What about the three fishies and the bowl!!?!
But seriously, as someone who buys stock photos on the regular, I never buy from Getty unless I need something hyper-specific and historical, because their prices are so high. I don't buy for the web, rather for print, so it's apples and oranges really.
I agree with you, it's a great big ad for Getty Images. See, we're all talking about it, so add a tick-mark to the ROI column.