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For independent contributors - in light of Istock's new policy of mirroring all non-exclusive content in the Partner Program, will you be agreeing to the new ASA or leaving the site?

I will be pulling my portfolio from Istockphoto
52 (21.8%)
I will be staying and allowing my content in the PP
104 (43.7%)
Not sure right now.
47 (19.7%)
Going exclusive.
10 (4.2%)
I left already.
18 (7.6%)
Never joined
7 (2.9%)

Total Members Voted: 214

Author Topic: Independents - do you plan to leave Istock or not?  (Read 39285 times)

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« Reply #225 on: September 24, 2011, 13:15 »
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As the deadline approaches i made my final decision. I'm not ditching them completely but have started to deactivate anything thats worth something... it hurt to deactivate flames but in the end i'll feel better having my good stuff only on sites that dont give me nausea :(

I'm so tempted to put a poisonous message in the title field of the remaining files and have that hauled over to TS (my mini private war), but i guess it would mean a certain ban, so i'll just bend over and grab their mere pennies for my not-so-good files.


« Reply #226 on: September 24, 2011, 13:26 »
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As the deadline approaches i made my final decision. I'm not ditching them completely but have started to deactivate anything thats worth something... it hurt to deactivate flames but in the end i'll feel better having my good stuff only on sites that dont give me nausea :(

I'm so tempted to put a poisonous message in the title field of the remaining files and have that hauled over to TS (my mini private war), but i guess it would mean a certain ban, so i'll just bend over and grab their mere pennies for my not-so-good files.

I didn't expect to receive emails from them with the reason I gave when deactivating files.

We regret to inform you that image.....has been deactivated from the iStockphoto database of Royalty Free Images.

Reason for deactivation:
Because I love you ;-)

Best Regards,
iStockphoto Administrator

« Reply #227 on: September 24, 2011, 13:40 »
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That e-mail's been around for a long time - standard for all deactivations, not something they implemented recently  as part of this descent into microstock hades

ShadySue

« Reply #228 on: September 24, 2011, 20:28 »
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Maybe it's gone? All I get is a blank page. On the other hand, maybe you should leave one photo, that won't sell, so you can potentially have an account should things change?

One that doesn't show seems appropriate?  ;D


No, it's still there it's the only one that shows up in my upload section. The others say this file has been deactivated when you go to their pages, so I guess it's just a hiccup. I left on file at FT when I left there, and in hindsight, I wish I'd just deleted them all. Oh well, I'm off to support.

Strange, I jus get a blank page too, not the usual message that the file is no longer available - contact support.

« Reply #229 on: September 26, 2011, 07:48 »
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Thanks to all of you who gave your quotes or allowed me to use your quotes from msg (most of you are in this thread), for the blog post Opt in Or Close Account. There were many other quotes I would have liked to use, but I think the blog post is long enough. 

« Reply #230 on: September 26, 2011, 11:16 »
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Strange, I jus get a blank page too, not the usual message that the file is no longer available - contact support.

Yeah, I put my ticket in about a week ago. No response yet. How long does it take to respond to these things? I have a feeling they won't get to it and the image will migrate to the partner sites. Then, I'll need more emails to get it off of those. Maybe, I need to jump up and down and act like a child to get results?

« Reply #231 on: September 26, 2011, 15:19 »
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so, there is only one image left as of now in my istock port - everything else disabled. The last one will go down tomorrow.


« Reply #233 on: September 28, 2011, 10:18 »
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It's official. I got my last image off the site last night.

Can I get a Wooyay!?!?  ;D

« Reply #234 on: September 28, 2011, 10:20 »
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It's official. I got my last image off the site last night.

Can I get a Wooyay!?!?  ;D

Wooyay!  :D

I'm down to 169
« Last Edit: September 28, 2011, 10:22 by halfshag »

« Reply #235 on: September 28, 2011, 10:24 »
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Wooyay Cory, have you slept though thinking about that poor bloke you used to feed and clothe has now lost his job?

