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vlad_the_imp

« Reply #300 on: December 11, 2012, 07:23 »
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any exclusive who will ditch the crown after reading this MUST BEWARE that I am submitting to 18 agencies and that involves a lot of work..

AND, we mustn't forget your telling 'all' your clients ( and I bet there are hundreds of them) not to buy at IS. It's a wonder you have any time to do any work at all.


« Reply #301 on: December 11, 2012, 07:47 »
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any exclusive who will ditch the crown after reading this MUST BEWARE that I am submitting to 18 agencies and that involves a lot of work..

AND, we mustn't forget your telling 'all' your clients ( and I bet there are hundreds of them) not to buy at IS. It's a wonder you have any time to do any work at all.

do you honestly believe you deserve a reply?

vlad_the_imp

« Reply #302 on: December 11, 2012, 08:00 »
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Well you replied.

Noedelhap

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« Reply #303 on: December 11, 2012, 09:21 »
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PS: any exclusive who will ditch the crown after reading this MUST BEWARE that I am submitting to 18 agencies and that involves a lot of work..

Using the program StockSubmitter, it's actually pretty fast. I upload to about 15 sites. You can upload to all sites simultaneously. Some sites still require manual submittal, but it saves you a lot of work.

« Reply #304 on: December 11, 2012, 12:18 »
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I thought that the dropping in the suggestion that the tech team have been working all weekend so it isn't a 9-5 operation was a subtle stroke, much better done than her self-applause for working on a Saturday. But there also seems to be a change of priority, didn't the search escape notice in the last list of top priorities?


Did she? Rebecca? Worked on the weekend? I had no idea. The way things are going some of us contributors might even have to work the odd weekend too.  ::)


OMG, I have to work on the weekend?


« Reply #305 on: December 11, 2012, 12:34 »
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He is very well argued, and sounds like he was planted by the management, just like the now famous buyer sounds like she were planted by the contributors. All too convenient.

Sometimes I think that microstockers are like a flock of chicken that react to rumours of foxes.
Lots of noise and hear say.

But then again I have seen a few times (at this forum) how information gets desected and the truth is unvieled.
That I appreaciate much.

lisafx

« Reply #306 on: December 11, 2012, 13:29 »
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If IS went under I wonder how a massive flood of new images at SS and other sites would affect everyone elses sales.

Yes, EXACTLY.  Istock going under isn't good for anyone.  Any independents enjoying a bit of schadenfreude right now will not be so delighted when their sales drop due to an onslaught of new, formerly exclusive files at other sites. 

Not to mention, as JoAnn pointed out:

I don't want IS to fail - I make good money from them each month. I would like them to fix their busted site, drop the RC system and scrap all the Getty zombie images on the site - with a decent, working site and 20% royalties things might look pretty decent as a #2 earner in the monthly sweepstakes.

« Last Edit: December 11, 2012, 13:36 by lisafx »

« Reply #307 on: December 11, 2012, 13:39 »
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If IS went under I wonder how a massive flood of new images at SS and other sites would affect everyone elses sales.

Yes, EXACTLY.  Istock going under isn't good for anyone.  Any independents enjoying a bit of schadenfreude right now will not be so delighted when their sales drop due to an onslaught of new, formerly exclusive files at other sites. 

Not to mention, as JoAnn pointed out:

I don't want IS to fail - I make good money from them each month. I would like them to fix their busted site, drop the RC system and scrap all the Getty zombie images on the site - with a decent, working site and 20% royalties things might look pretty decent as a #2 earner in the monthly sweepstakes.

Exactly!  IS crashing will leave a bad scar and tarnish the whole industry. No mater what one thinks of IS, in some ways they are the mentors, the rest are just followers, some good ones, some lousy.

Poncke

« Reply #308 on: December 11, 2012, 14:00 »
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If IS went under I wonder how a massive flood of new images at SS and other sites would affect everyone elses sales.

Yes, EXACTLY.  Istock going under isn't good for anyone.  Any independents enjoying a bit of schadenfreude right now will not be so delighted when their sales drop due to an onslaught of new, formerly exclusive files at other sites. 

Not to mention, as JoAnn pointed out:

I don't want IS to fail - I make good money from them each month. I would like them to fix their busted site, drop the RC system and scrap all the Getty zombie images on the site - with a decent, working site and 20% royalties things might look pretty decent as a #2 earner in the monthly sweepstakes.

