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Many of you may have never had anything to do with Zazzle, but it has started a dangerous practice since September 2019.

As you may or may not know, Zazzle now charges a $2 monthly fee from your existing earning if you stop feeding it new contents.

On September 5, 2019, after receiving the "policy updates", I requested payout of the balance of my earning and termination of my account, because I could not accept their "updated" policy.

With all kinds of excuses, it still has not paid me after 7 months. Some agents said that I had to log in and request the payment myself. It was actually not possible if your balance is below US$50.

Two days ago, I talked with a supervisor on the phone, who promised a solution. While he tried to request the payment on my behalf, it was not impossible to pay, even from his end.

Today he got back to me, even though I have never accepted their policy, he said that Zazzle would only pay me the amount after deductions.

I will now take this matter to the Better Business Bureau and rate the company honestly in appropriate rating websites.

It can happen to you and your family, in case you become ill or for whatever reason, you cannot feed the agencies anymore.

Think about it and please support me. Because it may affect you, if other agencies follow this bad example. Thanks.

The gross total is $3.19 (edited for clarification)

The details are as follows:

Country: Worldwide
Usage: Editorial
Media: Editorial website
Image Size: Any size
Start: 01 November 2019
End: 01 November 2024
Czech Republic, Editorial website, Bulk Discount, Flat Rate

I got an email from Zazzle a few weeks ago, claiming it would charge me a fee to keep my account open because I did not post any new contents in 15 (?) months. However, I actually had sales during this period.

I wrote back to various Zazzle email accounts, asking for a termination and payment of the balance which is close to $50. No response. Yesterday I sent the termination request again through their site mail.

Today I received an email from Peter, their support person, which has acknowledged my termination request. But he did not say anything about the money.

I remember when I closed my accounts with other sites, they always paid the remaining balance.

What will happen to my money? (Of course I have emailed Peter and am waiting for his response.)

General Stock Discussion / What is a contributor's cut?
« on: May 23, 2019, 23:23 »
Suppose a photographer reported a copyright infringement to his photo to a stock photo agency, the agency's lawyer went after the infringer, and the agency was later awarded $1 million as damages by the court.

What will the photographer's cut be?

5 / Deleted
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:47 »

The payment has arrived.

6 / Alamy exclusive - Is there a filter?
« on: February 16, 2019, 11:59 »
My entire portfolio is exclusive to Alamy.

In the past, because I was not sure if prints/products sales would disqualify some, I only marked a part as exclusive.

Now Alamy has confirmed that prints/products are exempted. That's great!

Do I need to go through the entire portfolio to mark each photo as exclusive?

My hands and shoulders have already been severely damaged due to over-use.

Hope someone can tell me a smart way. Thanks.

7 / Help: TIN for Canadian?
« on: December 13, 2018, 12:34 »
I just completed my tax interview.

Then I got an urgent message because I did not have a TIN so I am not eligible for tax exemption.

What is my TIN? Is it the same as Canadian SIN?

Thanks a lot!

Print on Demand Forum / Buyer's Location
« on: August 22, 2018, 14:20 »
When a print is sold at Fine Art America, it shows where the order was made.

I wonder if it means the buyer's actual location (through registration), or just the IP address from the computer or digital device where the purchase is made.

Anybody knows?

9 / Who puts my image on Google Maps?
« on: July 30, 2018, 09:51 »
When I was browsing a location through Google Maps, I saw my photo without watermark nor credit line.

This image is only available through iStock as RF, and on FA as art print (no sales history).

I wonder who puts my image there? Did Google purchase the image or an user steal the image and upload to Google?

I have sent an inquiry email to Google. Should I contact iStock as well?

10 / Need DM help, maybe Franky can see this?
« on: June 28, 2018, 01:55 »
I haven't uploaded images with model release for a few years.

Today, when I tried to upload an old image from 2014, the model release got stuck with a red triangle error sign. But I don't know what went wrong. I cannot close the app either.

At the bottom, there is another red triangle sign, showing "New Version Available". But when I tried to download, I got a message that that version had already been downloaded.

Eventually I forced to close the app by using Windows Task Manager.

How can I upload a model release for this image?



General Stock Discussion / When best match does not change....
« on: February 23, 2018, 18:01 »
Is it only me?

When the best match does not change for a long time, and your most downloaded files are always on the top, it can be a blessing or a curse. 

Unfortunately for me, the most downloaded clip has a very specific location, and the landscape has since changed. I wonder if it explains my slow sales at P5.

