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« on: March 04, 2009, 07:59 »
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I don't know about anyone else but things happening at Dreamtime lately have seriously made me consider pulling my portfolio from there.

-Their only credible resource has announced she's leaving.

-It's impossible to upload there using any FTP software.

-Yesterday they had a major security breach and are recommending everyone change their password (although they're doing their best to play this down in the forum)

-Sales lately have just plummeted.

-But the final insult for me was reading in the forum about their latest editor, not only has this guy got a mediocre portfolio with low sales, but one of his latest uploads is a photo of a duck, and not just a photo of a duck but one he took standing up and looking down and he even managed to cut the tail out of the frame, I mean for crying out loud this guy is going to be reviewing our work!!!




« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2009, 08:03 »
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Dreamstime didn't have a major security breach.  Istock had a phishing attack on their site and passwords were stolen.  The problem is if people use the same pasword for the different agency then all agency passwords needed changing.  Istock handled it very well but as far as I know the only other agency that took the time to warn their contributors was Dreamstime for which they should be commended.

« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009, 08:08 »
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I uploaded 15 files using ftp this morning. Everything looks fine. I wonder why you had problems using ftp. Did you use it before? I guess you set parameters correctly..

« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2009, 08:31 »
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I think DT is one of the best microstock players in several areas. The only issue I see with them is that the language of their response is sometimes too strong.

FTP works fine. Sometimes they have delays with transfer of FTP uploads to their site but I only saw in once in the last few months (uploading at least weekly, usually more often).

My sales on DT is comparable with Fotolia. It's behind SS and StockXpert but much better than 123 or BigStock.

BTW inspectors don't have to be be good photographers. Movie critiques aren't good movie makers. Art experts aren't great artists. Many of great sport trainers aren't good sportsmen.

« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2009, 09:19 »
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BME there last month, second overall for me, after SS, prices are increasing with more sales. It's the last agency I would pull out of right now.

« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2009, 09:22 »
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if I was absolutely forced to go exclusive with one agency right now it would be DT so no.

« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2009, 09:59 »
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Elllen has only been with DT for a couple of years.  The site worked perfectly alright before she came and will no doubt work perfectly alright now that she has gone.



-Their only credible resource has announced she's leaving.





« Last Edit: March 04, 2009, 10:45 by fotografer »

« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2009, 10:25 »
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if I was absolutely forced to go exclusive with one agency right now it would be DT so no.

Agreed ... in my book DT is the best run site of them all. They are the very last site i would choose to leave.

« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2009, 10:30 »
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If your itching to tell someone off I would think Fotolia would be a good candidate. I have been  thinking of telling them to take the short walk off the long pier. I agree with most everyone here. Dreamstime is very good imho.



« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2009, 10:53 »
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Another vote with the majority.  Dreamstime is well run, produces good results and communicates before making dramatic changes.  Sometimes we don't like their decisions, and sometimes the outcry has caused them to reconsider. 

My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that I believe their minimum payout is a bit high for the level of sales they deliver.  I'm at the stage where I get a payout every month from the other majors.  Dreamstime is hit or miss for me; sometimes I make it, sometimes I don't.

« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2009, 10:54 »
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I don't know about anyone else but things happening at Dreamtime lately have seriously made me consider pulling my portfolio from there.

-Their only credible resource has announced she's leaving.

-It's impossible to upload there using any FTP software.

-Yesterday they had a major security breach and are recommending everyone change their password (although they're doing their best to play this down in the forum)

-Sales lately have just plummeted.

-But the final insult for me was reading in the forum about their latest editor, not only has this guy got a mediocre portfolio with low sales, but one of his latest uploads is a photo of a duck, and not just a photo of a duck but one he took standing up and looking down and he even managed to cut the tail out of the frame, I mean for crying out loud this guy is going to be reviewing our work!!!


just to chime in here...and to agree with everyone else, what are you talking about??!?  
FTP is working just fine, Sales are looking good, $/download is the highest ever, Ellen got a book contract and wants to focus energy on that as well as work on her own consulting business, and the security breach happened at istock  

CCK

« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2009, 11:11 »
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I certainly don't have any intention of leaving DT.

« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2009, 11:18 »
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Dreamstime is fine with me too.

And, anyway, who cares if someone leaves? That happens all the time in companies.

I suspect someone may have a massive chip on the shoulder. Too many rejections?

gbcimages

« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2009, 11:29 »
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DT is #1 for me at the moment. :)

« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2009, 11:38 »
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I don't know about anyone else but things happening at Dreamtime lately have seriously made me consider pulling my portfolio from there.

-Their only credible resource has announced she's leaving.

-It's impossible to upload there using any FTP software.

-Yesterday they had a major security breach and are recommending everyone change their password (although they're doing their best to play this down in the forum)

-Sales lately have just plummeted.

-But the final insult for me was reading in the forum about their latest editor, not only has this guy got a mediocre portfolio with low sales, but one of his latest uploads is a photo of a duck, and not just a photo of a duck but one he took standing up and looking down and he even managed to cut the tail out of the frame, I mean for crying out loud this guy is going to be reviewing our work!!!


just to chime in here...and to agree with everyone else, what are you talking about??!?  
FTP is working just fine, Sales are looking good, $/download is the highest ever, Ellen got a book contract and wants to focus energy on that as well as work on her own consulting business, and the security breach happened at istock  


Haha.. Nice.. Pretty much what I was thinking..
« Last Edit: March 04, 2009, 11:40 by tubed »

« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2009, 11:41 »
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if I was absolutely forced to go exclusive with one agency right now it would be DT so no.

Dito..


« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2009, 11:54 »
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Dreamstime is my favorite agency now, ShutterStock is a close second. Fotolia was first but they moved to last after they recently screwed over their contibutors. All goodwill I had towards Fotolia is totally gone, to the point where I'm hoping they fail and buyers move to Dreamstime.

« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2009, 12:55 »
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Dreamstime is the first site I check, the first I upload to and the first to reach payouts.  I wish they would review additional format files faster but it's such a small complaint in the grand scheme of dreamstime goodness it's almost not worth mentioning.

« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2009, 14:56 »
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Troll Alert!  ;D

Don't feed the trolls:D

Xalanx

« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2009, 15:01 »
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Dreamstime is moving places 2-3 in my top sellers, because SS has a huge advantage over others. It's moving slow, but very forward, for me. It's on a par with StockXpert.
Good agency, overall.

lisafx

« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2009, 15:08 »
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Add me to the majority here.  Dreamstime is the best run agency IMO. 

Of your list of complaints, the only one that is true is that Ellen Boughn is leaving.   And as fotografer points out, she has only been there a couple of years.  It was nice having her there - she was an asset to the company, but it was still a wonderful site before she got there and will be a wonderful site going forward. 

We all get frustrated with this business sometimes, but in this case I think your hostility is misdirected.  Dreamstime is a gem. 

« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2009, 15:26 »
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It's not my highest earner, but DT is my fave agency.  And for what it's worth, I had made more or the same by March 2nd than I had made all of Feb at any of StockXpert, BS or 123. 

« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2009, 15:28 »
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DT is our favorite site, and if we had to go exclusive, this would be the site for us.

Had you said the same about Fotolia, I would have agreed completely with you.

Have you considered you just aren't good enough to be on their site?  Without seeing your port, that's just a guess, but I bet a very good one.  Maybe when you learn how to shoot commercial work, you'll start to see sales there.

Good luck!

Gebbie *who doesn't have a problem signing my name to any post I make*

« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2009, 16:07 »
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Dt is a very good agency.  Now, if I could only opt out from subs, I would love them.

Regards.
Adelaide


 

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