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« Reply #250 on: June 14, 2011, 11:31 »
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Thank you MR PaulieWalnuts for expressing my exact thoughts and saving me a lot of time and trouble articulating them.

+1

I still come here out of habit, but its getting to the stage that its become a daily dose of depressant. There's always been a bit of a negative sentiment around, but being so consistently negative isn't really healthy for anyone.
And now we get people being negative about the negativity :)

Multiplying two negatives makes a positive.

It has been said that two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.


Slovenian

« Reply #251 on: June 14, 2011, 12:33 »
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I strongly suggest you don't open a scout ticket and ask why an image was rejected for a certain reason and that similar was accepted for instance last week. They will just deactivate the accepted file. If you point out to that obvious mistake (one of the inspectors made it) and ask to be reversed, the scout will tell you to not use that tone with him and if that's clear?!?!?!?!?!?!?! what??!!?? I have never ever come across such arrogant, rude and most of all unprofessional behaviour. He makes Lobo look good! Shocked . He should apologize and explain why one inspector approved it and the other didn't. But hey, we're the scum of the earth, while a buyer would be getting a big discount on the credits etc. Instead of an apology and explanation you get threats and your rightfully accepted file deactivated. Rightfully because they were accepted at all of the big 4 agencies and at 123RF.

« Reply #252 on: June 14, 2011, 13:11 »
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Not negativity really, its more frustration, venting frustration over something we cant controle, not even with our magnificent uploads. The power of the picture, stops right there.

agreed.  +1.

« Reply #253 on: June 14, 2011, 14:04 »
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The fact that the UK government has devalued its currency while inflation is relatively high really magnifies the problem for me.

Relative to which currency ? For anyone living in the UK and earning income in $US it is the relative strength of sterling which is an issue (which is really about the weakness of the $US). People in the UK should wish for a weaker currency.

I'm sure if istock/Getty raised commissions and made the search neutral for non-exclusive and exclusives, people would change their attitude towards them.

The miserabilist tendency would see it as a conspiracy :)

Good natured skepticism = good. Constant negativity = stupid. That constant negativity is unrepresentative IMO. I am certain that most people are most occupied with working to make better work - especially as the market is evolving and changing so quickly.

lisafx

« Reply #254 on: June 14, 2011, 16:23 »
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Not negativity really, its more frustration, venting frustration over something we cant controle, not even with our magnificent uploads. The power of the picture, stops right there.

So true.  It is really about the frustration of seeing incomes and royalties fall, even in the face of hard work.  

I also think that the human tendency is to focus on the negative because we hope - vainly or not - on a subconscious level, to fix whatever the problem is.  

It may be the same reason that those who object to the complaining about Istock may have overlooked the recent positive comments.  For example, when P+ came out a few weeks ago, after initial skepticism, I and quite a few others, posted about how we liked the program and were seeing income rise as a result of participating.  

Istock seems to have some people who are reflexively loyal to them, whatever happens, and others who are reflexively negative about them.  But a lot of us are somewhere in the middle. We are happy when they make a move that benefits us, and unhappy when they make a move harms us.  Just the harmful kind of moves seem more prevalent lately.  

If its any comfort to those who are upset about the negativity, I doubt TPTB at Getty pay it any mind.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2011, 16:33 by lisafx »

« Reply #255 on: June 14, 2011, 16:26 »
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Re. positivity/negativity:

I'm an iStock exclusive (probably until January, maybe not beyond), and I think it's great for contributors and buyers that iStock are increasingly being challenged by other sites.  For me the ongoing move away from iStock dominance towards a more open and competative market is a good thing, even if it could be painful for exclusives in the short term.

iStock's ongoing 'how to lose friends and alienate people' campaign - though sometimes excrutiatingly annoying when you're involved - could eventually be good for everyone.  Everyone except iStockphoto of course, who seem to be setting themselves up to be the biggest losers.

michealo

« Reply #256 on: June 15, 2011, 05:35 »
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The fact that the UK government has devalued its currency while inflation is relatively high really magnifies the problem for me.
Relative to which currency ? For anyone living in the UK and earning income in $US it is the relative strength of sterling which is an issue (which is really about the weakness of the $US). People in the UK should wish for a weaker currency.

He is correct, the UK undertook quantitative easing (which is a euphemism for printed money) so they have devalued sterling relative to other currencies that didn't.

« Reply #257 on: June 15, 2011, 06:10 »
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I think the dollar and sterling have both been devalued by quantitative easing.  If it isn't that, it's inflation.  The dollars I earn are worth less than a few years ago and when I exchange them for pounds, they are also worth less.  Economics is very complicated, someone said that economic forecasters were invented to make astrologers look more credible.  I think we will have to be very lucky to avoid an even worse situation in years to come.  Economies around the world are looking very fragile and I just hope those in charge really know what they're doing.

« Reply #258 on: June 15, 2011, 07:17 »
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The dollars I earn are worth less than a few years ago and when I exchange them for pounds, they are also worth less.

Which means that sterling is relatively stronger vs $US than "a few years ago".

EG - suppose your $1 used to be worth 75p but now it is worth 59p. You get less pence per cent. That means that sterling is relatively stronger vs the $US. Or that the $US you earn is relatively weaker vs than "a few years ago".

the UK undertook quantitative easing (which is a euphemism for printed money) so they have devalued sterling relative to other currencies that didn't.

True. But wallet inflation and the effects of QE would be different issue.  You could say that the currency has been devalued against, say, commodities or bond market sentiment. For the most part sterling has been more or less tracking the . And other currencies have been equally affected by bond market sentiment with or without QE. So it's a mixed picture.

The cause of commodities inflation is difficult to pin point. One significant factor is speculation. Personally my basket of goods seems to be less expensive lately. I am not experiencing the inflation which I read about - except when I occasionally put some fuel in a car which I seldom use. I can see it in the commodities numbers but not when I shop. I am spending less if anything.
« Last Edit: June 15, 2011, 07:20 by bunhill »


 

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