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blvdone, uploading videos only to pond5, in my opinion, is a very bad idea.

There is evidence that buyers shop around agencies for the lowest price.  Why compete with yourself on different platforms that are all too eager to offer buyers the lowest price?

If the other 3 billion people on the planet without internet access can ever get online, then even just 0.1 percent (3 million) of these new users who become customers and consumers of stock imagery will boost contributor earnings substantially imho.

And large numbers of them will join the stock media creator "gravy train". 

They'll become new members of crowd-sourced contributors that stock agencies business models exploit.   That will continue to add to the global stock media supply/demand imbalance keeping or driving prices low/lower.

The Press Release also has in the last paragraph:

"Vecteezy is one of the fastest growing stock photography marketplaces globally, with millions of vectors, stock photos, and stock videos that are free and safe for personal or commercial use."

Does this imply that SS assets could have the potential to be available free on Vecteezy - even if only a select subset?

4 / Re: Alamy, time to opt out
« on: April 02, 2023, 14:14 »
IMO - opt-out of Distributors sales completely except maybe for a select few.

Alamy's web site is available world-wide. Why rely on an additional middle-man for sales?  The argument that Distributors help local buyers with sales just doesn't hold water IMO.   

For most Alamy contributors I doubt Distributors have any real value add and aren't worth the additional commission cut they take from sales.

Zero sales so far this year.

What are you referring to - video or photos, or?

Took a quick scan thru medicCastpro's Terms of Use.

Noticed this:
5.5. Each Seller can use 100 GB of free space for uploading files. Any additional space can be purchased from the "Optional" page.

100gb won't go very far when uploading video footage.

7 / Re: Opting out of China in distribution scheme?
« on: September 22, 2022, 11:55 »
Apparently Alamy opened the opt-out window for China distributor sales for a contributor with very low sales commissions based on the below statement that was  posted in their Forum very recently today.  Alamy's Forum has reports from numerous other contributors that have recently experienced the same

Unclear if China distribution opt-out is also currently open to other contributors with recent very low sales commissions from their China distributor sales.

"We're aware that the sales you have seen through distribution have been quite lower than normal this is because of a deal we have made with the distributor in China to secure business away from competitors in that specific market area. This was for images in accounts that were signed up for both Distribution in China and Novel use.

We realise that once the commission has been taken into account, it has meant that the amount owed to you is very small. Therefore, were giving you the option to opt out of distribution in China and/or novel use early to avoid any future low sales. If you wish to opt-out of distribution in China, and novel use now (before April) please let us know."

8 / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: July 13, 2022, 14:40 »
I opted out of all distributor sales all around the world. Had no 7 cent sales anymore. I am still getting $3 and $5 sales, though. Im at 250 for this month before my cut.
Same here.  I opted out of Alamy's entire Distribution scheme years ago.  If I've missed a few "penny stock" sales due to being opted-out so be it.   I managed to make the threshold to the new contract's Gold level this year with a small portfolio and no Distribution sales so it doesn't appear to have hurt me much if any being opted-out of their Distribution deals.

Alamy's web site is available to anyone, anytime. and anywhere with internet service.  BS about Distributor's "local" assistance and language barriers etc. IMO is just that - BS.   For me their skim and low prices is just not worth the paltry returns to contributors.

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 has joined Shutterstock
« on: June 08, 2022, 09:51 »
Just take a look at how much the top 20 on P5 meant to SS when buying the site.

SS/P5 did not want to p.o. the big contributors - likely the big aggregators and agencies with 10s-100s thousands of assets on P5 and thus more leverage.

That Top 20 likely has a different P5 contract compared to the rest of the contributors.

Pond5 / Pond5 footage subscription
« on: June 07, 2022, 11:44 »
P5 announced new subscriptions including footage today.


An all-in-one solution for projects that demand an extensive variety of footage plus a mix of multimedia assets.

