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« Reply #100 on: April 05, 2009, 02:49 »
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I had 3 sales in a row 2 months ago, then nothing. The prices are set much lower than Zymmetrical and the commission they ask is much higher so I'm afraid they will end on the loser's side of the line new sites/no income - new sites/low income. Upload (it's easy), forget, and check every 6 months.


« Reply #101 on: April 05, 2009, 04:06 »
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John, one question:
This month I finally had one sale  (at least according to received email)
I was trying today, and could not find any hint on the site how to get to my earnings. Is there any way that I do not see ?


Main page>My Studio>Transactions>( then in drop down menu chose what you want): My transaction,My sale,My payouts

« Reply #102 on: April 05, 2009, 10:21 »
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I really like the site, and John is excellent as an administrator, I also know he's doing the best that he can to increase sales on the site, but so far for me, is sales= 0 and views= very poor...I'll keep uploading for a while (short or long I don't know)...since is hard to take away time from producing sites to keep uploading there.  :-\

DanP68

« Reply #103 on: April 06, 2009, 12:53 »
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No sales.  I check a few times per month, but the effort is best spent elsewhere.

gbcimages

« Reply #104 on: April 06, 2009, 13:03 »
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It doesn't look good for the site,with majority of contributors getting 0 sales.


« Reply #106 on: April 07, 2009, 10:46 »
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I was trying today, and could not find any hint on the site how to get to my earnings. Is there any way that I do not see ?
Main page>My Studio>Transactions>( then in drop down menu chose what you want): My transaction,My sale,My payouts

Thanks a lot! Do not understand why I couldn't find it :)

« Reply #107 on: April 12, 2009, 12:05 »
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I had a sale on the 5th of March. I was surprised as I had just joined. I still don't have many photos there. The sale was $6.59, which gave me a grand total of $2.64. I do like Cutcaster and wish this was the more predominant model type out there. Microstock sites are good too, but think subscription sales only really benefit those with massive portfolios. I'm left with an unpleasant taste in my mouth, for any revenue received less than 50 cents.

« Reply #108 on: April 12, 2009, 12:36 »
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The subscription sales are killing my interest too. I'm thinking about opting out of them at all the sites I'm using, just take whatever 2-dollar sales I might get, and try to build on the subjects that sell.  But I suspect the microstocks punish you somehow for refusing subs, maybe by pushing you lower in the 'new' image rankings



« Reply #110 on: January 28, 2010, 05:05 »
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Hi,
I'm new here. My englisch is not good, I'm from Germany.
The following interests me, I have belonged from Cutcuster. Do you have there regular sales?

« Reply #111 on: January 28, 2010, 07:02 »
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No, not many sales at all.  I still hope it picks up but after seeing sites with more sales close, it is hard to be optimistic.


« Reply #113 on: January 29, 2010, 05:25 »
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Keep your chin up sharpshot. We are getting more sales each month and there is NO WAY we are closing anytime soon. I run a tight ship budget wise and am in this for the LONG HAUL. I know getting up to the top 3 is a challenge but Rome wasn't built in a day and no one ever said this was easy.

Keep up your support. I need everyone's help in order to change the system the way it is now.

Well said. Patience guys. The system is so much nicer for contributors as we have more control over how we price our images, you can go for microstock prices if you want or price it higher if you think the image is worth more. I got my first payout with Cutcaster last year, with 5 sales and I only have 70 odd images with them. So they are attracting buyers, it does take time to establish a business like this and we can help by uploading and keeping our images with them. Even if you don't see any results immediately or in the near future, you never know what the future holds.

« Reply #114 on: January 29, 2010, 06:22 »
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Hi,
I'm new here. My englisch is not good, I'm from Germany.
The following interests me, I have belonged from Cutcuster. Do you have there regular sales?

Small but regular sales including extended licences. Still well worth supporting the site.

« Reply #115 on: January 29, 2010, 06:31 »
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you never know what the future holds.
Where did I hear that before? LuckyOliver, Zymmetrical...
You have to take the market with a good pole position like 3DS or with shock and awe (deep pockets, pay to upload) like DepositF.

« Reply #116 on: January 29, 2010, 06:32 »
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Hi,
I'm new here. My englisch is not good, I'm from Germany.
The following interests me, I have belonged from Cutcuster. Do you have there regular sales?

Small but regular sales including extended licences. Still well worth supporting the site.

How small?What comes out, besides?

« Reply #117 on: January 29, 2010, 08:44 »
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Keep your chin up sharpshot. We are getting more sales each month and there is NO WAY we are closing anytime soon. I run a tight ship budget wise and am in this for the LONG HAUL. I know getting up to the top 3 is a challenge but Rome wasn't built in a day and no one ever said this was easy.

