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« Reply #200 on: July 10, 2013, 04:37 »
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Anyone else having poor sales in July? Of course it's summer, but my earnings are about 1/5 of my SS earnings, and that's incredibly low (usually the number should be about 1/2 of my SS earnings). I'm still saying this is a cashflow problem.

I wish we had a "Snowden" working at IS who could inform about all the shenanigans going on.


« Reply #201 on: July 10, 2013, 04:43 »
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I don't know which is worse: Hiding cashflow problems by pretending it's an IT problem or having a totally incompetent IT department in a company that operates mainly on the internet.

How can they take 85% of the sales price and not be able to work out a simple glitch? And if it's not a small glitch, with the money they have taken from my sales (propably over $100 000, maybe even $200 000 - I don't dare to do the math) they should be able to even make a new PP statistics system. (It can't be THAT hard, it's just adding some numbers)
« Last Edit: July 10, 2013, 04:48 by Perry »

« Reply #202 on: July 10, 2013, 09:14 »
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It clearly isn't a priority to Getty to spend money on fixing contributor problems. They have shown they can move fast when they want to, but that usually has to do with refunds.

If you look at the compensation clause in the ASA, it says:

"In response to a written request, iStockphoto will endeavor to make payment of royalties in respect of purchased downloads of Accepted Content on a monthly basis on or about the 15th day of the month following the purchase of Accepted Content, except when sales reporting from a Distribution Partner is delayed, in which case payments will be made in the month following the date such sale is reported, ..."

They could very well argue that the sales from the PP are from a distribution partner and have been delayed (the fact that it's by their own incompetence might be beside the point) and that once they are "reported" (when they get the hamster wheel moving again) we get them in the following month - no date specified.

It's a total crock as this could all be happening in close to real time if they wanted it to. These types of terms originated in another era.

« Reply #203 on: July 10, 2013, 10:26 »
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I don't see why it can't and shouldn't happen in real-time. God forbid if they put some money back into fixing their dated system especially now with the higher volumes

« Reply #204 on: July 10, 2013, 10:38 »
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Looks like you won't get the PP payment in time for this week's request, as it will be after the (undetermined) date of the GI payment adjustment:
"AS SOON as we have addressed the issues outlined in this Announcement we will be able to start pushing the PP payments."

http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=354644&page=9#post6913066

« Reply #205 on: July 10, 2013, 10:42 »
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« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 12:17 by Audi 5000 »

« Reply #206 on: July 10, 2013, 10:47 »
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Looks like you won't get the PP payment in time for this week's request, as it will be after the (undetermined) date of the GI payment adjustment:
"AS SOON as we have addressed the issues outlined in this Announcement we will be able to start pushing the PP payments."

http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=354644&page=9#post6913066

They said the GI fix would be today.


If that occurs, it doesn't change the fact that PP payments take 6-7 days, which would put the end past the deadline of Friday morning.

lisafx

« Reply #207 on: July 10, 2013, 11:01 »
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Looks like you won't get the PP payment in time for this week's request, as it will be after the (undetermined) date of the GI payment adjustment:
"AS SOON as we have addressed the issues outlined in this Announcement we will be able to start pushing the PP payments."

http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=354644&page=9#post6913066

They said the GI fix would be today.


Oh, well if "they" said it, it must be true.  Istock has such a great track record of meeting their own deadlines.   ::)

« Reply #208 on: July 10, 2013, 11:03 »
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That is if they resolve the GI issue, don't hold your breath.

Quote from Lobo:

That could be the possible outcome. However, until I'm sure we are complete the process outlined in the announcement thread I'm not going to promise anything.
   
« Last Edit: July 10, 2013, 11:05 by brm1949 »

« Reply #209 on: July 10, 2013, 11:06 »
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« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 12:17 by Audi 5000 »

Uncle Pete

« Reply #210 on: July 10, 2013, 11:09 »
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Just must point out that no PP reporting since May 1st is 60-70 days. But hey, what's a couple months between friends?  :(

Maybe someone knows why they can't do this once a day or weekly, instead of the 15th of the month (maybe) the month after? Something is honestly Scrod.
 

Looks like you won't get the PP payment in time for this week's request, as it will be after the (undetermined) date of the GI payment adjustment:
"AS SOON as we have addressed the issues outlined in this Announcement we will be able to start pushing the PP payments."

http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=354644&page=9#post6913066

They said the GI fix would be today.


