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« Reply #25 on: May 30, 2012, 20:46 »
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It is true, RPd is higher these days, but the sales almost disappeared recently!


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« Reply #26 on: May 31, 2012, 00:14 »
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had a great last two days, in a pretty good overall month, making it a 3rd BME (not third in a row, third overall)

Definitely finding the level increase is improving earnings.

« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2012, 00:42 »
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BME at DT for me. Also ended the month my highest monthly RPD of $2.37.

« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2012, 01:34 »
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A great RDP but less earnings than May 2009 with around 80 less downloads.  As I have said before, an improved RPD is meaningless if sales volume goes down and most importantly, earnings go down.  The commission cuts have also eaten in to my monthly earnings.  Their fall in sales is not as bad as istock and FT but they've all lost out to SS.

You would think that the sites that have cut commissions, raised prices, demotivated their contributors and sent buyers to SS would have seen they have the wrong strategy by now but unfortunately there's still no sign of this ending.  While SS is my favourite site, I'd like to see them have stronger competition.  If anything goes wrong with SS now, microstock wouldn't be worth doing anymore.

w7lwi

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« Reply #29 on: June 03, 2012, 21:24 »
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Scratch this problem.  My accountant screwed up his end-of-month reporting.  DT's records were correct.
« Last Edit: June 04, 2012, 15:38 by w7lwi »

« Reply #30 on: June 04, 2012, 05:23 »
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RPD was only $1.56 last month and I made 1/4 of what I normally do. I made more on DT over this past weekend than I did for all of May - my worst month ever there other than my first few months when I just started out. Every place else was above average or average. About 19% of my photos are level 3, 4 or 5  (5% are level 4 or 5) and most of the rest are the new level 2.
RPD is $1.97 so far for June - no where near a BME - but sales volume is projected to be about 2x my normal volume. Of course, it seems premature to make projections on a few days' sales.
Sorry to hear others are in the same boat - but relieved I'm not alone.
Income at iStock is continuing to rise for me ( slowly but steadily) but SS is by far my best earner after Alamy, and I've added far fewer new photos to SS than to anywhere else - ELs are getting more regular there and volume is consistently high. If it weren't for SS I wouldn't even bother with the micros at this point. Let's hope their new financing doesn't rock the boat.

« Reply #31 on: June 07, 2012, 07:28 »
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in the first 6 days of June DT was really slow for me...I have 760 image and so far 3 sales!!! What is going on?

wut

« Reply #32 on: June 07, 2012, 08:34 »
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Looks like they've shot themselves in the foot. And looks like SS is getting yet more buyers.

wut

« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2012, 11:58 »
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On top of dropping sales, my RPD is dropping, at free fall pace. I'm mostly getting just 70c subs.

« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2012, 07:36 »
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horrible month and also the review is taking ages! I have files uploaded on May 29!!

« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2012, 07:46 »
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5th place so far, behind IS with 28 images and 123 with 150

« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2012, 15:51 »
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Horrible trend for us too.
May was BME on every agency but not on DT.

« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2012, 17:47 »
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Attaching my stats grab.  This is worse than my first month there in 96 with a couple photos.  Is there an error in reporting, or is it really this bad?  Especially following a top-3 month, and above average '12 so far. 

« Reply #38 on: June 12, 2012, 18:03 »
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quite similar here too, DT was my 6th best agency last month (I will repeat myself saying they are stagnated)


« Reply #39 on: June 12, 2012, 18:03 »
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I wasn't seeing the problems everyone else has been...until this month.  Crikey!  2,300 images and I only had 3 sales during the first 5 days, and none this past weekend.  That NEVER happens.  Here we are, nearly halfway through June, and my sales are 1/4th of January's sales (December and January tend to be my worst months)!  Sales have started to pick up again, but nearly all have been subscription sales or small sizes.      

FYI -- March was a unique BME for me.  Someone bought the largest size of my entire neon alphabet collection...24 images total.  Without those unusual sales, I would have ended up close to April's numbers.
« Last Edit: June 12, 2012, 18:05 by Karimala »

« Reply #40 on: June 12, 2012, 18:31 »
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I am at about 1/5 of last month. This month started out horribly and almost all subs. Things have started to pick up a bit, but w/o a change it is going to be a bad month at DT.

« Reply #41 on: June 12, 2012, 18:50 »
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Horrible month for me also.  Might not even make payout.  That hasn't happened in 5 years. 

« Reply #42 on: June 12, 2012, 19:06 »
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Horrible month for me also.  Might not even make payout.  That hasn't happened in 5 years. 

To put my revenue chart into perspective, my January earnings didn't reach a payout (for the first time in 5 years, too).  I sure hope things pick up, because I don't want to see a repeat!

« Reply #43 on: June 12, 2012, 21:56 »
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Sorry guys, but I find it oddly comforting that your graphs look so much like mine.  God that's twisted, but I was seriously thinking that I had been fired - and I know I haven't said a thing bad to be punished somehow because I've always been a vocal supporter of DT.   So, this is what everyone else has been talking about.  Oh, my!

Should we be screaming though FOUL, THEY ARE NOT REPORTING SALES!!!! THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE PROVEN BY 7 YEARS HISTORY!!!!!

« Reply #44 on: June 12, 2012, 22:06 »
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Should we be screaming though FOUL, THEY ARE NOT REPORTING SALES!!!! THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE PROVEN BY 7 YEARS HISTORY!!!!!

dont know about that but I am having a very bad month after a BME (I am very small to be relevant but..)

May   58 ($68.73)
June  11 ($10.44)

grafix04

« Reply #45 on: June 12, 2012, 22:15 »
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Could be that after the last sneaky price rise, angry buyers have used up their credits and gone elsewhere.  I've been expecting this to happen.

« Reply #46 on: June 12, 2012, 22:26 »
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Sorry guys, but I find it oddly comforting that your graphs look so much like mine.  God that's twisted, but I was seriously thinking that I had been fired - and I know I haven't said a thing bad to be punished somehow because I've always been a vocal supporter of DT.   So, this is what everyone else has been talking about.  Oh, my!

Hahaha!  I had the exact same reaction.   ;D

« Reply #47 on: June 12, 2012, 23:34 »
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Could be that after the last sneaky price rise, angry buyers have used up their credits and gone elsewhere.  I've been expecting this to happen.

This is probably what has happened. Why pay more?

grafix04

« Reply #48 on: June 13, 2012, 00:43 »
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Could be that after the last sneaky price rise, angry buyers have used up their credits and gone elsewhere.  I've been expecting this to happen.

This is probably what has happened. Why pay more?

Yea and it's not just a price increase, it's the way they did it.  From a buyer's perspective, they'd have to be pretty irate.  If I was a buyer and purchased 52 credits with the intention of purchasing a certain number of quality images and was adding them in my lightbox, I'd be furious if suddenly DT fiddled with the levels making the credits that I already purchased less valuable.  I'd then have to purchase more credits to purchase what's in my lightbox.  I'm not even sure that it's legal to do that.  It would be similar to putting a down payment of $500 on a car that's worth $2000 and then finding out later that the dealer has increased the price of the car to $3000 and refuses to give me back the down payment of $500.  DT increasing prices by shuffling the levels was sneaky, certainly unethical and possibly illegal.

And not only that, I'm not exactly sure when they did it, but since April, they've also increased prices of credit packages making it a double whammy for buyers. 

« Reply #49 on: June 13, 2012, 03:15 »
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Probably the best argument against exclusivity (anywhere) that I've seen...   ;)


 

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