Thursday, January 15, 2009

Good Companies We Can Trust

In all fairness to the nice companies that do Good Business, I suggest we start a list of the companies that have notoriously worked in good faith with the world and have great reputations. It seems like most forums are fr complaining, yet the good companies need more public promotion aside Yelp and similar review sites. If you have had consistently great interactions with a company in an industry listed in the Do Not Use These Companies blog page, please let us know! We'd like to give people alternatives to the Bad Companies.

1. Shutterstock: "Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world." Wow, I had great feedback from at least 7 graphic designers, some webmasters, and some professional photographers. The consensus has been great for both sides. The photographers say the review process to be accepted by Shutterstock is more rigorous than the image distributors in the Bad Companies List, which probably means Shutterstock is more careful about absorbing catalogs. People buying images from Shutterstock say the rates are extremely low, the quality is easily as good as the Bad Companies, and the rights are significantly more fair (to the tune of 250,000 impressions and 6 months stockpiling rights). Plus, I haven't heard a single case of Shutterstock beating anyone up for supposed infringements. Sounds like a superb deal, but read the Shutterstock Photo Licensing Terms and Conditions before you buy anything, and make sure you DOCUMENT YOUR LICENSE AND IMAGE USE.

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