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rinderart

« on: August 28, 2019, 22:39 »
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A very good site for Me and many Others. sales are so Bad Im in shock. I fear another One is gonna Bite the dust. I really Hope this Great Old site gets it back together.


« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2019, 23:27 »
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Yep. I used to make a some good amount of money from Dreamstime a long long time ago, but now all I had is 10x times less. I fear they are going bankrupt. The downfall of Dreamstime is so rapid compared to other sites.

Shutterstock down x2 times
iStock down x2 times
Depositphotos down x2 times
123rf down x3 times.
Canstockphoto down x4 times
Dreamstime down x10 times




« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2019, 01:51 »
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Dreamstime was my first. And my only one, for quite some time acutally. Sad to see how them dropping so low so fast.
One could hope they can turn the tide, but considering that they're not the only agency taking hits, a merge with another agency or even bankruptcy seems more feasible.

« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2019, 05:50 »
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I think several years ago they had an opportunity to be bought out
In hindsight they should have took the money and run, now they are barely eking out an existence

« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2019, 05:57 »
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Dreamstime is so old fashioned and unnecessary accumulated like a Christmas tree with unnecessary things. Why don't they just clean up the design and refine the collection with the best there. There is still a chance.

« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2019, 06:20 »
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A very good site for Me and many Others. sales are so Bad Im in shock. I fear another One is gonna Bite the dust. I really Hope this Great Old site gets it back together.

What kicked off this topic?  Did I miss something?

« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2019, 08:30 »
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A topic for us "oldtimers". ;) Dreamstime was my first agency as well nine years ago. There's a nostalgic motivation staying with them but they also provide steady sales throughout the years. A minor earner but always predictable with frequent commissions in the dollar category as opposed to the penny offerings.....Personally, I would think if they simplified things for the buyer. Use far fewer categories they could improve sales.

« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2019, 09:23 »
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I am $1.92 $1.22 $0.87 $0.52 $0.17 shy of my next payout - let's hope they stay in business long enough to get that over $100 :)

Edited to add that I got to payout before they bit the dust. I had hoped that someone would purchase the site and make something of it - meaning that leaving my files there made sense. DT hasn't done anything objectionable (I opted out of partner sales) so there's no urgency to leave, but giving them such a long float before I get paid - given their $100 threshold - just feels like I'm subsidizing their slow decline. Decisions, decisions...
« Last Edit: September 18, 2019, 13:44 by Jo Ann Snover »

« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2019, 09:55 »
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I am $1.92 shy of my next payout - let's hope they stay in business long enough to get that over $100 :)

I've been sitting at around $5 shy of my next payout for what seems forever.

I share your hope, Jo Ann.

« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2019, 10:04 »
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Payout should be $25 for DT
$100 threshold is ridiculous given the micro stock environment in general, never mind a low volume sales one like DT

rinderart

« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2019, 10:44 »
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Exact same here  $1.50 shy for weeks. I chk it 3 times a day.

rinderart

« Reply #11 on: August 29, 2019, 10:45 »
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Payout should be $25 for DT
$100 threshold is ridiculous given the micro stock environment in general, never mind a low volume sales one like DT

Agree. I asked them a year ago to make it 50. Never a word Back.

« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2019, 11:00 »
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Payout should be $25 for DT
$100 threshold is ridiculous given the micro stock environment in general, never mind a low volume sales one like DT

Agree. I asked them a year ago to make it 50. Never a word Back.

Makes me wonder if the only thing keeping DT alive is the "float" they get on all our delayed
payouts.
« Last Edit: August 29, 2019, 12:51 by marthamarks »

rinderart

« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2019, 23:42 »
+1
Payout should be $25 for DT
$100 threshold is ridiculous given the micro stock environment in general, never mind a low volume sales one like DT

Agree. I asked them a year ago to make it 50. Never a word Back.

