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« Reply #50 on: July 18, 2013, 12:15 »
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Thank you Zager. That's a lot of work to undertake, but I'm glad you are looking at making substantial improvements.

Regarding Sales Growth, clearly photo sales for Pond5 can be rising substantially while the individual contributor sees declining results (or no results). This is due to the growth of the image library outpacing the growth in photo buyers. I feel it is important that we as contributors remain patient while Pond5 builds its customer base for images.

I only have a few videos with Pond5, but the sales have always been quite nice. If sales for photos were to be as strong as sales for videos, Pond5 would instantly become a Top Tier agency.


« Reply #51 on: July 19, 2013, 02:41 »
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Not sure if it is bug on my side, but in the new layout, I cannot delete photos in upload section in Chrome. The link under the cogwheel is pointing out to "https://www.pond5.com/index.php?page=my_uploads#" instead of the delete page.

So the page just refreshed and nothing happens .. annoying. In old layout it works fine.

« Reply #52 on: July 19, 2013, 02:52 »
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Not sure if it is bug on my side, but in the new layout, I cannot delete photos in upload section in Chrome. The link under the cogwheel is pointing out to "https://www.pond5.com/index.php?page=my_uploads#" instead of the delete page.

So the page just refreshed and nothing happens .. annoying. In old layout it works fine.

This is a bug that developers are already workin on since Yesterday. Thx for mentioning it.

Microstock Man

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« Reply #53 on: July 19, 2013, 02:53 »
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Zager thanks for chiming in on this thread again. I really, really hope that you guys can get a lot of these changes and improvements implemented soon.

Microstock Man

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« Reply #54 on: July 19, 2013, 02:55 »
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BTW Zager, I have pointed it out a number of times over the past 12 months or more, but there is still the problem on Pixmac's site of the vector previews chopping bits off

http://www.pixmac.com/picture/natural+colours+rubber+stamp/000090632378

See the link for example, bottom left corner of stamp is gone. Why is anyone going to buy it if it looks half chopped off!?

Hope you can get this fixed up.

« Reply #55 on: July 19, 2013, 02:57 »
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BTW Zager, I have pointed it out a number of times over the past 12 months or more, but there is still the problem on Pixmac's site of the vector previews chopping bits off

http://www.pixmac.com/picture/natural+colours+rubber+stamp/000090632378

See the link for example, bottom left corner of stamp is gone. Why is anyone going to buy it if it looks half chopped off!?

Hope you can get this fixed up.


I see, I'll hand it to devs right away. This is a CSS issue, because if you drag the file to desktop, it's complete. So there's just some strange mathematics causing the bug.

Microstock Man

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« Reply #56 on: July 19, 2013, 03:04 »
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BTW Zager, I have pointed it out a number of times over the past 12 months or more, but there is still the problem on Pixmac's site of the vector previews chopping bits off

http://www.pixmac.com/picture/natural+colours+rubber+stamp/000090632378

See the link for example, bottom left corner of stamp is gone. Why is anyone going to buy it if it looks half chopped off!?

Hope you can get this fixed up.


I see, I'll hand it to devs right away. This is a CSS issue, because if you drag the file to desktop, it's complete. So there's just some strange mathematics causing the bug.


Thanks Zager, I have emailed pixmac a number of times about it before with no result, but hopefully you can get it fixed up this time for good. Thanks for being active here in MSG :)


Microstock Man

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« Reply #58 on: July 19, 2013, 03:29 »
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WOW.

Wish that was the usual turn around time for dev fixes.

Nice one Zager, thanks.


gillian vann

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« Reply #60 on: July 19, 2013, 04:13 »
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thanks for the detailed response!

i didn't ask a question though, just posed a theory that sales are very low at P5. I really think you need to set a minimum file$, or something.

« Reply #61 on: July 19, 2013, 10:03 »
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At the risk of being crucified, I have to disagree with the minimum pricing idea. If a photographer/videographer wants to price their work low, it should be up to them.

« Reply #62 on: July 19, 2013, 13:18 »
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Hi, zager!

I am amazed by how fiercy requierements are being made by people with little or no files at all on Pond5 or whose most downloaded file has only two downloads.  What we should improve is a very serious issue and should be discussed only on Pond5 forums. The microstock group ID offers no guarantee at all that the requests are being made by the righteous people.

Some of the previous commenters feel they are genius and everybody is looking to steal their unique, never before seen work of art. Have you invented the rule of thirds or the shallow depth of field?

@ cobalt: What is that unique thing that has been copied from you and has never been seen before, and sold cheaper, could you please make a single example?
« Last Edit: July 19, 2013, 13:31 by Olga »

« Reply #63 on: July 19, 2013, 13:26 »
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I hate visible downloads. there are many files that I will not send to pond5 because I have very bad experiences with people copying my work. especially because we can set our own prices. So I get a file that sells, then somebody copies it and just makes it a little cheaper...so please keep our business results private. The numbers have no value for the customer because we sell our files on many sites, so even a file with zero downloads on pond5 could have a 1000 sales on SS. So the only person benefitting from the numbers are those who like to copy ideas.


I agree.  Having the number of downloads visible only serves to increase competition and lower prices.