Exactly!  IS crashing will leave a bad scar and tarnish the whole industry. No mater what one thinks of IS, in some ways they are the mentors, the rest are just followers, some good ones, some lousy.
Sometimes the protege out-skills the master, in this case SS is now the 'master'. No?

« Reply #309 on: December 11, 2012, 14:46 »
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If IS went under I wonder how a massive flood of new images at SS and other sites would affect everyone elses sales.

Yes, EXACTLY.  Istock going under isn't good for anyone.  Any independents enjoying a bit of schadenfreude right now will not be so delighted when their sales drop due to an onslaught of new, formerly exclusive files at other sites. 

Not to mention, as JoAnn pointed out:

I don't want IS to fail - I make good money from them each month. I would like them to fix their busted site, drop the RC system and scrap all the Getty zombie images on the site - with a decent, working site and 20% royalties things might look pretty decent as a #2 earner in the monthly sweepstakes.

Exactly!  IS crashing will leave a bad scar and tarnish the whole industry. No mater what one thinks of IS, in some ways they are the mentors, the rest are just followers, some good ones, some lousy.
Sometimes the protege out-skills the master, in this case SS is now the 'master'. No?

Ofcourse! right now they are producing and in everyones good books. Wait and see what happens when production is going down a bit or some changes are enforced?
I mean no one hear can seriously believe that one agency especially after an IPO, is going to prove history wrong, are they? lets say we have all been down this route before and it ALWAYS ends in the same way. Regardless of who or what they are.

Also this is not a matter or an issue of skill or master as such. This is pretty much normal common sense. Remember the ones that are happy wooyays, are the ones making money, ( Im one of them) but as soon as that decrease or stops. Love flies out the window, as quick as a rabbit gets f---ed.

« Reply #310 on: December 11, 2012, 14:51 »
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chart doesn't include PP which is around 37% of my income at iStock

curious how it went down right after I stopped uploading, needless to say that my numbers are very small

2012
- highest month with 94 downloads (March)
- lowest month with 48 downloads (November)

« Reply #311 on: December 11, 2012, 15:16 »
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Thanks for keeping this thread professional and useful everyone.  It is appreciated.

On a side note, I have removed 4 posts that were discussing a member on iStock in a rather negative tone.  Let's keep the conversation about iStock and not individual contributors.
One other member has also been banned (again).. you can probably guess who... banned because they were banned before and for not wanting to be here but posting anyway.

« Reply #312 on: December 11, 2012, 16:59 »
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Zoom is back! From the forum:

"Howdy!

Basic Zoom will be live in the next half hour or so. One change is that the feature will be available to both logged out AND logged in users. We also changed how the content loads, so the use of the tool is a little more seamless (no annoying spinning wheels).

In the New Year we'll be rolling out some additional features. More about them as the date approaches!

Enjoy -

Jay"

« Reply #313 on: December 11, 2012, 20:17 »
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Not only is zoom back but now it works incrementally for illustrations as well as photos. I have been wanting that for years. It took frickin forever but it works well even on my iPad.

« Reply #314 on: December 11, 2012, 22:13 »
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If it could be fixed in the couple of days that the thread on IS has been active, why wasn't it fixed before?

« Reply #315 on: December 11, 2012, 23:52 »
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If it could be fixed in the couple of days that the thread on IS has been active, why wasn't it fixed before?

I speculated before, I think I was right. Before the new boss took over, there was no clear directions, and probably no funding either.

Ain't we disappointed that doomsday didn't happen after all??  :-\

Microbius

« Reply #316 on: December 12, 2012, 03:16 »
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If it could be fixed in the couple of days that the thread on IS has been active, why wasn't it fixed before?
If I was being really paranoid I'd say they have been working on it all that time. They got it ready, then started the "new leaf" thread so they could roll out the fixes to seem like they are a response to the thread.

« Reply #317 on: December 12, 2012, 03:27 »
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If it could be fixed in the couple of days that the thread on IS has been active, why wasn't it fixed before?
If I was being really paranoid I'd say they have been working on it all that time. They got it ready, then started the "new leaf" thread so they could roll out the fixes to seem like they are a response to the thread.

Yeah I tend to agree...it sounds like they probably had the fixes ready to go before RR started the thread. It seemed to happen really quick.

« Reply #318 on: December 12, 2012, 03:28 »
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If it could be fixed in the couple of days that the thread on IS has been active, why wasn't it fixed before?

