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StefC

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« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2017, 08:08 »
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Because most of the forum members hide their identity and have no link to their portfolios I take everything what is said on this page with a huuuge grain of salt. There is no way to check the relations between the complainers and their actual work. People having few hundred snapshots in their portfolio are whining their heads off, nonsense.
I have 10,000 photos on Fotolia, so not just a few hundred snapshots, and I stopped uploading to iStock a long time ago. Because if someone wants just that photo of mine, with that model and so on and buys it on iStock instead of any other agency, I make half or even less than one third of what I'd get with, say, Fotolia or Pond5.
Every sale we get on iStock means a lot of money we didn't get from another agency. You know, 15% against 50% in some cases...
So screw them, I'm not their slave, working for them for a bowl of soup!

Also if we keep supporting them, other agencies may think "Oh, these stupid contributors are happy even with a 15% commission, let's decrease ours at least a bit."


Quasarphoto

  • there are no problems only solutions

« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2017, 16:15 »
+2
Because most of the forum members hide their identity and have no link to their portfolios I take everything what is said on this page with a huuuge grain of salt. There is no way to check the relations between the complainers and their actual work. People having few hundred snapshots in their portfolio are whining their heads off, nonsense.
I have 10,000 photos on Fotolia, so not just a few hundred snapshots, and I stopped uploading to iStock a long time ago. Because if someone wants just that photo of mine, with that model and so on and buys it on iStock instead of any other agency, I make half or even less than one third of what I'd get with, say, Fotolia or Pond5.
Every sale we get on iStock means a lot of money we didn't get from another agency. You know, 15% against 50% in some cases...
So screw them, I'm not their slave, working for them for a bowl of soup!

Also if we keep supporting them, other agencies may think "Oh, these stupid contributors are happy even with a 15% commission, let's decrease ours at least a bit."
I think I got your point there. As per my own analysis iStock/Thinkstock/Getty is producing on average the same sales $/image as Bigstock, Depositphotos, Canstock and 123RF. Where I see the difference though is the type of photos sold. Beside the top 50-80 photos of my port, the sales is quite different at each agency, probably catering to a different market uptake each of them. Every $100 payout is buying me gas to take me to new places and shoot more photos. Pulling my port from any agency is reducing my chances to those gas $$. At the end the more photographers pull their port from any site, the higher the sales goes for those who stay. For now it seems that the # of photos are not decreasing anywhere, any soon.

« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2017, 14:35 »
+4
I still have income from them, cannot bite the hand that feeds me. They are way worse agencies out there which are producing nothing.

That's fine if you are the type who wants to have an ongoing relationship with someone who's abusing you. The rest of us know enough to escape and get away from a destructive, abusive relationship. Go ahead keep defending Getty for raping us, we asked for it?

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2017, 14:37 »
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Because most of the forum members hide their identity and have no link to their portfolios I take everything what is said on this page with a huuuge grain of salt. There is no way to check the relations between the complainers and their actual work. People having few hundred snapshots in their portfolio are whining their heads off, nonsense.
How can you say that when you "can't check their work"?

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #29 on: October 30, 2017, 14:42 »
+3
I still have income from them, cannot bite the hand that feeds me.
Not a great use of that idiom.
'Biting off the hand that feeds you' is presumably a reference to a pet or other animal which is fed just for 'being'.
Most agencies feed far more off us than we do off them. They pay the content providers for supplying to them content which people want to buy.

Quasarphoto

  • there are no problems only solutions

« Reply #30 on: October 30, 2017, 20:31 »
+2
Oh well...you guys are right, I have better things to do than participate in this circus.

« Reply #31 on: November 01, 2017, 10:13 »
+2
I still have income from them, cannot bite the hand that feeds me. They are way worse agencies out there which are producing nothing.

That's fine if you are the type who wants to have an ongoing relationship with someone who's abusing you. The rest of us know enough to escape and get away from a destructive, abusive relationship. Go ahead keep defending Getty for raping us, we asked for it?

