Note: In January 2016, the Asian stock photography company Visual China Group (VCG) acquired Corbis’ main stock photo services and brands: Corbis Images, Corbis Motion, and Veer.
VCG is a long-time partner to Getty Images (one of the top stock photography companies), and gave them the rights to distribute Corbis’ images integrating them to Getty‘s collections, as well as transitioning all Veer customers to iStock by Getty Images in March 2016, and subsequently closing Veer service.
Veer as a microstock marketplace shut down effectively on March 31st 2016.
Veer is a microstock marketplace that is part of the Corbis Group owned by Bill Gates (Corbis Images, Corbis Motion, Green Light). It was developed in 2009 as the microstock image and font buying website for designers and bloggers who wanted inexpensive stock photography. It is a community focused stock photo agency website that incorporates community gadgets and tools to encourage buyer idea sharing and purchasing. It is known for its extensive search capabilities and community features. Most buyers refer to it as the hip, cool, Soho community of stock photography and membership is gained due to this image.
- Veer has been online since 2009 and took over from snapvillage.com including images
- File types sold on Veer are stock photos, illustrations, vectors and fonts
- Accepts payment by Visa, American Express and MasterCard, through the phone, secure online purchasing, fax, and email. Invoicing privileges are available for those accepted under their terms of payment.
- Basic, Multi-user, Unlimited Reproduction and Product for Resale licenses available
- Exceptional search abilities with keyword suggestion tool, advanced search options and price search.
- Free Fridays that feature free weekly stock photos, illustrations and images.
- Languages including: English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Russian with international customer service contact
- Their FAQ is extensive for members and contributors.
- Veer has their corporate headquarters in the Seattle with offices located in 50 other countries.
- Website reads your location. Currency and language are automatically configured.
Credit and Direct Cash Buying Options
The Veer credit and direct cash options are transparent and clearly defined. Registration awards 10 free credits and they continuously run credit reward programs. Subscriptions are not a purchasing option due to the extensive credit buying program.
Veer credit buying option
- Credits can be purchased in predetermined packages only.
- Credits start as low as .83¢ with a maximum price of $1.50 per credit
- Minimum of 12 credits to start in their pre-bundled credit packages for $18.00
- Licensing options can be purchased with credits starting at 50 credits to a maximum of 125 credits
- 3 credits purchases an xsmall stock photo making the base amount $4.50 for an x-small photo
- Many credit buying plans to choose from that suit small and large businesses
- Custom packages available
- Packages start at $18.00 which is one of the highest intro credit options for a microstock agency
Direct Cash Services
Veer offers one of the few direct cash purchasing option through credit card and invoicing (upon approval) procedures. All images and fonts highlight credit and direct cash prices so the buyer can compare the pricing structures.
Direct Cash Pros
- Buyers know the exact financial impact and commitment
- Can buy into the credit packages at any time
- Buyers can gain Veer reward points even with direct cash purchases
Direct Cash Cons
- No savings when you buy in bulk
- Registration is still required. No guest purchasing options
Image Search Tools
Veer is known for their extensive search ability and focuses on this functionality of their website. The highlights of the search tooland image search options are the following:
- Key word suggestion tool
- Image size and price
- Image attributes (12 options)
- People (7 options including # in the image)
- Age Group
Once you find an image that is close to what you are looking for, Veer enables a further keyword search option that further defines micro-attributes that will get a buyer closer to their perfect image.
This can include background color, hair color, clothing color, object color, etc.
Veer has extensive licensing options that have are named and defined by them. Check the terms of service to ensure you are purchasing the right license for the correct use. The licensing options are Basic, Multi-user, Unlimited Reproduction, and Product for Resale. Though the segmentation is easy to understand, it is best to check Veer’s definitions first before you purchase.
Add-ons and Special Features
Free Fridays-This is Veer’s free day where they highlight free weekly images, illustrations, and stock photos. Free fonts are provided monthly. All free photos are included in the search options as well, so if a free image matches your keyword search, Veer will place it in the lineup of image choices.
Community Pages-Veer has created a community for their buyers and photographers call Veer Ideas. The features include two blogs, The Fat and The Skinny, a Portfolio area, Groups, and Chat. Veer also conducts many face to face community events that are designer focused, encourage engagement and creates ways for them to increase development of and image submission on their website.
Social Networks-The most active Veer social network is Twitter @veerupdate from the Calgary office. With over 14,000 followers, and 1600 tweets, this far surpasses their Facebook fan page. The twitter feed is for buyers (there is a separate one for contributors) and highlights whats new and Veer hype.
Merch Retail- Merch is the name of the Veer online retail store that sells cool design products. Reward points can be used in the Merch store or for credit purchases. It is another community initiative by Veer.
Extended Protection Plan for Buyers-Veer offers an extended licensing protection plan in case a buyer requires legal support with a licensing issue. The extended protection plan covers costs up to $250,000, a big jump from their $10,000 included plan. The price is undetermined but the offer is clear.
The Veer Summary
Veer is not an inexpensive stock photo agencies though tey do have a great range in prices. To gain more contributors and more images, they are currently supporting their contributors more than their buyers. Veer is aware that they need more images and fonts for their stock photo agency if they wish to be competitive with the larger more popular stock agencies.
It looks like a community stock agency but acts like a larger stock agency with extensive FAQ’s, long , descriptive licensing agreements/definitions, and higher prices. With the corporate support of Corbis, it is understandable why the legal portion of the site is so extensive.
Register for Veer today and gain 10 free credits for signing up. Every Friday check their free image releases and download them for free as a registered member.