Keep up your support. I need everyone's help in order to change the system the way it is now.

Well said. Patience guys. The system is so much nicer for contributors as we have more control over how we price our images, you can go for microstock prices if you want or price it higher if you think the image is worth more. I got my first payout with Cutcaster last year, with 5 sales and I only have 70 odd images with them. So they are attracting buyers, it does take time to establish a business like this and we can help by uploading and keeping our images with them. Even if you don't see any results immediately or in the near future, you never know what the future holds.
I have lots of patience and don't regret using Lucky Oliver and Zymmetrical.  I stick with sites, never seen the point in deleting portfolios, unless the site does something like cut commissions or has security issues.  But I am far from the typical microstock contributor.  People complain about the big sites, then delete their portfolios from the smaller sites when they don't get many downloads after a few months.  Then the buyers just go to the sites with the bigger collections.  It is just hard for me to see how Cutcaster can get around that problem.  I still hope John can do it and make people wish they had more patience but I think he needs to come up with something to break this trend.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #118 on: January 29, 2010, 11:09 »
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I've had two payouts at Cutcaster.  I have a collection of images there that are exclusive to Cutcaster.  You may want to consider doing the same.  It seems to justify the higher prices.

PS:  I am new to this business and slowly making progress.  Why should I expect more from a new site.  Make us wealthy, John.   ;D

« Reply #119 on: January 29, 2010, 18:20 »
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January will be my BME at Cutcaster 2 EL's and 2 DL
« Last Edit: January 30, 2010, 19:40 by oboy »

« Reply #120 on: January 31, 2010, 15:22 »
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I don't see the point in deleting images from a site unless there is a specific issue with the site or that image. That said I have no real reason to continue uploading to CC either. I've been here for over a year and have yet to get a sale. I currently have 335 images online and another 14 or so waiting to be edited. Some glitch removed the titles from the last batch of uploaded images so their sitting in the "pending" section.

I won't remove them but what's the motivation to continue uploading when after a year you still haven't sold anything?

« Reply #121 on: January 31, 2010, 18:10 »
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I don't see the point in deleting images from a site unless there is a specific issue with the site or that image. That said I have no real reason to continue uploading to CC either. I've been here for over a year and have yet to get a sale. I currently have 335 images online and another 14 or so waiting to be edited. Some glitch removed the titles from the last batch of uploaded images so their sitting in the "pending" section.

I won't remove them but what's the motivation to continue uploading when after a year you still haven't sold anything?

My feelings exactly. I've had more downloads in 6 days since being accepted at SS than I have in four months at CC . The comparison is not quite fair given the time in the business and high profile of SS - but zero sales in three months is uneconomical to pursue.

« Reply #122 on: January 31, 2010, 18:26 »
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Although the number of downloads at CC isn't spectacular, the few I had so far are worth it - 3 downloads at CC in 6 months made me more than the combined total of Crestock, Veer and Featurepics (a total of roughly 50 images sold in the same time span) Admittedly, my portfolio at CC is larger than at Crestock and Featurepics, and the CC sales were Extended Licenses, but still...

WarrenPrice

« Reply #123 on: January 31, 2010, 18:43 »
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I don't see the point in deleting images from a site unless there is a specific issue with the site or that image. That said I have no real reason to continue uploading to CC either. I've been here for over a year and have yet to get a sale. I currently have 335 images online and another 14 or so waiting to be edited. Some glitch removed the titles from the last batch of uploaded images so their sitting in the "pending" section.

I won't remove them but what's the motivation to continue uploading when after a year you still haven't sold anything?

My feelings exactly. I've had more downloads in 6 days since being accepted at SS than I have in four months at CC . The comparison is not quite fair given the time in the business and high profile of SS - but zero sales in three months is uneconomical to pursue.

I've also had good sales at SS ... over 200 sales in a month.  But, my revenue is only $50.  I've had 8 downloads at Cutcaster in over a year.  But, I've had two payouts totaling much more that $50. 
The comparison really is a case of apples and oranges. 


« Reply #124 on: January 31, 2010, 19:00 »
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I've also had no sales at CC, and stopped uploading quite a while ago.   But if I ever got just one sale, it would tell me that the CC concept could, possibly, work - and I'd start uploading again.  

I don't do business handshakes, or anything that's going to sell big. I do odd things that sell once in a while, probably to people who want that particular subject and would be happy to pay $5.   At 25 cents a sale, they're not worth doing, but at $5, they are.  So why can't the big microstocks let me set my own price? Because they're now addicted to the opium of subscription sales, where every product has the same price tag. 

« Last Edit: January 31, 2010, 19:05 by stockastic »


 

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