MicrostockGroup Sponsors


Author Topic: The Fall Of An Empire  (Read 30836 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

« Reply #75 on: December 05, 2012, 14:20 »
0
I dont care of upload limits, I never used them up anyway, because of the whole upload process circus and user-hostile interface.

That interface is a slap in the face every time I use it.
Arrogant beyond imagination, which actually describes the whole company.

They need broomsticks in the office, to batter off the pitchforks.

From the sideline it is very interesting to watch a company declining so quickly... only because of attitude. The Ivory Tower complex.


« Reply #76 on: December 05, 2012, 15:36 »
0
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.
I haven't submitted anything to IS for a long time either, but have received no email. For those who have gotten one, I'm curious, was it sent by Peebert, or Lobo?

« Reply #77 on: December 05, 2012, 16:00 »
0
Just fire back with "We miss our royalty percentage you greedy f*cks".

 ;D


 ;D ;D ;D

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #78 on: December 05, 2012, 16:46 »
+1
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.
I haven't submitted anything to IS for a long time either, but have received no email. For those who have gotten one, I'm curious, was it sent by Peebert, or Lobo?

Unless this is an in-joke, it must have been an incredibly long time. Peebert was  MIA and of legendary status only at iStock when I started in Dec 2006.

« Reply #79 on: December 05, 2012, 17:04 »
+1
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.
I haven't submitted anything to IS for a long time either, but have received no email. For those who have gotten one, I'm curious, was it sent by Peebert, or Lobo?

Unless this is an in-joke, it must have been an incredibly long time. Peebert was  MIA and of legendary status only at iStock when I started in Dec 2006.

haha.. yeah, I was going to ask "IS Peebert back?!"   

lisafx

« Reply #80 on: December 05, 2012, 18:28 »
0
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.

If we could manage to coordinate something like that, and it were widespread, I would participate.  I don't get nearly the income from Istock I used to, so it wouldn't hurt as much.  But Sharpshot is right.  No point going out on a limb alone.  It needs to be a coordinated effort with many if not all the big and medium players. 
« Last Edit: December 05, 2012, 18:31 by lisafx »

« Reply #81 on: December 05, 2012, 18:40 »
0
I've only uploaded a handful of vectors this year - 10 maybe - I got the "Miss You" email...

My bank account is missing the 'old days' a lot more...

« Reply #82 on: December 05, 2012, 18:50 »
0
If we could manage to coordinate something like that, and it were widespread,

How about organizing "a week without uploads"... or a month? What if they would get only half of the uploads they usually get? Maybe that could scare them a bit?

fritz

  • I love Tom and Jerry music

« Reply #83 on: December 05, 2012, 19:49 »
0
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)
Are you sure? I'm gold but can not upload more than 30 files/week.Where did you get the info.

« Reply #84 on: December 05, 2012, 19:51 »
0
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)
Are you sure? I'm gold but can not upload more than 30 files/week.Where did you get the info.

why don't you read a little this topic? :D

fritz

  • I love Tom and Jerry music

« Reply #85 on: December 05, 2012, 19:57 »
0
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)
Are you sure? I'm gold but can not upload more than 30 files/week.Where did you get the info.

why don't you read a little this topic? :D
I have no time to read all the posts. Sorry!

« Reply #86 on: December 05, 2012, 20:00 »
+1
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)
Are you sure? I'm gold but can not upload more than 30 files/week.Where did you get the info.

why don't you read a little this topic? :D
I have no time to read all the posts. Sorry!

Then you won't find the 'info' you desire will you? Sorry!

fritz

  • I love Tom and Jerry music

« Reply #87 on: December 05, 2012, 20:07 »
0
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)
Are you sure? I'm gold but can not upload more than 30 files/week.Where did you get the info.

why don't you read a little this topic? :D
I have no time to read all the posts. Sorry!

Then you won't find the 'info' you desire will you? Sorry!
If I want I will one way or another. Now I have to go back to work. See you later

« Reply #88 on: December 05, 2012, 20:35 »
+1
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)
Are you sure? I'm gold but can not upload more than 30 files/week.Where did you get the info.

why don't you read a little this topic? :D
I have no time to read all the posts. Sorry!

Then you won't find the 'info' you desire will you? Sorry!
If I want I will one way or another. Now I have to go back to work. See you later

If you took the time to read the posts and properly understand microstock then you might not need to 'go back to work'. Much better to work smart rather than work hard.

MetaStocker

    This user is banned.
« Reply #89 on: December 06, 2012, 03:08 »
0
Microsoft menaced by open source developers ?

Wrong, Linux and the hundreds of different linux distributions and hacks so far only managed to kill the commercial versions of UNIX, see what happened to Unix SCO (formerly Microsoft Xenix), Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, True64, Tandem, etc

Linux/Android also taken over the mobile and Embedded market, but with little if any financial gain by Google being it an open project, and absolutely zero payback for linux distros used inside routers and modems.

What all these freetards are getting back from their hard work is merely a credit line hidden in a few text files and about boxes, as so far the ONLY company making serious bucks on open source is RedHat, anybody else is begging for donations or accepting the fact there's no easy money to be made with free apps that anyone can modify and resell as their own and use in their hardware without giving a dollar back to the author.

How iStock is treating contributors is not much different actually, fees lower than 20% of a sale are simply a joke, can't remember a single other industry where the salesman eat more than 80% of the sale price !

