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Author Topic: Majority of video sales on Adobe Stock are cheap 80-90% discount subs now.  (Read 969 times)

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« on: June 22, 2022, 21:13 »
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It's sad.  On some days, 80% of video sales are cheap subs.  Sales are down 30-40% on Adobe Stock for the last few months while Pond5 sales didn't go down.  They did this to compete with Shutterstock's video sub, but I wonder if Adobe Stock benefited from this cheap video subs at all.  If we aren't making more money, they must not be making more money.  I think they are making less money because of video subs just like we (at least I) are.  I've been moving Pond5 regular account bestsellers that didn't sell well on Adobe Stock to my Pond5 exclusive account after deleting those clips from Adobe Stock.  I think this experiment has failed for both contributors and Adobe Stock.  I hope they'll make a change.  They should limit video subs to clips that opted in to subs/(membership) like Pond5 is doing.  That's the right way to do this to save this industry.  Otherwise, there will be far less clips in the future especially from top tier economy countries where creators can't afford to do this anymore.  Some top creators in the US and UK have stopped creating new clips (Hotelfoxtrot, AilaImages, VIAFilms, Spotmatik etc).  It doesn't make economical sense anymore in high cost countries.  Only the top creators in much lower cost Eastern European countries and some other areas can afford to commit to doing this these days.  We all lose with this "Race to the bottom" trend.  Somebody got to reverse this nonsense.  My future plan may be to have all my best selling commercial clips and all editorial clips on Pond5 exclusive, 2nd rate commercial clips on Pond5 regular account and Adobe Stock if this trend continues or get worse.  I got to adjust to this situation and do what's best for myself.  Too many stock agencies don't care about livelihoods of the stock video creators.  They only care about giving out our creations cheap in the name of competing with cheap and low quality stock sites like Storyblocks and others.  That's how this industry will die, by killing top creators' livelihoods while pretending to be all for creators.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2022, 06:50 by blvdone »


« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2022, 21:34 »
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Good to see you post again and I know you have a lot of experience with video for MS so good to hear your views.

« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2022, 21:36 »
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Good to see you post again and I know you have a lot of experience with video for MS so good to hear your views.

Thank you!!

I'm waiting for all the haters to come comment ridiculing me as usual though.  lol

« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2022, 03:25 »
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Thank you!!

I'm waiting for all the haters to come comment ridiculing me as usual though.  lol
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... while WE should be the haters for being robbed this way by Adobe and the Thievery dream team Inc. (SS, Getty etc...)

« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2022, 12:10 »
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I started to deleate my favorite clips from adobe so may be they have more chance to sell on Pond
I already stopped uploading new videos there but i still load photos though

« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2022, 13:16 »
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I started to deleate my favorite clips from adobe so may be they have more chance to sell on Pond
I already stopped uploading new videos there but i still load photos though

I see photo sales have gone up this year on Adobe Stock.  So, photos are good there.

« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2022, 07:41 »
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The way I see it Adobe was forced to follow suit in order to keep its position. I don't think they like giving huge discounts more than us. I'm sure they'll be losing big too. Videos are not images when it comes to sales volume so no, no matter how big a discount you make you won't sell dramatically more videos. I don't think even corporate is delusional enough to believe otherwise.
All that said I'm still pissed, I just had another 2,8 video sub

« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2022, 05:01 »
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I still have 28 video sales and the occasional 70 sale. Granted, I've seen some cheaper subs of 2,80 or 8,40, but Adobe is still doing okay for me overall.

« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2022, 11:14 »
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But is it certain that video is safe on pond5? Now that they are owned by Shutterstock I am expecting every day to see the Shutterstock royalty scheme implemented on pond5.

« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2022, 13:36 »
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But is it certain that video is safe on pond5? Now that they are owned by Shutterstock I am expecting every day to see the Shutterstock royalty scheme implemented on pond5.

Future is bright on Pond5.  Just because Pond5 CEO Tom Crary said so.  I kinda believe him.  Cautiously optimistic. 

« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2022, 00:02 »
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I would have to agree. Over the last year I've made a concerted effort to increase the size and quality of my video library. Sales numbers have steadily increased relative to portfolio size, which is good. However once the subs were introduced my earnings have steadily declined and have absolutely tanked this month. The last three weeks alone ~80% of my sales have been in the $2.80-$5.60 range - I need to sell 6-8 clips on AS to match one sale on Pond5. Time, money and energy expended on buying quality equipment, shooting considered content, editing and grading clips only to receive a few pennies on a sale just doesn't add up. A $28 HD sale was enough incentive to keep motivation going to improve and hone my skills, and to keep uploading. It's likely the balance has been thrown off-kilter with the last round of pricing changes. Disheartened :-\
« Last Edit: June 28, 2022, 06:01 by Mr Peppy »


 

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