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Author Topic: Fotolia still at it - they closed my account  (Read 21755 times)

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Ron

« on: May 29, 2014, 01:15 »
+30
Either because I contacted an affiliate asking where they got my images, or for my involvement in against DPC. Not sure if Matt is involved. I expect more people to have their accounts closed.

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From: Chad Bridwell [mailto: chad@fotolia.com ]
Sent: 29 May 2014 00:33
To: xxxx@ semmick.com
Subject: Fotolia account closed

Dear Mr. Ron Bxxxxxx,

In accordance with Fotolia's terms and conditions we have closed your account. Please forward the Paypal or Moneybooker address where we shall send the remaining funds in your account.

Sincerely,

Chad Bridwell
Director of Operations
Fotolia.com

Cant say I am upset, I feel more relieved if anything


« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 01:40 »
+23
Seems mine is closed too, though I did not receive any e-mail from them.

Fotolia is my second earner.  I opted out, but did not delete any images from Fotolia.
You might not be upset Ron, but I am.

« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 01:44 »
+19
its curious how FT doesn't think of the future, they know how active you are in the forum here and that you would post if anything happened with your account, I cannot understand how they believed this would be positive for them, its also curious how powerful agencies feel with others hard work...

so I can only think they wanted you to open a topic about this matter, they want us to be afraid, things can't get any better...

« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 02:01 »
+10
well, I guess that is one way to opt out of DPC...

Unfortunately this sort of action seems to be par for the course for this "agency"

Ron

« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2014, 02:03 »
+16
Seems mine is closed too, though I did not receive any e-mail from them.

Fotolia is my second earner.  I opted out, but did not delete any images from Fotolia.
You might not be upset Ron, but I am.

I am really sorry to hear this Anyka, honestly, I know for me it doesnt hurt, but I can only imagine how you must feel. It seems freedom of speech is punished by Fotolia. I can only hope they do down asap.

Ron

« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2014, 02:04 »
+11
its curious how FT doesn't think of the future, they know how active you are in the forum here and that you would post if anything happened with your account, I cannot understand how they believed this would be positive for them, its also curious how powerful agencies feel with others hard work...

so I can only think they wanted you to open a topic about this matter, they want us to be afraid,
things can't get any better...

Good point, and I think it might even work.

« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 02:09 »
+23
its curious how FT doesn't think of the future, they know how active you are in the forum here and that you would post if anything happened with your account, I cannot understand how they believed this would be positive for them, its also curious how powerful agencies feel with others hard work...

so I can only think they wanted you to open a topic about this matter, they want us to be afraid,
things can't get any better...

Good point, and I think it might even work.

Yep, it worked. I'm too afraid to upload more images now.  ;D

ethan

« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2014, 02:10 »
+27
its curious how FT doesn't think of the future, they know how active you are in the forum here and that you would post if anything happened with your account, I cannot understand how they believed this would be positive for them, its also curious how powerful agencies feel with others hard work...

so I can only think they wanted you to open a topic about this matter, they want us to be afraid,
things can't get any better...

Good point, and I think it might even work.

If there was ever a case for annonimity on public forums :)

If this industry is so morally bankrupt and self-serving (which I think it has become btw) surely we're better equipped to fight them from a anonymous position whereas they are unable to take it out on specific individuals and punish them as they are appearing to do?

First it was Sean that was pubilically crucified for making a stand (and I know there were others too) and now Ron and others too.

I think it is very clear to all what we're up against with these scum bags.

If ever there was time to dig in and fight back.

Ron

« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2014, 02:14 »
+23
Ow I will write a nice public blog about this and make sure it has perfect SEO to show high in search results. Make sure Chads email is mentioned a few times so that it attracts a lot of spam.  ;)

I am with 3 agencies left now, and I dont have much negativity about them so I should be fine for now.  8)

I was going to upload to DT, but I am not sure how this new deal is going to work out so I am holding off.

« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2014, 02:14 »
+27
Spiteful, vindictive, unethical, immoral, hateful....and above all typical. Good to see them live up to their reputation.

« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2014, 02:18 »
+14
I opted out, account still active... and yes this is a good example why I for example am anonymous, and not so that I can 'just criticize' people, as some trolls would like to assume.

« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2014, 02:23 »
0
Do they pay out money if less than 50 C ?

Ron

« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2014, 02:27 »
+3
Do they pay out money if less than 50 C ?
I had 32 credits at the time, so yes.