Sort of like giving out our pictures for free ? Almost, and who knows, maybe their plan is going in that direction, wasn't getty already asking 50$ to include 3rd party images in their collection ?






« Reply #90 on: December 06, 2012, 03:58 »
0
I've only uploaded a handful of vectors this year - 10 maybe - I got the "Miss You" email...

My bank account is missing the 'old days' a lot more...

+1

aspp

« Reply #91 on: December 06, 2012, 04:54 »
0
so far the ONLY company making serious bucks on open source is RedHat


Not true. For example Microsoft collect patent licence fees on many of the Android devices sold.

Microsoft makes more from Android than Windows on smartphones

/OT

MetaStocker

    This user is banned.
« Reply #92 on: December 06, 2012, 06:42 »
0
so far the ONLY company making serious bucks on open source is RedHat


Not true. For example Microsoft collect patent licence fees on many of the Android devices sold.

Microsoft makes more from Android than Windows on smartphones

/OT


As a software developer i can't see anything positive in all this nor in patent trolling.

And actually i'm wondering if i could make more money writing photography apps or PS plugins rather than selling photos : there will be always people willing to pay for photo apps, but what about stock photos ? i see dark clouds at the horizon, 2013 can be pretty much the year where we reach the point of non return, Getty and Corbis buying out the few remaining decent agencies and becoming a full closed garden, alamy further reducing fees and trying in vain to become a creative agency, micros hitting the bottom of the barrel and start digging with even lower fees, discounts, giveaways and promotions.

And by the way, microsoft is now pushing hard on photo sharing, Bing, Skydrive, Cloud services, and their new project SOCL, and what about the prominent Metro-Apps for pic sharing embedded in Win8 ?

Nowhere users are told to be careful about copyright or permissions, nowhere i see a "BUY" button, nothing, all i see is SHARE buttons ... that's the future and it ain't change anytime soon, no matter if MS owns Corbis and should know better about these things.






« Reply #93 on: December 06, 2012, 06:56 »
0
One should think that Microsoft knew all about copyright.....

aspp

« Reply #94 on: December 06, 2012, 07:11 »
+1
actually i'm wondering if i could make more money writing photography apps or PS plugins rather than selling photos

If you want to make money doing photo apps then you need to do it in conjunction with someone who has created a name for themselves in the world of blogging and social media in general. Look for someone with lots of Twitter followers whose Instagrams get 1000s of likes. These are the people who have significantly promoted or have their names most of the successful apps and plugins currently. There are also masses of people selling collections of Lightroom presets on Etsy etc. Obviously it's all about retro and cute currently because we live in such reactionary times.

MetaStocker

    This user is banned.
« Reply #95 on: December 06, 2012, 10:08 »
0
actually i'm wondering if i could make more money writing photography apps or PS plugins rather than selling photos

If you want to make money doing photo apps then you need to do it in conjunction with someone who has created a name for themselves in the world of blogging and social media in general. Look for someone with lots of Twitter followers whose Instagrams get 1000s of likes. These are the people who have significantly promoted or have their names most of the successful apps and plugins currently. There are also masses of people selling collections of Lightroom presets on Etsy etc. Obviously it's all about retro and cute currently because we live in such reactionary times.

Fully agree on the reactionary times, but i fellow the mantra that the customer is always right, they want retro, i'll give em retro.

As for retro, it's pure BS and a fad, a sign of desperation if they have to go back to the '60s look but i could say the same about a few B/W Film zealots i've met who are shooting on a Leica in 2012 thinking they're elitist or original or hip or whatever other new BS buzzword, for fu-cks sake these cameras were used 50 yrs ago if they can't get good results with digital B/W than maybe they better learn how to use PS or LR  properly !

Same sh-it going on in music software by the way, a constant back and forth with retro/modern sounds, just to discover that ANY possible sound has been already used and abused in a zillion songs.

Tools like Instamatic are simply a disgrace.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #96 on: December 06, 2012, 10:14 »
0
As for retro, it's pure BS and a fad, a sign of desperation if they have to go back to the '60s look
It's general cultural fashion at the moment. Most young women round about here (of those who care) are going around in black eyeliner and false lashes. Looks h*llish on anyone with fair skin and blonde to mid-brown or red hair, but do they care?
« Last Edit: December 06, 2012, 10:41 by ShadySue »

aspp

« Reply #97 on: December 06, 2012, 10:29 »
0
Lets get ahead of the curve then and create an app which makes our pictures look like they were shot with a sub-VGA Casio  camera circa 1996. Sooner of later that will be the new look. You'll see it in Vogue and Elle.

In general I reckon that every generation destroys and discredits the immediately previous generation and their style but is in awe of the last but one !

« Reply #98 on: December 06, 2012, 10:46 »
0
Strange thinking here. Its seems as if many here which they would fall? malicious thinking is no good for microstockers. Remember: what goes around comes around.
Microstockers should instead invest their time producing not lend themselves to gossip and jealousy.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #99 on: December 06, 2012, 11:05 »
+2
Strange thinking here. Its seems as if many here which they would fall? malicious thinking is no good for microstockers. Remember: what goes around comes around.
Microstockers should instead invest their time producing not lend themselves to gossip and jealousy.

And Practice what they Preach.


 

Sponsors

Mega Bundle of 5,900+ Professional Lightroom Presets

Microstock Poll Results

Sponsors

3100 Posing Cards Bundle