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Uncle Pete

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« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2019, 13:42 »

You're welcome :) and good luck.
Though, they aren't that well optimized for photos, much better for design elements, templates etc. But they worth uploading and they sell.

Always the most important, as anyone can offer 70% of nothing and pretend that's good news!  ;D

« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2019, 06:23 »
I've just got my first sale with only 40% commission ...

Pretty sad.

I'm raising prices.

« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2019, 20:35 »
I've got to admit this knocked the wind out of me, even though I was mentally prepared for this day since the announcement I still get a nauseating feeling every time I think about it partly because they have always been a fair commission stock media site for nearly a decade.

And over the years they have steadily grown their business, expanded, entered new markets, released new product lines (images, AE templates etc), continually updated their website and all this while maintaining a 50% commission, so what gives? New blood in the ranks looking for world domination?

Not sure if I will compensate by raising prices which obviously needs no mention that P5 has already thought that one though and expects to gain (except our customers of course).

All the aboard the race to the bottom train, next stop 35%.


« Reply #28 on: August 02, 2019, 15:44 »
what does it matter which sites pay more or not, its about taking another pay cut"!

Maybe for you? I just got a raise and removed everything from places that only paid 15-20% before.

I think what some people might be trying to point out is that Pond5 still pays double what most of the industry calls standard.

Yes you are right, they did cut commissions. Seems to be SOP for Microstock sites doesn't it.

Then we write messages on the forum, get indigestion, get angry and nothing changes. Next month someplace else will find another way to reduce our pay and keep more for the company. Nope, I don't like it, but I'm not going to dwell on a change that was announced March 21st by Pond5.

As I have said and others also, many times, if you don't like it, don't supply them. That's not just a nasty comment. I have removed all my files from close to 20 sites. I make selective uploads based on what sites I like or don't. Which means, I stopped uploading to IS just after ESP and Getty, and I'll take the pittance they send me monthly, but I won't send anything new.

We are not victims if we choose to upload or participate, on any sites. We have a choice?

My choice was stick with Pond5 video exclusive, and upload what I think will do best on SS and AS for photos, sometimes toss a bone to AL or DT. That's all. I didn't like the way the others treated me, or the low commission, I walked and took my work with me.

That's the only power and control we have. The choice where we allow our work to be sold. If more people did that, the little parasite and bottom feeding agencies wouldn't have the quality of materials and buyers would eventually migrate to the smaller number of better paying, good content sites.

well said pete.



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