Makes me wonder if the only thing keeping DT alive is the "float" they get on all our delayed
payouts.
Sadly I agree Martha. I have $98.71 showing for 3 weeks. thats Unheard of. I wrote them today asking for $100.01 cent and said after i got paid I would close My account. Then they can hide all they want because I don't care and Im Not gonna spend any More time with this. There in Tennessee ? USA. really?
« Last Edit: August 29, 2019, 23:49 by rinderart »

« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2019, 06:54 »
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Payout should be $25 for DT
$100 threshold is ridiculous given the micro stock environment in general, never mind a low volume sales one like DT

Agree. I asked them a year ago to make it 50. Never a word Back.

Makes me wonder if the only thing keeping DT alive is the "float" they get on all our delayed
payouts.
Sadly I agree Martha. I have $98.71 showing for 3 weeks. thats Unheard of. I wrote them today asking for $100.01 cent and said after i got paid I would close My account. Then they can hide all they want because I don't care and Im Not gonna spend any More time with this. There in Tennessee ? USA. really?

So yesterday you really hoped this Great Old site gets it back together and today you are requesting payment and account closure. Am I missing something? Did you have sales that were not added to your 98$ so that can purposely hold on your potential payment or you did not make sales in 3 weeks ? 

Snow

« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2019, 08:28 »
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I was in the same boat with a dollar or less shy of payout and a sudden halt of sales  :o
Eventually I bought my own work to reach payout and then removed all my work and closed account.
So just buy (or let someone else buy) some credits and get it over with.


rinderart

« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2019, 13:52 »
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Great Idea.

« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2019, 18:26 »
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Sadly I agree Martha. I have $98.71 showing for 3 weeks. thats Unheard of. I wrote them today asking for $100.01 cent and said after i got paid I would close My account. Then they can hide all they want because I don't care and Im Not gonna spend any More time with this. There in Tennessee ? USA. really?

I can understand that.

You only had 58 sales since the end of April.
58 sales in 4 months, for someone with with a port of 5,144 files, can be disappointing, indeed.
« Last Edit: August 30, 2019, 18:29 by Zero Talent »

rinderart

« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2019, 10:15 »
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I had a talk with them last Night. was Informed they weren't going anywhere. But it's been tough for awhile and suggested I hang In there. Appreciate their words. Always Liked the simplicity of the site. fingers crossed.

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2019, 10:25 »
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I had a talk with them last Night. was Informed they weren't going anywhere. But it's been tough for awhile and suggested I hang In there. Appreciate their words. Always Liked the simplicity of the site. fingers crossed.

So for 50 downloads a month you're willing to sit and watch them wither some more?  ::)

Maybe they are hanging on for a settlement from Google in the last phase of the lawsuit. LOL

I still have an account, my effort is a worse joke than the earnings. As I've said before, I get what I deserve, based on my level of effort. I can't blame them for that.

What I mean is, if I closed my account, they could keep the pitiful accumulated earnings and I wouldn't feel any sadness for the loss. I also had hoped they could somehow recover. I was wrong.

Dreamstime recent photo:



« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2019, 14:30 »
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I am $1.92 $1.22 shy of my next payout - let's hope they stay in business long enough to get that over $100 :)

License your own photo, hopefully that would get you over the threshold  :D

jonbull

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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2019, 16:50 »
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great agency once with probably the biggest rpd for me suddenly going down the hill...not a lot to say a 20 30 download per month..in addiction i find so boring the uploading process without serious batch...with ss all i need is 5 minutes to send hundreds of file...the same quantity make me spend 2 hours and more of my life...that's why i still have 500 unfinished files..i need also to release them so for each file a release click, two category...if you use the similar category is still a pain...

« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2019, 20:33 »
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I use to sell about 2000 dollars a year in photos with Dreamtime. Now if I am lucky it is maybe 200 dollars a year. I guess I should feel good that I do still have sales. If I could turn back time. I think that Crazy Socialist woman Cher said that....

« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2019, 01:14 »
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great agency once with probably the biggest rpd for me suddenly going down the hill...not a lot to say a 20 30 download per month..in addiction i find so boring the uploading process without serious batch...with ss all i need is 5 minutes to send hundreds of file...the same quantity make me spend 2 hours and more of my life...that's why i still have 500 unfinished files..i need also to release them so for each file a release click, two category...if you use the similar category is still a pain...
Perfect!!! no need of competion of snapshot images for dilution of those that took some effort for production

« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2019, 14:44 »
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I am $1.92 $1.22 $0.87 shy of my next payout - let's hope they stay in business long enough to get that over $100 :)
@Jo Ann, After two months on $99.48 I've just had a sale of $5.47 to take me over the threshold. Phew! Hope you get there soon!

