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Are you going exclusive with Istock in the next 6 months ?

I am already exclusive
33 (15.2%)
I am going to be exclusive
12 (5.5%)
I am not sure yet
28 (12.9%)
No I will stay independant
138 (63.6%)
Other (exclusive at DT/can't in the next 6 months)
6 (2.8%)

Total Members Voted: 195

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RacePhoto

« Reply #175 on: September 14, 2010, 21:43 »
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I did became exclusive after this poll... Now I don't know what to do. All I know it's it will take me a couple of hours to reactivate my portfolio at Dreamstime, and one check (click) at Shutterstock

I know DT support won't help deactivate your port, but I assumed they would be willing to reactivate it. Are you sure you have to do it yourself?

Like you, I became exclusive after this poll -- but I was one of those who answered "I am not sure yet". Too bad I went the way I did.  >:(


Maybe both of you need to wait and see. The claim now is 74% of the exclusives will see no change, which I find absurd and contradictory. How can the bottom be unaffected because they are at the minimum already and the top contributors be unaffected because they will make the levels? 74% unaffected?

What did you figure when you viewed the projected exclusive earnings for 2011 for yourselves?

Is this saying that the whole discussion here and uproar about losing commissions and limited to only 26% of the exclusives which are in some limbo between top contributors and the "already at minimum" exclusive? That and the non-exclusives who just got the crap kicked out of their earnings. Sounds like some company spin on the situation.

Ah, I finally found the image that covers the IS contributor strategy.


Meanwhile at least we can watch the 16% figure and see what happens. I really doubt that the poll numbers will ever be reached.

Hopefully there will be a test in December, ending on the 31st to save the 2010 opinion swing of members here.
« Last Edit: September 14, 2010, 22:13 by RacePhoto »


« Reply #176 on: September 14, 2010, 21:52 »
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I did became exclusive after this poll... Now I don't know what to do. All I know it's it will take me a couple of hours to reactivate my portfolio at Dreamstime, and one check (click) at Shutterstock

If they don't help re-activate it - I assume they will though - you should be able to use a macro that will automate the process.

I replied no to this poll, but was one of those who did go exclusive recently.

KB

« Reply #177 on: September 14, 2010, 22:28 »
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Maybe both of you need to wait and see. The claim now is 74% of the exclusives will see no change, which I find absurd and contradictory. How can the bottom be unaffected because they are at the minimum already and the top contributors be unaffected because they will make the levels? 74% unaffected?

What did you figure when you viewed the projected exclusive earnings for 2011 for yourselves?

Is this saying that the whole discussion here and uproar about losing commissions and limited to only 26% of the exclusives which are in some limbo between top contributors and the "already at minimum" exclusive? That and the non-exclusives who just got the crap kicked out of their earnings. Sounds like some company spin on the situation.

Who said the top contributors will be unaffected? Perhaps a few of the very, very top will maintain 40%, but I've read plenty of diamonds exclusives complaining they will be dropping down to 35% or 30%.

The 74% comes mainly from all Bronze exclusives, who will continue to earn the minimum exclusive commission of 25%, and most Silver exclusives who will be able to achieve the same 30% level they now get. Mix in some Golds and a few Diamonds, and you get 74% (supposedly).

So who's complaining? Obviously non-exclusives, who are all getting hammered, exclusives who are dropping a level, or who were about to rise up to a higher level and now won't be making that level. Also, those exclusives who contribute multiple media (e.g., photos & videos). And vector artists, who are getting royally screwed. And those like myself, who signed up for exclusivity with a guarantee of grandfathering to the next canister level -- which is now meaningless. And, if that isn't enough, those who aren't in any of those categories but will see lower commissions due to the large drop in subscription commissions and the introduction of the Agency collection.  This is pretty much an across-the-board screwing of every contributor.

I won't qualify for my current 30% level because I wasn't exclusive for half of the year (remember, exclusive files sell for more than non-exclusive files). So I'll be seeing a 17% drop. I would probably make it next year, except that they will almost certainly raise the limit high enough so that I won't. (I know they aren't targeting me specifically, but I'm pretty sure it will end up feeling that way.)

As you suggest, I'm not making any decisions about what to do until the dust settles (by the end of January or February).  But either way, I'm screwed, since I had to delete my port from FT (my #3 best site), and who knows if I reactivate DT or SS what my search engine results will be after so many months of inactivity.

EDIT: You're right, that classic Peanuts image is PERFECT!


 

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