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dbvirago

« Reply #25 on: July 15, 2014, 20:07 »
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Although it's been 5 years since my best month there, on track to have my best month at DT in two years.


Goofy

« Reply #26 on: July 15, 2014, 20:19 »
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Although it's been 5 years since my best month there, on track to have my best month at DT in two years.

I knew it was only a matter of time before someone would say 'I am making a killing this month!'  8)


dbvirago

« Reply #27 on: July 15, 2014, 20:49 »
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Not a killing, just better than average. Last 2 years flat, so it doesn't take much to beat it. It's usually my #2 or #3 and this month no different.

« Reply #28 on: July 15, 2014, 20:59 »
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I am seeing the same thing also, but mine did not start in July.   Dreamtime got very slow a couple months ago and getting worse since.

Same here... this is not summer slowdown.. I have 7+ yrs experience with them as an exclusive contributor.  Everything was great till last December & from the beginning of 2014 it is getting worse.

I was earning 1000$+ per month on past 5yrs and in 2014 I still couldn't reach even 800$ in a month.

« Reply #29 on: July 15, 2014, 21:12 »
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Although it's been 5 years since my best month there, on track to have my best month at DT in two years.

I knew it was only a matter of time before someone would say 'I am making a killing this month!'  8)

Da-mn.
I just forgot to put my vertical flip glasses on. Now graph looks much more desirable. Jeahhh, Ill kick ass this month...




Valo

« Reply #30 on: July 16, 2014, 01:24 »
+6
Could it be that buyers have used up their credit packs and sub packs and are now moving to the Dollar Photo Club? I guess when Fotolia starts to move up on the Poll we have our answer.

« Reply #31 on: July 16, 2014, 04:59 »
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DT FT DP 123RF Zoonar YAY are always the WME!  :-\

I don't know why I bother uploading to them even Bigstock do better and they have a lower payout threshold which is nice :D

« Reply #32 on: July 16, 2014, 05:17 »
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last month was my worst for years on DT, down to just under one third of my BME. This month looks as if it will be the same as last. My graph makes Sulio's (non-inverted) one look almost desirable.

« Reply #33 on: July 16, 2014, 19:57 »
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June was about 60% of my average month, but July looks to be an average month, assuming the last half of the month is on par with the first. Aside from nice jumps in Nov '13 and May '14, overall sales and revenue there are on a slight but noticeable downward trajectory. Still seeing subscription sales of my Level 4 and 5 images, but also getting some good credit sales. A payout a couple weeks ago showed up in my account very quickly so that's a good sign. DT is actually a tad higher than SS this month however SS is significantly down. Alamy actually has them both beat, and I did not have any huge sales there, so just figuring it''s the summer slump.

Anyone know what happened to that new thing they were trying out with our chosen images? No unusual income there yet (I let them use my handful of "chosen" files figuring it was worth a shot).


Goofy

« Reply #34 on: July 16, 2014, 20:05 »
+3
I told my landlord (mean lady) I wont be able to pay the rent this month due to DT - she told me to find a real job!  :-\


Rinderart

« Reply #35 on: July 16, 2014, 23:31 »
+1
DT is doing Just OK. FT is dead in the water as compared to a few years ago, SS is falling apart. The entire business of Micro is coming to a close for lots of folks that did rather well for years.

If your doing well. Count your lucky stars my friends. I, like many others got lazy who had good careers. Im chasing old clients now and in my town [Hollywood] doing actor head shots is Huge. Guess I gotta do them......Again. UGH. God I hate doing them, goes back 30 years.

stock-will-eat-itself

« Reply #36 on: July 17, 2014, 04:19 »
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Same here, going back to client work exclusively. I used to make more money from Stock than client work but the reverse is true now.

Micro is going through its next faze, agencies squeezing as much profit as they can with sneaky royalty reductions and poor quality work saturating the libraries is making Stock income very unstable these last couple of years. Not that I'm complaining I've had a good run and made some excellent money from it over the years. But its time to move on now, I know a burst bubble when I see it.

« Reply #37 on: July 17, 2014, 11:02 »
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DT is doing Just OK. FT is dead in the water as compared to a few years ago, SS is falling apart. The entire business of Micro is coming to a close for lots of folks that did rather well for years.

If your doing well. Count your lucky stars my friends. I, like many others got lazy who had good careers. Im chasing old clients now and in my town [Hollywood] doing actor head shots is Huge. Guess I gotta do them......Again. UGH. God I hate doing them, goes back 30 years.

