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ShadySue

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« Reply #50 on: December 05, 2012, 10:55 »
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The upload limit was increased recently.

Non-Exclusive Upload Limits
Default now 28/week (was 18)
Bronze now 30/week (was 20)
Silver now 40/week (was 24)
Gold now 50/week (was 30)
Diamond now 60/week (was 38)
Black Diamond now 70/week (was 40)

I got an email with that recently too. It was a "we miss you" email. It was geared towards vectors though. It looks like it is right. Mine says 50.

They're sending ex- or non-currently-uploading contributors 'we miss you' emails?! I thought they had heard of contributors but wanted no truck with them (thanks to Douglas Adams).


« Reply #51 on: December 05, 2012, 11:04 »
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They're sending ex- or non-currently-uploading contributors 'we miss you' emails?! I thought they had heard of contributors but wanted no truck with them (thanks to Douglas Adams).

Well, it made me laugh. It's been about 2 years since I've uploaded any files and over a year since I deleted all my files. So, I guess they just got around to noticing and decided to send me a form letter to express their concern.  ;D

« Reply #52 on: December 05, 2012, 11:07 »
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So, how long do you think one needs to ignore iStock before one receives the 'we miss you' email...?

« Reply #53 on: December 05, 2012, 11:15 »
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The upload limit was increased recently.

Non-Exclusive Upload Limits
Default now 28/week (was 18)
Bronze now 30/week (was 20)
Silver now 40/week (was 24)
Gold now 50/week (was 30)
Diamond now 60/week (was 38)
Black Diamond now 70/week (was 40)

I got an email with that recently too. It was a "we miss you" email. It was geared towards vectors though. It looks like it is right. Mine says 50.

They're sending ex- or non-currently-uploading contributors 'we miss you' emails?! I thought they had heard of contributors but wanted no truck with them (thanks to Douglas Adams).

That is very interesting. It would appear that the utterly disgraceful way that iStock treated illustrators and vector artists in particular, when they introduced the RC system, has back-fired on them somewhat spectacularly if it has left them short on new content being submitted.

Just fire back with "We miss our royalty percentage you greedy f*cks".

rubyroo

« Reply #54 on: December 05, 2012, 11:18 »
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Just fire back with "We miss our royalty percentage you greedy f*cks".

 ;D

lisafx

« Reply #55 on: December 05, 2012, 11:20 »
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Good to know the abuses Istock has heaped on contributors have noticeably affected their bottom line. 

Rather than sending out maudlin e-mails, they should just scrap the RC system, and go back to paying people as they were originally contracted to do.  That should take care of the problem.  :)

rubyroo

« Reply #56 on: December 05, 2012, 11:23 »
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Well said Lisa!

« Reply #57 on: December 05, 2012, 11:27 »
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Good to know the abuses Istock has heaped on contributors have noticeably affected their bottom line. 

Rather than sending out maudlin e-mails, they should just scrap the RC system, and go back to paying people as they were originally contracted to do.  That should take care of the problem.  :)

I couldn't agree more. It also proves that contributors have a lot more power than they believe, if only they could work together and harness it. If enough of us refused to upload any new content until the original royalty system was restored ... it would eventually happen.

ShadySue

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« Reply #58 on: December 05, 2012, 11:49 »
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Just fire back with "We miss our royalty percentage you greedy f*cks".

 ;D
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Poncke

« Reply #59 on: December 05, 2012, 11:55 »
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Good to know the abuses Istock has heaped on contributors have noticeably affected their bottom line. 

Rather than sending out maudlin e-mails, they should just scrap the RC system, and go back to paying people as they were originally contracted to do.  That should take care of the problem.  :)

I couldn't agree more. It also proves that contributors have a lot more power than they believe, if only they could work together and harness it. If enough of us refused to upload any new content until the original royalty system was restored ... it would eventually happen.
You also mean the Seans and Yuris?

WarrenPrice

« Reply #60 on: December 05, 2012, 12:19 »
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The upload limit was increased recently.

Non-Exclusive Upload Limits
Default now 28/week (was 18)
Bronze now 30/week (was 20)
Silver now 40/week (was 24)
Gold now 50/week (was 30)
Diamond now 60/week (was 38)
Black Diamond now 70/week (was 40)

Really? That's news to me. Can't find any announcement about that and my upload limit (non exclusive) still says 18 per week. Anyone else know anything about this or have a link?  Regards, David.

Curious too.  My limit was increased to 20.  Don't remember when or why.  Where do you find this?


« Reply #61 on: December 05, 2012, 12:21 »
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Good to know the abuses Istock has heaped on contributors have noticeably affected their bottom line. 

Rather than sending out maudlin e-mails, they should just scrap the RC system, and go back to paying people as they were originally contracted to do.  That should take care of the problem.  :)

I couldn't agree more. It also proves that contributors have a lot more power than they believe, if only they could work together and harness it. If enough of us refused to upload any new content until the original royalty system was restored ... it would eventually happen.

