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Did you boycott iStock's partner programme?

Yes (ind)
43 (36.8%)
No (ind)
37 (31.6%)
Yes (exc)
19 (16.2%)
No (exc)
17 (14.5%)
Not sure (ind)
0 (0%)
Not sure (exc)
1 (0.9%)

Total Members Voted: 102

Voting closed: December 29, 2011, 06:34

Author Topic: POLL: Did you boycott Thinkstock?  (Read 13793 times)

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« Reply #75 on: November 30, 2011, 10:55 »
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Some of us had no choice, really and I was one of them. I thought November was the date for the move into TS, but so far I cant see any of my shots over there. Maybe they forgot? one can always prey.
they seem to be slowly getting moved over.  I had 3 there yesterday morning, 4 by the afternoon, and this morning I just checked and now I have 5 on there.  No particular order of the, either, it seems. 

That's what I see - no images before, but this morning I have 8 images there. No apparent order for choice of which ones are there (no correlation by date, title, sales total, anything)


lagereek

« Reply #76 on: November 30, 2011, 11:30 »
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Im sitting here in my 2009 Range-Rover ...............

 wish you'd said that earlier, I just bought a Mercedes but I'd have got the Range Rover if I knew it had wi-fi in it  ;)

Makes us two Sloane-rangers!  hurrah Henry and Henrietta!  we keep our stiff upperlips, yes. :D

rubyroo

« Reply #77 on: November 30, 2011, 11:58 »
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Air hair lair  ;D

« Reply #78 on: November 30, 2011, 12:04 »
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I boycotted TS, until Getty forced me into the PP. I was all set to leave iStock over it, but it seemed like a futile gesture, hurting only myself while accomplishing nothing, so greed won out and I stayed. I stopped uploading there on Sept 28.

I see they have moved 3 of my images over to TS. My earnings are dropping so fast at IS that if it continues to get much worse, leaving them won't make a significant dent in my income. At that point, nothing will be holding me back from deactivating my portfolio. If you deactivate your images on IS, do they do they automatically get deactivated from TS as well?

lisafx

« Reply #79 on: November 30, 2011, 12:09 »
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I haven't uploaded anything anywhere in a couple of months due to my endless remodel from He11, but I like JoAnn's idea of uploading everything to the other sites and waiting a few months to upload to Istock. 

Although my images are on TS now, and doing relatively well, my royalties there are about 1/4 of what they are at SS this month (BME at SS).  I would like to continue to give SS the advantage by uploading my newest images there and holding off sending them to IS/TS. 

« Reply #80 on: November 30, 2011, 12:14 »
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I boycotted TS, until Getty forced me into the PP. I was all set to leave iStock over it, but it seemed like a futile gesture, hurting only myself while accomplishing nothing, so greed won out and I stayed. I stopped uploading there on Sept 28.

I see they have moved 3 of my images over to TS. My earnings are dropping so fast at IS that if it continues to get much worse, leaving them won't make a significant dent in my income. At that point, nothing will be holding me back from deactivating my portfolio. If you deactivate your images on IS, do they do they automatically get deactivated from TS as well?

i believe that is supposed to be what happens, yes.  but can take up to 30days before it is deactivated from the partner sites.

« Reply #81 on: November 30, 2011, 12:23 »
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Although my images are on TS now, and doing relatively well, my royalties there are about 1/4 of what they are at SS this month (BME at SS).  I would like to continue to give SS the advantage by uploading my newest images there and holding off sending them to IS/TS. 

They've got about 3% of my port on TS now, mainly newest images, but I'm not aware of any sales yet. I thought sales were only reported a few weeks into the following month. Where are you seeing your sales on TS for this month please?

lagereek

« Reply #82 on: November 30, 2011, 12:29 »
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I boycotted TS, until Getty forced me into the PP. I was all set to leave iStock over it, but it seemed like a futile gesture, hurting only myself while accomplishing nothing, so greed won out and I stayed. I stopped uploading there on Sept 28.

