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H2O

« on: January 30, 2020, 07:12 »
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Having contributed to 123RF for 10 years, they have consistently cut the commission rates, while at the same time proclaiming that sales will go up, this of course is absolute rubbish.

In the last couple of years my sales have been going one way and that is down, as well as getting 4 or 5 returns sales every month, no other site does this.

Have the buyers on this site been getting a rough deal as well and will we about to see the collapse of 123RF.



Noedelhap

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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 08:33 »
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I hope so, they have no reason to exist. They don't offer anything new to the market, they have proven to be greedy and desperate, their review times are infinitely long (or don't review at all unless you ask them to) and their sales have fallen off a cliff.

I say get rid of it, weed out the bad players in the game.

« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2020, 10:15 »
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I have stopped uploading photos this month to 123, I will leave my portfolio there but from this month I will ignore this agency, an outdated website, eternal review times and just $ 5 / month with more than 20k images ... in a couple of days I will talk in my blog about it in the monthly summary!

« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2020, 10:36 »
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Hopefully they go down and all other sites like this that have cut commissions dont have sales and treat contributers as rubbish
Good riddance

« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2020, 11:04 »
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It is not the end of 123RF, it is the end of microstock.

« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2020, 11:59 »
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If a horse was as lame as 123rf they'd shoot it and put it out of its misery  :'(

« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2020, 12:19 »
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It is not the end of 123RF, it is the end of microstock.
I keep hearing this ever since I started 10 years ago. I don't think so, not that agencies aren't consistently trying to shoot themselves in the foot

« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2020, 12:34 »
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One thing is sure, that's not the beginning anymore...

« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2020, 13:51 »
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One thing is sure, that's not the beginning anymore...



Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Winston Churchill  ;D

Though in 123rf's case.....  ;D
« Last Edit: January 30, 2020, 13:59 by Bad Robot »

« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2020, 13:58 »
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It is not the end of 123RF, it is the end of microstock.

THIS ^^^ and if you haven't figured that out within the last 3-5 years you're in "that river over in Egypt".

Naysayers told us back in 2008 that the wave was going to crash, but some of us killed it during those years and made a really nice living.  At this point, there is no point in pissing in the wind, or beating a dead horse.  Microstock will only be a fond memory for me now.  From what I earn from my dwindling returns, at least it still helps to pay for some of our bills, after taxes.  At its prime, I used to earn 7-8x what I earn now on my 10,000 image portfolio.  I'm sure I'm not the only one.

« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2020, 14:57 »
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I've been gone for 2 years and don't miss it one bit.

« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2020, 15:02 »
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123RF was a decent earner for me , but last two years, well, not anymore...
About $60/$90 month...with about 4500 images...
I stopped uploading some month ago, maybe i'll try to upload some of my new contents and see what happens :)

« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2020, 15:52 »
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A few years ago Inmagine group, which is the parent company of 123RF, bought the pixlr online photoshop like editor app. Nobody knew what for, it turns out that what they liked was the '500 million users and over 130 million app downloads' that pixlr might have. Now they're trying to build a Freepik style marketplace connected to pixlr. https://market.pixlr.com/ I'm pretty sure that's what they see the future in and probably most of 123rf's staff is working on kickstarting that new site. So I doubt they care too much about 123rf anymore, and that could also explain the infinitely long review times and basically all that there is.

Brasilnut

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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2020, 16:07 »
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In my case, earning $3.51 on 4845 assets for January is concerning.

« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2020, 16:48 »
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It looks like I'm the winner here... January $6.19 with just 950 images  ;D

« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2020, 17:01 »
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average $ 79 each month. 948 a year. Upload every second month and all at once.
All my pictures have saved exif keywords and titles. Work takes 20 seconds for select files and upload. Get a coffee and finish the uploads.
Simply earned extra money. Do not understand the account closers. I like 123rf even i hate they cut commissions.

On the other hand, I no longer upload anything to istock. These 0.00003 amounts are outrageous. Annoy me every time I read the name istock.

« Reply #16 on: January 31, 2020, 03:30 »
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Made more on 123 than SS this month, didn't think I'd ever say that. SS is dead to me.

« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2020, 16:16 »
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Had a sale for 15 cents today, one step closer to removing my portfolio, haven't uploaded anything there for years, just not worth it.

« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2020, 09:53 »
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$29,11 in januari with 3161 photo's. Not ever that bad if I read other earnings.
 Two video's have been waiting for 2 years to review.

« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2020, 10:41 »
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A few years ago Inmagine group, which is the parent company of 123RF, bought the pixlr online photoshop like editor app. Nobody knew what for, it turns out that what they liked was the '500 million users and over 130 million app downloads' that pixlr might have. Now they're trying to build a Freepik style marketplace connected to pixlr. https://market.pixlr.com/ I'm pretty sure that's what they see the future in and probably most of 123rf's staff is working on kickstarting that new site. So I doubt they care too much about 123rf anymore, and that could also explain the infinitely long review times and basically all that there is.
Luckily, they will never provide an earnings closely compared to FP, so it's just a waste of funds. Nobody will contribute there for cheap, if overall reward will not be overwhelming.

By the way, after the last ratings cut on 123RF I lost 30-50% of earnings. After last summer promo campaign I raised my level, but did not raise the income, which is weird and suspicious.
I think, 123RF is already dead. We just have a couple of years to scratch the bottom for the last coins. Shame, I remember the time, when it was my number 2.

« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2020, 13:37 »
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Haven't been checking in on 123 lately, figuring it's on the ropes and not worth worrying about.  But I just looked in on my feb earnings and I'm doing $20-$30 a day which is about the same as 2019, so maybe it's leveling out?

angelawaye

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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2020, 15:25 »
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I still like them because I earn over $50 a month. Things are getting so bad at SS and AS that it helps my income to have a bit extra. DT is really going downhill for me though.

« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2020, 07:38 »
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I still like them because I earn over $50 a month. Things are getting so bad at SS and AS that it helps my income to have a bit extra. DT is really going downhill for me though.

Agreed.  Dreamstime is the real tragic story in microstock.  I remember regularly getting 50-60 downloads a day at my peak there.  Now it's more like 5-6.  But at least the RPD is good.  My few daily downloads are often in the $2-$10 range.

« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2020, 23:08 »
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123 is a joke and next to go for me. DT is becoming a Joke also and Probably next to go. I have Pleaded with them to make the payout at $50.00 Not 100 and zero response from them. really sad.

« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2020, 23:30 »
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123 is performing avg here. I will not say end for 123rf is anywhere near.


 

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