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Agency Based Discussion => Pixmac => Topic started by: Tryingmybest on February 25, 2014, 17:48

Title: Pixmac closing
Post by: Tryingmybest on February 25, 2014, 17:48
As an Illustrator. I liked their submission process. Oh well. I hope the transition is easy.

I received this email from them:

Hello,

 As you may have heard, Pixmac recently joined forces with Pond5, a New York-based stock media company representing a variety of media types, including the largest collection of royalty-free video on the web.  Since March 2013 we have been working hand-in-hand with Pond5 to deliver the best quality content to all of our valued customers.

 To be able focus on our most important priorities and offer you a wider range of stock media, we will be redirecting the pixmac.com domain to pond5.com as of February 27, 2014.

There’s no need to worry!  All Pixmac images have been moved to Pond5.  You can find them, plus millions of others, here.
 
In addition, all prepaid credits and invoices are still available.  You can access them by logging in with your current username to pixmac.net, where you will also be able to find extra information how to transition to Pond5.

 As always, if you need any help, just let us know at info@pixmac.com!


Your Pixmac team
The Team at Pixmac :-)


Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Julied83 on February 25, 2014, 17:51
I just received it too ! I'M on pond 5 already with video but my images are on pixmac ... I'll try to find out how to combines them on pond5
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: lisafx on February 25, 2014, 19:03
I haven't seen that e-mail yet, but I would like some explanation how to upload to P5.  I have continued uploading my photos through PM and I understand the procedure is more complex at P5. 

Also, I assume we will have a profile page, dashboard, etc. at Pond 5 now? 

Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Julied83 on February 25, 2014, 19:04
Sill can'T find information about moving our portfolio to pond5 ....
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: melastmohican on February 25, 2014, 19:33
Pixmac got my photos from YAY and Pond5 got my photos from two other sources :-) It does not seem like both sites sell a lot.  Even videos I got on P5 do not sell anymore.
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Jo Ann Snover on February 25, 2014, 19:48
I haven't seen that e-mail yet, but I would like some explanation how to upload to P5.  I have continued uploading my photos through PM and I understand the procedure is more complex at P5. 

Also, I assume we will have a profile page, dashboard, etc. at Pond 5 now?

Your pixmax porfolio is here (2@ is the prefix for pixmac; 123rf was 1@ I think - each site had its own number)

https://www.pond5.com/artist/2@lisafx (https://www.pond5.com/artist/2@lisafx)
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Microstock Man on February 25, 2014, 19:49
So what is the current tally of sites that will close in the next month?

1. Pixmac
2. Photos.com
3. Jupiter Images
4. Punchstock

....any more? We are only 2 months into the year and 4 agencies gone!
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: pancaketom on February 25, 2014, 19:53
So what is the current tally of sites that will close in the next month?

1. Pixmac
2. Photos.com
3. Jupiter Images
4. Punchstock

....any more? We are only 2 months into the year and 4 agencies gone!

but all of those are owned by other sites now? I guess the surest way of removing competition is buying them out and then closing them.
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: fritz on February 25, 2014, 19:55
I haven't seen that e-mail yet, but I would like some explanation how to upload to P5.  I have continued uploading my photos through PM and I understand the procedure is more complex at P5. 

Also, I assume we will have a profile page, dashboard, etc. at Pond 5 now?
Actually the upload process on P5 is simillar as on Pixmac.  Upload files via FTP of web form set the price and send to curator. Easy fast and convenient and by the way P5 is the only agency I really like and refer all potential buyers to them. I set the price share 50%-50% profit, pleasure to deal with them.
Wish all agencies to be like them!
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Microstock Man on February 25, 2014, 20:00
So what is the current tally of sites that will close in the next month?

1. Pixmac
2. Photos.com
3. Jupiter Images
4. Punchstock

....any more? We are only 2 months into the year and 4 agencies gone!

but all of those are owned by other sites now? I guess the surest way of removing competition is buying them out and then closing them.

Very true. Just surprising to see how quickly things are changing this year already. Will 2014 be the year of the closure?

EDIT: Just received an email telling me I made a sale at Pixmac - wish it was at Pond5 instead!
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Julied83 on February 25, 2014, 20:05
Someone here can tell me how combine my pixmac portefolio image with my video on my pond5 account ?
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Jo Ann Snover on February 25, 2014, 20:26
Someone here can tell me how combine my pixmac portefolio image with my video on my pond5 account ?

It was a while ago that I asked Pond5 about combining accounts and they said they couldn't - they didn't have the high res files. I had pixmac files mirrored there which they could immediately remove, but I'd have to upload them again to Pond5.

The letter apparently said the content will be moved, but it may be it'll be moved into the 2@xxx account, not your "real" Pond5 account.

