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iStockPhoto.com / Re: I can't log in to esp Getty
« on: December 07, 2018, 07:18 »

Yeah, well, how often does Getty do the logical thing?

Yeah, I find the email suspicious, while in fact it is probably just classic iStock :) I should stop expecting things..

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: I can't log in to esp Getty
« on: December 07, 2018, 07:00 »
Yes, I checked the Tax Interview tab immediately but there is no notification or warning of an approaching expiration. The email says that my tax form will expire as of 31 December 2018 but there is no mention of it in the ESP account, neither in the Tax tab or the Messages tab. I would expect them to send the message also directly through the ESP, not just an email. Well, I will wait and see.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: I can't log in to esp Getty
« on: December 07, 2018, 06:43 »
I created a support ticket asking them about legitimacy of the email. Hopefully they will reply soon.
It's likely to be legitimate, as the site told me my tax interview had expired and I had to do it again.
I didn't click through from the email, though, as I was also nervous in case it wasn't genuine, but I was already logged in and just went to the link from my profile.
I completed and signed the form without hitches, FF/Win.
(However back when I had to do it for the first time, it was a nightmare which took me days to do, all sorts of technical hitches.)

Thanks. I will wait till next week, if I hear from support or not. Then I guess I will just fill in the Tax Interview again, it wont hurt. The email looks a bit weird because it is a clustered text with many links, it looks somewhat unprofessional but it is probably legitimate since they had my ID correct.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: I can't log in to esp Getty
« on: December 07, 2018, 01:52 »
I created a support ticket asking them about legitimacy of the email. Hopefully they will reply soon.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: I can't log in to esp Getty
« on: December 07, 2018, 01:33 »
I received a suspicious looking email saying my Getty Tax information was expiring...anyone else?

I got the same email and it does look suspicious but it mentions my Contributor ID which is correct. When I log in to ESP and click on the Tax Interview tab, there is no warning or notification about my tax form expiring.  I dont know if the email is legit  :-\

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Then they asked in both emails that "have you previously created a SS Contributor account ? ". I said no. Then my aunt's account and mine were terminated.

They gave you a chance to explain what you did with the two accounts and, for some reason, you didnt tell them the truth. Only after that, they closed your accounts. So what do you expect now? Why vent here, you should communicate with them. But Im afraid it may be too late. I dont understand why you didnt explain it to them when they asked..

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock has terminated your account.
« on: October 25, 2018, 02:48 »
"derek" aka Chris Lagerek or Lagereek or whatever... he has always insulted people. Just ignore him...

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123RF / Re: 25/9 no sales?
« on: September 28, 2018, 04:44 »
Hey, it seems they updated the earning information! Originally, I also had 0 sales on the 25/9 but Im checking it now again and the spreadsheet shows 12 sales on that day.

So it was their mistake in reporting. I hope you all see the updated earnings as well!

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Has Shutterstock returned to normal for you?
« on: September 25, 2018, 04:18 »
I was hoping for an upswing after summer months but sadly, September is worse than August for me. Im selling some very old images, from the ancient times 6 or 7 years ago when I started... Maybe some search change again, I dont know. But it is depressing  :-\

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123RF / Re: Missing contributor earnings page
« on: July 18, 2018, 04:55 »
Use this link to contributor dashboard:

https://www.123rf.com/contributor/

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People shouldnt forget that it is against Shutterstock rules to publish our earnings... I see people breaking it all the time but I wouldnt.

You don't have to post the actual numbers. Just the relative numbers.

Im not going to post anything, the "cap" debate is irrelevant to me and no matter what anyone posts here, the debate will not end (it is naive to think that you can just shut down some subject..).

I just wanted to point out what many contributors seem to forget about Shutterstock - that they have literally forbidden us to show our earnings. Thats all.

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People shouldnt forget that it is against Shutterstock rules to publish our earnings... I see people breaking it all the time but I wouldnt.

