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« on: September 26, 2011, 18:33 »
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I normally get two ELs at SS a month.

However, starting last week, the EL floodgates opened.  I have received a dozen and counting in just four days and change.  Several of those came over the weekend, which is really baffling.

Image subject matter is all over the place, so I don't think it's the same buyer.

And I don't think it's due to the end of the Summer Slump, because my SS sales started picking up right around Sept 1 and have been steady since then.  The EL rush started in the last few days.

Anyone else seeing a rise in these?  Something must be triggering the increase.  Could SS be promoting ELs more heavily?  Should I be concerned that these aren't legitimate sales (bad credit cards, etc?)
« Last Edit: September 26, 2011, 18:37 by stockmarketer »


« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2011, 18:39 »
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Not me.  I got 7 last month and only 3 so far this month.

« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2011, 18:54 »
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never had many ELs on SS but never had one ilegitimate sale from them :)

velocicarpo

« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2011, 22:37 »
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Nothing special here, in fact, I have less than normal this month, but congrats to your success ;-)

« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2011, 10:30 »
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Not me unfortunatly. :(

« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2011, 10:35 »
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Anyone else seeing a rise in these?  Something must be triggering the increase.  Could SS be promoting ELs more heavily?  Should I be concerned that these aren't legitimate sales (bad credit cards, etc?)

Yes, I got 22 ELs this month. Very unusual. But I think they are legit.

« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2011, 11:10 »
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3 Els last month (small port, less than 200), but I think one person bought 2 of them. Far more than the usual amount of ODs this month. Big increase in sales all around for me, starting from the second week of September.

« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2011, 11:30 »
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three for me this month, nothing special...
Hope Veer and Photodune will do better with 2.30c EL  ;D

Edit: just one more El time i wrote this post, funny!
« Last Edit: September 27, 2011, 11:39 by Smithore »

rubyroo

« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2011, 11:48 »
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Congratulations on the abundance of ELs!  Lovely  ;D

I've had better months than this for ELs.  But sometimes it seems to me that there's an exceptionally high flood of sales of all types after an unusually quiet day or two.  On those days I wonder if there was a problem with sales registering on the quiet days, and the flood is the system catching up.

Has anyone else experienced that?

« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2011, 13:00 »
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I normally get two ELs at SS a month...
So do I. Starting on Sept 22, I got 6 ELs in 5 days. It surprised me too, made me wonder what is going on.

« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2011, 13:09 »
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I've got 4 from there this month. A good month for me is usually 2, a typical month is 0.

« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2011, 15:34 »
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I'm jealous. I've got one EL this month, which is already above average.

rinderart

« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2011, 16:11 »
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Huge month at SS for EL's. 8 in one day a few days ago. amazing.

« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2011, 16:29 »
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I got 2 more since I posted three hours ago! Like I said above, that's as many as I normally get in month.

Something is going on, but it only seems to be affecting some people. It can't just be just affecting photographers, I do vectors. And my ELs show no discernable pattern; the images are old and new, illustrations of various concepts.

« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2011, 17:07 »
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5 so far, usually get 2 or 3

« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2011, 17:41 »
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is this turning into a SS topic   ::)

rinderart

« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2011, 19:44 »
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is this turning into a SS topic   ::)

Topic: Big increase in ELs at Shutterstock?


« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2011, 19:57 »
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I've got 10 this month. Usually get 4 or 5.

« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2011, 20:16 »
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I have only been with SS for a few months, but I got my first 2 ELs last week.

lagereek

« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2011, 01:38 »
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Yes indeed!  10, last month and 6, so far this month. Not to speak of all the dozens of on-demand-sales. Hell, I thought this was a subscription site :D

« Reply #20 on: September 28, 2011, 01:48 »
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Yes indeed!  10, last month and 6, so far this month. Not to speak of all the dozens of on-demand-sales. Hell, I thought this was a subscription site :D

Should we be thanking iStock?

lagereek

« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2011, 04:55 »
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Yes indeed!  10, last month and 6, so far this month. Not to speak of all the dozens of on-demand-sales. Hell, I thought this was a subscription site :D

Should we be thanking iStock?

