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« on: April 29, 2010, 07:12 »
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Just saw the partner program earnings have been computed.

I'm happy.


« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 08:42 »
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You're happy because the results are in, or you're happy because you made a million dollars with Thinkstock?  ;)

« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 08:46 »
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You're happy because the results are in, or you're happy because you made a million dollars with Thinkstock?  ;)

I'm happy because they are in AND because I made more than I anticipated  ;D

If I made a million dollars with Thinkstock that would mean I'd make 10 million with Shutterstock - then I would not be here posting this...

« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 09:37 »
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I'm happy because they are in AND because I made more than I anticipated  ;D

If I made a million dollars with Thinkstock that would mean I'd make 10 million with Shutterstock - then I would not be here posting this...

Most likely some of your sales at SS (or elsewhere) got transferred to TS where they earned a much lower commission. Does volunteering your portfolio for lower commissions make you happy too?

« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 09:47 »
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I'm happy because they are in AND because I made more than I anticipated  ;D

If I made a million dollars with Thinkstock that would mean I'd make 10 million with Shutterstock - then I would not be here posting this...

Most likely some of your sales at SS (or elsewhere) got transferred to TS where they earned a much lower commission. Does volunteering your portfolio for lower commissions make you happy too?

FYI - last month I had a BME at SS, FT and IS - probably you would argue that all the remaining sub buyers came from DT. That's fine, because my loss there is less than the gain from Thinkstock. As long as I make more money every month, I won't complain.

So far this works for me. If it changes I'll pull the plug on Thinkstock.

« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2010, 09:51 »
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Good to see some thinkstock sales this time.

« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2010, 12:37 »
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I earned half of what I got on IS still barely 1/20th of SS earnings but with this growth rate IS finally will start giving similar output others in top 5. I do not think subs from Think will soon match SS but they might put a dent on other results. They must be doing great job marketing their site.

« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2010, 23:58 »
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I'm happy because they are in AND because I made more than I anticipated  ;D

If I made a million dollars with Thinkstock that would mean I'd make 10 million with Shutterstock - then I would not be here posting this...

Most likely some of your sales at SS (or elsewhere) got transferred to TS where they earned a much lower commission. Does volunteering your portfolio for lower commissions make you happy too?

Good point!  :D

« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010, 00:45 »
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Is anyone  uploading to thinkstock directly or is everyone going through istock or are there other sites to submit from? Are you submitting all your new images too and have you seen a substantial sales growth the last 3 months?

RacePhoto

« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2010, 01:11 »
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Is anyone  uploading to thinkstock directly or is everyone going through istock or are there other sites to submit from? Are you submitting all your new images too and have you seen a substantial sales growth the last 3 months?

There is no upload to Thinkstock. Selected images from IS or StockXpert, depending, might be migrated.

People on IS who are opted in for Partner Programs may have images added, not all are added. I haven't found any explanation of what is selected or how.

People who had images on StockXpert and not on IS may or may not have had selected images moved to ThinkStock. They will get paid on their StockXpert account.

(not confused enough yet?)  :)

People who had images on IS and StockXpert, AKA phase three people, appear to have some IS images added and a promise that soon the StockXpert images will be searched for dupes and those may be added to ThinkStock. Three months and nothing.

The phase three people will be paid by both agencies, depending on where the image came from.

Short answer? If you never had an StockXpert account or closed yours, the only way to get images onto ThinkStock is Opt. in to partners on IS.

I don't have a clue how this will work out in the long run. ThinkStock is the collection of many collections that Getty owns, all gathered into one big Sub. site, instead of scattered under various names.

« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2010, 03:32 »
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(not confused enough yet?)  :)

People who had images on IS and StockXpert, AKA phase three people, appear to have some IS images added and a promise that soon the StockXpert images will be searched for dupes and those may be added to ThinkStock. Three months and nothing.

The phase three people will be paid by both agencies, depending on where the image came from.

I think I can add a bit to the confusion:  ;D

I had photos on  both StockXpert and IS, therefore I should have been a "phase three person", but - for reasons known only to "a speculative being" - was in phase one. I have been paid by both agencies (IS and the sorry remains of StockXpert) for Thinkstock sales, and all TS-bashing aside: If I add up my March sales on the StockXpert- and the IS-part of Thinkstock, I made more money than I ever did with StockXpert-subscriptions when they were still StockXpert. So, go figure...

« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2010, 07:08 »
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Click - Click,

Ah, happiness...

Well, judging by IStock's forum thread, your happiness is in the minority. Most of the contributors there report poor sales, fewer than the previous month.
Which, incidentally, brings about my own happiness :)
 
I don't want ThinkStock's 0.25 cents to succeed.
Nothing about that site was implemented correctly and it deserves to fail.
For the most part the collection is old and the current upload system makes it difficult to add new content at a competitve rate.
Designers are not fools. For the same price they can get a lot better images elsewhere.

But then again there's also the IStock Diamond Exclusive who thinks  $ 2.88 is money.
He's right.
Only in Ireland, converted to euros, I can't even buy a cappuccino with that kind of change.
« Last Edit: April 30, 2010, 07:10 by Eireann »

michealo

« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2010, 08:05 »
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Click - Click,

Ah, happiness...

Well, judging by IStock's forum thread, your happiness is in the minority. Most of the contributors there report poor sales, fewer than the previous month.
Which, incidentally, brings about my own happiness :)
 
I don't want ThinkStock's 0.25 cents to succeed.
Nothing about that site was implemented correctly and it deserves to fail.
For the most part the collection is old and the current upload system makes it difficult to add new content at a competitve rate.
Designers are not fools. For the same price they can get a lot better images elsewhere.

But then again there's also the IStock Diamond Exclusive who thinks  $ 2.88 is money.
He's right.
Only in Ireland, converted to euros, I can't even buy a cappuccino with that kind of change.

People who are happy don't post as often as those who are unhappy so I wouldn't draw any conclusions from the thread.

Personally I am not going to throw away 30c because it's not 5

& I can get a cappuccino in Ireland for 1.85 :-)

« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2010, 08:47 »
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I just wanted to let people who opted into Thinkstock know that the royalties have been posted - since it took so long.

It was selfish of me to add that I'm happy about the Thinkstock development in my specific case. Please forgive me.

I wasn't prepared to unintentionally insult people because I decided to sell my images on Thinkstock.

I never claimed or said that everyone should do that or that it works for every single contributor.

In any business you will find a majority of people complaining while a few shut up and just do it.

« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2010, 09:05 »
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I don't have any bad feelings about people who use thinkstock, I am probably losing some money by avoiding them but I am still annoyed that they only offer $0.25 subs commissions.  It looks like they charge more than shutterstock, when I compare prices in the UK but they would pay me much less.  And they will probably stop the other sites raising their subs commissions, its 2 years since shutterstock raised theirs and it is hard to see how they can do it with a site paying just $0.25.

Hopefully they will follow istock and raise prices and commissions but until then, I will avoid them and hope the buyers find my portfolio on the subs sites that pay me more.

« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2010, 09:25 »
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Hi Michealo,
funny, I remember reading End of the Month Stats threads on IStock's forum. People were stating the exact opposite. Happy contributors with exciting sales are more likely to post than those who did not reach desired numbers.
Who knows...

But it makes no difference.
The fact is that ThinkStock is a shaky project, fuelled by greed (both Getty's and contributors') and badly implemented. Nothing about that site is how it should be.  
Not a single thing.
And I hope it stays that way :)

As an independent I like SS and DT. They pay me better, they treat me better.
No amount of Getty's 0.25 cents of today can convince me to endanger Dreamstime's sales of tomorrow.

As an IStock exclusive you can do as you wish.
But don't expect your 18 months old files with no, (or few), sales to sell like hot cakes for long. Designers are no fools.
There's a lot better content out there and they know it.

Regarding cups of coffee, sorry, but there's no such thing as 1.88 cappuccino in Dublin. And I'm not about to start driving hours around the city just to save a few cents.
In my opinion 0.30 cents is just that, 0.30 cents. Not worth the effort.

But we're all different, and I respect your decision.
Best wishes to the Irish :) ,

« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2010, 09:37 »
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I had a small porfolio in stockxpert before and it went as part of thinkstock, and i got little $ every month, but still more than 123rf and bigstock..

