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SnapVillage welcomes buyers from around the world! January 23, 2008

Posted by Team SnapVillage in snapvillage.

We are thrilled to announce that the SnapVillage has now opened its doors to buyers from around the world! When the site opened in June of last year, only users based in the United States were able to purchase from the site. Since then we have received many requests from buyers in Europe and Asia asking to purchase images. Now we are delighted to report that buyers in most countries can purchase images, subject to the dictates of local laws and regulations (the suits made us add this). We are now extending the appeal of our innovative pricing model and super-simple purchase process to buyers worldwide.

This is terrific news for our fast-growing roster of interested buyers, as well as our contributing photographers who now have a whole new worldwide audience of prospective customers! As always, photographers based anywhere in the world can upload and sell their images.

The site is currently only available in English, but we are planning foreign-language versions of SnapVillage for release starting later this year. Images will continue to be priced in US dollars. Buyers from outside the United States will just need a credit card that will allow US dollar-denominated purchases in order to buy an image on the site using our intuitively simple purchase process.

Check out our exciting and creative image collection and see for yourself how easy and straightforward it is to buy an image! Please sign up here for an account on SnapVillage โ€“ a quick and painless process. And for you photographers, hereโ€™s another great reason to keep uploading more of your pictures and keep the royalties coming. See you around the Village!



1. Nico Smit - January 24, 2008

This is indeed good news that SnapVillage is opening photo sales to the world. Now if SnapVillage can also do the same for photographers. Unlike the statement in the blog “As always, photographers based anywhere in the world can upload and sell their images.” SnapVillage is NOT open to ALL photographers in the world, at least not if you want to receive payment of your royalties. PayPal is currently offered as the ONLY PAYMENT OPTION, but there are a vast number of countries that is not supported by PayPal. Please can we see Moneybookers added to the payments options ASAP! Only then can SnapVillage claim to be a truly International player in the field of MicroStock.

2. David Fowler - January 24, 2008

Fantastic news SV! Just what I’ve been waiting for. In fact I posed this question just a few days ago in my comment on the last SV update. This can only be great news for contributors (and of course buyers as well). Looking forward to continuing to contribute to the new Global SnapVillage. Happy selling out there, David

3. John Smith - February 2, 2008

now this is something

4. Ronald de Heer - February 4, 2008

Great news !!
Now I can finally buy my own photos ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Greg - February 10, 2008

Wow, what next? “….welcomes buyers from whole galaxy?” ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe you’ll do something more useful like FTP uploading or IPTC support?

6. Shi Yali - February 15, 2008

IPTC is already enabled, and the upload works better now, and is less buggy. One thing I don’t like is the 45 day waiting period to receive payments. All other stock sites either pay you at the end of the month or as soon as you reach minimum payout amount within days. 45 days is absolutely below standard. Please change this. Thank you!

7. LOUOATES - February 18, 2008

I understand that SV ‘s marketing plan is to be started this month. In preparation I’ve uploaded nearly 200 images above the 17 that were in my portfolio for the last six months or so. Here’s hoping that your marketing can get this site to live up to its potential.
The uploading went as smooth as silk, with IPTC working fine. The 5 image limit per session is just too tedious though. Good luck with FTP implementation soon.

8. louoates - February 19, 2008

45 day waiting? Why? If it’s a cash flow problem it shouldn’t be OUR cash flow problem. Definitely sub-standard business practice. Add my vote to change this unfair condition.

9. Axel - February 21, 2008

I uploaded my first pictures to the site 11 days ago on Feb 12, and still the status of all my uploaded pictures is ‘pending’. That seems pretty slow. Anyone else experiencing these kinds of slow turnaround times?

10. Axel - February 21, 2008

just a small correction to my previous posting….that would be 9 days ago (not 11) – on February 12 that I uploaded my first pictures to SnapVillage and they are all still pending.

11. David Fowler - February 24, 2008

Axel, nothing unusual in the wait. Expect review times from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. This is just a result of the volume of photos SV are now getting submitted. SV review times are a lot quicker than some sites I contribute to! Just keep uloading meanwhile, they’ll all get reviewed in the end. I know that it is frustrating when it is your first submission though. Good luck with your photos. Happy selling out there, David

12. Axel - February 26, 2008

David, thank you for the respons! My first photos got approved yesterday, and still more today, so everything is looking great! Thanks for the reassurement. ๐Ÿ™‚ Axel

13. stefano cellai - February 27, 2008

I would want to know if the download of the photos he is every day or every month.grazie.Kinko

14. louoates - February 28, 2008

Any news on marketing this site? Will we see some upticks in views and downloads soon? This site now has 200+ of my best sellers but very little action.

15. Art - March 2, 2008

I havent seen any marketing yet at all. Hoping it happens soon. I’m pretty excited about the sales model SV has. I think it’ll bring in a niche of clients who have previously not used stock for their projects, as well as maybe bite into the competition from other microstock companies! Good luck SV!

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