2 SquirrelPower: yes middlemen were something useful to certain level. After they grew they treat their clients (here - contributors) as their victims. Costs of any serious project is grown crazy because of multiple levels of subcontracting, where companies and employees which do the job often paid nuts or even not paid at all. Situation in photo industry is the same. In the same time if you speak in person to such a middleman he will non stop demontrate his superiority to disgusting level.
Yep....so we all have to take web design, programming and SEO courses at college or university and learn a new skill or we are all going to be working for less than minimum wage soon, I am sure many are already. And if we can't afford to learn or can't learn we need to cost out the price of having websites developed and hosting costs. For those that can dump the middleman they might make it.
And what gets me is the lack of respect for the front line workers, us, who are having to buy and keep updated our gear, pay our own transportation costs, and much more and then I read in the forums here how some are getting 85% taken by the middleman and refunds clawed back 190 days after a sale?.
We have a product to sell, so do many others, they are on the web selling their products and services and we can't figure this out? There's got to be a way. I know I personally simply haven't tried hard enough. Other industries have said goodbye to agencies and middlemen and now it's this industries time.
Still fuming about the email I got from SS about how they want to enhance contributor experience and they introduced some sliding scale (of pay cuts?) and next month I got this enhanced contributor experience, $4.11 commissions on video sales down from $28? The guys that run the agencies and do this must be laughing all the way to the bar after work each day.