I see they have moved 3 of my images over to TS. My earnings are dropping so fast at IS that if it continues to get much worse, leaving them won't make a significant dent in my income. At that point, nothing will be holding me back from deactivating my portfolio. If you deactivate your images on IS, do they do they automatically get deactivated from TS as well?

i believe that is supposed to be what happens, yes.  but can take up to 30days before it is deactivated from the partner sites.

I sincerely hope not, since I have deactivated at least 75 of my more commercial sellers,  just for the reason of NOT going to TS.

lisafx

« Reply #83 on: November 30, 2011, 12:35 »
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Although my images are on TS now, and doing relatively well, my royalties there are about 1/4 of what they are at SS this month (BME at SS).  I would like to continue to give SS the advantage by uploading my newest images there and holding off sending them to IS/TS. 


They've got about 3% of my port on TS now, mainly newest images, but I'm not aware of any sales yet. I thought sales were only reported a few weeks into the following month. Where are you seeing your sales on TS for this month please?


As I posted higher up in the thread (http://www.microstockgroup.com/istockphoto-com/did-you-boycott-pp/msg230018/#msg230018), my entire portfolio appeared on TS a couple of months ago, shortly before the announcement that we would all be shipped over. 

I only realized it was there when I noticed a jump in my total and went looking for the reason. It was announced shortly after that we would all be shipped over.   Anyway, I have been getting PP royalties for a couple of months now. 

« Reply #84 on: November 30, 2011, 12:39 »
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As I posted higher up in the thread (http://www.microstockgroup.com/istockphoto-com/did-you-boycott-pp/msg230018/#msg230018), my entire portfolio appeared on TS a couple of months ago, shortly before the announcement that we would all be shipped over. 

I only realized it was there when I noticed a jump in my total and went looking for the reason. It was announced shortly after that we would all be shipped over.   Anyway, I have been getting PP royalties for a couple of months now. 


I see __ but how are you seeing your PP sales for this month (you said they were about 1/4 of your SS sales)? I thought PP sales would only appear sometime in December. Have they speeded things up?

« Reply #85 on: November 30, 2011, 12:49 »
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A couple of questions...

1. Should I be able to sign into TS using my iStock userid & password? I just tried and it did not let me.

2. How do I search for my own images? Using my iStock userid yields no results.

lisafx

« Reply #86 on: November 30, 2011, 12:59 »
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I see __ but how are you seeing your PP sales for this month (you said they were about 1/4 of your SS sales)? I thought PP sales would only appear sometime in December. Have they speeded things up?

Oh, no, I must have misspoken.  I was talking about October sales.   The sales only started showing up middle of the following month, as you said.  

@Les - search for your name (actual, not username) in quotes on TS. 
« Last Edit: November 30, 2011, 13:01 by lisafx »

« Reply #87 on: November 30, 2011, 13:12 »
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Thanks Lisa.

0 results for:

    "Les Howard"

« Reply #88 on: December 01, 2011, 12:08 »
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Still almost neck-and-neck in the survey, then.

« Reply #89 on: December 05, 2011, 05:04 »
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I sincerely hope not, since I have deactivated at least 75 of my more commercial sellers,  just for the reason of NOT going to TS.

Presumably if they hadn't been transferred when you deactivated them, then they would disappear from the queue.

How is the transfer going for those who are being forced in? Have they managed to shift more than a handful yet?

« Reply #90 on: December 05, 2011, 10:46 »
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I sincerely hope not, since I have deactivated at least 75 of my more commercial sellers,  just for the reason of NOT going to TS.

Presumably if they hadn't been transferred when you deactivated them, then they would disappear from the queue.

How is the transfer going for those who are being forced in? Have they managed to shift more than a handful yet?

I'm now up to 10 images transferred over.  four of them are from my most recent upload batch but the rest are completely random. 

traveler1116

« Reply #91 on: December 05, 2011, 11:00 »
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A couple of questions...

