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Off Topic / Re: DOGE coin?
« on: Yesterday at 06:53 »
Funny post.

Cryptos are nothing and their value is nothing. Are not money, are not coins, are not USD or Euros, are not silver or gold, are not a house or a parcel, are not a part of a company. It's stupid to think they are something like real money. If doge goes to the Moon ALL of the bitcoiners will sell BTC and buy DOGE and then they will sink BTC.

The point is that you just own 1 and 0 that, in most of cases, are useless. The blockchain technology means nothing for the 99.99% of Earth population. And yes, most of cryptos are Ponzi scheme with no doubt. I own some, but I'm not a part of a cult. It's better to know well where you are with your money.

We have seen this before, with other market revolution based on mortages and money coming from bets.

But you can be sure about one thing: Cryptos will never be close to replace real money or close to be used like real money. Can't happen. And all the futuristic companies adopting BTC will step back in the first crash.


I'm sorry, but what you're saying doesn't make sense.
First of all, all kinds of money, even USD and EUR, can be considered worrtless by itself. It's represented by pieces of paper and coins of (cheap) metals. Most (fiat) money exists on bank accounts, as virtual 0s and 1s. Collectively, we agreed that these accounts hold value and that value can be exchanged.

The same thing goes for crypto coins/tokens. Its value is derived from supply and demand. What someone considers valuable, someone else may not. Fiat may currently be more universally accepted, but it won't be long before crypto becomes equally accepted, because of the decentralization aspect. Maybe not bitcoin (it's almost antique by now) but certainly another one which is more suited for mass adoption. Blockchain is abracadabra for most people, but like economics you don't have to understand every little thing in order to use it as money.
And then there are some crypto projects/ coins which have actual use cases within a certain ecosystem, beyond pure speculation. I don't know what makes you so sure it's never going to replace anything, but I wouldn't write off crypto just yet.

Yaymicro / Re: Yaymicro - Legal solution ideas
« on: May 04, 2021, 03:34 »
I'm leaving as soon as I've cashed out my money. Scary, malevolent agency.

The amount of attacks I got from other contributors for posting it on Shutterstock was insane.  Those people are turning other cheek to Shutterstock.  Something I wouldn't do.  After what Jon did to us last year reducing our pays instantly, honestly assessing his photos as "suck" was nothing.  He's not an active contributor not dedicated to the art of creating stock photos/videos to pay some bills anym ore.  Do any of those people think he's crying because I called his photos "suck"?  Come on man.

You gave them so many other reasons to do it, but they chose the funniest: berating Oringer, the contributor! Lol!
I can definitely imagine some smiles in the admin community.  :D
The joke is on you, I'm afraid.  ;)

I agree with you. That J. Oringer used to be a nice guy when he was a forum admin. I think money changes many people for the worst. These big American corporations should be held to account by someone because the US federal government just lets 'em get away with stuff even when it's wrong. they're corrupt to the core. It would never be allowed in my country or the EU.

I'm not advocating for SS but this is not true. It's not solely an American corporations thing. Lots of European corporations are greedy and opportunistic. And who can blame them? They have power and bring in millions or billions of dollars. The bottom line is what counts, nothing else.
Even a contribution to charity (society or the environment) is done solely to enhance their public image (and make more profit), not because they're so pure and humanitarian. And as long as employees (or we contributors) facilitate Shutterstock's actions, they can do whatever they want. Goverments can't and won't do anything to stop them from making money, because it's a free market economy.

DepositPhotos / Re: Revenue Share Special Program
« on: April 29, 2021, 11:57 »
Okay, think I worked out how to select which files to incude or remove from the scheme.

The email says
"We handpicked the files that we believe will find success within the program. Check out the files that we selected from your portfolio in this Special Program lightbox .
If youre happy with our selection, then no further action is needed. If you would like to add or delete files, please do so within 7 days of receiving this email. "

If you follow their link we are actually the curators of our lightboxes. You can edit it by clicking the star at the bottom of the page and making sure the "Revenue Share Special Progam" folder is selected (rather than favourites)

Correct, in fact I just logged into my account and deleted the entire Special Revenue Program lightbox which could be found under Favourites.

DepositPhotos / Re: Revenue Share Special Program
« on: April 29, 2021, 10:02 »
The revenue share model will be the new normal in microstock. Another agency jumping on the subscription bandwagon and untransparent revenue models.

At least there is an opt-out for the contributors. But I think it won't be long before this program is going to be implemented agency-wide for all contributors (with no opt-out, except delete your portfolio).

I am in the revenue share with Envanto, Elements, and that particular revenue share model is healthy. The difference is they are VERY picky about what gets selected, unlike DP who is using "unsold" or "low sell" images. 

How is it healthy exactly? It's just a way to devalue content. In Envato's case, the high-quality images will be selected, which seems to me is detrimental for credit sales and higher commissions that quality content deserves.
And because it's all thrown into some revenue pool (of unknown size) which makes it all very untransparent.

DepositPhotos / Re: Revenue Share Special Program
« on: April 29, 2021, 08:56 »
The revenue share model will be the new normal in microstock. Another agency jumping on the subscription bandwagon and untransparent revenue models.

At least there is an opt-out for the contributors. But I think it won't be long before this program is going to be implemented agency-wide for all contributors (with no opt-out, except delete your portfolio).

Edit: by the way, judging from the fact that DP earlier cut contributor commissions, it seems to me DP is struggling to keep up with the market, introducing and experimenting with new revenue models. I can't think of any other reason.