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2010, 11:27 »
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Is anyone  uploading to thinkstock directly or is everyone going through istock or are there other sites to submit from? Are you submitting all your new images too and have you seen a substantial sales growth the last 3 months?

There is no upload to Thinkstock. Selected images from IS or StockXpert, depending, might be migrated.
People on IS who are opted in for Partner Programs may have images added, not all are added. I haven't found any explanation of what is selected or how.
People choose which, if any, images they want to add to the PP. (IIRC there's an 'all in' option, which adds in all your eligible files, which is everything if you're independent, but [also IIRC] that's not the default.)

« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2010, 12:32 »
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From the IS forums it seems there was an error computing march.
good news for the ones opted in, bad news for the ones (moi included) waiting for it to die....

« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2010, 15:00 »
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Istock error in your favor, collect "lots" more money.

Gave mine a significant bump, 25% of total IS earnings for the month.

Oldhand

« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2010, 18:28 »
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I don't know if I'm going a bit loopy, but I'm a bit confused...... :)

I deleted my account at StockXpert when it closed down, however, ever since I commenced uploading to IS, I've always clicked the partner program box.  Does that mean that my images are now also on Thinkstock?  If it does, where can I view my Thinkstock sales?

The weirdest thing has been happening lately.

I use the Picniche toolbar. 

Out of the blue, a number of small sales come in......sometimes one after the other...adding up to 10 or 20 dollars.  This happened yesterday afternoon, again.

When I clicked on the IS icon in the Picniche toolbar, there was no record of any sales yesterday.  There are still no sales listed that correspond to the mass of sales that appeared yesterday. 

Would these sales be Thinkstock sales? 

Does this happen to anyone else who uses the Picniche toolbar?

ap

« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2010, 18:35 »
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I don't know if I'm going a bit loopy, but I'm a bit confused...... :)

I deleted my account at StockXpert when it closed down, however, ever since I commenced uploading to IS, I've always clicked the partner program box.  Does that mean that my images are now also on Thinkstock?  If it does, where can I view my Thinkstock sales?

The weirdest thing has been happening lately.

I use the Picniche toolbar. 

Out of the blue, a number of small sales come in......sometimes one after the other...adding up to 10 or 20 dollars.  This happened yesterday afternoon, again.

When I clicked on the IS icon in the Picniche toolbar, there was no record of any sales yesterday.  There are still no sales listed that correspond to the mass of sales that appeared yesterday. 

Would these sales be Thinkstock sales? 

Does this happen to anyone else who uses the Picniche toolbar?

i thought i was going a little loopy yesterday too. my is balance kept increasing but there were no associated dl. so, i believe these are you ts dl. you can find them if you click on the partner program tab. there should be a number by the pic with these dl. you can also check stats for march to see how many dl there as well.

« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2010, 20:12 »
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Well, I have to admit I was wrong.
There was a bug after all. (IStock should really work on those)
Unlike the red arrowed agencies on the side, ThinkStock is firmly set on an upward trend and contributors are getting more and more sales with each passing month.
Great news for Getty and their 0.25 cent fixed payment. It works.
Soon we might all be forced to start contributing.

« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2010, 05:48 »
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Well, I have to admit I was wrong.
There was a bug after all. (IStock should really work on those)
Unlike the red arrowed agencies on the side, ThinkStock is firmly set on an upward trend and contributors are getting more and more sales with each passing month.
Great news for Getty and their 0.25 cent fixed payment. It works.
Soon we might all be forced to start contributing.

Nah __ very early days. TS is still a very poor offering in comparison to others in terms of choice and search facilities.

The complete lack of transparency combined with the overt incompetence over reporting of sales is particularly worrying for those daft enough to contribute to TS.

« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2010, 06:24 »
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Well, I have to admit I was wrong.
There was a bug after all. (IStock should really work on those)
Unlike the red arrowed agencies on the side, ThinkStock is firmly set on an upward trend and contributors are getting more and more sales with each passing month.
Great news for Getty and their 0.25 cent fixed payment. It works.
Soon we might all be forced to start contributing.

Nah __ very early days. TS is still a very poor offering in comparison to others in terms of choice and search facilities.

The complete lack of transparency combined with the overt incompetence over reporting of sales is particularly worrying for those daft enough to contribute to TS.

Spot on.


 

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