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Phadrea

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« Reply #75 on: August 12, 2016, 01:40 »
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Absolutely stone dead. For weeks I have been hanging at $98 which makes me unable to withdraw my money. I never upload anymore now.


« Reply #76 on: August 12, 2016, 05:57 »
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Dropped off a cliff for me so far this month :-(

« Reply #77 on: August 12, 2016, 08:56 »
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Absolutely stone dead. For weeks I have been hanging at $98 which makes me unable to withdraw my money. I never upload anymore now.

Same here - stuck at $92 for weeks.

« Reply #78 on: August 12, 2016, 09:46 »
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Me too this August - nada!

Phadrea

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« Reply #79 on: August 15, 2016, 03:57 »
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Hooray ! Just reached my payment threshold so made a request. I have a feeling that will probably be my last payout from DT.

« Reply #80 on: August 15, 2016, 04:46 »
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I made 2.94$ in July and 9.66$ in August

« Reply #81 on: August 15, 2016, 07:06 »
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« Reply #82 on: August 18, 2016, 15:07 »
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$1.40 for me so far in August :/

« Reply #83 on: August 18, 2016, 16:20 »
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I am at $98.23.  $1.05 so far for August.  Hoping to cash out by Labor Day.

« Reply #84 on: August 21, 2016, 18:27 »
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I'm exclusive with DT and my sales have fallen to about a third of what they used to be until a couple of months ago. At first I thought it was because of summer, although last year I didn't see a seasonal decline. Only recently did I realize that the drop coincided with a little change DT made to its search engine: the default buyers now see when they search for images is "Best selling" instead of "Most relevant." I think that benefits mostly old images, which have had time to sell a lot, and I've only been a DT member for a couple of years.

I'm thinking of not only dropping exclusivity, but leaving DT altogether. I really don't have time to upload to many sites, so I'm considering trying to become exclusive at iStock, but I've been doing research and iStockers don't exactly seem like happy campers either, and the announcement that you'll have to ask permission to delete your photos from iStock seems shady as hell... On the other hand, sales have to be better than at DT. I'm just not sure if it's worth the hassle of disabling my 3,000 images at DT (which of course you have to do one by one  :-[) and starting all over at iStock.

Sigh.

« Reply #85 on: August 21, 2016, 18:39 »
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I'm exclusive with DT and my sales have fallen to about a third of what they used to be until a couple of months ago. At first I thought it was because of summer, although last year I didn't see a seasonal decline. Only recently did I realize that the drop coincided with a little change DT made to its search engine: the default buyers now see when they search for images is "Best selling" instead of "Most relevant." I think that benefits mostly old images, which have had time to sell a lot, and I've only been a DT member for a couple of years.

I'm thinking of not only dropping exclusivity, but leaving DT altogether. I really don't have time to upload to many sites, so I'm considering trying to become exclusive at iStock, but I've been doing research and iStockers don't exactly seem like happy campers either, and the announcement that you'll have to ask permission to delete your photos from iStock seems shady as hell... On the other hand, sales have to be better than at DT. I'm just not sure if it's worth the hassle of disabling my 3,000 images at DT (which of course you have to do one by one  :-[) and starting all over at iStock.

Sigh.

Do not become exclusive at Istock.  You will regret that more than DT.  If I were you I would drop exclusivity and get approved at Shuttterstock at the least.  In the whole scheme of things you will make more money with SS than any other micro. Istock has treated contributors horribly and with the new Getty transition you no longer have the option to pick and choose what images you may want to delete later unless there is a legal reason.  The only other way will be to close your account with them.  They have two lawsuits against them with hefty claims that, if awarded as sought, will put them out of business. 

This isn't to say that SS is all peachy.  They are having lots of turnover and technical issues reminiscent of Istock of the last 5-6 years.  They in effect cut commissions on EL's but did allow contributors to opt out, which many did. 

Best of luck in your decision.

« Reply #86 on: August 22, 2016, 00:08 »
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I have to agree. I know everyone has different experience but in general ss is a must. I used to be exclusive with dt also but i never made as much as on SS. If i would be working with one agency then shutterstock. You will get more from it.

Best things of ss is fast review....often witthin hour...
Regular sales.
They approve as good as every subject as long legal, techincal and composition are fine.


« Reply #87 on: August 22, 2016, 01:44 »
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You would have to be nuts to go exclusive with istock. If upload time is the issue bear in mind you can upload to all the other top sites combined in the time it takes to upload just to istock.

gyllens

« Reply #88 on: August 22, 2016, 02:47 »
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I'm exclusive with DT and my sales have fallen to about a third of what they used to be until a couple of months ago. At first I thought it was because of summer, although last year I didn't see a seasonal decline. Only recently did I realize that the drop coincided with a little change DT made to its search engine: the default buyers now see when they search for images is "Best selling" instead of "Most relevant." I think that benefits mostly old images, which have had time to sell a lot, and I've only been a DT member for a couple of years.

I'm thinking of not only dropping exclusivity, but leaving DT altogether. I really don't have time to upload to many sites, so I'm considering trying to become exclusive at iStock, but I've been doing research and iStockers don't exactly seem like happy campers either, and the announcement that you'll have to ask permission to delete your photos from iStock seems shady as hell... On the other hand, sales have to be better than at DT. I'm just not sure if it's worth the hassle of disabling my 3,000 images at DT (which of course you have to do one by one  :-[) and starting all over at iStock.

Sigh.

