basic): 
$ 1
FTP Upload: 

Address: ftp://upload.veer.com
Username: Username login as site
Requires Explicit TLS/SSL Connection


Multiple Combinations of Downloads per week (60-2880), Length of Subscription (1,3,6,12 month/by weeks) Monthly: 60 images/week $223 (based on converted value)
Monthly: 60 images/week $1455 (based on converted value)
Annual: 360 images/week $7535 (based on converted value)
Annual: 2880 images/week $51811 (based on converted value)

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Reseller: XML JSON (details: veer.com/api) (list all)
Site Statistics
Approx. size of photo collection (0 = no current estimate): 
5,300,000 Images (compare)
Alexa Traffic Rank: 
18315 (a measure of the site popularity, lower number is better)
Alexa 3 Month Change: 
23% (measurement of the increase of site popularity compared with three months ago, negative is a decrease)
fan page link (list all)
@veercontributor (list all)
Overall Rating: 
Site Closed / Not Recommended

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Funny I would strongly

Gary W. (not verified) on Fri, 2010-04-30 00:56
Funny I would strongly disagree with your assessment. Unlike Shutterstock for example, Veer's site is overly complex, both on the purchasers side and the submitter side. Why for example does it not combine all searches in one screen. Instead it tries to cram two different sets of search results on one page, one expanded and one not. It also took them 9 months to finally let me know why accepted images weren't showing up for sale. For a long time I just figured the site launch for new contributors had just been delayed...and eventually I just moved on to more productive endeavors...contributing to istock, dreamstime,shutterstock...where the bugs and any cludginess in the interface had long ago been sorted out.
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Steve Gibson on Sat, 2010-05-01 08:46

well I guess thats your own opinon and I can't really comment on an individual problem you had with veer.

the review was only from the perspective of the contributor, and yes I did used to hate it when the marketplace images were stuck in a side bar at the far right - thats all now changed

shutterstock is good? a separate login that means you can't see what a buyer sees on the main site (unless you open a separate account) tho that said I do like shutterstocks interface once you have got used to it. I just felt that at first use there was no learning curve or hunting around for 'how do i do...." at veer; everything just seem to be well labelled and where you you'd expect it... like the thing at the top right that has something like "8 images to submit" if you login after uploading from ftp. Some other sites make you click my account > images > upload > process ftp uploads... thats the sort of clicking i'd expect to update my address details or cash in my earnings.

istock cludginess long since sorted out? not when it randomly decides not to read IPTC data from images one day and work fine the next (I think that was fixed about 6 months back - and from what i've read the lack of standards around adobe and their implementation of that metadata and changes with different versions of photoshop is a mess - so thats not exactly istocks fault)

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