Easy for you to say but then you never made 20k a month with them.  Too bad there is no valid replacement for IS.   There are some top notch exclusives bailing on them (as in pulling their work) and they are not  looking to SS as valid replacement.  Looking at alexa IS is crashing and SS is going up a little.   If IS is not hurting and the newest pig owners are worried I would be surprised.  Oh the money I could have made advising bruce not sell and carlyse group not buy.  Don't say I wouldn't have known because you never get in bed with getty without getting screwed and leaving with an STD.  I saw what one private equity group did to IS.  The old pump and dump.  I am surprised a private equity group buy from another private equity group.   Talk about sloppy seconds.

« Reply #62 on: December 05, 2012, 12:23 »
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Curious too.  My limit was increased to 20.  Don't remember when or why.  Where do you find this?


after the 250 downloads (http://www.istockphoto.com/participate/contributor-lounge/contributor-news/page/2)

« Reply #63 on: December 05, 2012, 12:38 »
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Just had a nice EL for, 110 bucks :) at IS!  they can still produce, make no mistake. So theyre a bit tough, so what.

« Reply #64 on: December 05, 2012, 12:40 »
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Good to know the abuses Istock has heaped on contributors have noticeably affected their bottom line. 

Rather than sending out maudlin e-mails, they should just scrap the RC system, and go back to paying people as they were originally contracted to do.  That should take care of the problem.  :)

That ship has sailed. It would take a lot more than 20% to entice me back.

Poncke

« Reply #65 on: December 05, 2012, 12:49 »
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Just had a nice EL for, 110 bucks :) at IS!  they can still produce, make no mistake. So theyre a bit tough, so what.
Nice but that doesnt mean crap. One sale doesnt mean IS is back on top, does it?

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #66 on: December 05, 2012, 12:57 »
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It looks like the bottom has finally been reached.

They have squeezed contributors so much and pushed them away to where they are now short on content.

I don't think a pretty-please email and higher upload limits will do much. They need to start giving some substantial financial incentives if they want to start getting people actively back.

« Reply #67 on: December 05, 2012, 12:59 »
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Just had a nice EL for, 110 bucks :) at IS!  they can still produce, make no mistake. So theyre a bit tough, so what.

are you cheering 110$ sales? its not even 1% of your income ;D

« Reply #68 on: December 05, 2012, 13:15 »
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Just had a nice EL for, 110 bucks :) at IS!  they can still produce, make no mistake. So theyre a bit tough, so what.

are you cheering 110$ sales? its not even 1% of your income ;D

One should be happy with the little things in life. It all mounts up you know. We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. :)

« Reply #69 on: December 05, 2012, 13:20 »
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Just had a nice EL for, 110 bucks :) at IS!  they can still produce, make no mistake. So theyre a bit tough, so what.

are you cheering 110$ sales? its not even 1% of your income ;D

One should be happy with the little things in life. It all mounts up you know. We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. :)

thank god we have you, of course as our star, even if a bipolar one :D

« Reply #70 on: December 05, 2012, 13:38 »
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Good to know the abuses Istock has heaped on contributors have noticeably affected their bottom line. 

Rather than sending out maudlin e-mails, they should just scrap the RC system, and go back to paying people as they were originally contracted to do.  That should take care of the problem.  :)

I couldn't agree more. It also proves that contributors have a lot more power than they believe, if only they could work together and harness it. If enough of us refused to upload any new content until the original royalty system was restored ... it would eventually happen.
After losing the 20% commission, I did stop uploading for over a year and started removing my portfolio but then noticed that people like you were carrying on uploading new images every week as if nothing had happened.  I think if most people didn't do anything much when royalties were cut below 20%, they never will.  So I'll wait for everyone else to start a boycott next time.
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« Reply #71 on: December 05, 2012, 13:39 »
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« Reply #72 on: December 05, 2012, 13:58 »
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So, how long do you think one needs to ignore iStock before one receives the 'we miss you' email...?

I wonder.. I haven't uploaded any images in a few months and vectors I haven't uploaded in a few years - and I didn't get any email telling me how much they miss me. 

« Reply #73 on: December 05, 2012, 14:00 »
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The upload limit was increased recently.

Non-Exclusive Upload Limits
Default now 28/week (was 18)
Bronze now 30/week (was 20)
Silver now 40/week (was 24)
Gold now 50/week (was 30)
Diamond now 60/week (was 38)
Black Diamond now 70/week (was 40)

is that just for illustrations?  I notice that my vector limit is 50/week and my images is at 30/week.  I'm Gold for both.

« Reply #74 on: December 05, 2012, 14:07 »
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Just had a nice EL for, 110 bucks :) at IS!  they can still produce, make no mistake. So theyre a bit tough, so what.

are you cheering 110$ sales? its not even 1% of your income ;D

One should be happy with the little things in life. It all mounts up you know. We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. :)

thank god we have you, of course as our star, even if a bipolar one :D

Thats a good one Luis! like it. :D


 

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