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« on: February 02, 2010, 09:44 »
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Are you seeing any downloads on StockXpert today?

I'm wondering if a switch was thrown somewhere at StockXpert and buyers aren't seeing the site today?  This is the first day in many months that I woke up to ZERO downloads.  (My average lately has been 10 or 20 by 7 am EST.)   Now it's nearly 10 am and it's still showing 0.  I checked to make sure my pics are still in the site, and they are.

And the past few weeks, I thought StockXpert was on the rebound, approaching the BDEs and BWEs I was experiencing up until last November.  Strange that everything seemed to vanish overnight.


« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2010, 09:48 »
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Yes, I've had 3 today so far, fairly average I suppose of late.

You are doing surprisingly well there though. My sales there are now running at one third of what they were in October although I've not bothered to upload to them since the beginning of November.

« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2010, 09:51 »
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I have loads of sales today, people don't like your stuff any more.

Just kidding, no sales for me either, but that's not unusuale.

« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2010, 09:54 »
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Couldn't it be that we are no longer getting JUI sub sales? I usually get 10+ every weekday, but today and yesterday I haven't had one. Only StockXpert subs and StockXpert PPD's

« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2010, 10:00 »
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Couldn't it be that we are no longer getting JUI sub sales? I usually get 10+ every weekday, but today and yesterday I haven't had one. Only StockXpert subs and StockXpert PPD's

I think you've hit the nail on the head.  Looking into my daily breakdown, I see they're gone.  

JUI sub stales must have stopped Jan 31 or Feb 1... here's my last several days of stats...

Jan 28 = 29 JUI sub sales
Jan 29 = 20
Jan 30 = 16
Jan 31 = 0
Feb 1 = 0
Feb 2 = 0

« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2010, 10:05 »
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I opted out of subs but even taking that in to consideration, my sales were bad in January.  I don't think I will ever see a BME with StockXpert again, unless they are sold.  The new owners seem content to just let the site tick over, they haven't said anything about marketing it and seem more concerned with re-directing buyers to istock.  Sales have gone up on some of the other sites so perhaps the buyers are moving elsewhere?

dbvirago

« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2010, 10:23 »
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Sales through January slightly down but fair. Today is my first no download day in quite a while.

« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010, 13:07 »
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Looks like it's gone:

 Important Note: 
As of February 11, searching and downloading at StockXpert will cease. All StockXpert members can transfer their remaining credits to iStockphoto. StockXpert credits will be honored 1 for 1 at iStock.

Click this link to iStockphoto and follow the instructions to transfer your credits.

Read more about the future of StockXpert here.

RacePhoto

« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2010, 13:31 »
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Looks like it's gone:

 Important Note:  
As of February 11, searching and downloading at StockXpert will cease. All StockXpert members can transfer their remaining credits to iStockphoto. StockXpert credits will be honored 1 for 1 at iStock.

Click this link to iStockphoto and follow the instructions to transfer your credits.

Read more about the future of StockXpert here.

Cool! I was hoping that I'd be able to collect whatever credits I had. This is unlike "some other places" where I'd like to close the account, but have to reach $100 or get nothing!  >:(

Everything (OF MINE is opted in for partner program...) there is up for subs now, any 30 cent downloads, will get transferred to iStock.

I suppose I shouldn't just think of myself. Just wondering what it means to that small group who may not be IS members? Time to join the party?  ;D
 
« Last Edit: February 02, 2010, 15:36 by RacePhoto »

« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2010, 13:35 »
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I guess it's not all doom and gloom.  A buyer is not simply going to stop buying photos because StockXpert is gone.  He/she will find another source, most likely ISP since the StockXpert site will route there.  So the challenge for me and many others is to get all the photos I had on StockXpert onto ISP as quickly as possible (I actually started last Sept anticipating this day would come), but with the upload limits and very picky reviewers, that's no small feat.

« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2010, 13:36 »
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What is going to happen to all images after 2/11???

« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2010, 13:46 »
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Everything there is up for subs now

I don't think that's true... I just got a $1.50 commission on a PPD download a few minutes ago.  I wonder if they'll continue right up until the 11th, so I should wait to do the transfer until then.  But what if the site is taken down before we can make a last-minute transfer?

« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2010, 14:01 »
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I guess it's not all doom and gloom.  A buyer is not simply going to stop buying photos because StockXpert is gone.  He/she will find another source, most likely ISP since the StockXpert site will route there.  So the challenge for me and many others is to get all the photos I had on StockXpert onto ISP as quickly as possible (I actually started last Sept anticipating this day would come), but with the upload limits and very picky reviewers, that's no small feat.

But will buyers go to IS?

« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2010, 14:04 »
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But will buyers go to IS?

I believe many will, by default... following links or redirects from StockXpert.  Sure, some will decide they don't like ISP for whatever reason and look elsewhere.  But while many of us have biases for or against ISP as contributors, we can't assume buyers have the same misgivings.  I'm also a buyer and do most of my purchases at ISP.  Frankly, I know how tough it is to get stuff in as a contributor, and it gives me a sense that the overall quality is better than the other sites and I'll have to wade through less junk to quickly find a high quality image that meets my needs.

« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2010, 14:13 »
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As of February 11, searching and downloading at StockXpert will cease. All StockXpert members can transfer their remaining credits to iStockphoto. StockXpert credits will be honored 1 for 1 at iStock.

racephoto, the credits I think they are talking about transferring are credits that buyers have already purchased. Contributors can request a payout or transfer their earnings to their IS account.

Here is what Seb said on the StockXpert forum:

As for your earnings you can either transfer then to your iStock account by logging back into your account and then follow the guidelines to do so.

If you don't want to transfer to iStock or do not have an account there, email customer support and ask for a complete payout. I suggest you only do so after Feb 10 in case you get more sales until then.

