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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2020, 18:00 »
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Old, retired, battle-ax nurse here.  You know...the kind who would yank you up outta your hospital bed the day after hip replacement surgery saying "you lay down, you die!".  ;)
Maybe totally boycotting the Bass-turds was a bit too much to ask since so many lost their "real" jobs due to the Covid crap.  Don't even get me started on just how unbelievably evil that was!  Maybe instead we could try to convince people to commit to a "Shutter-shite Last" policy.  If you absolutely HAVE to upload new material to them at least commit to putting them last on the list, 3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months, whatever.  Maybe the word would "accidentally" get out that most new files go to other agencies first?
I honestly don't know what to do about them.  I do still sell there (I wish I could afford not to), but deleted the top 25% of my port and in the future they only get "new" photos that don't sell anywhere else after a year.


« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2020, 18:11 »
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Thanks for the laugh you crochety, crakety, cranky, grumpy, crabby, cranky crones. ;D

Hey, we do aim to please! :D :D :D

Shelma1

« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2020, 19:45 »
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Cranky, crotchety old crone here too.

Cathy, here's a thought:

Maybe we cranky and crochety old crones should start our own microstock sales site.

Just think of the fun promotions we could put out!

PS: Shelma probably isn't a cranky and crochety old crone just yet, but she might want to consider joining us, too. :D

Definitely cranky, crotchety, outright b*itchy and over 60. So I guess Im a nasty old hag.

« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2020, 20:43 »
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Cranky, crotchety old crone here too.

Cathy, here's a thought:

Maybe we cranky and crochety old crones should start our own microstock sales site.

Just think of the fun promotions we could put out!

PS: Shelma probably isn't a cranky and crochety old crone just yet, but she might want to consider joining us, too. :D

Definitely cranky, crotchety, outright b*itchy and over 60. So I guess Im a nasty old hag.

Nasty old hag? Nah, that doesn't fit at all.

But still, you're entirely welcome to join our fun little CC&CC Club! :D
« Last Edit: September 12, 2020, 16:14 by marthamarks »

« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2020, 20:44 »
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Old, retired, battle-ax nurse here. 

You're warmly welcome to the CC&CC Club, too!

« Last Edit: September 12, 2020, 16:15 by marthamarks »

« Reply #30 on: September 12, 2020, 13:24 »
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Being on the wrong side of 60 I'll join the CC&CC!

I got into ss in 2008 on the first try too which didn't seem like a big deal. I remember making $60+ a month with under 100 images back then but feeling badly that I was only get a few cents for a license. Who knew more than a decade later prices would be even lower and that macrostock sites would follow shutterstock's lead? I joined the boycott and sold my ss stock, but still need to go in and actually delete my portfolio, hoping I don't have to do it one photo at a time. I wasn't making enough there to make it a hard decision and really admire those who gave up real $$$$ to do so.

I also admire people who take good bird photos - one of the hardest subjects out there. My best sellers are lighthouses LOL - easy to shoot since they don't move!

Cranky old ladies and birdwatchers unite!  8)

« Reply #31 on: September 12, 2020, 13:57 »
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Being on the wrong side of 60 I'll join the CC&CC!
...
Cranky old ladies and birdwatchers unite!  8)

Yep. We cranky old ladies and birdwatchers must stick together. (And BTW, I'm on the wrong side of 70, so leading the pack around these parts, I suspect.)

Welcome to the CC&CC Club!
« Last Edit: September 12, 2020, 14:06 by marthamarks »

« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2020, 14:18 »
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Being on the wrong side of 60 I'll join the CC&CC!
...
Cranky old ladies and birdwatchers unite!  8)

Yep. We cranky old ladies and birdwatchers must stick together. (And BTW, I'm on the wrong side of 70, so leading the pack around these parts, I suspect.)

Welcome to the CC&CC Club!

Thanks!  8)

« Reply #33 on: September 13, 2020, 04:00 »
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Of course the REASON they cut now and so severely is precisely because they KNEW not as many people could stop uploading because of the desperation caused by the pandemic. You are seeing it all over with corporations using the opportunity to **** their workers. It is 100% because of the pandemic, just not they way they claim.

« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2020, 17:37 »
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Of course the REASON they cut now and so severely is precisely because they KNEW not as many people could stop uploading because of the desperation caused by the pandemic. You are seeing it all over with corporations using the opportunity to **** their workers. It is 100% because of the pandemic, just not they way they claim.

how dogmatic!  no chance that there may be other non-pandemic reasons?  a policy change like this doesnt come out of thin air and the bigger the company the slower to make drastic changes.

not to mention the US-centric view -- MOST of the world is getting back to work; the US has been crippled by ignorant 'leaders' who have cost 10's of thousands of lives

« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2020, 06:20 »
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Of course the REASON they cut now and so severely is precisely because they KNEW not as many people could stop uploading because of the desperation caused by the pandemic. You are seeing it all over with corporations using the opportunity to **** their workers. It is 100% because of the pandemic, just not they way they claim.

... no chance that there may be other non-pandemic reasons?...
There is only one reason, putting money in their pockets. Pandemic isn't the reason, it the tool that gave them the opportunity to **** us to a degree that they never could have contemplated in better times.

« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2020, 10:15 »
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the US has been crippled by ignorant 'leaders' who have cost 10's of thousands of lives

Amen to that.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #37 on: September 15, 2020, 11:56 »
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Of course the REASON they cut now and so severely is precisely because they KNEW not as many people could stop uploading because of the desperation caused by the pandemic. You are seeing it all over with corporations using the opportunity to **** their workers. It is 100% because of the pandemic, just not they way they claim.

how dogmatic!  no chance that there may be other non-pandemic reasons?  a policy change like this doesnt come out of thin air and the bigger the company the slower to make drastic changes.

not to mention the US-centric view -- MOST of the world is getting back to work; the US has been crippled by ignorant 'leaders' who have cost 10's of thousands of lives

Personally I think this plan was created when Jon was turning over the power to Stan. That long ago, before the Pandemic. Corporate is not fast moving or flexible. I think others here have worked in "big business" where nothing happens without, study, committee, reviews, policy, legal and then revisions. I honestly don't think that SS said, "Oh pandemic, perfect time to screw all the contributors, because the economy is going to be down, sales low and they will be desperate."

In fact the plan stinks and is poorly timed if SS actually cared about keeping their best content? Would anyone intentionally offend the best suppliers and drive them to other agencies?

This was poorly timed by SS and poorly enacted, when it should have been held back. However new CEO needs to make his improved earnings in order to get his big bonus and prove his worth to the corporation, so that tops any content or contributor concerns.
 
"Shutterstock founder and CEO Jon Oringer today (Feb. 13, 2020) announced that he will be stepping down as the chief executive of the publicly traded image marketplace. Stan Pavlovsky, Shutterstocks current president and COO, will take over as CEO starting April 1, 2020. Oringer, who owns 45% of Shutterstock, will move to executive chairman. "

This plan was likely in the works, irrespective of any virus or world pandemic.

Shelma1

« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2020, 14:23 »
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It was in the works long before Pavlovsky became CEO, IMO. Getting rid of customer service for contributors, tons of rejections for established contributors, flooding the site with similars, allowing 50 identical keywords until we put up a big stink, smaller and smaller royalties and fewer and fewer big sales...that all started years ago.

Shutterstock was never about helping contributors make a living or being a viable business long term. Its only purpose was to make Oringer, the investors and a couple of chosen others rich.

H2O

« Reply #39 on: September 16, 2020, 05:10 »
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As well as contributing to Stock sites, I often buy from them as well, I am in the middle of upgrading a website, am I going to be buying from Shutterstock, well I don't think so, I am off to Adobe.

How many other designers will do this, my guess is just about all of them.

Shutterstock have really annoyed the very people who not only sell on their site, but the buyers as well, in my opinion it is just a matter of time until they are in the Middle Tier for earnings.


 

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