Your right.  I was asked to shoot a wedding soon and turned them down. I hate to shoot weddings.   Now I think maybe I should reconsider.  Haven't done one in 5 years or so.   Probably I won't be any good at it anymore.

« Reply #38 on: July 17, 2014, 13:42 »
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DT have been in 5th place for most of 2014 but still showing slight year on year growth. Largely because (IMO) my port is 50% smaller there, thanks to their pompous, ill considered and unfathomable "similars" policy.

Thankfully, despite the claims that microstock is dead, sales are very robust in the rest of the top and middle tier.

« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2014, 21:28 »
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Steady decline.  Although I've been getting some nice credit sales lately.  Haven't been uploading much to microstock this past six months and my portfolio on DT has been gaining in higher value.

« Reply #40 on: July 18, 2014, 11:38 »
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For me it is just a drop in volume - looking back at 2013 I had 9:31 versus 8:32 credit:subs sales, looking at a random 40 sales around the same date.  My feeling is that DT had a bit of a niche, with bloggers, and the whole Getty thing sucked the market dry.  Way to go Getty!  Take a group of buyers and suck them out of the pool, since they weren't buying from Getty anyways...

« Reply #41 on: July 18, 2014, 11:52 »
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Your right.  I was asked to shoot a wedding soon and turned them down. I hate to shoot weddings.   Now I think maybe I should reconsider.  Haven't done one in 5 years or so.   Probably I won't be any good at it anymore.
I don't like them either... but when your nephew asks if he can fly you to Mexico to shoot his... I just had to agree to one last wedding in 2015 :)

DT is selling lots of subs this month, or is it just me?  Wish they were still tiered.

« Reply #42 on: July 18, 2014, 13:22 »
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For me it is just a drop in volume - looking back at 2013 I had 9:31 versus 8:32 credit:subs sales, looking at a random 40 sales around the same date.  My feeling is that DT had a bit of a niche, with bloggers, and the whole Getty thing sucked the market dry.  Way to go Getty!  Take a group of buyers and suck them out of the pool, since they weren't buying from Getty anyways...
Very good point. When I try to think of reasons for the current across-the-board decline in sales which I am experiencing, I sometimes forget about the Getty giveaway. I know for a fact that over the years a lot of my sales were to bloggers. No doubt that Getty has cut deeply that source of revenue.

It is just one more reason for me to wonder why so many stockers are still doing business with iStock/Getty. I stopped submitting to them long ago and removed almost all of my portfolio when it became clear that they were not acting in good faith. If we had all done that, how much better off we would be now  :'(

« Reply #43 on: July 18, 2014, 16:11 »
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Your right.  I was asked to shoot a wedding soon and turned them down. I hate to shoot weddings.   Now I think maybe I should reconsider.  Haven't done one in 5 years or so.   Probably I won't be any good at it anymore.
I don't like them either... but when your nephew asks if he can fly you to Mexico to shoot his... I just had to agree to one last wedding in 2015 :)

DT is selling lots of subs this month, or is it just me?  Wish they were still tiered.

They aren't selling a lot of anything for me. 

But I understand why its good to shoot a wedding with free holiday in Mexico included.  I would say yes too! Have fun!

« Reply #44 on: July 19, 2014, 12:19 »
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Though the year's trajectory looks down, I'm actually up about 10% for the year over 2013. Q1 2014 is  about 9% higher than Q1 2013 and Q2 2014 is about 11% higher than Q2 2013. RPD is pretty steady.

We can't blame them for the Getty give-away. I also found a lot of my DT photos used on blogs over the years, particularly editorial and travel images, so I'd guess that is hurting sales for me too. Abstracts/backgrounds sell well for me there and that is helping my port sell steadily, though editorial and travel are still selling but not as well as before. I've actually mostly only been adding backgrounds to my port there and on the other micros the past year, so that is probably what has saved my DT income.




« Reply #45 on: July 19, 2014, 19:30 »
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DT this month is a total joke...what happened thre?

Goofy

« Reply #46 on: July 19, 2014, 21:48 »
+4
Are they still business? This is worst month I've seen in over 3 years!

« Reply #47 on: July 20, 2014, 05:55 »
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I'm in the club of misfortunes too.  DT sales this month upto now, are way below the average of July 2013.

« Reply #48 on: July 20, 2014, 19:52 »
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other agencies bounced back after the world cup, but dreamstime is still running on empty

« Reply #49 on: July 20, 2014, 19:54 »
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Could it be that the whole world is in a slow down despite what the stock markets say? This money printing, QE forever, seems to be pumping up stock markets but not stock art sales.
« Last Edit: July 20, 2014, 21:53 by goober »


 

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