1. Should I be able to sign into TS using my iStock userid & password? I just tried and it did not let me.

2. How do I search for my own images? Using my iStock userid yields no results.
1. Nope.
2. Try your istock name and then try your real name in quotes.

helix7

« Reply #92 on: December 05, 2011, 11:38 »
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Last week I had 9 images on Thinkstock. This week I have 10. At that rate, my whole current portfolio will be transferred over in about 7 years.

;)

« Reply #93 on: December 05, 2011, 11:51 »
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I think I have your 7 years beat!

I checked this morning ad we're now up to a grand total of 10 images of mine transferred to Thinkstock/photos.com. That's up from 9 at the end of last week and 8 at the beginning of the week.

At this result, I won't see the whole portfolio of 2500 for about 24 years!

RacePhoto

« Reply #94 on: December 06, 2011, 01:55 »
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A couple of questions...

1. Should I be able to sign into TS using my iStock userid & password? I just tried and it did not let me.

2. How do I search for my own images? Using my iStock userid yields no results.
1. Nope.
2. Try your istock name and then try your real name in quotes.

Correct #1 is No Connection from IS to ThinkStock accounts.

2. Something strange, I just had a new one show with my new IS Business Name, while my old images show with my real name. Some show up "fname lname" some show "fnamelname" one new image under the "business name". The one with two names was my real name, first import. The one with the two names run together was my old account name / business name.

Also when I search on IS contributor charts the name is the one with no space and if I try the new Business Name or adding the new business name, it says user not found.

So it's possible to have two, but Thinkstock could have any of three different name for any of us, and if you change your business name, the old one will still be there, plus anything new, will go under the new business name.

« Reply #95 on: December 06, 2011, 11:34 »
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A couple of questions...

1. Should I be able to sign into TS using my iStock userid & password? I just tried and it did not let me.

2. How do I search for my own images? Using my iStock userid yields no results.
1. Nope.
2. Try your istock name and then try your real name in quotes.

Correct #1 is No Connection from IS to ThinkStock accounts.

2. Something strange, I just had a new one show with my new IS Business Name, while my old images show with my real name. Some show up "fname lname" some show "fnamelname" one new image under the "business name". The one with two names was my real name, first import. The one with the two names run together was my old account name / business name.

Also when I search on IS contributor charts the name is the one with no space and if I try the new Business Name or adding the new business name, it says user not found.

So it's possible to have two, but Thinkstock could have any of three different name for any of us, and if you change your business name, the old one will still be there, plus anything new, will go under the new business name.

how confusing is that?!

« Reply #96 on: December 06, 2011, 17:17 »
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This is so totally weird.   I search for images by my IS name, and get nothing.  I search with my real name in quotes and get exactly 1 image. 

I also think it's weird that they're moving our photos to TS but not giving us accounts there.  Excuse me but didn't we already walk over hot coals to get approved at IS? But we're not good enough for their new bargain-basement outlet?

Talk about being directed to the "servant's entrance" out in the alley.   

helix7

« Reply #97 on: December 06, 2011, 18:17 »
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...I also think it's weird that they're moving our photos to TS but not giving us accounts there.  Excuse me but didn't we already walk over hot coals to get approved at IS? But we're not good enough for their new bargain-basement outlet?...

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think anyone gets a login at TS. I was under the impression that the whole site is pulling in content from other collections, not directly from contributor uploads.

« Reply #98 on: December 06, 2011, 23:53 »
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...I also think it's weird that they're moving our photos to TS but not giving us accounts there.  Excuse me but didn't we already walk over hot coals to get approved at IS? But we're not good enough for their new bargain-basement outlet?...

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think anyone gets a login at TS. I was under the impression that the whole site is pulling in content from other collections, not directly from contributor uploads.

Yes, it's not weird at all. There are dozens of partner sites allowed to represent our work without us being able to log on to them. There's a list of the partner sites different agencies deal with here, somewhere

« Reply #99 on: December 07, 2011, 08:19 »
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I have 15% of my portfolio (and its the oldest part of it) and for October for example it gave consisted of about 1.5% of my revenue.
As an exclusive I am all for the PP.


 

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