If that occurs, it doesn't change the fact that PP payments take 6-7 days, which would put the end past the deadline of Friday morning.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #211 on: July 10, 2013, 11:16 »
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Looks like you won't get the PP payment in time for this week's request, as it will be after the (undetermined) date of the GI payment adjustment:
"AS SOON as we have addressed the issues outlined in this Announcement we will be able to start pushing the PP payments."

http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=354644&page=9#post6913066

They said the GI fix would be today.

Yeah, after other deadlines have come and gone.
Let's hope they really mean it this time. Not holding my breath, though.

tab62

« Reply #212 on: July 10, 2013, 11:52 »
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I told my landlord that I cannot pay the rent until I get my PP  :-\



« Reply #213 on: July 10, 2013, 11:57 »
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That's closer to reality than I care to admit. Not having a good month and this isn't helping one bit!

tab62

« Reply #214 on: July 10, 2013, 12:05 »
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No kidding- I pay child support as well. In my state you miss a payment and you will go to jail! Pretty hard to shoot any images in a jail cell!

« Reply #215 on: July 10, 2013, 12:47 »
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Clearly the company doesn't have enough people or they hired the cheapest people possible to implement and manage their IT strategy or they have other priorities.

It really is past time someone further up the IS food chain stepped in and exhibited some leadership qualities and communicated to the contributor community direct. I'm heartily fed up with the flatulence expelled by their most windy mouthpiece.

Just imagine, if the buyers were buying and their payments to IS were being held in limbo because of a front end IT issue. Would the situation remain unresolved for a week? I think not.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2013, 12:50 by Red Dove »

« Reply #216 on: July 10, 2013, 14:12 »
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« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 12:16 by Audi 5000 »

« Reply #217 on: July 10, 2013, 14:25 »
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"Early next week we will be removing the option for Exclusives to opt in to the Partner Program. This means Exclusive content will no longer be able to add files to the Partner Program (thinkstock.com|photos.com). Any files that are currently apart of the Partner Program will be grandfathered into the Partner Program, but we will also provide you an opportunity to remove these files at any time."

That's hilarious. True masters of the unexpected.

« Reply #218 on: July 10, 2013, 14:40 »
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"Early next week we will be removing the option for Exclusives to opt in to the Partner Program. This means Exclusive content will no longer be able to add files to the Partner Program (thinkstock.com|photos.com). Any files that are currently apart of the Partner Program will be grandfathered into the Partner Program, but we will also provide you an opportunity to remove these files at any time."

That's hilarious. True masters of the unexpected.

Anyone else see a future where indies are PP and exclusives IS?  Might explain the current accept any crap approach if done in the knowledge that it's all moving elsewhere shortly.

« Reply #219 on: July 10, 2013, 14:42 »
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"Early next week we will be removing the option for Exclusives to opt in to the Partner Program. This means Exclusive content will no longer be able to add files to the Partner Program (thinkstock.com|photos.com). Any files that are currently apart of the Partner Program will be grandfathered into the Partner Program, but we will also provide you an opportunity to remove these files at any time."

That's hilarious. True masters of the unexpected.

Anyone else see a future where indies are PP and exclusives IS?  Might explain the current accept any crap approach if done in the knowledge that it's all moving elsewhere shortly.

You could well be on to something.

« Reply #220 on: July 10, 2013, 14:49 »
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« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 12:16 by Audi 5000 »

« Reply #221 on: July 10, 2013, 14:58 »
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Maybe they are hoping to make it clear that the financial benefits of exclusivity significantly exceed the benefits of independence, thereby pulling defectors and others into their fold.   It does seem to be turning into a two-horse race between iS and SS. If SS cuts commissions in line with the project it has put in place for BS, then I'm not sure what I would do.

« Reply #222 on: July 10, 2013, 16:04 »
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Maybe they are hoping to make it clear that the financial benefits of exclusivity significantly exceed the benefits of independence, thereby pulling defectors and others into their fold.   It does seem to be turning into a two-horse race between iS and SS. If SS cuts commissions in line with the project it has put in place for BS, then I'm not sure what I would do.

Yes, exactly.  if SS puts in some sort of RC system, then what to do?  Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

Ron

« Reply #223 on: July 10, 2013, 16:07 »
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Guys you are freakin me out  ;) RC system at SS... brrrrrr

Shelma1

« Reply #224 on: July 10, 2013, 16:07 »
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I foresee a day when iStock is absorbed into Getty, and current exclusives have their content represented there. And the rest of us are either on the PP sites or out entirely.

Having seen merger after merger in the ad biz, the bigger agency almost always absorbs the smaller one and jettisons the employees who no longer fit in. Getty is keeping the artists they feel are worthy, beginning by "mirroring" their images. I'm not sure they want to be in microstock, really.


 

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