Ron

« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2014, 05:07 »
+16
The cowards dont even have the balls to tell me why

Quote
Hello Mr XXXXXX,

For various business reasons we decided to close your account. Your final payment has been submitted for payment.

We wish you the best for the future.

Sincerely,

Chad Bridwell
Director of Operations
Fotolia.com

ethan

« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2014, 05:29 »
+17
The cowards dont even have the balls to tell me why

Quote
Hello Mr XXXXXX,

For various business reasons we decided to close your account. Your final payment has been submitted for payment.

We wish you the best for the future.

Sincerely,

Chad Bridwell
Director of Operations
Fotolia.com

They stated in the first email it was due to the T&C's, now it's various 'business reasons'.

O'boy can you have some fun with these low-life cowboys.

Their breaching their own terms of practice, don't let them get away with it! Sing it from the rooftops and keep posting on public forums.

Their customers will hear about it and won't like the stink thats being associated with DPC, FT are clearly rattled by what is happening to their scheming master-plan as it's probably 'going south' fast, hence them lashing out in retaliatory fashion.

If they're on the ropes the time is now to go in for the knockout punch and finish them off for good.

And good riddance.



« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2014, 05:31 »
+17
They are probably scared that under American law if they give you a reason then they might provide you with ammunition for a court case.  I believe it is quite standard in US businesses not to get specific.

I think it does show that they are really feeling the effects of the opt-out campaign, which is good. I'm not really surprised that they acted like this, if you look at the real (non-Internet) world, most companies would not continue their relationship with a product supplier who was actively campaigning to undermine their business strategy. After what happened to Sean I'm a little surprised that people are surprised by this, especially with Fotolia's past record of responding nastily to critisim on MSG.

Certainly, if you want to keep your Fotolia account active and you want to campaign here you would be wise to be anonymous - I don't know if it is possible to open a second account to overcome this.

« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2014, 05:44 »
+3
I think it does show that they are really feeling the effects of the opt-out campaign, which is good. I'm not really surprised that they acted like this...

No? And I'm surprised. If FT (any other agency) feels that is doing something wrong, why not stop it (and say sorry, our mistake)? It just doesn't make sens :) They are very hard to learn, no conclusions...

Ron

« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2014, 05:49 »
+14
Ow I am not surprised, I would expect this to happen sooner or later. I just hope I am the only one they get jiggy with.

I am thinking of going back to anonymity though.

« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2014, 05:51 »
+30
Wow, how childish of them to do that.  Sorry.

« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2014, 05:57 »
+14
I think it does show that they are really feeling the effects of the opt-out campaign, which is good. I'm not really surprised that they acted like this...

No? And I'm surprised. If FT (any other agency) feels that is doing something wrong, why not stop it (and say sorry, our mistake)? It just doesn't make sens :) They are very hard to learn, no conclusions...

Business isn't really about right or wrong, is it? It's about money. Greed is Good! DPC is designed to make them more money at the expense of everyone else. They have decided to follow a path that pits their interests against ours, so they aren't going to say they are wrong because we are causing them problems. In their eyes, we are wrong if we do anything that hurts a money-making scheme.  The Google Drive deal iStock set up was for their benefit, not ours. DT is being coy about the latest "great deal" it's trying to involve us all in.

« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2014, 06:07 »
+9
Business isn't really about right or wrong, is it?

You could ask - is it good to take care of reputation?
;)

« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2014, 06:13 »
+3
Business isn't really about right or wrong, is it?

You could ask - is it good to take care of reputation?
;)

I think you will find there are two points of view on that .... one is the Fotolia type of view, the other is the view of companies that you respect.

« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2014, 06:14 »
+9
Ron, I'm sorry to hear about that. I am not surprised though.

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2014, 06:18 »
+10
You have all my sympathy Ron!
I really hate this way to behave.
They are no more than little fascists!

___
I am sorry for you too Anyka.
« Last Edit: May 29, 2014, 07:18 by Beppe Grillo »

ShadySue

« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2014, 06:21 »
+2
I think it does show that they are really feeling the effects of the opt-out campaign, which is good. I'm not really surprised that they acted like this...

No? And I'm surprised. If FT (any other agency) feels that is doing something wrong, why not stop it (and say sorry, our mistake)? It just doesn't make sens :) They are very hard to learn, no conclusions...
I see no indication that they (or any pf the others) feel they are doing anything wrong.


 

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