Do not become exclusive at Istock.  You will regret that more than DT.  If I were you I would drop exclusivity and get approved at Shuttterstock at the least.  In the whole scheme of things you will make more money with SS than any other micro. Istock has treated contributors horribly and with the new Getty transition you no longer have the option to pick and choose what images you may want to delete later unless there is a legal reason.  The only other way will be to close your account with them.  They have two lawsuits against them with hefty claims that, if awarded as sought, will put them out of business. 

This isn't to say that SS is all peachy.  They are having lots of turnover and technical issues reminiscent of Istock of the last 5-6 years.  They in effect cut commissions on EL's but did allow contributors to opt out, which many did. 

Best of luck in your decision.

I agree to that. Don't even think about Istock I am independent and reached the status of black diamond and I am lucky if I get three downloads per day. About DT I am sure they will be the next agency to fold.

« Reply #89 on: August 22, 2016, 07:46 »
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Thanks a lot for your replies, guys. Your feedback is much appreciated! I do have to say I'm kind of surprised by your comments about iStock. As I said, I've done my research, so I knew contributors weren't happy with the way they were treated, but I thought that at least exclusive contributors were making good money. And I thought that because the poll on this site told me so.  ??? Is it terribly outdated or am I missing something?

« Reply #90 on: August 22, 2016, 08:33 »
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Thanks a lot for your replies, guys. Your feedback is much appreciated! I do have to say I'm kind of surprised by your comments about iStock. As I said, I've done my research, so I knew contributors weren't happy with the way they were treated, but I thought that at least exclusive contributors were making good money. And I thought that because the poll on this site told me so.  ??? Is it terribly outdated or am I missing something?

The polls are only indicators and the n value for Istock exclusives is probably very low. Anyone can post anything, there are no facts to back up what anyone puts in the polls.  There are some exclusives who seem t be doing okay but most I speak with have left exclusivity. There are a lot of threads on the topic of Istock that discusses the frustration of exclusives, except maybe for one or two on this forum who clam exclusivity works for them.

Rose Tinted Glasses

« Reply #91 on: August 22, 2016, 09:10 »
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Thanks a lot for your replies, guys. Your feedback is much appreciated! I do have to say I'm kind of surprised by your comments about iStock. As I said, I've done my research, so I knew contributors weren't happy with the way they were treated, but I thought that at least exclusive contributors were making good money. And I thought that because the poll on this site told me so.  ??? Is it terribly outdated or am I missing something?

The polls are only indicators and the n value for Istock exclusives is probably very low. Anyone can post anything, there are no facts to back up what anyone puts in the polls.  There are some exclusives who seem t be doing okay but most I speak with have left exclusivity. There are a lot of threads on the topic of Istock that discusses the frustration of exclusives, except maybe for one or two on this forum who clam exclusivity works for them.

What Mantis says is true. I would also like to add that it all depends on what you shoot etc. I am still exclusive and it works for me, but in honesty sales have dropped significantly over the years, but I do believe that has happened across the board on all agencies. For me exclusivity still works as I get a better than average royalty rate so dropping exclusivity would instantly cost me $$$ in dropped revenues, and at this point I am not 100% convinced that doing 10 times as much work uploading to get where I'm already at makes sense. My suggestion is if you are at a lower royalty rate on IS then don't waste your time going exclusive, it simply is not worth it financially speaking, you'd be better off to mix it up with multiple agencies and hope for he best. I also happen to know several exclusive photographers that don't even drop in on this forum and they are pretty much in the same boat as me, for them it's not worth it to drop exclusivity - yet. I would also ignore the polls as they are by no means accurate.

Good luck in whatever you choose.

« Reply #92 on: August 22, 2016, 09:16 »
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Exclusives work for one rf agency and so use all their energy to it. I believe if someone invest that time only to ss they could be better of. 

Phadrea

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« Reply #93 on: August 25, 2016, 11:36 »
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Still absolutely DEAD!

gyllens

« Reply #94 on: August 25, 2016, 12:14 »
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There is a thread going there " one month without a sale"  check it out please. The only people shouting bme or good sales are the lower level royalty members. Embarrassing actually since they must take us for complete fools.

ShadySue

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« Reply #95 on: August 25, 2016, 12:48 »
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Exclusives work for one rf agency and so use all their energy to it. I believe if someone invest that time only to ss they could be better of.
That's not true across all genres.

« Reply #96 on: August 25, 2016, 16:18 »
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There is a thread going there " one month without a sale"  check it out please. The only people shouting bme or good sales are the lower level royalty members. Embarrassing actually since they must take us for complete fools.

But DT royalty levels are by image, not by member/contributor?

« Reply #97 on: August 25, 2016, 16:21 »
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Thanks, Rose Tinted Glasses. I think you and other people on this thread saved me from making a big mistake (joining as an exclusive at iStock) so I'm really grateful.

« Reply #98 on: August 25, 2016, 16:28 »
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There is a thread going there " one month without a sale"  check it out please. The only people shouting bme or good sales are the lower level royalty members. Embarrassing actually since they must take us for complete fools.

I couldn't find the thread, but that hasn't been my case. My sales over the past couple of months have been bad, but not that bad. I've had sales every week, but almost all of them are 42-cent subscriptions and it's not like they are adding up quickly.

But the change in the search engine must benefit some contributors, so I wouldn't be surprised if people who've been at DT a long time have seen a spike in their sales.

« Reply #99 on: August 25, 2016, 16:57 »
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I have been hanging at $99.40 for over two months, and today I made it over $100.00.  I cashed out immediately.  Whew!  I finally made it.  Good luck to every one else who is close to a payout.


 

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