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« on: August 27, 2007, 18:08 »
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Has anyone else noticed their istock royalty amounts slowly decreasing?  What I mean is, have you noticed your royalties per download shrinking?  For example, I've noticed that my medium downloads lately are usually nearer to 0.80 than istock's predicted 0.96 for non-exclusives.  I had a large sale today for 1.02, much lower than the 1.44 their model shows, and my large sales now seem to be consistently getting around 1.20.  It wasn't like that before, as far as I could tell.  Did I miss an announcement somewhere about decreasing royalties??  Just wondering if anyone knows why this would be happening.  If this is happening to more than just me, is it occurring to exclusives as well?  If so, not much of an incentive to go exclusive.


« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2007, 18:23 »
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My IS DL pricing is about as rock-steady as it can be.

This month's average is $0.67 $/DL, which is within 5% of the max and min values I've experienced (low=0.64, high =0.69) in the 8 months I've been doing this.

« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2007, 20:19 »
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My royalties per download have gone up, both after the price changes, and after the going exclusive (obviously). Since royalties are now calculated by net cost of the credits, your images are obviously attracting buyers that buy their credits in large bundles.

You say that royalty amounts for you are slowly decreasing, yet you didn't say how much they have actually decreased. Without using "what their model shows", how much have your royalties per download actually decreased? It's not hard to calculate, go to january and divide royalties by downloads, now do it for August. Has it actually gone down or are you seeing that the exclusive estimator has increased its predictions incorrectly after the price per credit increase?

« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2007, 20:58 »
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You've been exclusive there for about a month now YY.  Can you tell us anything about it - increased sales etc etc - perhaps on a separate thread?

« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2007, 06:45 »
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My royalties per download have gone up, both after the price changes, and after the going exclusive (obviously). Since royalties are now calculated by net cost of the credits, your images are obviously attracting buyers that buy their credits in large bundles.

You say that royalty amounts for you are slowly decreasing, yet you didn't say how much they have actually decreased. Without using "what their model shows", how much have your royalties per download actually decreased? It's not hard to calculate, go to january and divide royalties by downloads, now do it for August. Has it actually gone down or are you seeing that the exclusive estimator has increased its predictions incorrectly after the price per credit increase?

False alarm on my part, I guess.  I was actually talking about their "Royalty Schedule" figures, where they list the royalty per download, such as XSmall 0.24, Small 0.48, Med 0.96, etc.  When I went back and looked at them again, I noticed for the first time the phrase "the royalties will be as high as...."  I guess that means they won't always be as high as listed.  I had gotten concerned because several of my recent downloads had been paying 30 and 40 cents less than what's listed in their Royalty Schedule.  But overall my royalty/download ratio has gone up over time.


 

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