Well maybe a little?  then again the Oringer crowd are pretty full of ideas, avenues, etc,  and they handle it right!  they run their agency the way an agency should be run, consequently we are all reaping the benefints. :)

rubyroo

« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2011, 04:59 »
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they run their agency the way an agency should be run, consequently we are all reaping the benefints. :)

Hear hear to that!

@ Microstock Posts - I'd much rather thank Jon Oringer  :D

« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2011, 10:03 »
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Whatever cosmic rays have struck you guys that are getting all the ELs, they missed me.   Nothing happening.

« Reply #24 on: September 29, 2011, 12:48 »
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When things seem too good to be true, they probably are. 

The EL streak has been continuing for me everyday (5 so far today) and I'm still concerned there's something fishy going on.

These started rolling in all of a sudden late last week.  Does anyone know if SS started some big marketing push, or perhaps they're promoting ELs differently on the site now?  I'm trying to find something that makes sense to explain this, or I'm going to start thinking there's a hacker with a fake credit card out there downloading all the images he can until the hack is caught and shut down, and all these downloads are removed from our accounts.

Hopefully I'm just paranoid and I should just relax and enjoy this run while it lasts.

« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2011, 13:46 »
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After saying earlier in the thread that nothing has changed for me I have now had an  EL every day this week

« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2011, 13:52 »
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nothing has changed for me


(I hope that works).

I have gotten more ELs in the last few months, but more OD and regular downloads too.


« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2011, 14:01 »
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I'm trying to find something that makes sense to explain this, or I'm going to start thinking there's a hacker with a fake credit card out there downloading all the images he can until the hack is caught and shut down, and all these downloads are removed from our accounts.

I can't explain the high number of ELs, but a hacker buying EL makes no sense. If he can get an image with a fake credit card, what use would be an 'enhanced license' for a fraudulently obtained image? He does not get any more rights than he already has - namely none whatsoever.

« Reply #28 on: September 29, 2011, 14:58 »
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A possible explanation?  SS recently started promoting (or maybe just testing) its single-download option.  Maybe that's attracting quite a few people who aren't really sure what licensing this option covers, and then they find out that they actually need an extended license and go that route instead?   Might be a stretch but it looks like the timing of the two things correlate.

« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2011, 15:52 »
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If that was the case then I think people would be reporting the new single sales as well and so far I haven't heard anybody say that they have one.
PS  I've just had another one, that's 6 so far this week :)

rubyroo

« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2011, 17:40 »
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Half your luck.  I'm pretty much as usual with ELs at the moment.  I've seen a huge increase in ODs this week ;D but not ELs  :(

« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2011, 18:24 »
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One more also today, that's by far my best month on SS!!
Thank you Fotolia, thank you IS.

« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2011, 18:43 »
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I only wish I have my first EL EVER! :D

nruboc

« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2011, 19:44 »
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I am experiencing this as well, 7 in the last couple days, which is very unusual. I also got my first "single download" sale today, a nice 5.70 commission, shos up in the far right column next to total. BME already at ShutterStock. Clearly, they are making the right moves!!!!

« Reply #34 on: September 29, 2011, 20:31 »
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I am experiencing this as well, 7 in the last couple days, which is very unusual. I also got my first "single download" sale today, a nice 5.70 commission, shos up in the far right column next to total. BME already at ShutterStock. Clearly, they are making the right moves!!!!
Maybe Stockmarketer was right then: "SS recently started promoting (or maybe just testing) its single-download option.  Maybe that's attracting quite a few people who aren't really sure what licensing this option covers, and then they find out that they actually need an extended license and go that route instead?"

(As for me, yet another EL today, but no Single DL sales yet.)

rinderart

« Reply #35 on: September 29, 2011, 20:45 »
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Had 8 last tues alone. and OD's are off the chart good . BME by 45% increase. looking healthy.


 

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