Rejected iStockphoto – Not suitable: Christmas background for greeting cards

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Here goes another image posted in the iLucato’s site from a iStockphoto rejection series. This image gets into the Not suitable category.

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Here is the rejection e-mail that this image got:

iStockphoto: Notice for File #10745815: Christmas background for greeting cards

We regret to inform you that we cannot accept your submission, entitled Christmas background for greeting cards for addition to the iStockphoto library for the following reasons:

We’re sorry, but we did not find this file suitable as stock. With the rapid growth of the iStock collection, we give valuable consideration to each file but unfortunately cannot accept all submissions.”


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  1. Hi Tara, thanks for your comments.
    Yup, I have other examples that some where rejected and later approved by Scout process and now they sell very well. Of course there are images that they’re right, they get approved after Scout and don’t sell a download, but IMHO and as I’ve suggested at suggestion box, they should give a try for images rejected as not suitable for iStock. Once I’ve suggested the we would make a bet with iStock for example 5 credits and if it doesn’t sell a download within a month we will pay iStock these 5 credits and the image will be removed, otherwise iStock pay back the double and will keep the image. When getting the not suitable rejection we should be able to opt to accept the rejection or make the bet or other stuff like send to the dollarbin. Well something like that. :0)

    Yup, certainly I’ll keep all them. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to sell the rejected ones elsewhere once now a days I’m an exclusive member from iStock, but if one day I change the status to a non-exclusive I’ll upload them to the other sites.

    Have a nice weekend.

  2. Tara CANADA Internet Explorer Windows says:

    What do they know anyway. One of my images had the same rejection (and it’s made me approx $400.00 USD, to date, elsewhere and was used as a full page in a published book!)

    See it here: ***

    And, that is only one example of MANY worthy images that have gone on to earn me a pile of cash!

    Keep the faith (and the images – they may be worth something to you in the future if ever you’re allowed to sell rejected images).

    It’s more important what the buyers think.

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