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Shelma1

« Reply #100 on: December 16, 2016, 09:23 »
+4
Only a week left. Looks like I'll be closing my account.


« Reply #101 on: December 22, 2016, 08:19 »
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"The very creatives that give Getty/iStock such a high quality product get treated like this?! This can't be more wrong." - recent comment from the petition

Tomorrow is the day our royalties are slashed. There's no reason the petition, and any media attention it can bring to Getty/iStock policies, should stop tomorrow, though. As people's royalties start to shrink (the people who stay with iStock, for some reason), and many people pull their work, there will be even more to report.

If you haven't signed yet, remember the petition will still be there. Almost 1,100 signatures now, including signatures from hundreds of buyers.

https://www.change.org/p/jonathan-klein-getty-images-istock-don-t-slash-our-royalties

« Reply #102 on: December 22, 2016, 15:36 »
+1
You can't petition a business to change their model. They will only change anything if they start seeing their profits decline.

Istock has always treated non-exclusives dreadfully but even so they make up 30% of my total earnings... at the moment at least. We'll see what happens after the change.

« Reply #103 on: December 22, 2016, 16:44 »
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I'm sure all those who did nothing will enjoy taking one up the a*** from Gty tomorrow :o

« Reply #104 on: December 25, 2016, 20:01 »
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« Last Edit: December 25, 2016, 20:30 by photoboxer »

« Reply #105 on: December 26, 2016, 00:18 »
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This and few other "decisions" made by Getty in the last 2 years made me close my account ... I was with Istock since 2005. This is a pure robbery.

« Reply #106 on: January 10, 2017, 09:20 »
+9
Just checked and noticed that the petition is (still) online. It now has 1105 supporters and I signed it a couple of weeks ago too. It seems very long ago.

How does it work? Has the petition been delivered at some point or is it just waiting on the web? What's going to happen?

« Reply #107 on: January 20, 2017, 15:37 »
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Just checked and noticed that the petition is (still) online. It now has 1105 supporters and I signed it a couple of weeks ago too. It seems very long ago.

How does it work? Has the petition been delivered at some point or is it just waiting on the web? What's going to happen?

Wondering the same. Update Shelma1? Anything happening?

« Reply #108 on: January 21, 2017, 23:32 »
+2
I dont have istock account, but do you even make good money with 15%?
Is there a point to even open account with them and do all of the work to submit pictures if its so low?

SpaceStockFootage

  • Space, Sci-Fi and Astronomy Related Stock Footage

« Reply #109 on: January 21, 2017, 23:47 »
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I dont have istock account, but do you even make good money with 15%?
Is there a point to even open account with them and do all of the work to submit pictures if its so low?

I make about $100 a month from about 100 video files. Not sure how good that it compared to others. I guess the overall income is more important than the percentage, but keep in mind... if you do upload there you will be shunned from society, vilified by your peers, and you'll no longer be invited to parties, as you'll be contributing to the end of the world as we know it. 

« Reply #110 on: January 22, 2017, 05:32 »
0
I dont have istock account, but do you even make good money with 15%?
Is there a point to even open account with them and do all of the work to submit pictures if its so low?

Average about 145 sales $80 a month, not worth it with over 2000 images

Especially when you realise Getty made an average of $533 per month on those self same sales!!!  a profit to them of $453!!! >:(
« Last Edit: January 22, 2017, 17:43 by Sammy the Cat »

« Reply #111 on: January 23, 2017, 08:05 »
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Signed !

FlowerPower

« Reply #112 on: January 23, 2017, 09:53 »
+1
I dont have istock account, but do you even make good money with 15%?
Is there a point to even open account with them and do all of the work to submit pictures if its so low?

30-40% of SS on a good month. The subs and ts have erroded sales so much it could be 20% in 2017. I'd leave except I'm waiting for the new rates to see if it's as bad as predicted. 2c commission? That will send more of us running out the door as fast as we can.

« Reply #113 on: January 23, 2017, 17:33 »
0
I will sign today, but can anyone or everyone give me some more information? I have like 12,000 images on Istock and normally make around 700-1000 a month from my no exclusive portfolio.

this month I'm looking at around 150$ with only a week to go... Can Istock really be this bullish? I'm thinking about pulling all my images but i can only guess Istock will make it very hard for us to take the images down.

Maybe if enough of us got together we could strike? demanding istock to take our images off line or change the deal back to what it was which was already the worst payers out there.

I'm very depressed about the situation.. any insight to what is actually going on and the actual new Commission rate would be great. Getty write it in such a way its very hard to understand it.

I'm feeling for all the stockers out there right now.. this really is a punch in the face in a already hard time.

