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« on: April 20, 2021, 09:03 »
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It seems like iStock hasn't yet gotten round to telling us what we've earned in Mar. Or its a super low number and it'll hardly make a difference so why bother

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ShadySue

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2021, 09:09 »
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It seems like iStock hasn't yet gotten round to telling us what we've earned in Mar. Or its a super low number and it'll hardly make a difference so why bother

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This is the 20th, the nominated reporting day, and it's still early on the US West Coast.
The sales numbers have gone up in the last couple of hours, so the money report will be following soon.

« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2021, 10:04 »
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Well it's either 18. of month or it's problems and it's late, they rarely nail it on 20.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2021, 10:38 »
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Well it's either 18. of month or it's problems and it's late, they rarely nail it on 20.

16th shows as my earliest, 19th or 20th is usual I see one last year on the 24th.

I'm kind of excited (kidding!) to see if I actually had two sales for the period, because I checked the numbers by memory and it looks like one photo and one illustration. I'm happy because that makes it much easier to close up and leave them.
 

« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2021, 10:47 »
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I asked Jrmie Romn of http://www.todayis20.com if he knew what was happening.

He replied at 14.09pm GMT today:-

"We don't have news or info about the release date, but we expect iStock will charge the march statements this evening :)

Have a nice day,

Jere"

« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2021, 11:10 »
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Well it's either 18. of month or it's problems and it's late, they rarely nail it on 20.

16th shows as my earliest, 19th or 20th is usual I see one last year on the 24th.

I'm kind of excited (kidding!) to see if I actually had two sales for the period, because I checked the numbers by memory and it looks like one photo and one illustration. I'm happy because that makes it much easier to close up and leave them.

Got nice number of downloads and currently IS is the only agency I can truly rely on for income, overall best earner and new uploads get instant traction. AS is great with returns but I have a miserable number of downloads, serious number of never downloaded files, as opposed to IS which seems to move every files at least a dozen times. 

« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2021, 12:53 »
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iStock have put this statement on their Royalities page:-

"Were experiencing an unexpected delay in reporting your statement(s) and are working hard to resolve the issue. This does not impact our ability to issue payments. We apologize for the inconvenience."

"Statement data is currently not available because we are importing new statement data. Please check back later."

« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2021, 23:20 »
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Still updating i guess, guess the payment elves are still loading the statements one by one

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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2021, 02:51 »
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So much excitement over receiving pennies  ;D

« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2021, 03:11 »
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So much excitement over receiving pennies  ;D

I care little for pennies, but I am rather excited about the few hundred bucks I usually make on Istock.  ::)


This constant looking down on contributors who decide to submit to an agency where they make decent money, but you aren't is getting a bit tiresome. iStock isn't working out for you? Well, sucks. But to some people it's one of their top earners and to some, like myself, it is actually not just pocket change, but money that makes a big contribution to, for example, paying their rent.
I am not going around making fun of contributors for submitting to Pond5 or Alamy or being excited about their earnings there, just because these agencies aren't eaning me any noteworthy amount of money. I understand that, what works for them, might not work for me and the other way around.
If you make fun of people for being excited about "earning pennies" just because that's all you earn  there and automatically assume it must be the same for everyone else, the joke is really on you.

« Last Edit: April 21, 2021, 05:18 by Firn »

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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2021, 03:23 »
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Yeah, if you're receiving pennies then I don't really blame you for not being a fan of iStock. I make hundreds of dollars there, so sounds like you're doing something wrong. Might be worth taking some courses on composition, technique etc... and doing some research on in-demand content.

« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2021, 04:38 »
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I was hoping when I wake up the statement would be ready, but it's still spinning. Told you, it's either early or it's late.

« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2021, 06:44 »
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Still not available :(

« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2021, 10:20 »
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So much excitement over receiving pennies  ;D

I care little for pennies, but I am rather excited about the few hundred bucks I usually make on Istock.  ::)


This constant looking down on contributors who decide to submit to an agency where they make decent money, but you aren't is getting a bit tiresome. iStock isn't working out for you? Well, sucks. But to some people it's one of their top earners and to some, like myself, it is actually not just pocket change, but money that makes a big contribution to, for example, paying their rent.
I am not going around making fun of contributors for submitting to Pond5 or Alamy or being excited about their earnings there, just because these agencies aren't eaning me any noteworthy amount of money. I understand that, what works for them, might not work for me and the other way around.
If you make fun of people for being excited about "earning pennies" just because that's all you earn  there and automatically assume it must be the same for everyone else, the joke is really on you.


I don't earn pennies on isuck because I ditched them years ago when they introduced their exciting news in 2017  ;D

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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2021, 10:41 »
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Still not available :(

Won't be long (he said?) "Statement data is currently not available because we are importing new statement data. Please check back later."

Still updating i guess, guess the payment elves are still loading the statements one by one

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Oh and that was last night...

So much excitement over receiving pennies  ;D

While I understand some people do better (as they have commented here) and some exclusives do better than that, there's no denying that payments in fractions of a cent and a fake 2c minimum are not really "exciting" to me either.

I'm mostly bitter because IS deactivated 3,657 of my images, which were the ones that made money for me, and then deactivated all my audio which was the other part that earned me money. You can blame me for that or my not so smart uploads and skills, but honestly, they took away what I had and left me with some pathetic Microstock, oops, Crapstock.  ;) No I'm not happy with iStock or their changes or their less than pennies.

You might note that I didn't leave. Yet!

When they pay us Connect sums like $0.00062 I don't see much joy in that?