« Reply #64 on: July 19, 2013, 13:30 »
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I am amazed by how fiercy requierements are being made by people with little or no files at all on Pond5 or whose most downloaded file has only two downloads.  What we should improve is a very serious issue and should be discussed only on Pond5 forums.

Some of us have been waiting for the vector uploading before contributing, so it was nice to get an update on that and an opportunity to give some input.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #65 on: July 19, 2013, 13:44 »
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Hi, zager!

I am amazed by how fiercy requierements are being made by people with little or no files at all on Pond5 or whose most downloaded file has only two downloads.  What we should improve is a very serious issue and should be discussed only on Pond5 forums. The microstock group ID offers no guarantee at all that the requests are being made by the righteous people.

Some of the previous commenters feel they are genius and everybody is looking to steal their unique, never before seen work of art. Have you invented the rule of thirds or the shallow depth of field?

@ cobalt: What is that unique thing that has been copied from you and has never been seen before, and sold cheaper, could you please make a single example?

Hmmmmm... I don't see any examples for Olga?  ???


Ron

« Reply #66 on: July 19, 2013, 13:54 »
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Hi, zager!

I am amazed by how fiercy requierements are being made by people with little or no files at all on Pond5 or whose most downloaded file has only two downloads.  What we should improve is a very serious issue and should be discussed only on Pond5 forums. The microstock group ID offers no guarantee at all that the requests are being made by the righteous people.

Some of the previous commenters feel they are genius and everybody is looking to steal their unique, never before seen work of art. Have you invented the rule of thirds or the shallow depth of field?

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Maybe, just maybe, those people with few images only have few images because of the tedious editing system and the endless wait to get a review. I speak out of experience, I never uploaded all my images because of the continuous problems I experienced. Hence I deleted my account, twice.

« Reply #67 on: July 19, 2013, 14:00 »
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Hi, zager!

I am amazed by how fiercy requierements are being made by people with little or no files at all on Pond5 or whose most downloaded file has only two downloads.  What we should improve is a very serious issue and should be discussed only on Pond5 forums. The microstock group ID offers no guarantee at all that the requests are being made by the righteous people.

Some of the previous commenters feel they are genius and everybody is looking to steal their unique, never before seen work of art. Have you invented the rule of thirds or the shallow depth of field?

....
Maybe, just maybe, those people with few images only have few images because of the tedious editing system and the endless wait to get a review. I speak out of experience, I never uploaded all my images because of the continuous problems I experienced. Hence I deleted my account, twice.

I never had anything tedious at pond5, in fact you can submit 800 files with a single click, no categories or other, I do have some files still needing work there but due to some iptc issues, also haven't got any issue with model releases

« Reply #68 on: July 19, 2013, 14:15 »
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Hmmmmm... I don't see any examples for Olga?  ???

There is no need as I never claimed I have invented the wheel or that someone stole my unique idea of walking down the streets.

« Reply #69 on: July 19, 2013, 16:24 »
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Zager, thank you for clarifying

« Reply #70 on: July 19, 2013, 16:43 »
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Pond5 do a great job selling video clips.  So far, there's less success selling stills.  Some of the microstock sites have failed to get footage buyers.  It will be interesting to see if Pond5 can get enough image sales to keep most of us satisfied.  I'm sure it will take some time.  I'd be interested to know if footage buyers ever want stills of the same subjects?  As a lot of us use DSLR's to do video clips, we can take a few stills at the same time.  None of the sites link footage and stills taken at the same time.  Perhaps buyers aren't interested?

I do like Pond5 but I am a bit concerned that the site could become a bit too contributor friendly.  I'd rather everything was done to make it buyer friendly.  As long as Pond5 can sell my video clips and images and keep the 50% commission, I'll be happy.

KB

« Reply #71 on: July 19, 2013, 22:42 »
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None of the sites link footage and stills taken at the same time.  Perhaps buyers aren't interested?
On IS, I link relevant photos to video clips, and vice versa, in each file's description. I know of ONE time when a buyer bought both; that's been it.

I wish P5 well in their endeavor into photos, but I hope they don't ruin one of the top video sites by doing it. Perhaps concentrating on their strength and becoming THE site to go to for video would've been a better choice. But we'll never know.

« Reply #72 on: July 19, 2013, 22:57 »
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Once they get the vectors set up for uploading I'll upload those.  Might continue to upload my 3d jpgs in August when I can get back online.

The P5 forums are a PITA pressing back doesn't just go back to a previous page goes back to the main forum.  So this forum is much easier also not everyone uses the P5 forums.

It would be nice to see this one grow as long as they let us keep making our own pricing decisions.  Please don't ever change that.

« Reply #73 on: July 20, 2013, 02:52 »
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None of the sites link footage and stills taken at the same time.  Perhaps buyers aren't interested?
On IS, I link relevant photos to video clips, and vice versa, in each file's description. I know of ONE time when a buyer bought both; that's been it.

I wish P5 well in their endeavor into photos, but I hope they don't ruin one of the top video sites by doing it. Perhaps concentrating on their strength and becoming THE site to go to for video would've been a better choice. But we'll never know.
My footage sales have been quite good in recent months.  No sign that selling images has been detrimental.  Its easy for buyers to search video clips only.



 

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