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« Reply #25 on: September 18, 2010, 04:03 »
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Interesting thread and points deserving of a discussion in their own right, imo the "Responses from the bosses " or the lack of tells us what to expect from iStock in the Future be it in $$ or Communication and that is Very Little except for the Top Rankers

It is almost as if we the Contributors are being punished for not  accepting the unacceptable without a whimper by being sent to our rooms like naughty Kids to reflect on how bad we have been and how we must be better behaved (work harder with no back chat) in the future  ::)

Not surprised some see the need to leave Home.    ;)

At least we will not be subjected to as many of those nauseating Fan Girl/Boy threads (you know the ones) for awhile  

The new iStockphoto has emerged and it's not Pretty!
« Last Edit: September 18, 2010, 05:39 by iclick »


« Reply #26 on: September 18, 2010, 07:58 »
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There must be lots of us that can't afford to just dump istock but will now be working hard to get out of there.  If I was exclusive, I would probably wait until the commission cut goes through before giving up the crown.  So we might have to wait until at least the end of January to see the real effect of this.  There will be new contributors to take the place of those that leave but it is so hard to get sales going there now, I don't think many of them will be as successful as the old established contributors.

I detest apathy and defeatism, of course istock are relying on us kicking up a stink and then falling back in line but I still have the feeling it has gone too far this time.  If they get away with this, I will be getting out of microstock.
Nice summing up of the situation. I do think that things could get interesting in January. We'll have just had the December slump and a sluggish start to January could have exclusives closely examining their stats from the year before. Last January exclusives had the massive boost from the price increase for their images but that effect will have been absorbed by then. It's going to be very galling for those who are subject to the 12.5%-33% loss of commissions __ especially as they know the reason why. That's going to feel like theft.

Will Istock have the balls to impose yet another hefty price increase on to their buyers? We know they'd love to but will they be confident that the market will accept it? The firework show has a good way to run yet!

« Reply #27 on: September 18, 2010, 08:40 »
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If H&F intend to sell in a year or two, it's a good thing for them that exclusives dump their crowns. They'd have to pay less royalties and the effect of contributors joining the competition wouldn't be noticeable immediately, buyers will probably stick around for years.

« Reply #28 on: September 18, 2010, 08:44 »
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Didnt mean to offend or put down anyone. I am one of those that cannot afford to dump in one hit and will have to increase sales elsewhere. Hopefully with the work people have done telling buyers this will come quick :) My concern is that istock (and other sites) will think people are just taking the changes and think they have won. I suppose they will see the number of weekly uploads is down.

Looking through how much they are pushing vetta, page after page of 30-35 vetta images on pages of 50 images. My money is on a price increase, and it wouldn't surprise if it is a big one. still cheap compared to vetta and if you cant afford it there is thinkstock.

« Reply #29 on: September 18, 2010, 09:04 »
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I'll repeat again that it takes 30 days to break the exclusivity agreement at iStock, so the istockcharts data is meaningless until mid October.  Also, many exclusives and independents have openly stated they will pull out in January when the changes go into effect.  My gut feeling is few will follow through, but until then we will not know.  Regardless of what contributors do, the main issue to watch is the behavior of buyers.

« Reply #30 on: September 18, 2010, 09:11 »
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I'll repeat again that it takes 30 days to break the exclusivity agreement at iStock, so the istockcharts data is meaningless until mid October.  Also, many exclusives and independents have openly stated they will pull out in January when the changes go into effect.  My gut feeling is few will follow through, but until then we will not know.  Regardless of what contributors do, the main issue to watch is the behavior of buyers.

... or will they give their notice in early December, in anticipation of the commission drop? They are probably best to hold off on such action until Istock have announced the annual price hoik. There may be some comfort there. Istock's greed truly knows no bounds so it is unlikely that they will be satisfied as things are.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2010, 09:12 by gostwyck »

« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2010, 09:38 »
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To be honest, after deleting all my audios from IS and canceling my exclusivity, I thought, what .... I will upload all my audios to other sites and sell them under RF license. Why would I have a respect for the contract I signed with them if they are screwing me, and the contract. But I decided to wait those 30 days, because I don't want to think about myself the same thing I think about them.

« Reply #32 on: September 18, 2010, 10:47 »
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Congrats Dreamframer!
That is the way how it's should be done.

« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2010, 10:50 »
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You can see why they choose to rob us in cyberspace rather than mug old ladies in the street; my old gran would've dropped every single one of them!

http://company.gettyimages.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=245&isource=corporate_website_officers

« Reply #34 on: September 18, 2010, 11:16 »
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You can see why they choose to rob us in cyberspace rather than mug old ladies in the street; my old gran would've dropped every single one of them!

http://company.gettyimages.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=245&isource=corporate_website_officers


Lol, I don't want to sound rude, but at least they could hire some real photographer to make nicer photographs, ;D 

« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2010, 12:40 »
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∆ You be as rude as you like, mate!

« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2010, 13:38 »
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Lol, I don't want to sound rude, but at least they could hire some real photographer to make nicer photographs, ;D 

LOL talk about ironic!

« Reply #37 on: September 18, 2010, 15:11 »
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You can see why they choose to rob us in cyberspace rather than mug old ladies in the street; my old gran would've dropped every single one of them!

http://company.gettyimages.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=245&isource=corporate_website_officers


Makes me want to puke. Greedy corporate fat cats right there - all of them.

« Reply #38 on: September 18, 2010, 15:47 »
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And some of the worst portraiture I've seen in a long time.

« Reply #39 on: September 18, 2010, 15:58 »
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Why are there links to download those portrait images? 

« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2010, 16:59 »
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What, you didn't download them and print them to hang on your wall with an 'Our Beloved Leaders' banner?  I guess you missed that memo.

« Reply #41 on: September 18, 2010, 17:05 »
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Download 'em. Stick 'em in InDesign. Reduce 'em down to 15%. Hang 'em on the nearest dartboard.

« Reply #42 on: September 18, 2010, 17:06 »
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wow.. 75 new contributors on a day! and 5 more exclusives! :P

more 13K files.. 85k sales!

wow IS you are so poor :P
« Last Edit: September 18, 2010, 17:08 by luissantos84 »

« Reply #43 on: September 18, 2010, 17:14 »
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You can see why they choose to rob us in cyberspace rather than mug old ladies in the street; my old gran would've dropped every single one of them!

http://company.gettyimages.com/section_display.cfm?section_id=245&isource=corporate_website_officers
I especially like the "Olan Mills" poses that Getty and Klein are in...bad prom pictures : )

« Reply #44 on: September 18, 2010, 17:19 »
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A quick look at contributor charts (TOP100)

- 2 are removing files
- 12 have 0 uploads in last 30 days

« Reply #45 on: September 18, 2010, 17:53 »
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Why are there links to download those portrait images? 

To print them, put them in the frame, and admire their beauty ;D

« Reply #46 on: September 18, 2010, 19:02 »
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Why are there links to download those portrait images?

Apparently, people like to print them out and wipe their arses with them.

« Reply #47 on: September 19, 2010, 06:22 »
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Why are there links to download those portrait images?

Apparently, people like to print them out and wipe their arses with them.
I'm considering printing one of them (kelly probably) and using it for darts shooting.

Microbius

« Reply #48 on: September 19, 2010, 08:45 »
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Why are there links to download those portrait images?

Apparently, people like to print them out and wipe their arses with them.
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« Reply #49 on: September 19, 2010, 09:52 »
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