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« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2014, 11:11 »
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No, the answers read like they saw the word 'subscription' and a number, so said yes and put a link to an FAQ.

Don't think you're right. Even so, 90% of my sales at DP are subs netting me 31 cents. The other 10% are credit sales. Which means we make the same money on both subscription packs.


« Reply #26 on: June 28, 2014, 11:16 »
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You've asked them about the 1 month 5 per day plan, the 1 month 5 per month plan is the worst scenario.

I'll shoot them an email as well.

You're right, I worded it incorrectly. Darn.

Well I've still got the email out to them, with the correctly worded question.

Still, I see no reason to suspect that the answer is any different. I would think that any product they call a "subscription" gets subscription royalties. Not sure why they'd pay a fair percentage instead without telling us that.

« Reply #27 on: June 28, 2014, 11:20 »
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No, the answers read like they saw the word 'subscription' and a number, so said yes and put a link to an FAQ.

There was just one sentence in my e-mail. I don't think they didn't read it. I'm sure they understood what's the question and their answer is pretty clear. Yes they pay me $0.31 and keep the remaining 9,80 - 0,31 = 9,49. This is ridiculous!!! >:(
Their point about the cheap subscription plans, when if somebody downloads his full quota they may lose money, is absolutely pointless. The average downloads on these subscription plans is miles away from this scenario and in the end of the day that's their decision to lower the prices so much not mine.

« Reply #28 on: June 28, 2014, 12:00 »
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We will wait for some time, if there is no answer from DP, we will act!  8)
Prepare yourself for abandoning ship!

« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2014, 12:10 »
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I have already left the ship because of the Shotshop deal. Sorry 8)

« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2014, 12:41 »
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good idea i think. We should have a task list for D-Day candidates. Somthing like that:

1. call of contributors to write the agency with timely response
2. Embed third parties like TRUSTe / national supervisory authorities, etc.
3. draw attention in social media web blogs etc.
4. d-day exclaim.
5. make the agency in the google search results invisible with targeted adsense clicks.
6. inform the buyer and make the situation carefully and give them fair alternative agencies.
7. thinking about a jointly funded suit

organization is all... ;D



I've written to the agency.  The royalty is unfairly low. 

« Reply #31 on: June 29, 2014, 02:38 »
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This is theft DP!!!Fight for their rights!!!

« Reply #32 on: June 29, 2014, 02:47 »
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I'm not sure what can be achieved with a  D-Day in this case. People just need to delete or stop uploading ASAP. This agency is too shady for any action to change their ways. If they change this thing they'll have 10 more ways by breakfast to avoid paying out.

« Reply #33 on: June 29, 2014, 05:47 »
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Agree. Some contributors have already left after the ShotShop deal, some earlier because of the SMS-sales some years ago. 

« Reply #34 on: June 29, 2014, 06:25 »
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Well I've made up my mind and will disable all files as soon as I reach payout. Won't wait for a D-Day or something. I didn't even know about that ShotShop deal. Always thought DepositPhotos had great potential for the future but now I see the only way they might make it to the Top Tier is by scamming the artists and thereby damaging the whole industry.

« Reply #35 on: June 29, 2014, 08:55 »
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This is theft DP!!!Fight for their rights!!!

Right.  I am out. I began deactivating today.  I just deactivated over 800 images.  2000 more to go.

One thing I've been thinking of though. Because we can only deactivate, I wonder if this deactivation is merely a reporting deactivation. No proof yet, but a large part of this debate about DP is why they insist on keeping our images. There is little comfort on my part about deactivation.

EDIT: I just finished deactivating all but one image and requested my final payout.  Took only about an hour to deactivate 2056 more images. I am done with these crooks.
« Last Edit: June 29, 2014, 21:59 by Mantis »

« Reply #36 on: June 29, 2014, 09:11 »
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Well at least they won't be able to sell it in the DP site.

Also I didn't find my deactivated images for sale anywhere else.
I have a separate nickname in DP, so it would be easy to spot if they were doing so.

I think sales in DP are delayed 1+ month thus explaining sales after deactivation.

« Reply #37 on: June 29, 2014, 09:12 »
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I deactivated a chunk of my port and stopped uploading to DP after the Shotshop revelations came out.  Now I think I should stop Subscription sales on DP - as this seems to be a route to making them wealthy at contributor expense.