Getty is my stock photo pimp, they give me 15% and keep the rest, but they also take care of me. So I stay with them though it's an abusive relationship and they are using me.

Actually no I don't, I left because they are possibly the worst treating us of any big agency. 4 cents downloads commission, low percentages. Sure there are worse for sales and income, but none worse for treatment. I'm not going to defend their actions or take the abuse.

« Reply #32 on: November 03, 2017, 08:48 »
0
Been with GI since they took over in 93 and the film days. The first 4 years was the best I've ever had in stock. it was really fantastic. Nowadays nothing to shout about. I cant complain about Istock for some strange reason I am doing exeptionally well and I am independent of course.

Seems that when some of us got cut down 50% just over night at SS then along comes Istock and makes up for it. I know sounds crazy but thats it.

About their email I didnt even bother with it. Getty is what it is.

Just a tip! In order to earn some money with Getty you have to get into their RM-House collection made up of their original from Stones and Image-Bank.

« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2017, 05:52 »
+3
Anyone else got the survey emailed again. I'm on my third time. Are they just sending this out until they get the answers they want?

« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2017, 06:47 »
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Anyone else got the survey emailed again. I'm on my third time. Are they just sending this out until they get the answers they want?
2nd time  gluttons for punishment obviously

« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2017, 17:05 »
+3
Just got it. If I had one before, I deleted it. The questions they asked tell me that they are completely out of touch. Are we doing a good job of displaying your stats? Are you serious?  It was always the most difficult site to use and its only gotten worse. Stopped in soon after ESP to see how the site looked. Couldn't figure out how to do anything, see anything or find anything. Left and haven't been back.

« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2017, 18:24 »
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I deleted it.  That last time they sent a survey I took it four times.  If you clear your cookies, it lets you take it over and over, unless they figured that out. But nothing positive for the contributor was done based on the last survey, so I didn't waste my time on this new survey. 

« Reply #37 on: November 05, 2017, 16:04 »
+3
Ignore it, it's just their marketing department trying to justify it's existence, by creating these useless surveys which they then cherry pick the results in order to show to upper management so that they can create an action plan on how to slightly improve something which has no effect on contributors.

Thing is they know exactly what contributors want which is why these surveys are just a total waste of time.

« Reply #38 on: November 05, 2017, 16:54 »
+2
They should have replaced it with a single question.

Do you want more money for the same effort?

1-Yes
2-No
3-I don't know

« Reply #39 on: November 14, 2017, 04:37 »
+2
Last Chance! (LOL) Help us improve your Getty Images/iStock experience

I sent them my own survey ! And it feels good  ;D
Getty , i forget you so forget me.

« Reply #40 on: November 14, 2017, 05:16 »
+1
I have received again their email spam today.
I have already told them all the bad that I think of them. So, why they ask me again??

Noedelhap

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« Reply #41 on: November 14, 2017, 05:42 »
+4
Last Chance. As if I'm missing out on buying tickets for some $1M Jackpot.

« Reply #42 on: November 14, 2017, 08:59 »
+1
They should have replaced it with a single question.

Do you want more money for the same effort?

1-Yes
2-No
3-I don't know

Money will not make you happy.

Kelly Thompson, Sept 9, 2010

« Reply #43 on: November 14, 2017, 09:01 »
+2
Last Chance. As if I'm missing out on buying tickets for some $1M Jackpot.

Be careful, it's your last chance to win the $0.1 Getty jackpot !

« Reply #44 on: November 17, 2017, 20:59 »
+1
They should have replaced it with a single question.

Do you want more money for the same effort?

1-Yes
2-No
3-I don't know

Money will not make you happy.

Kelly Thompson, Sept 9, 2010

AMEN to that. His comments still stick in my mind each time some agency tries to "create a new revenue stream" with some wonky scheme.  In the end the money we won't get is supposed to make us happy.


 

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