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« on: June 14, 2022, 10:04 »
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Just received this lovely email from 123rf about this exciting, new thing they're doing.


"We hope you're well. You may have noticed a Free Images link on our header - well, that's because we're working on a new section on 123RF.com.

About a decade ago, we had a Free Images section on 123RF whereby contributors could choose images from their portfolios and offer it up for free. It drove traffic, exposure and purchase consideration to the Contributors portfolio.

Today, we're reviving this initiative and we hope that youd be a part of this too!

Heres what you can expect:

1. Portfolio Exposure!

Similar Images from the paid section will be displayed to drive traffic and consideration to paid content and soon to your own portfolio as well. Were also building in new and exciting portfolio features. So stay tuned for more from us.

2. Easy uploads!

You can upload or pick images to be included into the Free section. Weve written up a guideline on how you can do that!

3. Monetization!

As we build monetization programs on top of this offering, you'll receive a share as well 😉

4. #FeelsGood

And most important of all, its all about giving back to the community!
 
Need more information? Visit 123RFs Free Images section or email us at [email protected].

We are looking forward to what you could offer and together we can reward our community for their appreciation of our work for all these years. Lets create and share!

Sincerely,

The 123RF Submission Team"


« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2022, 11:03 »
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Did they also promise review times within two months or review times without constant emails reminding them?


« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2022, 11:43 »
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3. Monetization!

As we build monetization programs on top of this offering, you'll receive a share as well 😉

...
LOL, okay

« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2022, 11:50 »
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I left 123rf a long time ago, but what I recall about their old free program was that it only included the smallest size - if you wanted a larger size you had to pay for it. So this revival is a very different program - I wouldn't view it as a revival at all.

FWIW, for anyone considering participation, my take on this is that 123rf is circling the drain and the idea of any contributor benefit coming about from them belatedly joining the giveaway trend is pure fantasy. YMMV.

« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2022, 12:15 »
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4. #FeelsGood

No, it doesn't. Getting paid for my work feels good though.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2022, 13:46 by Firn »

« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2022, 13:09 »
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Must be why one of their people got in touch with me a couple weeks ago on LinkedIn.

« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2022, 14:03 »
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And most important of all, its all about giving back to the community!

Really bold comment since we have been the only ones ever giving..well, losing royalties.across the board and now its time to give back? Thank you sir, may I have another.

« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2022, 14:57 »
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WOW!!  Portfolio Exposure! #feels good! Easy uploads!

Where do I sign up! Do I get a free unicorn ::)

123rf Morons  ;D


Uncle Pete

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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2022, 15:47 »
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WOW!!  Portfolio Exposure! #feels good! Easy uploads!

Where do I sign up! Do I get a free unicorn ::)

123rf Morons  ;D

Thank you for covering my thoughts. I was just so excited about all the things I could afford with that Free Exposure, I couldn't type fast enough.
🤭

What exposure will buy...

« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2022, 15:52 »
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Not a good sign. They've been struggling for a while. Possibly will be gone by the end of the year or bought by someone else.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2022, 15:57 »
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Not a good sign. They've been struggling for a while. Possibly will be gone by the end of the year or bought by someone else.

Being bought by someone else would be good news for 123RF. There have been some others who didn't have enough material or interesting resources to have anyone want to buy them. If 123RF is all the same old stock photos from the same old artists, and that's all pretty much on all the bigger sites... they have nothing of value to sell.

As for struggling for a while, my opinion is, they have been struggling forever.  ;) I'm surprised they are still around.

« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2022, 16:03 »
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Not a good sign. They've been struggling for a while. Possibly will be gone by the end of the year or bought by someone else.

Being bought by someone else would be good news for 123RF. There have been some others who didn't have enough material or interesting resources to have anyone want to buy them. If 123RF is all the same old stock photos from the same old artists, and that's all pretty much on all the bigger sites... they have nothing of value to sell.

As for struggling for a while, my opinion is, they have been struggling forever.  ;) I'm surprised they are still around.

Yes! lol (re being bought by some else).

They used to be a good agency for me. There was a time a few years ago when they were my best mid-tier agency. I even used to sell videos on there - before they got rid of that.  But they have been sliding down into oblivion ever since.

« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2022, 01:54 »
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Yes! lol (re being bought by some else).

They used to be a good agency for me. There was a time a few years ago when they were my best mid-tier agency. I even used to sell videos on there - before they got rid of that.  But they have been sliding down into oblivion ever since.

Same, they were growing for me year on year for ages and even paid an unheard of 50%+ on the higher tiers. When people complained about them I'd always sing their praises. Then I started having technical difficulties with my portfolio a few years ago (images disappearing) and sales tanked overnight never to recover. After dealing with their contributor and tech support my eyes have been opened. They must be operating on a shoe string over there.

« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2022, 02:35 »
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I have not received this e-mail. I wonder if there is any selection going on. Actually, all contributors should receive this e-mail.

I once had 100 downloads per month with an RPD of $1. So that was never particularly worth mentioning. However, for me over the years better than Dreamstime. In the meantime, I'm at a little over 30 downloads with an RPD of $0.5. Ultimately, nothing more comes in there anyway. Let's see how long they survive. The free collection won't save them either.

« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2022, 03:12 »
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These "exciting" news makes me happier I already deleted my portfolio.

« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2022, 03:57 »
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4. #FeelsGood

And most important of all, its all about giving back to the community!

*vomits*

« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2022, 03:59 »
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I just closed my Pond5 account. 123rf is next in line. My guess is that in a year or two there won't be any decent office to work with. This can only be done as a hobby, not as a serious livelihood option.

« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2022, 04:15 »
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They're barely even trying nowadays. This is as low effort of an announcement as it gets. If you read it with president Camacho's voice it's actually funny.
And yes, if you're still with 123rf and the likes you deserve this kind of treatment

« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2022, 08:32 »
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#FeelsGood

Like a proctology exam.

« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2022, 13:08 »
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I left 123rf a few weeks ago after getting a few returns for the photos sold in August 2021.

« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2022, 13:09 »
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Yes! lol (re being bought by some else).

They used to be a good agency for me. There was a time a few years ago when they were my best mid-tier agency. I even used to sell videos on there - before they got rid of that.  But they have been sliding down into oblivion ever since.

Same, they were growing for me year on year for ages and even paid an unheard of 50%+ on the higher tiers. When people complained about them I'd always sing their praises. Then I started having technical difficulties with my portfolio a few years ago (images disappearing) and sales tanked overnight never to recover. After dealing with their contributor and tech support my eyes have been opened. They must be operating on a shoe string over there.

That makes sense.

Brasilnut

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« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2022, 19:26 »
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Here's a fun post I just put together strolling down memory lane on top-5 "Exciting News" announcements:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2022/06/16/top-5-agency-exciting-news-announcements/

« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2022, 22:14 »
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Ever since they cut our take promising to double our sales (which never happened), I haven't been impressed with them.

« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2022, 02:34 »
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Don't forget Your responsibilities while uploading to 123RF

"I agree to fully defend and indemnify 123RF, its employees, directors, and officers and anyone else associated with 123RF, and each of their successors, licensees, and assigns free and harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, costs, losses, damages, or expenses, including attorneys' fees and expenses, arising from the breach of the warranty above."


 

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