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Uncle Pete

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« Reply #75 on: September 30, 2019, 13:03 »
+1
After 4 years i am quitting Istock too. Constantly declining sales, insulting 15% and 0.00003$ sells. I should have quit much earlier.

The royalty percentage of 15% was there when you joined. They keep it that way because most contributors with large ports won't leave as the income makes it worthwhile to stay, and contributors with small ports who leave are outnumbered by new contributors joining.

And I stay because I'm greedy and willing to take the paltry amount made by the leftovers I weakly call "My Portfolio"  ;D

I'm always waffling between three paths.
1) Close and forget about them
2) Upload until I have an even 1,000
3) Delete everything except what has had past sales.  ;)

#3 means I'll have a fine collection of about 100 photos.


« Reply #76 on: September 30, 2019, 13:36 »
+9
I just got my discontinuation confirmation from them. Curiously, it is the nicest, most politely worded message I've received from them since... well, just about ever. Now I'm going they seem to appreciate me (yes, I know, it's just a standard reply, but still..)

JAFO

« Reply #77 on: September 30, 2019, 14:59 »
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Oh bummer, he left.

Red flags because you defend a forum bully and liar when we try to tell the truth to warn others. Why don't you take your own advices and ignore us?

https://www.discomusic.com/57-laurin-rinder

Lets see your list of accomplishments. Oh wait, you dont even use your real name.
Liar!

Somebody woke up grumpy, why are you attacking me?
El Coco, Laurin Rinder, Merria Ross, W. Michael Lewis, in 1973 were hired by the AVI Records label to play on some extended remixes geared for dance-club play. An american answer to the european electronic disco sound of Giorgio Moroder.

What does a hired disco drummer in 1973 have to do with photography. I wrote on what fake truths he puts here on forums.

« Reply #78 on: September 30, 2019, 15:30 »
+2
I use to get about 400 dollars a month from iStock , now it is around 100 bucks a month. I will stay the course until it is zero. Something is better than nothing. No one else will send me 100 bucks for just sitting in my lazy chair. 

« Reply #79 on: September 30, 2019, 16:17 »
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Oh bummer, he left.

Red flags because you defend a forum bully and liar when we try to tell the truth to warn others. Why don't you take your own advices and ignore us?

https://www.discomusic.com/57-laurin-rinder

Lets see your list of accomplishments. Oh wait, you dont even use your real name.
Liar!

Somebody woke up grumpy, why are you attacking me?
El Coco, Laurin Rinder, Merria Ross, W. Michael Lewis, in 1973 were hired by the AVI Records label to play on some extended remixes geared for dance-club play. An american answer to the european electronic disco sound of Giorgio Moroder.

What does a hired disco drummer in 1973 have to do with photography. I wrote on what fake truths he puts here on forums.

Fake for sure, it was 1977.

JAFO

« Reply #80 on: September 30, 2019, 20:45 »
+1
I have noticed a few people here just love busting his balls. 🙄
Kinda makes you wonder why after a while, doesn't it?


Lots of big male egos here, thats why.  ;)

Laurin is your mentor which means you are ignorant to follow crap and lies. What if I'm not a male, you are more stupid. You get last word, feel the roar.

« Reply #81 on: September 30, 2019, 21:23 »
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I have noticed a few people here just love busting his balls. 🙄
Kinda makes you wonder why after a while, doesn't it?


Lots of big male egos here, thats why.  ;)

Laurin is your mentor which means you are ignorant to follow crap and lies. What if I'm not a male, you are more stupid. You get last word, feel the roar.


LOL. Sure sounds like a male ego.
« Last Edit: September 30, 2019, 21:26 by pixel86 »

« Reply #82 on: October 01, 2019, 06:03 »
+8
I use to get about 400 dollars a month from iStock , now it is around 100 bucks a month. I will stay the course until it is zero. Something is better than nothing. No one else will send me 100 bucks for just sitting in my lazy chair.

that's how I thought too months ago. But seeing sales rising on other microstock place, beeing paid more, having live stats, not having payment hold for a month, no refund...etc. Istock is the worst place to sell my work even if I have 100$ a month. They made too much %$ for themselves with our work. It 's like selling your 20 000$ car for 5000$ saying it's better than nothing. My work is worth more respect than istock gives. And I'm sure anybody else work too. Every artist work, deserves better than istock. But I understand your point. Only I decided to target above.

« Reply #83 on: October 25, 2019, 03:42 »
+3
I have also just opened a support ticket to close my account.
I have hesitated to do it for a long time, but all these refunds was the last drop.
I have received payment this month, even though is was less than $100. And it looks like my files are gone from istockphoto. That was a lot faster than I expected  :)

« Reply #84 on: October 25, 2019, 07:04 »
+1
I have also just opened a support ticket to close my account.
I have hesitated to do it for a long time, but all these refunds was the last drop.
I have received payment this month, even though is was less than $100. And it looks like my files are gone from istockphoto. That was a lot faster than I expected  :)

Just bear in mind that you will continue to get sales recorded by iStock for probably the next 6 months.

Its what happened when I closed my account in March 2017

« Reply #85 on: October 25, 2019, 07:58 »
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I have also just opened a support ticket to close my account.
I have hesitated to do it for a long time, but all these refunds was the last drop.
I have received payment this month, even though is was less than $100. And it looks like my files are gone from istockphoto. That was a lot faster than I expected  :)

Just bear in mind that you will continue to get sales recorded by iStock for probably the next 6 months.

Its what happened when I closed my account in March 2017
OK. I will just have to wait and see if the same happens for me.

spacedrone808

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« Reply #86 on: October 25, 2019, 14:27 »
+2
Was their contributor till 2017 then dropped them. Returned in the end of 2018.
Currently i get about 40-50$ a month from almost 10.000 files. Pathetic.
Stopped uploading 4 month ago. Not going to delete just keep my best stuff for SS and Fotolia.
Hope they will collapse in a while. Why?

1. very low royalties
2. atrocious submitting and keywording system
3. too old to change anything
4. they already earned what they want (of course with our help)


Value your work! Don't upload to greedy *insult removed*!
« Last Edit: October 25, 2019, 16:18 by spacedrone808 »

« Reply #87 on: October 25, 2019, 17:19 »
+1
Was their contributor till 2017 then dropped them. Returned in the end of 2018.
Currently i get about 40-50$ a month from almost 10.000 files.

I'm amazed you can put 10,000 images through their laborious submitting and keywording system in such a short time.

spacedrone808

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« Reply #88 on: October 26, 2019, 00:46 »
+5
Was their contributor till 2017 then dropped them. Returned in the end of 2018.
Currently i get about 40-50$ a month from almost 10.000 files.

I'm amazed you can put 10,000 images through their laborious submitting and keywording system in such a short time.

I used automatics and scripts to simplify the work.
But really this stock not deserves to upload to it.
Stay away.

« Reply #89 on: October 26, 2019, 18:38 »
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Hi! New and naive here.
I'm in iStock statistics of newly joined contributors (since beginning of the year). And of fast quit ones too (today). No big deal, I never had too many photos in there to begin with. As the uploading system is a complete nightmare I'm not even sure if my files were uploaded all the way. Kinda yes or maybe?
I take photos of normal everyday stuff but some of my keywords bring only a handful photos even in such a saturated place as Shutterstock where I'm a happy bunny. So if somebody wants them they better go to an agency that pays me my peanuts not just the shells.


 

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