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Pricing Differences Between Stock Photo Sites

I recently had to purchase some stock photos, and found one I liked. I was about to buy it, when I realized that many different stock photo sites carry the same image.

So I spent some time finding that image on many of the big stock photo sites, and working out the price for the exact same (or similar) sized image.

Site
Size
Price in Credits
Price in Dollars*
Dreamstime
Large 3415×1463
15 credits
$19
Bigstock
Large 7000×3000
4 credits
$14
CanStockPhoto
Large 3000×1286
4 credits
$3
DepositPhotos
Large 7000×3000
12 credits
$17.28
GoGraph
Large 3415×1463
n/a
$7
123rf
Large 3128×1341
4 credits
$4.80
ShutterStock
Any
n/a
$14.50

* Price in dollars calculated from the cheapest¬†“one time credits” purchase option. For instance, if a site sells 40 credits for $48 as it’s lowest tier, I used $1.20 per credit as the price.

I ended up purchasing from CanStockPhoto. I bought 15 credits for $9, which got me 3 Extra Large photos at 5 credits each.

 

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