« Reply #25 on: September 06, 2019, 16:00 »
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I started with dt in 2012 and I am now at 85 usd, 2 more years for pay out

« Reply #26 on: September 06, 2019, 18:42 »
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I started with dt in 2012 and I am now at 85 usd, 2 more years for pay out

A completely pointless post. If you have 2 images with DT, that's pretty impressive. If you have 10,000 images with DT, it's terrible.....

« Reply #27 on: September 10, 2019, 16:06 »
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here is another completely pointless post

« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2019, 21:49 »
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I am $1.92 $1.22 $0.87 shy of my next payout - let's hope they stay in business long enough to get that over $100 :)
@Jo Ann, After two months on $99.48 I've just had a sale of $5.47 to take me over the threshold. Phew! Hope you get there soon!

Congratulations on that accomplishment!!

I'm currently $2.04 short of payout (up about $3 in the last couple of weeks). No telling how long that last 2+ bucks will take.

« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2019, 03:01 »
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A very good site for Me and many Others. sales are so Bad Im in shock. I fear another One is gonna Bite the dust. I really Hope this Great Old site gets it back together.
I am not sorry about them.
Very unprofessional site. After revealing real contributor name, without any notice for artists, I deleted my account.

« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2019, 03:06 »
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A very good site for Me and many Others. sales are so Bad Im in shock. I fear another One is gonna Bite the dust. I really Hope this Great Old site gets it back together.
I am not sorry about them.
Very unprofessional site. After revealing real contributor name, without any notice for artists, I deleted my account.

What? Real name is visible on the web?

 :o


« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2019, 03:14 »
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A very good site for Me and many Others. sales are so Bad Im in shock. I fear another One is gonna Bite the dust. I really Hope this Great Old site gets it back together.
I am not sorry about them.
Very unprofessional site. After revealing real contributor name, without any notice for artists, I deleted my account.

What? Real name is visible on the web?

 :o
It was during few days or weeks. They decided without prior notice to contributors that "confidencial info" accounts would not be confidencial anymore and they simply displayed real names of authors. After contributors protests they are going back on their decision, but the damage is done.

« Reply #32 on: September 11, 2019, 03:38 »
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This is illegal here. Could be fined with a lot of money.

Amazing.

« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2019, 07:38 »
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I started with dt in 2012 and I am now at 85 usd, 2 more years for pay out
maybe a reason to challenge yourself, complaining here is useless
« Last Edit: September 11, 2019, 07:40 by DiscreetDuck »

« Reply #34 on: September 11, 2019, 08:26 »
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I am not sorry about them.
Very unprofessional site. After revealing real contributor name, without any notice for artists, I deleted my account.


What? Real name is visible on the web?

 :o

Yup. You can read about it here.

Dreamstimes Identity Crisis

« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2019, 21:24 »
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I started with dt in 2012 and I am now at 85 usd, 2 more years for pay out

Wow, almost same here, i started at 2013 and now at 86 usd...

« Reply #36 on: September 14, 2019, 09:03 »
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I started with dt in 2012 and I am now at 85 usd, 2 more years for pay out

Wow, almost same here, i started at 2013 and now at 86 usd...
I started a year ago and I have like 25 USD. So 3 more years for pay out lol...

« Reply #37 on: September 14, 2019, 13:49 »
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It seems to me Dreamstime fall started with their "submit only the best from the series we accept no similars" policy. Rings a bell, huh?  :o

« Reply #38 on: September 14, 2019, 17:01 »
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Let's hope that next step will be bloking accounts that are floodin craps

georgep7

« Reply #39 on: September 15, 2019, 10:23 »
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Yup. You can read about it here.

Dreamstimes Identity Crisis


And as the arcicle suggested, (September 28, 2016)

Now its time for Dreasmtime to rebuild their trust with their contributors, and maybe find more effective ways to increase their sales.

