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Author Topic: Alamy. Philanthropy is in our DNA  (Read 1297 times)

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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 07:52 »
+5
Charity is nice

but such a shame you had to cut none exclusive rates by 20%  :'(


fotorob

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2019, 08:22 »
+24
You forgot to mention "cutting commissions" as part of your DNA  ;)

« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2019, 12:18 »
0
Has anyone else noticed that Alamy has changed its payment date? I remember I used to receive payment in Paypal in the first week of the month. Now it claims to pay us within 9 working days of the month. Today is the 9th, and the payment has not arrived in Paypal yet.

Alamy should really help its starving contributors more.

« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2019, 13:51 »
+17
It's hard to fathom how tone deaf you have to be - how little you understand your contributor community - to post here about how you're taking a portion of profits to donate to charities (all of which I'm sure are most worthy).

Not once, but twice you've pleaded the business needed a larger share of the gross as your reason for cutting royalty payments to contributors (in the time I've been with Alamy).

From my perspective, that's our money that you have decided to donate to charities on our behalf. Don't expect me, and I suspect many other contributors, to feel good about that.

« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2019, 14:34 »
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No one can disrespect a charity. Good to hear that people help other people.

But you have to calculate better.

Sending a team to India to patch a school network must have
cost many many times more than hiring some local professionals?
After all the team visited and networked three of the six schools!

:P

« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2019, 14:39 »
+5
Considering the way the stock business is going, I think being charitable to your contributors should be a priority. It's not like we're all getting rich down here. Much by the contrary.

ShadySue

« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2019, 15:31 »
+4
It's hard to fathom how tone deaf you have to be - how little you understand your contributor community - to post here about how you're taking a portion of profits to donate to charities (all of which I'm sure are most worthy).

Not once, but twice you've pleaded the business needed a larger share of the gross as your reason for cutting royalty payments to contributors (in the time I've been with Alamy).

From my perspective, that's our money that you have decided to donate to charities on our behalf. Don't expect me, and I suspect many other contributors, to feel good about that.

I don't think that's how it works.
I think the only reason Alamy exists is to help fund these charities, i.e. that's what it was set up for.

« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2019, 17:08 »
+4
It's hard to fathom how tone deaf you have to be - how little you understand your contributor community - to post here about how you're taking a portion of profits to donate to charities (all of which I'm sure are most worthy).

Not once, but twice you've pleaded the business needed a larger share of the gross as your reason for cutting royalty payments to contributors (in the time I've been with Alamy).


From my perspective, that's our money that you have decided to donate to charities on our behalf. Don't expect me, and I suspect many other contributors, to feel good about that.

I don't think that's how it works.
I think the only reason Alamy exists is to help fund these charities, i.e. that's what it was set up for.

Yes I remember reading about this and somehow the way in which the whole thing is set up sounds like a legitimate way of having to avoid paying taxes

« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2019, 18:29 »
+2
I agree that this is pretty tone deaf. Sure - charity is nice, but I'd like to see a lot more info on the actual charities and how much their administrators are paid and what their connection is to Alamy before I woo yay.

The cut for contributors from 60 to 50% of sales and then to 40% tells a very different story than giving some profits to Charity.

« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2019, 19:00 »
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Please start another company for your charity aspirations and stop using contributor commissions to make you look generous. It's a bit of a sham

« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2019, 19:05 »
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I agree that this is pretty tone deaf. Sure - charity is nice, but I'd like to see a lot more info on the actual charities and how much their administrators are paid and what their connection is to Alamy before I woo yay.

The cut for contributors from 60 to 50% of sales and then to 40% tells a very different story than giving some profits to Charity.

Look at docs tab and be prepared to be surprised.

https://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?subid=0&regid=1075453

« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2019, 00:26 »
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I agree that this is pretty tone deaf. Sure - charity is nice, but I'd like to see a lot more info on the actual charities and how much their administrators are paid and what their connection is to Alamy before I woo yay.

