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Author Topic: Fotolia is cutting royalties for 2010 and will increase prices  (Read 29344 times)

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dbvirago

« Reply #75 on: December 18, 2009, 09:36 »
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Agreed, but for me, they have held a steady 9% for over three years. It would be useful to know how the total global microstock spend has changed.


« Reply #76 on: December 18, 2009, 10:20 »
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Vector artists also sell rasters.

I did the same calculation as cthoman and lost 1 cent. Not taken into consideration that PPD sales will probably decrease or Fotolia will take away my share from other sites through marketing
If I picked another month, I might have lost money as well. It's hard to tell without going through month by month, but I wasn't really interested in breaking out my abacus to do that.

« Reply #77 on: December 18, 2009, 11:36 »
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I quit after the last set of "royalty adjustments". The ONLY reason things are jigged like this is to give an overall advantage to the agency.

« Reply #78 on: December 19, 2009, 05:20 »
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Lisa,

Since the last change have you made more or less money?  My monthly income has gone up considerably since the last change and I expect it to do so again based on the math I have done on the new price structure.  The added bonus for me personally is that I feel more confident in raising my prices to the maximum.

I have made more money, Mat, but I have also added over 1,000 images to my portfolio in the last year since the changes.  I can't be sure how much the additional sales are due to portfolio growth and how much is due to Fotolia's growth.

Fotolia was my #3 site in November of 08 and they were still my #3 site in November 09.  However my royalties at Fotolia only grew 22% over the past year, while my overall royalties grew 30%.  

To sum up, my Fotolia royalties grew 8% less than my overall royalties in the last year since the commission cut.  That is not growth, that is contraction.  Now they propose to contract even more.  Not good at all.

ETA:  Just ran the same numbers from istock.  My royalties at istock grew 72% in that same year's time!!  Holy frickin' cow!!

This is so interesting - my  experience is quite different to yours Lisa. Of course, my first disclaimer is: I am compared to you a very small contributor. And disclaimer 2: I barely uploaded any images this year.
But I found that with FT my income rose by 67% (I mentioned it elsewhere, FT is my best earner), my downloads went up by 51% and RPD is even with the changed price structure up by 10%.
On IS my downloads decreased by 5%, my revenue increased by 3% and my RPD increased by 8%.
So to me, FT is growing quite well and I am less concerned about the price structure change (which does not mean I am happy about it). I am more concerned how changes at IS will affect me.

« Reply #79 on: December 19, 2009, 08:31 »
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Istock give contributors more control over each file pricing. Good files can be kept on Istock or put on Vetta, and crap can be sent to subscriptions. I think it's one of the best way to do things, and companies that understand this will always have an edge over the others (more happy contributors).

So we just need more control... some kind of price slider that we could adjust for each file...!!!

Hey maybe I should start a new site, that would be a great concept... ;o)

« Reply #80 on: December 19, 2009, 11:19 »
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Istock give contributors more control over each file pricing. Good files can be kept on Istock or put on Vetta, and crap can be sent to subscriptions. I think it's one of the best way to do things, and companies that understand this will always have an edge over the others (more happy contributors).

So we just need more control... some kind of price slider that we could adjust for each file...!!!

Hey maybe I should start a new site, that would be a great concept... ;o)
There are sites that allow us to set the price already.  I like Zymmetrical, they also pay me 70% commission and payout without me requesting payment.  They come here and answer questions in the forum, overall a much nicer company to do business with than some of the bigger sites.  In an ideal world, we would all use sites like that and the buyers would go there.  It is a shame it doesn't happen.

« Reply #81 on: December 19, 2009, 11:30 »
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...ETA:  Just ran the same numbers from istock.  My royalties at istock grew 72% in that same year's time!!  Holy frickin' cow!! ...
Mine are up a lot too but I put most of that down to the change in best match.  My sales slumped towards the end of 2008 and rebounded when they introduced BM2.

lisafx

« Reply #82 on: December 19, 2009, 15:00 »
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Mine are up a lot too but I put most of that down to the change in best match.  My sales slumped towards the end of 2008 and rebounded when they introduced BM2.

Good point Sharpshot.  Mine did the same.

« Reply #83 on: January 04, 2010, 14:38 »
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What the *bleep*  ???  My silver level, partial-exclusive commission has dropped from 34% to 22%.  Isn't it supposed to drop to 31%?  22% is LESS than what newbie white level contributors earn!

Thought I'd ask if anyone else is having this problem before I contact support, just in case I'm missing something.

« Reply #84 on: January 04, 2010, 14:42 »
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^^^ Tax withholding?

« Reply #85 on: January 04, 2010, 15:41 »
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Ah ha...found the email about tax withholding buried in my spam folder.  Off to the tax withholding thread to find out why they are withholding taxes, even though I'm in the US and filed a W9 with them years ago.


 

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