Guess they failed on the first one, dunno if at least managed to achieve the second.

jonbull

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« Reply #40 on: September 15, 2019, 14:52 »
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this agency is going bankrupt soon. it's clear. like 123rf and cannock...probably deposit will manage to be alive some more here...then will be the time for ss esp and adobe...soon there will be no business in micro stock...it's pretty clear.

« Reply #41 on: September 16, 2019, 14:09 »
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I just had a sale and it says something new (25% royalty).

« Reply #42 on: September 16, 2019, 17:26 »
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I just had a sale and it says something new (25% royalty).

That's not new - it was a credit sale (a rare bird these days) as opposed to subscription. You can read about the various royalty percentages (based on how much an image has sold) here:

https://www.dreamstime.com/sell-stock-photos-images


« Reply #43 on: September 19, 2019, 13:57 »
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I seem to do okay on Dreamstime.  Enough that I feel it's still worth it to upload there.  But 123RF seems to be rather stagnant and their upload process is super time consuming.

« Reply #44 on: September 19, 2019, 14:04 »
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Until last year, I was able to get a payout every month (sometimes even twice a month)
Now I can only got payed every other month.

I hope they'll find a way to recover and become competitive again.


« Reply #45 on: September 20, 2019, 02:29 »
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I seem to do okay on Dreamstime.  Enough that I feel it's still worth it to upload there.  But 123RF seems to be rather stagnant and their upload process is super time consuming.
Amazingly RF is doing better for me the last couple of months but from a cliff edge drop about a year back. I don't find their ftp uploading time consuming.

« Reply #46 on: February 14, 2020, 11:04 »
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Completly dead for a few months
Used to have 2 sales a month


« Reply #47 on: February 14, 2020, 15:13 »
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Used to have 2 sales a month

Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

« Reply #48 on: February 14, 2020, 15:54 »
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I really dont see what the problem is or why Dreamstime is supposedly doomed all of a sudden.

Yes, Dreamstime is a small and kind of low-earning agency. Yes, it can take a while until you reach payout. So? Their upload process is painless and speedy, their average RPD isnt so low that I feel ripped off (hello, 123rf!), they pay without delay or fuss when you reach the threshold.

For me, they have been a slow but steady earner and as long as the abovementioned criteria dont change, then Ill keep my portfolio there & keep uploading when I have the time. Ill worry about them going belly-up if it actually happens.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2020, 15:59 by lazy_ella »

« Reply #49 on: February 17, 2020, 15:00 »
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You'll be even more sorry when the time comes to close your account. They will make you
disable thousand of images one by one :p
Luckily it can be coded to go faster :D

KeremGo3D

  • Master Of My Fate + Captain Of My Soul
« Reply #50 on: February 17, 2020, 18:00 »
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DT is my first too since 2013... I was once exclusive. Combining the sales of my renderings with uploaded bonuses and helped me through to get some really tough times. I had to stop uploading and leave exclusivity after they stopped giving bonuses to contributors over 10.000 accepted images. It was sad for me since I get used to it very much.

« Reply #51 on: February 18, 2020, 00:09 »
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DT is my first too since 2013... I was once exclusive. Combining the sales of my renderings with uploaded bonuses and helped me through to get some really tough times. I had to stop uploading and leave exclusivity after they stopped giving bonuses to contributors over 10.000 accepted images. It was sad for me since I get used to it very much.

I think I remember reading that you have to pay back the bonuses if you stop being exclusive. Is this correct?

KeremGo3D

  • Master Of My Fate + Captain Of My Soul
« Reply #52 on: February 18, 2020, 15:46 »
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If you broke the rules and sell in another agency while working exclusive with them. BUT when you let them know 30 day prior for leaving exclusivity no such thing will happen. They simply let you leave without any penalty.

DT is my first too since 2013... I was once exclusive. Combining the sales of my renderings with uploaded bonuses and helped me through to get some really tough times. I had to stop uploading and leave exclusivity after they stopped giving bonuses to contributors over 10.000 accepted images. It was sad for me since I get used to it very much.

I think I remember reading that you have to pay back the bonuses if you stop being exclusive. Is this correct?


 

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