As a mental health option (not kidding), I suggest to the long haulers (and anyone else) to consider places like Wirestock. They may take a cut,

Another middleman taking a cut? No thanks. I don't do a whole lot of agency checking anymore, anyway, so I don't see the use for Wirestock doing 'the work' for me.
It's yet another business model trying to take a piece of the already small pie. But that's just me.

8 / Re: Shutterstock Technical Problems Again
« on: April 19, 2021, 11:34 »
The biggest problem you're facing is the fact that after all of SS's shenanigans, you're still uploading new content to them.

What I really don't understand is why so many of you appear to think any company or corporate entity is your friend.

Adobe is a publicly traded company and shareholders are their priority, not you the contributor.

Adobe like any other agency is completely self serving. Adobe is not doing this for your benefit they are doing it for "corporate profit" and only "corporate profit".

Of course no agency is our friend, and I have no illusion we contributors are respected in any way.

But I always thought Adobe's main revenue comes from their apps, not their stock, so I hoped they wouldn't yet walk over to the dark side of "unlimited downloads"...They are (were) one of the few agencies who offered decent RPD. Well, not anymore they ain't.
The world of microstock is completely effed up and already becoming unsustainable. I've already moved on to greener pastures and stopped producing microstock content (instead doing commissioned work).

@ Mat: "No minimum guarantee applies." So we can expect 0.02 royalties then? We probably don't ever get to see how many items were downloaded for the lump sum we'll receive, right?

10 / Re: Istock acquires Unsplash
« on: March 31, 2021, 13:11 »
Allow me to translate:

It also became clear we shared a similar view of the world. The impact of imagery has never been greater and will only become greater in the future. And we both aim to push that impact further than anyone has ever done before.

Transl.: "It also became clear we both love money. And we both aim to make even more money than anyone has ever done before."

Yaymicro / Re: Yay reopening??
« on: March 31, 2021, 07:32 »
What the heck, did they change the minimum payout to $60? I'd swear it was $30 earlier?

They have a 1000 Skies Bundle from Shutterstock and Adobe Stock at 49$.

In Europe pack of 25 extended licenses is 1699 ... therefore the cost of 1000 extended license is 68.000 ...  8)

Do you think they paid 68.000 for 1000 extended licenses ?  ;D

Highly unlikely unless they have a special deal with SS. But still, why not ask them? Then you can use that opportunity to educate them or DMCA them (if it's your photos they're selling.)

Only if they have an Enhanced License, then someone can incorporate photos in a template for sale or distribution.

In most cases the Etsy seller doesn't have the correct license (Standard licenses don't allow this use) so you might ask the seller if they have paid for the correct license for each photo in their templates.

Yaymicro / Re: Yay reopening??
« on: March 30, 2021, 06:53 »
Made the payout treshold, now busy processing ID verification. Then I'll delete my videos and turn my back on these liars forever.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Reviewers Please read
« on: March 28, 2021, 09:46 »
Why did that reviewer reject $$$? If they don't want their cut, I am happy to take it!

Reasons for rejection: storage space, upholding the overall quality standard of their collection, preventing oversupply.
And if you're so happy to keep their cut to yourself, all you need to do it sell it on your own website. Good luck getting traffic and paying customers, though.

Adobe Stock / Re: Ranking
« on: March 25, 2021, 18:12 »
I don't know. What I do know for sure is that you're way overthinking this.

Off Topic / Re: It's about survival, .....
« on: March 19, 2021, 17:54 »
I can't make sense of anything you say Tenebroso. Those lengthy pseudo-poetic posts full of meandering nonsense. No offense, you remind me of a stereotypical rambling vodka drinking village loony.

Although I appreciate Adobes generosity, and we're in no position to complain, I must say the requirement for the All Apps plan was a lot steeper than last two years. Combine that with the COVID pandemic, which led to a reduction in sales, I was unable to get the All Apps plan this year. The Photography plan is nice for some, but useless for me.

I would have preferred a requirement that's more within our control (after all, we can control how much we submit, but not how much we sell). Oh well.

19 / Re: Reached Level 2 on videos w/o selling any.
« on: February 19, 2021, 11:08 »
It appears to be a bug, don't expect any goodwill or motivational suprises from SS.

20 / Re: Anyone get paid from SS yet?
« on: February 16, 2021, 18:38 »
The weird thing is that SS has never once in my entire SS career failed to pay, in fact they were always right on time (around the 7th of each month).

123RF / Re: Is this the oldest refund ever
« on: February 16, 2021, 15:11 »
It could also be a correction.

22 / Re: Banned by Shutterstock?
« on: February 15, 2021, 17:37 »
I was banned from their forums. No idea why, but I can't log in anymore. My contributor account is still active though.

23 / Re: Anyone get paid from SS yet?
« on: February 15, 2021, 14:37 »
Same here, I received no money this month.

What a joke, not even a heads-up, no email, nothing.

24 / Re: Anyone get paid from SS yet?
« on: February 13, 2021, 06:35 »
I did not get payment either, I contacted them and and they have respond this:

"It appears that there has been a delay with some payments this month, and a lot of contributors still haven't been paid yet. Provided your payment account settings are correct, funds should be forthcoming by the 15th."
Let's hope that will get our money till monday.

I received the same response from online support. But these are from fellow contributors and they don't work for SS, so I guess we'll have to wait until Monday to find out.

25 / Re: Anyone get paid from SS yet?
« on: February 13, 2021, 05:16 »
It's absurd...
I got the below reply from them after I contacted them:
"I understand your concern regarding your payment and I apologize for the inconvenience caused to you.

Please be informed that there was an issue with the Jan 2020 payment ($$$). The payment will automatically be reissued in the next cycle (March 2021).

If you have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Now what we do?

What the...? Can they just do that? Why aren't contributors being informed about this?

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