The cut for contributors from 60 to 50% of sales and then to 40% tells a very different story than giving some profits to Charity.

Look at docs tab and be prepared to be surprised.

https://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?subid=0&regid=1075453

that does seem a bit - um - incestuous.

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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2019, 00:49 »
+3
Now it claims to pay us within 9 working days of the month. Today is the 9th, and the payment has not arrived in Paypal yet.

Surely you've not got to this stage in your life without knowing what 'working days' are?!

« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2019, 04:41 »
+7
Not a big fan of philanthropy. It's profoundly undemocratic. How much and which groups get helped is decided based on who has the most money and their whims. And that's assuming it's all above board and not scam charities/ tax dodges or white washing of terrible people and organisations (when lets face it a lot of these things are).

No offence to people working for legitimate charities or people who donate (it's often the best we can do as individuals given the system we are in; I give myself).

Companies need to start paying their taxes and voters need to start electing people who they want to distribute that money fairly.

All this to say, what, start by treating your contributors fairly, then we can give to charity if we want, instead of fleecing us and choosing what you do with our cash.




JaenStock

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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2019, 05:59 »
+7
Stock photographers will need charity if the agencies continue like this

« Reply #16 on: October 12, 2019, 02:55 »
+4
Please start another company for your charity aspirations and stop using contributor commissions to make you look generous. It's a bit of a sham
They are open about how it works. No one is forcing you to submit work there.

« Reply #17 on: October 12, 2019, 03:07 »
+3
It's hard to fathom how tone deaf you have to be - how little you understand your contributor community - to post here about how you're taking a portion of profits to donate to charities (all of which I'm sure are most worthy).

Not once, but twice you've pleaded the business needed a larger share of the gross as your reason for cutting royalty payments to contributors (in the time I've been with Alamy).

From my perspective, that's our money that you have decided to donate to charities on our behalf. Don't expect me, and I suspect many other contributors, to feel good about that.
It doesn't really make much difference to me what organisations or people do with their profits. All stock agencies aim to make a profit. If Alamy decided to spend their profit on luxury yachts what difference would it make?.

« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2019, 22:14 »
+1
Please start another company for your charity aspirations and stop using contributor commissions to make you look generous. It's a bit of a sham
They are open about how it works. No one is forcing you to submit work there.

Maybe he is also a philanthropist, just an anonymous donor, who likes to help stumbled companies. When I saw they have to cut commission to stay competitive I just had to quickly browse my HDD-s for new uploads that can help them out.

The worst thing is I didn't really want to do it but that philanthropist gene inside me started a chemical reaction a wasn't capable to fight with.   

« Reply #19 on: October 12, 2019, 22:38 »
+1
Please start another company for your charity aspirations and stop using contributor commissions to make you look generous. It's a bit of a sham
They are open about how it works. No one is forcing you to submit work there.

Tremendous that you're happy with them donating our commissions to charity.

« Reply #20 on: October 12, 2019, 23:50 »
+4
It's hard to fathom how tone deaf you have to be - how little you understand your contributor community - to post here about how you're taking a portion of profits to donate to charities (all of which I'm sure are most worthy).

Not once, but twice you've pleaded the business needed a larger share of the gross as your reason for cutting royalty payments to contributors (in the time I've been with Alamy).

From my perspective, that's our money that you have decided to donate to charities on our behalf. Don't expect me, and I suspect many other contributors, to feel good about that.
It doesn't really make much difference to me what organisations or people do with their profits. All stock agencies aim to make a profit. If Alamy decided to spend their profit on luxury yachts what difference would it make?.

The optics look terrible for them. How can they say they must cut commissions with one hand and with the other hand gloat what good people they are because they can afford to give money to charity?

ShadySue

« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2019, 04:14 »
+2
Please start another company for your charity aspirations and stop using contributor commissions to make you look generous. It's a bit of a sham
Alamy IS the company they set up for their charity aspirations, i.e. to fund their family charities.

fritz

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« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2019, 19:13 »
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The money, the whole money and nothing but the money is in your DNA!


 

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