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1 / Whats the longest you have seen a refund from?
« on: October 26, 2022, 15:35 »
Almost 2 years later

(24 October 2022)    Sale refunded - Original sale date (17 December 2020)

Off Topic / Re: Russian photographers should be banned!
« on: February 28, 2022, 17:04 »
One thing stock agencies can do is to only sell embrassing photos of putins.

It sounds like alamy customers are abusing the refund policy.  Instead of fixing the policy, alamy chose to reduce contributor payout % in order to recoup the lost revenue.

I was casually browsing my sales history page and notice a lot of licenses were refunded and repurchased with the same term, at a lower price, some as far back as half a year ago.  Based on my estimate, this affects about 20% of my sales in the past 12 months.  None of the single digit sales were refunded, only for licenses above 50.  Is this a common for others contributors?  Is this a standard practice in the stock industry? Does it mean after a license sale I could be waiting half a year before getting paid? 

5 / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: December 31, 2021, 09:44 »
Also notice a bunch of 0.15 sale, but how do you tell it is for China? 
And the commision is quite ridculous: 40% distributor and 60% (of net) alamy distribution commision, the net result is 76% commission

6 / this license
« on: October 10, 2021, 10:40 »
Not an expert in image licensing, but does this sound a little too low?

Country: Worldwide
Usage: Editorial, Website and Social media, any size, single placement and design, worldwide, in perpetuity
Media: Website, app and social media
Print run: Unlimited
Placement: Any - print inside, electronic, online
Image Size: Any size
Start: 09 October 2021
Duration: In perpetuity    

$ 0.21

Is there a single commercial release that is accepted by all major agencies?  I normally use the getty one, but I only submit to a one place and am unsure if it is accepted by others.  Looking for an unversial one, for both photo and video work.  If there is a fee app thats even better.  If not I can turn it into a pdf and use some app to sign it.

Some good info in your channel, impressed at the level of details and thought process provided. 
I didn't know agencies may accept the same image with different crop ratios.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Time For A Veteran To Walk Away
« on: October 02, 2021, 18:12 »
Maybe you can write a book about your adventure on selling stock videos full time some day.  I m sure a lot of people would be interested to read about it.

Agreed with the other comments.  I was in paris years ago and intentionally walk around the tower to find more interesting angle but did not come across this spot.

Pond5 / What impacts ranking?
« on: June 30, 2020, 22:12 »
Let's say two contributors uploaded 2 clips, and tag with exact same description/keywords etc.. how does pond5 decide which clip displays first to the end user? 

12 / Re: 10 years in alamy, should I give up?
« on: December 22, 2019, 09:45 »
sales attachment

13 / 10 years in alamy, should I give up?
« on: December 22, 2019, 09:44 »
Revenue flat, as sales climb in a steady pace.  The work involved to keyword and upload works out to be lower than north american minimum wage. 

It also depends on where you live.  If you live in a third world country, 1-2k in usd a month should be enough to cover most of your expenses plus more.  But if you live in a place where the average housing price is 2 million, then 1-2k is obviously insufficient.

VideoBlocks / Re: Payout keep being postponed
« on: January 31, 2019, 12:22 »
Interestingly I also face this tax form struggle when I first started uploading to them.  It took 3-4 months and a lot of emails back and forth to get it the way they wanted it. 

VideoBlocks / Re: Sales dropped down by 90% on storyblocks
« on: January 22, 2019, 17:50 »
Same here. Havn't had a sale since Oct.  Used to get a few each month.  I stopped uploading to storyblock or videoblock whatever you want to call them.  I don't think they will survive.

He is either an idiot for not reading/understanding the t&s, or a smart business man who just gained free publicity using a fishy story.

I used to get a few sales each month from videoblocks and my last sale was back in Oct. 

19 / Re: refunded
« on: December 23, 2018, 16:15 »
Happens all the time.  It was either a purchase mistake, or the buyer found a cheaper way to license the image.  My main concern is that if it is the former case, the buyer already have the downloaded image.  If the buyer gets caught using it, what is the penalty?  The worst case he just pay for the usage cost.  Let say he pays of 1 year of usage and the image continues to be used 5 years later, who is keeping track of it?  The policy of letting buyers refunding images, won't work.  The one suffering at the end are the contributors.

General Photography Discussion / image rejected due to noise?
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:56 »
Recently had an image rejected due to noise in the background.  The reviewer pointed out that the area (attached) has too much noise, but I m not seeing any.  I tried to follow up with the reviewer but not getting useful feedback.  Does anyone know what the reviewer might be talking about?

VideoBlocks / Re: Commission cut
« on: September 07, 2018, 21:22 »
Commission has been cut, and review time continues to be long.  I had some clips submitted over a month ago, and they getting reviewed 3-4 clips at a time.  The worst thing is, the review is all wrong.  I have a some established footages shot on a tripod being rejected due to shaky footages, while my hand held shots are being approved.  I have some other clips denied with incorrect keywords, when the keywords describe the landmark and time of day.  I have over 2000 clips approved on vb and this is getting pretty frustrating.  Their support is useless as usual.

Pond5 / Re: Can not FTP to Pond5
« on: May 29, 2018, 22:51 »
I had this exact same problem uploading to pond5 before.  I tried a few ftp clients and none of them work.  I do notice that if i have a fast connection, this problem wont happen.  It only happens if my connection is slow.

As a seller, I came across a number of system issues that I never thought should exist.  For example, after uploading a video clip, it takes almost a week for it to process before I submit to the curator.  Last year it was one day (for other sites its almost instant).  Another issue is that csv sometimes do not apply to all clips - i reported this to videoblocks early this year and they acknowledged it is a defect, yet I have yet to see a fix.   

I wonder what type of problems buyers are facing.  Perhaps they are frustrated by the usability of the system and they went elsewhere.

I only submit to a very small # of agencies, so far no one has rejected it.  Is the one on SS universally accepted?

I have been using google doc and ask people to sign (by drawing) on my phone.  I am looking for a dedicated app for it.  Any recommendations?

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