Well, today is the 28th.... still haven't signed the contract.  Shall I stay or shall I go....

lagereek

« Reply #236 on: September 28, 2011, 10:30 »
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Well, if this latest best match, is the future ? and with the coming migration to TS,  I am not too sure there is anything in it, anymore, not much more really then the revenues from say 2 or 3, of the low-earners agencies.
Going a step further, in allowing ones best and most commercial sellers into TS, well other agencies arent going to be too happy, are they?  hence the trouble with FT already starting.

Im going to hang in there for a few weeks and if nothing happens, well I will probably take a rain check on IS,  it was a good run for some years but lately its just become a frustrating pain,  nothing EVER seems to work with this site.

« Reply #237 on: September 28, 2011, 10:41 »
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It's official. I got my last image off the site last night.

Can I get a Wooyay!?!?  ;D

I admire you! You left FT now IS! Congrats for the move, I cannot do it and I am a "newbie" comparing earnings with you, you have balls!

« Reply #238 on: September 28, 2011, 10:57 »
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WooYay!

I deactivated over half my portfolio the last few days. I'm going to leave a mix of a few files that do ok at IS but never took off elsewhere and some of my earliest smallest p&s pics up there. My IS best sellers come down today. It is truly amazing how far IS has come from where they were just a few years ago.

« Reply #239 on: September 28, 2011, 11:29 »
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I admire you! You left FT now IS! Congrats for the move, I cannot do it and I am a "newbie" comparing earnings with you, you have balls!

It's either that or I'm a total idiot for leaving.  ;D I hope I'll eventually make that money up somewhere else, although income seemed to be dwindling at those two agencies anyway.

I do kind of feel like that scene in Old School where Will Ferrell says, "C'mon everybody! We're going streaking!". Then, it's just me running in the street naked by myself.  ;D

Anyway, congrats to all the others that left too. I know it wasn't an easy decision.

« Reply #240 on: September 28, 2011, 13:07 »
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yeah, "up to the quad and then the gymnasium.."

Ultimately although it would be nice if more people would take a stand I think you have to do it for yourself.  It feels good to no longer contribute to what IS has become.

« Reply #241 on: September 28, 2011, 13:23 »
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It's official. I got my last image off the site last night.

Can I get a Wooyay!?!?  ;D

I am out there too ... disabled my last image there last night.
Had a buyer's request for reactivation of one of my images a few days ago... .

« Reply #242 on: September 28, 2011, 14:52 »
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The exodus seems to be gathering some momentum.  I still think what we really need is more buyers using the sites that pay a good commission.  I hope they go and look there and not at the other sites that are almost as bad as istock.

If all the former Stockxpert buyers went to Stockfresh, they would get good prices and we would get a good commission.  Still seems like a fantasy though, istock is taking a hit but I still don't see a lot happening with the sites that are more contributor friendly.

« Reply #243 on: November 02, 2011, 11:33 »
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I haven't contributed to any sites in at least 2 years due to home foreclosure and health problems. I was never a top seller and even less so now yet, my sales at iStock stayed consistent and in the past year increased on the old images that remain which spoke volumes to me. Unlike other sites where it seems my images were not even being promoted iStock kept me in the loop.
I don't know how the sites run these days but, I will always be grateful for the increased sales I made with iStock during one of the worst years of my life. I lived in a tent for 6 mos. $100 every couple of mos. was a God send. I no longer worry about changes I just accept and stick.

lagereek

« Reply #244 on: November 02, 2011, 11:58 »
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Nowdays, I am really in two minds, I have covered the IS losses by uploading lots to SS,DT and FT and its paid off handsomely. I really cant see the point in all this IS hassle. I have already deactivated about 100 files, some blue and red flames, put them into RF and they are selling very well.

Trouble is, IS, nowdays is a time-waster, uploading precidure is terrible, long reviewing times and for what? so that it can be mirrored in TS or end up on page 50 in this worthless best match, no thanks.

