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Cyclone:
I have been a contributor for the past 15 years or so. I got my payment once when it was at 50.00 minimum. I can't remember.

In the last 10 years I have maybe made 3 dollars!

I have an illness which prevents me from enjoying taking pictures and my portfolio is now obsolete... so I wanted to close my account and move on. I have 42.00 in my account. They won't let me close my account and they won't give me my money! They already made money from me. I know in their terms they don't legally have to but still. I was a member of bigstockphotos and they were kind and let me close my account and I got my royalties and it was at 20.00.

What should I do? Should I give up and let them keep my money? Should I keep my account and wait my entire life to make that 100 dollars? Should I keep emailing them for an answer?

Thanks in advance.

Hannafate:
Sadly this has always been Dreamstime's policy.  (payout was never as low as $50, you misremember)

You have several options:

1.  Just leave it there, and check on it from time to time to see if you have reached payout.

2.  Take possibly expensive legal action to obtain your money and close your account.

3.  Create new images to upload to your portfolio and revive it.  Re-edit your old photos, make collages, do illustrations. 

Hannafate:
I just tried to look up your portfolio on Dreamstime...  I guess "cyclone" isn't your name there? 

Cyclone:
Hi, Thank you for your reply. this is my portfolio on Dreamstime
https://www.dreamstime.com/chris_s_info

chris_s is my portfolio name

Like I said I can't update my portfolio because of an illness. :(

It has been soooo long. at this rate its going to take 50 years and that's not sarcasm. This is making me depressed... I used to enjoy taking photos and this is like salt in a wound.

Thanks again.

Uncle Pete:

--- Quote from: Hannafate on November 09, 2020, 09:55 ---Sadly this has always been Dreamstime's policy.  (payout was never as low as $50, you misremember)

--- End quote ---

I think you are correct, as far as I can remember, it's been $100?

I'm right at the point of thinking do I care about $12 or do I upload more, and wait until 2024?  ;D


--- Quote from: Cyclone on November 06, 2020, 21:38 ---I have been a contributor for the past 15 years or so.

In the last 10 years I have maybe made 3 dollars!


--- End quote ---

Will $3 $42 (I missed the actual number, when I read $3 in the last ten years, thanks for the correction) change your life? If not, then close your account, so you have control over your assets, and forget about it.

Ethically you are correct, but apparently DT doesn't care and can't see their way to let people leave. They claim to be a US company, at least the headquarters, which might work in your favor.

    Serban Enache
    Owner & Co-founder, CEO - Dreamstime
    Bucharest, Romania

Looks complicated. Complicated like, at $3 a year, you would have to wait 16 more years?

I'm taking one of alternative paths. Uploading more, hoping to make it to $100 and then say Thank You and Goodbye to Dreamstime.


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