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« Reply #75 on: September 18, 2009, 16:16 »
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I wish I had seen Torres Del Paine everyone said it's better than el chalten and chalten was absolutely amazing, so it must be great.

It is awesome:  http://www.mariaadelaidesilva.net/travel/patagonia/
Forgive me for the quality of the scans, I had a faulty monitor then, and so I did the wrong adjustments.


traveler1116

« Reply #76 on: September 19, 2009, 01:49 »
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Yep, looks great.  I guess it's good to miss a few things, then you have a reason to go back again. 

« Reply #77 on: September 24, 2009, 15:53 »
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Rejections for too many images of the same or similar subjet.  >:(

Yes! I agree! One of my best sellers reached level 2 with a couple of weeks and the price went up. I submitted another image, similar subject but different colors and arrangements because I wanted to have a cheaper alternative in my portfolio. It was refused....

Another thing I do not like is the inconsistent reviewing: two of the same serie: one is rejected because it shouldn't be a RF image with low commercial value and should contain copyrighted material etc. The second one was from a different angle and was approved. With in a week it was sold so how low is it's commercial value?

ap

« Reply #78 on: September 24, 2009, 20:58 »
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is anyone up for a thread on 'things you like about dreamstime?' there are a few off the top of my head. but will get i get stoned if i do this? 

« Reply #79 on: September 25, 2009, 01:39 »
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^^'d have a lot more to add to that thread than to this one :)

traveler1116

« Reply #80 on: September 25, 2009, 02:59 »
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is anyone up for a thread on 'things you like about dreamstime?' there are a few off the top of my head. but will get i get stoned if i do this? 

Nah it's ok to say somethings that you like, I don't really like much at all there anymore.  They pay a good percentage (oops that was before subscriptions and when they lowered it from 50% to 30% for credit sales), they reply to you fast (half the time telling you it doesn't matter what you say: "it's in the TOS", "a sale is a sale", or something condescending, hmm what else do I like...?  They listen to contributors?  If you say something they like then sure they do.

« Reply #81 on: September 25, 2009, 03:01 »
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is anyone up for a thread on 'things you like about dreamstime?' there are a few off the top of my head. but will get i get stoned if i do this? 

i'm sure many people would join in if you started that thread.  It is not by chance that they are one of the most well liked companies.

« Reply #82 on: September 25, 2009, 05:23 »
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Traveller111, why do you keep your account at DreamsTime if you hate them? shouldn't be better for 'u to be exclusive to another angecy?

traveler1116

« Reply #83 on: September 25, 2009, 05:36 »
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Traveller111, why do you keep your account at DreamsTime if you hate them? shouldn't be better for 'u to be exclusive to another angecy?

They changed their pricing and now I can't leave until the six months is up, I stopped uploading when they lowered prices but I still have to keep my images up for the time even though they changed the pricing.  I also have to wait for BigStock to finish the 3 months but thats ok it's up soon and I can leave them now if I want but they were never that bad so I have kept all my images up there, I am down to 280 images at DT mostly level 2 because they get a little better to the original amount I agreed to when I signed up for DT.  They said it's in the TOS that "we can change whatever policy about pricing for whatever reason & you have to keep images up for 6 months no matter what"  that's the basic gist of their replies.  I don't want to work with them anymore and I really don't want to get stuck for 6 months the next time they change their prices to screw us.  I have no level 3 images which get a higher % of subs sales, I have only done a little over 1000 dollars with them so they aren't very important to me and the new pricing does nothing but hurt my RPI.

But to answer your question, as soon as I can get away I will.  Their new policies that I can't do anything about, except remove all my selling images so that neither me nor DT makes money, which is a terrible place for this company to put contributors in.  There are a lot of people that have chosen to get no sales while waiting for the 6 months to end rather than make some money for a company they don't like and that doesn't treat them fairly at all.  I am one of them.  If you contribute there and plan on staying with them no matter what they do then they are maybe the 3rd, 4th or 5th best.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2009, 05:42 by traveler1116 »

ap

« Reply #84 on: September 25, 2009, 09:53 »
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i swear i must have garnered some good karma for even wanting to start another thread. i had an extra large sales at dt immediately after weeks of no activity. someone up there is watching.  ::)


« Reply #85 on: September 25, 2009, 09:56 »
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i swear i must have garnered some good karma for even wanting to start another thread. i had an extra large sales at dt immediately after weeks of no activity. someone up there is watching.  ::)



Imagine what happens if you actually start the thread!

« Reply #86 on: September 25, 2009, 09:59 »
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i swear i must have garnered some good karma for even wanting to start another thread. i had an extra large sales at dt immediately after weeks of no activity. someone up there is watching.  ::)



Imagine what happens if you actually start the thread!
:D

traveler1116

« Reply #87 on: September 25, 2009, 11:05 »
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i swear i must have garnered some good karma for even wanting to start another thread. i had an extra large sales at dt immediately after weeks of no activity. someone up there is watching.  ::)



I had 2 maximum size sales of level 2 images today for .35 cents today, someone must be watching me too. 