Wondering .. is it possible to opt out of subs at DP?

« Reply #38 on: June 29, 2014, 10:12 »
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This is theft DP!!!Fight for their rights!!!

Right.  I am out. I began deactivating today.  I just deactivated over 800 images.  2000 more to go.

One thing I've been thinking of though. Because we can only deactivate, I wonder if this deactivation is merely a reporting deactivation. No proof yet, but a large part of this debate about DP is why they insist on keeping our images. There is little comfort on my part about deactivation.

You have to write them to close your account, and it takes 30 days before they stop selling your images. At least that is what it says on their contributor agreement. I don't mind the cooling period, but not getting to totally delete is disturbing.

« Reply #39 on: June 29, 2014, 10:29 »
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Oh I'm not closing my account. Always have to keep an eye on the bandit.

« Reply #40 on: June 29, 2014, 10:44 »
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I will close my  account, 1200 images! No deactivating!

i just want the date that we do  together!

we need to close unfair agencies!

we must act now!

« Reply #41 on: June 29, 2014, 15:55 »
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This is theft DP!!!Fight for their rights!!!

Right.  I am out. I began deactivating today.  I just deactivated over 800 images.  2000 more to go.

One thing I've been thinking of though. Because we can only deactivate, I wonder if this deactivation is merely a reporting deactivation. No proof yet, but a large part of this debate about DP is why they insist on keeping our images. There is little comfort on my part about deactivation.

You have to write them to close your account, and it takes 30 days before they stop selling your images. At least that is what it says on their contributor agreement. I don't mind the cooling period, but not getting to totally delete is disturbing.

I am not closing my account. I want to track if my images keep on selling after deactivation. Once I verify they are not, then I will close my account.

« Reply #42 on: June 29, 2014, 16:00 »
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Again, it reads like they don't understand the question.


I wish you were right, but their FAQ seems pretty clear... :(

With subscription plans, Buyers can download photos and vector images. If an image was purchased with any of our subscription plans, your royalty rate is fixed and depends upon your Contributor's Level:
http://depositphotos.com/seller-price.html

stock-will-eat-itself

« Reply #43 on: June 29, 2014, 16:05 »
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Question is, what does the crowd, of this crowd sourced business want to do about it?

« Reply #44 on: June 29, 2014, 17:46 »
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Again, it reads like they don't understand the question.


I wish you were right, but their FAQ seems pretty clear... :(

With subscription plans, Buyers can download photos and vector images. If an image was purchased with any of our subscription plans, your royalty rate is fixed and depends upon your Contributor's Level:
http://depositphotos.com/seller-price.html


True, but I'm not sure how you can call paying for one month a subscription.  It just isn't.  You might as well just say a credit pack is a subscription and be done.

« Reply #45 on: June 30, 2014, 00:37 »
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I never joined there - it always seemed like a race to the bottom sort of place. I am quite glad of that now. We really need to send the message that treating contributors this way is not acceptable.

« Reply #46 on: June 30, 2014, 03:43 »
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I never joined there - it always seemed like a race to the bottom sort of place. I am quite glad of that now. We really need to send the message that treating contributors this way is not acceptable.

I thought exactly the same. Very glad I was never tempted to upload to DP.

stocked

« Reply #47 on: June 30, 2014, 05:12 »
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After the Shotshop-deal it was already clear that they are cheaters I really wonder about the people that are still staying with them.
And Sean if you have any doubts it's easy to proof just buy this subscription package and dowload one of your own images or from a fellow photographer that can tell you how much commission he got..

« Reply #48 on: June 30, 2014, 07:57 »
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we need to close our accounts on dp. Please choose D day for depositphotos. we can survive 2-4%  lost of income on short term, long term we will be on profit.

« Reply #49 on: June 30, 2014, 08:07 »
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After the Shotshop-deal it was already clear that they are cheaters...

They were shady from the start, long before the Shotshop deal. I think a lot of people (myself included) just hoped that they were sincere in distancing themselves from their old ways. I resisted joining them for a long time, even when others had jumped in and were happy with how things were going. I guess we're all just so hopeful for something good to emerge in this business that we overlook the negatives about a company too easily.

My lesson learned with DP is to trust my gut feeling more when it comes to stock agencies.


 

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