I am toying with the idea to have this clip deleted. What do you think?

13 / DeepMeta Questions
« on: February 07, 2018, 15:16 »
Wonder how I should use DM's keyword section.

When I am in the keyword page, the sub tabs including DL, Last DL, $, ... and so one, only shows 0, or 0.00%. I am sure it was my mistake.

What is the correct way to use the feature?

My second questions is, even though I was able to upload, DM show "Error:  could not log in to Account Management. Check your credential..." What does it mean? What am I supposed to do?


I don't understand why Sony Playmemories requires my birthday to buy an app. My camera is registered, and I can pay with a credit card.

Does it bother anyone else?

15 / Clips not processed, is it only me?
« on: October 16, 2017, 17:24 »
Some of my clips, via ftp, have not been processed for a few days. Some smaller sized ones got through. Normally they would have been ready for indexing after a few hours.

I have written to SS, but not sure if I have the correct email address. No reply has been received yet. What is the correct support email?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

Adobe Stock / How to add batch keywords in Adobe?
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:58 »
It does not seem to be possible to add keywords from Fotolia anymore.

How can I cut and paste all my keywords in Abode?

Right now, I am entering the keywords one by one. Is there a way I can add the keywords in batch?


17 / No More Editorial Option in DeepMeta 3?
« on: June 27, 2017, 11:26 »
I cannot find editorial option in Deepmeta 3. Is it still possible to submit editorial content to Getty?

VideoBlocks / Shortest Duration for Footage at VB
« on: June 05, 2017, 21:23 »
Hi, I just signed up to VB as a footage contributor. What is the shortest duration allowed?

Sorry for being a newbie. Thanks!

Veer / Have you been paid by Veer?
« on: March 03, 2011, 20:55 »
Before I became exclusive with iStock in the middle of 2010, I made about $40 something from Veer.

I thought that the money would be paid to me at the end of 2010. But it has not arrived yet. I sent an email to Veer in January and no one has responded.

Is Veer going to keep the money?

Off Topic / Beautiful fall colors in Ontario
« on: August 30, 2010, 17:18 »
It's the end of summer and the leaves will become colorful next month.

Would you like to see some photos of fall colors in Algonquin Provincial Park of Ontario Canada? The coolest thing is, within a few hours of the publication of this article, someone from Algonquin Outfitters made a comment about it and linked it to its official Facebook. :)

I have requested deletion of my images from PatherMedia and have received a kind confirmation from Robert on January 21, 2010.

Then I got a sales report on Feb 5, 2010, so I sent another deletion request, including sending a request from PM's site.

However, I still found my images on this site which I assume is a partner site of PM:

Why my images are not deleted and how can I get them removed from both PM and partner sites?

General Stock Discussion / Why is 123rf doing this?
« on: February 19, 2010, 02:24 »
My earned balance was over $50 at the end of January 2010 so I was expecting a payment from 123rf in mid-Febuary.

Since I am preparing to go exclusive with IS a few months later, I have been deleting my photos from almost all other sites.

After I deleted some of my photos from 123rf, I realized that my earnings became a negative balance. My sales from the past disappeared. I have not received any payment yet even though I am supposed to receive it around Feb 15. I have emailed Alex and Mimi twice and none has replied to my emails. No one has responded to my posting in 123rf forum either.

Does anyone know why 123rf is doing this??? Does it mean that 123rf will not honour my earnings because I am leaving?

IS had requested that I notify all other sites of my intention to go exclusive at the end of December 2009. I received courtesy and kind replies from every sites, including Fotolia and Dreamtimes. PantherMedia paid me even though my earning was below the payout level. Only two sites didn't not reply. 123rf was one of them.

I used to praise 123rf for its courtesy to the photographers. Cannot believe they are taking this approach, and I hope it was just a site glitch and not a dishonest act.

Alex, if you read this post, please let me know what happens. Thanks.

23 / What happens to my photos?
« on: February 19, 2010, 02:05 »
I have been away so am very much behind everything. Sorry if my questions were discussed before.

It appears that stockxpert will cease to exist as I can no longer log into my account. I plan to become iStock exclusive sometimes later and was informed that I should delete my StockXpert port in advance.

However, I can't do this since I cannot log into stockxpert anymore. What happens to my photos? Am I allowed to contribute to Thinkstock if I become IS exclusive later? Where is my Thinkstock info if I am automatically switched? Or am I not automatically switched?

I have sent StockXpert a sitemail and haven't heard anything back. Thanks.

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