10 Downloads/Month. Choose from:
Selection of 4.2M HD & 4K videos
All 1.5M music tracks
All 1.7M sound effects
Selection of over 12M images, 3D models, AE templates

Only $199/month!"

No doubt this was inevitable given recent P5 purchase by SS and it didn't take long for the shoe to drop.

"Selection of 4.2M..." clips puts about 15% of P5 footage in the subscription pool.  For now...

Unmentioned in this thread is the agencies on-going marketing to attract new creators.

Siren-song advertising to "Make money in your spare time with your camera!" and "create residual income that keeps on paying!" etc.   

New and unwary creators eagerly sign up in droves with enticing visions and expectations of easy money to join the agency-created gravy train fairy-tale. 

They upload new material to replenish agencies with "fresh" content - some of it good some not.  Regardless it feeds the agencies libraries as they continue to attract new creators to replace the ones who've grown disillusioned with "penny stock" creator payments.

Adobe Stock / Re: Very Angry After Adobe Stock
« on: May 21, 2022, 14:20 »
So why don't they raise prices like many other industries do? If the main players do that....would solve a lot of problems.

Because they are deathly afraid if they raise prices their cheap out buyers will run to another agency with cheaper pricing and they would loose some market share.  It's a death spiral. 

If more than one agency raised prices they would be hauled into court or before Congress and accused of "price fixing".   8)

Adobe Stock / Re: Very Angry After Adobe Stock
« on: May 21, 2022, 09:33 »
There is Always a higher level of greed with stock agencies

Stock agencies are "for profit" businesses. Nothing wrong with being in business for profit.  Greed is part of increasing business stockholder value, and executive/staff and asset creator/supplier compensation. It's a major driver of their business models.  Greed no doubt plays it's part - as it does in many aspects of business and life.

It's become glaringly obvious in recent years that stock agencies organic growth has stagnated.

That's why agencies consolidate and gobble up competitors, spread and share creator assets across competing platforms, and drive asset pricing down with subscription and bundled asset schemes to untenable levels for asset creators.  All attempts to grab more market share.

It's apparently the only methods they have left to drive growth in the industry.

Adobe Stock / Re: Very Angry After Adobe Stock
« on: May 20, 2022, 14:05 »
I'm afraid this is the new norm, ultimately where contributors will be getting 28 cents a video DL like they used to with images at SS. 

This new norm is the result of agencies insidious-for-creators subscription and bundled assets business models. 

Individual creator IP assets are deeply discounted when sold via subscriptions and bundled packages of images/footage.   

Great for cheap out asset buyers and increasing agency sales and maybe the holy grail of market share. 

But makes image/footage creation pretty much a financially untenable proposition.

I just go by the zooms because hopefuly sales will follow and recently had a lot more as my alamy port aproached 1000 images.

I have a slightly larger sized Alamy portfolio and have been a contributor for a number of years.

It's been my experience for some time that the majority of my image sales by far drop in seemingly at random and have not been zoomed prior to sale.

What does that mean?

Adobe Stock / Re: Diable Adobe Stock Videos
« on: April 22, 2022, 19:17 »
I could be okay with some of these lowered commissions if there was an increase in sales volume, but there isn't. It was the same on Shutterstock and now on Adobe. Just had my occasional video sale on Adobe which use to be most commonly $28. Yesterday's video sale: $6.30.
I suspect you could thank Adobe Stock's new subscription scheme that can now include videos for that $6.30 sale.

Adobe Stock / Re: Diable Adobe Stock Videos
« on: April 22, 2022, 10:28 »
Videos can still be sold on Adobe Stock via Pond5's Global Partner Program can't they? I'm not sure if that is still going.
Under P5's most recent contributor contract changes the GPP program is still alive and now cannot be opt'ed out of as previously.

So could assume all P5 videos maybe even Exclusives can now be licensed thru their GPP's including AS until P5 makes it clear otherwise.

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