I care little for pennies, but I am rather excited about the few hundred bucks I usually make on Istock.  ::)


Good that some people are still doing well there. What used to be the top agency is now (for most of us) half of Adobe and 60% of SS. Imagine that? Less than the agency from Hell and the Devil himself?  :)

Might be worth taking some courses on composition, technique etc... and doing some research on in-demand content.

Tell me about that? LOL Better yet, tell every new person who comes here and says how terrible Agency-X is because of low pay and rejections. Please! Because I'm tired of pointing out that good images will sell, anywhere and make money, while weak Crapstock is destined to fail. I do best on Adobe and Shutterstock, (and make here and there sales on Alamy) while some people say those are their worst. I guess different people, different subjects and different images, will do better or worse in different places.

But... $0.00062 connect sales how many thousands of those does it take to make some money? Note: that's 33 downloads to make the 2 minimum from iStock. Oh Wow, that's a real Microstock thrill.

« Reply #15 on: April 21, 2021, 10:56 »
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Why were they deactivated Pete?

« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2021, 11:21 »
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Now it's not "Loading data " anymore. Now it's error - "Unexpected error -  error may be transient but has been logged. If you continue to encounter problems, you can contact customer support."

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« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2021, 11:33 »
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Why were they deactivated Pete?

Because the evil agency...  ;)

Just kidding. When Getty took over, around the time of ESP and when all of our images were changed to the Getty servers, they had a policy change. In simple terms, sports and editorial, news, entertainment,  those kinds of things, that isn't from Getty, would no longer be sold by iStock. I can understand their reasoning, I just don't like it. Tough luck? Business is business.

Getty pays people to go to these events and take photos. They are sold and branded as Getty Images, I'm sure we've all seen those on news, current entertainment events and sports stories. Standing next to their hired guns, at the same events, is little me, who uploaded my work to iStock. Getty owned iStock and iStock was competition. Easy answer, eliminate the completion. Eliminate Pete.

Audio they signed an exclusive contract with a different provider, no more in house uploads from us contributors. Phased out.

So just take this as whining and complaining about something that's expected and standard business. I don't make much or sell much on IS now because first off, I didn't have that much that wasn't editorial. I also got tired of the system, where I could upload things and get accepted and a week later, the release wasn't right. I'd finally get one that was approved, or hit and miss, and then the new one was not suitable. The processing, the CV and the torture, I gave up. So lets say much of the problem with low sales is created by myself.

Good images will sell, and the people here who still earn on IS are proof. But in fact, I've been stabbed, then shot and finally hung, of course I'm a little bitter, because I barely make $5 a month now.  ;D

So they didn't remove my images because I was a PITA or did something wrong. Just policy changes.



« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2021, 11:51 »
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Now it's not "Loading data " anymore. Now it's error - "Unexpected error -  error may be transient but has been logged. If you continue to encounter problems, you can contact customer support."


Ok, we're now back at February earnings.

« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2021, 12:33 »
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Why were they deactivated Pete?

Because the evil agency...  ;)

Just kidding. When Getty took over, around the time of ESP and when all of our images were changed to the Getty servers, they had a policy change. In simple terms, sports and editorial, news, entertainment,  those kinds of things, that isn't from Getty, would no longer be sold by iStock. I can understand their reasoning, I just don't like it. Tough luck? Business is business.

Getty pays people to go to these events and take photos. They are sold and branded as Getty Images, I'm sure we've all seen those on news, current entertainment events and sports stories. Standing next to their hired guns, at the same events, is little me, who uploaded my work to iStock. Getty owned iStock and iStock was competition. Easy answer, eliminate the completion. Eliminate Pete.

Audio they signed an exclusive contract with a different provider, no more in house uploads from us contributors. Phased out.

So just take this as whining and complaining about something that's expected and standard business. I don't make much or sell much on IS now because first off, I didn't have that much that wasn't editorial. I also got tired of the system, where I could upload things and get accepted and a week later, the release wasn't right. I'd finally get one that was approved, or hit and miss, and then the new one was not suitable. The processing, the CV and the torture, I gave up. So lets say much of the problem with low sales is created by myself.

Good images will sell, and the people here who still earn on IS are proof. But in fact, I've been stabbed, then shot and finally hung, of course I'm a little bitter, because I barely make $5 a month now.  ;D

So they didn't remove my images because I was a PITA or did something wrong. Just policy changes.



I wasn't aware of that, I don't do such work, very sorry. Wondering if that kind of images would be rejected now if submitted?

Anyway, here we go again:

ShadySue

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« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2021, 13:39 »
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Am I remembering correctly that March is the month where they do a huge Connect report, where more or less every one of our images has sold for a fraction of a cent - even though there are also some Connect reports monthly.
It's all smoke and mirrors.  ::)

« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2021, 14:37 »
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Hard to believe all other agencies can tell me instantly what I have sold but iStock/Getty - with decades of experience - is not able to issue a monthly statement.

« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2021, 15:13 »
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Am I remembering correctly that March is the month where they do a huge Connect report, where more or less every one of our images has sold for a fraction of a cent - even though there are also some Connect reports monthly.
It's all smoke and mirrors.  ::)

Not if my download numbers are anything to go by.

ShadySue

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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2021, 15:26 »
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Hard to believe all other agencies can tell me instantly what I have sold but iStock/Getty - with decades of experience - is not able to issue a monthly statement.

iStock used to report in real time. And with lots more sales in those days, it was really fun!

« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2021, 16:58 »
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I just got the separate remittance but no per image info available yet. About the same as last month...just a few $ more.


 

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