I found professional image libraries sites like http://www.istockphoto.com or http://www.dreamstime.com are quite useful to add some cool images to a website either when filling its contents or when designing its graphic layout.

Unfortunately both of the site I listed above use credits plans that expires after 12 months: you buy credits (using real bucks) and then you can download images, but if you don't use all the credits within 1 year, thay suck them out from your virtual wallet (I think it's really unfair, but too bad for you, that's their policy).

Do you know about other good image libraries sites (from your real life experience) that use credits to download images, but thay don't expire after 12 months?

Obviously I won't ignore your suggestions about any other image libraries sites.

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    Yea, I really hate that. It really screws over non-regular shoppers, since you can't put in exactly the amount that you need, so any time you make a purchase, you're guaranteed to have a few credits left over. I guess it's a tactic to get users to continually buy stock art (even when you don't need any), or let your credits go to waste. Dec 11, 2011 at 2:36
  • @John Conde: I'm clueless about why you removed the tags "website design", "graphic". Dec 19, 2011 at 11:30

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PhotoDune (from Envato, same company as ThemeForest and CodeCanyon, etc). You can buy items without making a deposit, but they charge you a $2 premium to do so.

  • it's a small library, I tried some searches, but it provides really few pictures. Dec 19, 2011 at 11:28

At Dreamstime.com your credits don't expire. That's what I've been using and they have a big selection.

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    Welcome to webmasters. Dreamstime.com is mentioned in the question as being a site where credits expire. The questioner is looking for an alternative to them. I just checked and their site says they are valid for a year. Oct 22, 2012 at 15:39

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