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What exactly are we to them anyway?

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panicAttack:

--- Quote from: cathyslife on July 20, 2020, 06:21 ---They are a business. They do what makes the most money for them. Most businesses do. Maybe you arenít cut out for microstock. Maybe you are better suited for journalism.

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we are also businesses. Microstock is also business, it's not like only agencies are businesses here.

Snow:

--- Quote from: Copidosoma on July 20, 2020, 08:22 ---What are we?

We are part of a VERY large crowd in a crowd-sourced industry.
We work in an industry where the basic tools of the trade are owned by virtually everyone.
We are contributing media to a pile which is larger than most people can imagine.

I don't understand why so many contributors think they should be special or "precious" to these agencies. You are a face in a crowd. Infinitely replaceable.

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Well to ask for more sales or better search position is one thing but to ask for a small feature that will benefit both the contributor and the agency is another.

They seem to have a policy to go against everything we ask for, no matter what it is, even if it's beneficial to them.

I'm well aware of my position in this business which is comparable to an ant in an anthill run by cockroaches.
It's just that I like to help out and improve certain aspects but that already seems to make me pretentious  ???

But as Cathy mentioned I'm probably not cut out for this and never was (almost 10 years now) though I don't know where she got Journalism from.

Noedelhap:

--- Quote from: panicAttack on July 20, 2020, 09:26 ---
--- Quote from: cathyslife on July 20, 2020, 06:21 ---They are a business. They do what makes the most money for them. Most businesses do. Maybe you arenít cut out for microstock. Maybe you are better suited for journalism.

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we are also businesses. Microstock is also business, it's not like only agencies are businesses here.



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True, however not every contributor is a business. Some are hobbyists doing it for the attention and exposure.
Then you have the contributors who are a "business" on paper but don't treat it as such and continuously undercut themselves by uploading to bottom-tier agencies. 

cathyslife:

--- Quote from: panicAttack on July 20, 2020, 09:26 ---
--- Quote from: cathyslife on July 20, 2020, 06:21 ---They are a business. They do what makes the most money for them. Most businesses do. Maybe you arenít cut out for microstock. Maybe you are better suited for journalism.

--- End quote ---

we are also businesses. Microstock is also business, it's not like only agencies are businesses here.

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And as a business, you have the ability to choose not to do business with a company that doesnít further your goals. They do whatís best for them...you should to.

Copidosoma:

--- Quote from: Noedelhap on July 20, 2020, 10:24 ---
--- Quote from: panicAttack on July 20, 2020, 09:26 ---
--- Quote from: cathyslife on July 20, 2020, 06:21 ---They are a business. They do what makes the most money for them. Most businesses do. Maybe you arenít cut out for microstock. Maybe you are better suited for journalism.

--- End quote ---

we are also businesses. Microstock is also business, it's not like only agencies are businesses here.



--- End quote ---

True, however not every contributor is a business. Some are hobbyists doing it for the attention and exposure.
Then you have the contributors who are a "business" on paper but don't treat it as such and continuously undercut themselves by uploading to bottom-tier agencies.

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And you also have businesses whose overhead is a small fraction of what others pay. Work will be outsourced to areas where cost of living is low and so are labor rates (and expectations of such). If you are living in a major "western" city and expect this to be any more than a hobby, you're either exceptionally talented, hard working or you are in for disappointment.

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