I will probably pull my port just before the migration. As I said, I have found a better place for them.

RT


« Reply #245 on: November 02, 2011, 12:55 »
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Nowdays, I am really in two minds, I have covered the IS losses by uploading lots to SS,DT and FT and its paid off handsomely. I really cant see the point in all this IS hassle. I have already deactivated about 100 files, some blue and red flames, put them into RF and they are selling very well.

Trouble is, IS, nowdays is a time-waster, uploading precidure is terrible, long reviewing times and for what? so that it can be mirrored in TS or end up on page 50 in this worthless best match, no thanks.

I will probably pull my port just before the migration. As I said, I have found a better place for them.

From all your recent posts I don't understand why you've still got any files with iS, if I felt the way you clearly do I'd remove mine immediately, I'd be concerned that spending countless hours moaning on and on about a site and yet still supporting them would make me look foolish.

lagereek

« Reply #246 on: November 02, 2011, 15:10 »
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Nowdays, I am really in two minds, I have covered the IS losses by uploading lots to SS,DT and FT and its paid off handsomely. I really cant see the point in all this IS hassle. I have already deactivated about 100 files, some blue and red flames, put them into RF and they are selling very well.

Trouble is, IS, nowdays is a time-waster, uploading precidure is terrible, long reviewing times and for what? so that it can be mirrored in TS or end up on page 50 in this worthless best match, no thanks.

I will probably pull my port just before the migration. As I said, I have found a better place for them.

From all your recent posts I don't understand why you've still got any files with iS, if I felt the way you clearly do I'd remove mine immediately, I'd be concerned that spending countless hours moaning on and on about a site and yet still supporting them would make me look foolish.

Why RT,  you sound really bothered? I didnt know you cared that much. Very kind of you indeed. You dont have to be so concerned though, I mean losing sleep over it and all. Things will work out in the end,  you wait and see. :)

RT


« Reply #247 on: November 02, 2011, 15:29 »
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Ummm....... I don't think you've read and understood what I've written, I'm not concerned or bothered about anything.

I'll explain - You keep moaning about iS and how your images have slipped from every best match change they make, how you're making more on other sites and have successfully removed some 'flame' images that are now selling better elsewhere and then you keep threatening to remove all your images from the site - Christian they don't care, they're not suddenly going to change things because of your empty threats and you're not big enough to be a special case, either do it or don't but to keep going on and on whilst doing nothing is ruining your credibility. Friendly advice take how you please.

lagereek

« Reply #248 on: November 03, 2011, 01:35 »
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Ummm....... I don't think you've read and understood what I've written, I'm not concerned or bothered about anything.

I'll explain - You keep moaning about iS and how your images have slipped from every best match change they make, how you're making more on other sites and have successfully removed some 'flame' images that are now selling better elsewhere and then you keep threatening to remove all your images from the site - Christian they don't care, they're not suddenly going to change things because of your empty threats and you're not big enough to be a special case, either do it or don't but to keep going on and on whilst doing nothing is ruining your credibility. Friendly advice take how you please.

RT !  with due respect but sometimes I notice, you are reading postings slightly wrong or getting the wrong message?  Now if I threatened? I certainly wouldnt write here, in the MSG, would I ? I would ofcourse write a private mail to the IS-Admin, complaining, right?  well then, threatening here in the MSG, is like throwing water over a duck, no effect at all.
What Im trying to convey, is that the world doesnt start or stop with IS.  Besides, you cant just pull a port, just like that, any half brain can do that,  you got to be selective about it. Also the fact that Photo+, is locked for 6 months, or have you forgotten? :)

RT


« Reply #249 on: November 03, 2011, 02:03 »
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Also the fact that Photo+, is locked for 6 months, or have you forgotten? :)

No as you've been told before Photo+ files are only internally locked into the iS collection (meaning of you can't swap your files in and out of photo+ until they've been there 6 months), they can be deleted at any time.

As for reading your posts wrong!


 

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