RacePhoto

« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2010, 15:34 »
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Same discussion already up to two pages... here, headed for three I predict.

Yes, it says credits and it also says payments in another place.

http://www.microstockgroup.com/stockxpert-com/rip-stockxpert/

dbvirago

« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2010, 16:03 »
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On the SX home page:
Click this link to iStockphoto and follow the instructions to transfer your credits.

On the IS news page:
 If you have StockXpert credits to transfer, login to your StockXpert account and follow the instructions on the front page.


RacePhoto

« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2010, 18:38 »
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On the SX home page:
Click this link to iStockphoto and follow the instructions to transfer your credits.

On the IS news page:
 If you have StockXpert credits to transfer, login to your StockXpert account and follow the instructions on the front page.



For further information, please read the message above this one.  ;D

Or the quote:

« Last Edit: February 02, 2010, 18:41 by RacePhoto »

« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2010, 21:44 »
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On the SX home page:
Click this link to iStockphoto and follow the instructions to transfer your credits.

On the IS news page:
 If you have StockXpert credits to transfer, login to your StockXpert account and follow the instructions on the front page.


exactly!!!!!   This is the run around in circles I was talking about on another StockXpert thread.  WTH...
.... as I said there,  I hope things clear up in a couple days.  8)=tom

« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2010, 07:47 »
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wow...stockexpert was doing so well some time ago ....never expected to see this day come...

« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2010, 07:54 »
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Quote
On the SX home page:
Click this link to iStockphoto and follow the instructions to transfer your credits.
On the IS news page:
 If you have StockXpert credits to transfer, login to your StockXpert account and follow the instructions on the front page.

Ah. Why am I not surprised.

« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2010, 17:12 »
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This is either the worst case of incompetence I've seen in a looooooong time..  or... it is purposefully being done.   which is it?   neither is a good senario... 8)=tom

« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2010, 18:55 »
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Hi All

 StockXpert I believe is being absorbed by Istock and Thinkstock both. That could be why there are no sales there this week as they move the collection over, just a guestimate ( fancy word for guess ). That could be good for non exclusives at Istock because we probably already have all the same images at both locations just not as many at Istock due to the upload limitations for non exclusives. Now, if they moved all my work from StockXpert to Istock I would be pretty darn happy. I would immediatly get 2000 more images added to Istock, I don't think they will go that route as it is to early to tell, but it would be cool. The things I want in the stock business don't usually come true :D

Best,
Jonathan

donding

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« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2010, 21:36 »
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Jonathan I really doubt that they would merge everything over there because of their high standards of quality. I'd love it if they did because that would increase my port at iStock also..but I really doubt they would do it that way

« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2010, 12:36 »
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Hi Donding,

Yes, I doubt it to. But it would be nice wouldn't it :)

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2010, 12:55 »
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That could be why there are no sales there this week as they move the collection over, just a guestimate ( fancy word for guess ).

I actually saw fantastic sales at StockXpert yesterday, almost all PPD sales.  Of course, they haven't moved my collection over yet, so maybe you get sales at StockXpert until they've actually moved your stuff to Think, and after that, it vanishes from StockXpert?  But the flurry of activity I'm still seeing at StockXpert is a good sign... buyers are still there!  Once the lights are turned off, those buyers will be whisked off to iStock and/or Think and they'll hopefully just buy our stuff there. 

Also, in reading all the posts here, I was thinking that Think only offers sub sales, but the language on the StockXpert site says we get 20% on single image sales.  Maybe that will be a decent commission?  Haven't investigated the pricing yet.

« Reply #26 on: February 07, 2010, 07:08 »
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 ;D ;D ;D

You can tell what you want, but I have 1 sale today for a 0,5 $, on weekend day...

What will be tomorrow? Probably explosion of sales.... ;D ;D ;D


« Reply #27 on: February 07, 2010, 18:20 »
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I suppose many buyers don't want to transfer credits to IS and buy less with them, especially those who don't have many credits left.

« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2010, 08:40 »
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I deleted all images and requested payment about two weeks ago.  Still nothing in my PP account and things look the same at StockXpert - i.e. I show funds in account there with no images etc.

 Anyone get their final payout from them yet?

fred

« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2010, 08:56 »
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still waiting too

« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2010, 08:57 »
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I just got another email from support saying it will be paid out this week. Then it said that if I made any more royalties, I would get paid in another 90 days (not sure how I could make any more money, since I deleted my images and closed my account on Feb. 2).

« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2010, 09:02 »
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I deleted all images and requested payment about two weeks ago.  Still nothing in my PP account and things look the same at StockXpert - i.e. I show funds in account there with no images etc.

 Anyone get their final payout from them yet?

fred

Yes, I received my final payment about 3-4 days after they closed.

« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2010, 09:05 »
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Yes, I received my final payment about 3-4 days after they closed.

Lucky you.

« Reply #33 on: March 02, 2010, 09:13 »
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I deleted all images and requested payment about two weeks ago.  Still nothing in my PP account and things look the same at StockXpert - i.e. I show funds in account there with no images etc.

 Anyone get their final payout from them yet?

fred

Yes, I received my final payment about 3-4 days after they closed.
I also got it a few days after.

« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2010, 09:46 »
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Thanks everyone.  I will just start bugging support I guess.

c h e e r s
fred

« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2010, 12:42 »
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The payouts are coming out still. I know its taking a lot of time but they're working hard at it and will get all the requested money out to everyone.

michealo

« Reply #36 on: March 02, 2010, 12:48 »
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The payouts are coming out still. I know its taking a lot of time but they're working hard at it and will get all the requested money out to everyone.

Andrew - Leaf - The site owner (of MSG) can add a logo to your user name to show that you are an official spokesperson for istock.


 

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