I have a 2@jsnover account although it's empty - I asked pixmac to leave a week or so ago after finding my images on ImageTrail (via Pixmac). Unfortunate timing as I would have kept the $12 if I'd have had the files moved to Pond5 :(
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Julied83 on February 25, 2014, 20:35
I've send contact email to get answer. I'M sure I'm not the only one in this situation. I don't want to have 2 account. Or neither have to reupload my pixmac images.
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: microstockinsider on February 25, 2014, 20:56
Someone here can tell me how combine my pixmac portefolio image with my video on my pond5 account ?

Log into pixmac and there is a link (easy to miss) "Transfer account" in the right sidebar

enter your pond5 account details in the form and my understanding is that this merges/moves all your photos into your existing pond5 account (or a new one your have created if you dont already have one)
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Julied83 on February 25, 2014, 21:04
Ho thank you i'll do this, I missed it lol I might be blind ! Or tired
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Julied83 on February 25, 2014, 21:08
done, but didn't work , on transfer account « wrong username or password » and I swear it's the same as pond5 I entered. I'll wait and try again tomorrow ...
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Noedelhap on February 26, 2014, 05:57
I think that's for buyers only, isn't it? I thought as a contributor, you don't need to do anything, the merging goes automatically.
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Harvepino on February 26, 2014, 07:21
What will happen with the credits I have earned on Pixmac? Does that get transferred to Pond5 too? Anyone knows?
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Julied83 on February 26, 2014, 07:51
We have any information for contributor ..
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Julied83 on February 26, 2014, 08:08
Just got an answer

we're currently in the process of merging all photographers' accounts on Pixmac and Pond5, not to worry though as you can still utilize both accounts for the time being and accrue sales on both sites as we will continue to sell content on Pixmac for several more months. To see your sales simply go to pixmac.net and look at 'payouts' to ask about your current inventory of sales.

The merger will happen over the next few weeks and we will let you know if we need any assistance from your side.
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: oboy on February 26, 2014, 17:19
Do we continue to upload then images to pixmac?
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: lisafx on February 26, 2014, 23:55
Thanks for the responses JoAnn and Fritz.  I'll try and transfer my account as per instructions above.

Nope.  No such luck.  I opened a new seller account at Pond5, but they are going to have to figure out how to transfer my stuff from 2@lisafx to the new one. 

So far a bit of a PITA.  Communication about this is very poor. 
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Jonathan on February 27, 2014, 14:53
Hello everyone,

I have some official information I'd like to share with you all.


    1. Pixmac.COM is not closing. The verbiage that was used in the newsletter subject was not entirely accurate.  Pixmac.COM (along with pixmac.in, pixmac.fr and pixmac.ma) will be redirected to Pond5.com.

    2. Pixmac.NET is where Pixmac users can still sign in, as normal, and access their accounts. You can still upload, get sales, make purchases, and request your payouts, etc.

    3. All Pixmac artist portfolios that were directly uploaded into Pixmac will be and have been automatically mirrored on Pond5 through api, so there is nothing that artists need to do. This is the "dummy" account you see on Pond5 with the  2@... username.

    4. Again, 2@... is not an actual account. If you want to go ahead and set up a Pond5 account that is linked to you Pixmac account, you can do so at: www.pixmac.net/migrate (http://www.pixmac.com/migrate)

    5. Pixmac accounts with money don't need to worry. Again, through Pixmac.NET you can access everything... you will always still be able to see your sales and can still request a payout, just like before.

    6. In the future, we will be transferring Pixmac files to be hosted at Pond5 -- there is no estimated timeframe on this.
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Hobostocker on February 27, 2014, 16:27
the microstock industry reached the last stage ... merges/acquisitions, polarization, and finally some maturity about prices, services, etc

i see it as a good news, it doesn't mean this industry is dead, it just shows that it reached its apex and now it will keep going the way it is.

the times where every month there was a new player in the arena are definitely over, and we can certainly expect more M&As soon .. in the end the market will be made up of the big 4 and just 3-4 small agencies at most.

Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: lisafx on February 27, 2014, 16:33
Jonathan, thanks very much for your clear explanation. I'm relieved to hear that Pixmac artists will still be able to access that site and continue business as usual. Very good news!
Title: Re: Pixmac closing
Post by: Noedelhap on August 18, 2015, 09:11
Looks like Pixmac is going to shut down at last, according to this e-mail:

Dear Pixmac contributors,

Pixmac is now part of the Pond5 family. Pond5 is the world's most vibrant marketplace for creativity, with the highest royalty rates for artists in the industry. At Pond5, you’ll be able to set your own prices, and there are no exclusivity restrictions.

As a result, the Pixmac site will be shutting down and merging into Pond5 in early September. In anticipation of this, Pixmac will no longer be accepting new uploads.
   
Content Transfer to Pond5         
Your content will be automatically moved to Pond5 by September 31, 2015.
   
Pond5 Terms & Conditions         
The Pond5 Terms and Conditions can be reviewed here.
   
Payment         
Outstanding royalties will be paid by October 1, 2015. To request payment before that date, please log into your account and fill out your payout data here. Any unpaid royalties earned after that date will be transferred to Pond5. You will then be paid on Pond5’s payout schedule.