« Reply #88 on: September 25, 2009, 11:14 »
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Traveller might be onto something here.  If DT has a 6 month rule to delete your photos, they should really have a 6 month notice with price changes.  I have to say they give us better notice than most of the others - like FT.  Oh, I forgot - they don't give notice, we just find out policy changes by accident.

ap

« Reply #89 on: September 25, 2009, 11:17 »
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I had 2 maximum size sales of level 2 images today for .35 cents today, someone must be watching me too.  

mine were credit sales. they're watching you for the wrong reasons.  :P
« Last Edit: September 25, 2009, 11:22 by ap »

traveler1116

« Reply #90 on: September 25, 2009, 11:22 »
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Traveller might be onto something here.  If DT has a 6 month rule to delete your photos, they should really have a 6 month notice with price changes.  I have to say they give us better notice than most of the others - like FT.  Oh, I forgot - they don't give notice, we just find out policy changes by accident.

This is one of the biggest reasons I feel pushed to IS exclusivity even though I know I'll lose a little money.  Their response was that they sent out a message, 5 months ago or so(I think achilles said may, much less than 6 months in advance), that said they might change their pricing but they weren't sure how so therefore I had enough time to "adjust" my uploading.  That's the kind of crap that just annoys . out of me  I stopped uploading as soon as i saw the details and still have to wait 3 months.
« Last Edit: September 25, 2009, 11:26 by traveler1116 »

« Reply #91 on: September 25, 2009, 11:25 »
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My RPD for Sept. has fallen to Dec. 08 levels. ??? Was this caused by their recent changes?

traveler1116

« Reply #92 on: September 25, 2009, 11:31 »
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My RPD for Sept. has fallen to Dec. 08 levels. ??? Was this caused by their recent changes?

they lowered the percentage for level one from 50% to 30% and subs are around 40% of my total sales

lisafx

« Reply #93 on: September 25, 2009, 11:50 »
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is anyone up for a thread on 'things you like about dreamstime?' there are a few off the top of my head. but will get i get stoned if i do this? 

Me too.  The things I like about Dreamstime would fill up a thread pretty fast.  They remain my favorite agency :D

traveler1116

« Reply #94 on: September 26, 2009, 11:58 »
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is anyone up for a thread on 'things you like about dreamstime?' there are a few off the top of my head. but will get i get stoned if i do this? 

Me too.  The things I like about Dreamstime would fill up a thread pretty fast.  They remain my favorite agency :D

But something is keeping you back from being exclusive there, I assume there is something you at least moderately dislike?  I really did like DT a while ago but this stupid 6 month thing is so crazy that I couldn't possibly think of staying any longer.  I'm not at all pleased about the new pricing and the reasoning that this is better for us, I have no level 3 images and I'm at least equal in sales to many of the people that post here.  There has not been a huge increase in sales and weren't the levels supposed to be easier to get?  I thought they had mentioned something about one sale getting you to level 2 or am I wrong about that?

ap

« Reply #95 on: September 26, 2009, 12:12 »
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to be quite honest, dt only accounts between 8-20% of total sales, which seems to be the same for others. so, it wouldn't make sense to go 'exclusive' at that level, unless you really, really like dt and doing it for purely sentimental reasons (which we will go into detail on another thread).

does dt make up a large % of sales for you?, if not, why get into a tizzy over such a small % of your portfolio? concentrate on the big fish, bro...

traveler1116

« Reply #96 on: September 26, 2009, 12:19 »
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to be quite honest, dt only accounts between 8-20% of total sales, which seems to be the same for others. so, it wouldn't make sense to go 'exclusive' at that level, unless you really, really like dt and doing it for purely sentimental reasons (which we will go into detail on another thread).

does dt make up a large % of sales for you?, if not, why get into a tizzy over such a small % of your portfolio? concentrate on the big fish, bro...

Trying not to sound like a jerk but did you read the earlier posts.  They changed their pricing from 50 to 30% and I stopped uploading but I have to keep the remaining very few images on their for 6 months.  I have deleted almost my whole portfolio so that they (and in turn I) won't make any money from them, if I'm going to get 30% then I might as well be exclusive at IStock which has higher prices, more sales, and no subscription sales.  If I could leave now I would but they said that according to their TOS that they can change the prices for any reason and you have to keep images up for 6 months.  Their answer was that we can do what we want and you cannot do anything about it for six months.  Then their owner (?) achilles said that in may (not six months ago) I could have "adjusted" my uploading to deal with the change that they might announce, nothing was announced then.  This is not a good business and not looking out for you.

ap

« Reply #97 on: September 26, 2009, 12:25 »
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...sounds like my credit card company...

however, you may have acted on principal, but the end result just were of no benefit to you. to be fair, is does have subscription sales and the commission on the per pic sold is the highest at dt.
« Last Edit: September 26, 2009, 12:32 by ap »

« Reply #98 on: September 26, 2009, 12:35 »
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quote Posted by: traveler1116

...and not looking out for you.


...sounds like my credit card company...

Lol. It's business, no one looks out for you. Like any company, the company comes first.

« Reply #99 on: September 26, 2009, 12:55 »
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@Traveller111 - Have DT changed their prices or something and has this affected you in some way? Why not tell us all about it?



 

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