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Image Bank

Image Bank

Image Bank

Supporting small businesses devoted to quality products and tip-top customer service is becoming harder and harder. Not because these kinds of businesses are fewer and farther between than in recent decades, but because the Big Boys just keep swallowing them up. Image Bank is one excellent example.

Image Bank, once upon a time, was its own small, privately owned entity. It provided quality images to professional designers, at competitive prices. Today, it no longer exists.

Like Going to Joey's Java and Finding a Starbucks
Type in "imagebank.com" and you'll find yourself smack dab in the virtual lobby of Getty Images. Getty Images, the market leader of downloadable design images, is an enormous gobble-upper of small businesses. They are wildly successful, which is good. They are wildly expensive, which is bad--especially if you're running a small business yourself.

Fortunately, there are still a few top-of-the-line stock photography, illustration, and font suppliers that remain true to their original business platform: stay good, stay affordable, stay independent. PhotoSpin, located in sunny Southern California, provides one of the most impressive libraries of delicious visual treats available to professional designers. The staff is friendly, they know their stuff, and they love their business. Though not the market leader, they are definitely a trend-setter within the industry.

Further, when you type their web address in, www.photospin.com, you actually land in their lobby, right where you intended. In life, we may not always get where we planned. But we hardly need to be reminded of this just by trying to find a website.