Sam

« Reply #114 on: January 23, 2017, 18:22 »
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I discovered microstock world about 11 yrs ago, while still a student, but used it mainly as a graphic designer for my clients. Few years ago I decided to open my own contributor port. It didn't take me long to realize that was the worst possible time to do it. I read about it on every forum, blog, was shocked with contributor stats over the years... Looked like the ship was sinking. I decided I won't give my precious time to something that is being slowly killed. My portfolio with just a couple of pics uploaded was there for about 2,5 years.

A month ago I decided to start uploading again. At the same time I uploaded photos on IS and on SS (ofc 5% more on IS as they didn't reject any single one). I have a small port of about 100 photos. In the last 30 days I earned 5 times more on SS than on IS. No need to say more.

But there is a catch. Every one of us knows that our photo is worth more than 0,25 (or 0,02!). So selling it for that amount of money doesn't make any sense. But for someone who lives in a country where average monthly salary doesn't go beyond $50 or $100, it does make a lot of sense. It means they can get to that number with a lot smaller port than I would be happy with.

We are all living in a different places and our living costs vary. It can sound stupid that someone still stays on IS and earns peanuts, but for them it might not be peanuts at all. It's not the same thing living in Singapore or in Madagascar.

P.S. Signed

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #115 on: January 23, 2017, 18:40 »
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this month I'm looking at around 150$ with only a week to go... Can Istock really be this bullish? I'm thinking about pulling all my images but i can only guess Istock will make it very hard for us to take the images down.
You cannot delete any of your images yourself, but you can ask for your account to be terminated. They should do it within 30 days of your request, although anecdotal evidence here is that for some people at least it has taken longer.

« Reply #116 on: January 23, 2017, 20:59 »
0
I will sign today, but can anyone or everyone give me some more information? I have like 12,000 images on Istock and normally make around 700-1000 a month from my no exclusive portfolio.

this month I'm looking at around 150$ with only a week to go... Can Istock really be this bullish? I'm thinking about pulling all my images but i can only guess Istock will make it very hard for us to take the images down.

Maybe if enough of us got together we could strike? demanding istock to take our images off line or change the deal back to what it was which was already the worst payers out there.

I'm very depressed about the situation.. any insight to what is actually going on and the actual new Commission rate would be great. Getty write it in such a way its very hard to understand it.

I'm feeling for all the stockers out there right now.. this really is a punch in the face in a already hard time.

Sam

Not reporting much while in transition. Wait and see what happens, you might get an incredible report one day.

Yes you can delete images yourself. Sorry Sue, it's right there if you look in the right place. I'll give your kind of advise.

Quote from: ShadySue
I do tell people where to find information even when they seem to be unable or unwilling to check for themselves. Teach a man to fish sort of idea.

Go Fish.  :)

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #117 on: January 23, 2017, 21:02 »
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The files 'seem' as though you can delete them, but they're not actually deleted - a good few people got caught out by that, so it was fairly widely reported.
(Unless that has changed in the last couple of weeks )

« Reply #118 on: January 23, 2017, 21:23 »
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The files 'seem' as though you can delete them, but they're not actually deleted - a good few people got caught out by that, so it was fairly widely reported.
(Unless that has changed in the last couple of weeks )

You might have something there.

You might well ask! Still, some answers come reasonably quickly, even if not all.

« Reply #119 on: January 26, 2017, 11:51 »
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S0, how much do us non-exclusives earn now at iStock per image.  I just checked my deep meta statistics and I'm up to almost $12 this month.  Its usually $100-$200 per month.

thanks

« Reply #120 on: January 26, 2017, 12:31 »
0
S0, how much do us non-exclusives earn now at iStock per image.  I just checked my deep meta statistics and I'm up to almost $12 this month.  Its usually $100-$200 per month.

thanks

Non-exclusives are getting 15%, which means your image as sub can go as low as $0,02. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong

« Reply #121 on: January 27, 2017, 13:25 »
0
S0, how much do us non-exclusives earn now at iStock per image.  I just checked my deep meta statistics and I'm up to almost $12 this month.  Its usually $100-$200 per month.

thanks

Non-exclusives are getting 15%, which means your image as sub can go as low as $0,02. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong

Not going to correct you or say wrong, but we have not see yet, how much we will get. That 2c is just a theory right now. We could get more per download also. We don't know. And before you ask, no I don't honestly think we'll get more, just that according to the list and percentages, we could.

More likely we will all independent 15% flat will get something less. Once the 2c or below 28c start coming into the reports, I'd guess there will be the biggest mass exodus from IS since any of the protests or closings, and justified.

Why would anybody stay when IS is already dropping for independent artists. It's only going to get worse. Maybe that's the plan. Drive out indie and promote exclusive.


 

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