I speculated before, I think I was right. Before the new boss took over, there was no clear directions, and probably no funding either.

Ain't we disappointed that doomsday didn't happen after all??  :-\
So what's the direction now?  Downwards with a nice zoom :)  I'm still heading for a commission cut next year and I still feel no motivation to upload new images.  If they revised this year's RC targets, to reflect the facts that they've sent buyers to Thinkstock and diluted sales with all the Getty images, I might start to think they're really changing.

Microbius

« Reply #319 on: December 12, 2012, 04:05 »
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If it could be fixed in the couple of days that the thread on IS has been active, why wasn't it fixed before?
If I was being really paranoid I'd say they have been working on it all that time. They got it ready, then started the "new leaf" thread so they could roll out the fixes to seem like they are a response to the thread.

Yeah I tend to agree...it sounds like they probably had the fixes ready to go before RR started the thread. It seemed to happen really quick.
In a way this explanation gives them more credit.
The alternative is that their contributors have been complaining about serious issues for months that they could have fixed overnight, but they cared so little they didn't bother their arse to do it till now.

« Reply #320 on: December 12, 2012, 10:22 »
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So what's the direction now?  Downwards with a nice zoom :)  I'm still heading for a commission cut next year and I still feel no motivation to upload new images.  If they revised this year's RC targets, to reflect the facts that they've sent buyers to Thinkstock and diluted sales with all the Getty images, I might start to think they're really changing.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain... This all seemed like smoke and mirrors. Are people really going to forget about everything else (like income) with a couple site upgrades? That can't possibly work... Can it? Or is the goal to just string people along for a little bit longer? It all seems very odd.

lisafx

« Reply #321 on: December 12, 2012, 11:22 »
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Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain... This all seemed like smoke and mirrors. Are people really going to forget about everything else (like income) with a couple site upgrades? That can't possibly work... Can it? Or is the goal to just string people along for a little bit longer? It all seems very odd.

I completely agree.  These "fixes", whether in response to Rebecca's communication thread (which I doubt), or ready ahead of time are not putting any more money in contributor pockets.  The buyers who got frustrated with site problems are already gone.  The site fixes work just as well on all the Getty content they are larding the site with, as they do on genuine contributor content.  And they are still leaving the main issue of RCs completely alone. 

Too little and WAY TOO LATE. 

« Reply #322 on: December 12, 2012, 12:52 »
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I completely agree.  These "fixes", whether in response to Rebecca's communication thread (which I doubt), or ready ahead of time are not putting any more money in contributor pockets.  The buyers who got frustrated with site problems are already gone.  The site fixes work just as well on all the Getty content they are larding the site with, as they do on genuine contributor content.  And they are still leaving the main issue of RCs completely alone. 

Too little and WAY TOO LATE.

True. What Istock keep failing to recognise is that they can't p*ss their contributors off and expect sales to be maintained. Too many of their (previous) buyers are contributors themselves or are influenced by contributors.

« Reply #323 on: December 12, 2012, 13:09 »
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The part I have never been able to work out on most of their "HQ" update type communications is the fact that why don't they just talk to us like intelligent players that are on the same team for once? It's always a goofy communication with some fluff about how great things are going and as if we are just a bunch of blind sheep that need a hug.

You would think though after all the contributor back lash telling them what time it is time and time again that a switch would go off in their heads by now and they would realize their insults to contributor intelligence haven't gotten them a free ride on the microstock merry-go-round.

If they eventually are able to move on from this point where they are stuck though, and make a departure from this ineffective way of talking to contributors, then we all might be able to make some sort of positive progress together for a change.

Maybe one day... Let's hope...

WarrenPrice

« Reply #324 on: December 12, 2012, 14:02 »
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The part I have never been able to work out on most of their "HQ" update type communications is the fact that why don't they just talk to us like intelligent players that are on the same team for once? It's always a goofy communication with some fluff about how great things are going and as if we are just a bunch of blind sheep that need a hug.

You would think though after all the contributor back lash telling them what time it is time and time again that a switch would go off in their heads by now and they would realize their insults to contributor intelligence haven't gotten them a free ride on the microstock merry-go-round.

If they eventually are able to move on from this point where they are stuck though, and make a departure from this ineffective way of talking to contributors, then we all might be able to make some sort of positive progress together for a change.

Maybe one day... Let's hope...

Well said... and it is not just iStock that needs to understand that.



 

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