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123RF / Re: Contributor level drop
« on: February 02, 2018, 02:48 »
I dropped from level 5 to level 3. I have a bit over 5000 points. Yesterday I still had subscription sales for 0.36 dollars (like before).

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He probably deleted the copied images himself, after reading this thread. I dealt with copycats before and it took Shutterstock about 10 days to react after my complaint and they deleted the whole account, not just the copied images. I think you gave him a warning.. Looking at the rest of his port, I believe most of it is copied, those logos, lion heads etc..

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I lost my portfolio and lost Shutterstock buyers forever...

You said you had 140 vectors. Created during 3 years. You didnt put much work in it, did you?.... And your sales were minimal before the mysterious "e-marketer" stepped in, so the Shutterstock buyers you lost were not interested in your images anyway. You didnt have any sales before, you lost nothing. Why didnt you earn the money through normal sales? You had the whole 3 years for it. I dont know what you keep complaining about, you tried to cheat, you got caught, end of story.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: JULY SALES
« on: July 26, 2017, 01:58 »
What Im seeing is mostly stagnation. But I didnt submit any new images except for one in the last 4 months so I dont really expect any increase..

My Shutterstock sales dropped by 30% overnight in November and since then, Im stuck in this new level, Im still in four figures monthly but it is tight.. July will be slightly better, thanks to two big SODs.

As for the smaller agencies, iStock still generates enough for a monthly payout, stagnating since last year when I removed almost half of my port there.
Dreamstime is about the same for me for the last six years... it takes two or three months to reach the payout, no increase, no decrease, no nothing..
My 123rf sales have been decreasing since I stopped adding new images.
My Adobe sales have been increasing since I stopped adding new images :D

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hard to believe the BS some people are coming with to defend themselves... but that reminds me I should report one thief who traced one of my images to SS. I was postponing it as I dont like reporting but this thread pushed me. Thanks.

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You have been a contributor for 6 years and you dont know that you cant sell silhouettes you created from the images you dont have copyright to? That is not some newbie mistake, after 6 years you should have known better.. if you are with some other agencies and have the silhouettes in your portfolio there, delete them and never do this practice again.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Contributor Page "502 Bad Gateway"
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:57 »
Public holidays never affected my sales much, I had 2 good years of stable income but since November, Im seeing 30% drop and this April, so far, Im about 50% down on last year... I cant be angry, I expected it because Im not very productive and the good run had to eventually end.. but it was a very sudden drop and this month seems overall like a bad joke.. a very long April Fools Day :-/

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Contributor Page "502 Bad Gateway"
« on: April 14, 2017, 08:18 »
This started right after the history sales "update".

Are they trying to imply that our sales are history now?  :D

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Adobe stock
« on: April 05, 2017, 14:43 »
I joined Adobe stock 3 months ago. Now with some 400 images, I earn around 150 euro a month. It is a bit disappointing because I get twice as much at 123rf, with the same amount of images. Looking at the Poll results on the right and comparing numbers for 123 and Fotolia, I was hoping for a better result. But it is better than nothing, I guess..

300 euro with 400 images at months at 123rf. i have 3000 images mostlytravel and editorial ok , i earn no more than 8 bucks at month...the worst site i contribute by far....fotolia is not even 1/10 of ss 1/6 of stock an even 1/3 of dreamtime.
maybe in 123rf and foltoia they sell mostly people shot. i don't know...a return per year of 10 bucks per image in 123rf?

I get paid out in dollars at 123rf. Im with six agencies and all pay in dollars except for Adobe/FT - I dont know why Adobe pays me out in Euro, probably because Im in the EU country. I didnt find any option to change it to dollars. And yes, I make around 300 dollars at 123rf with 400 images. In March I had 306 dollars and 410 sales. Im getting many credit sales - the XXL sales which range between 3-5 dollars each. In reverse at Adobe/FT Im getting mostly subscription sales, usually 0,27 euro... And like I said, I put only my good-sellers on both 123 and Adobe stock. I have bigger portfolio at Shutterstock but I didnt want to put my old worse images to the sites which were relatively new to me.

You keep doubting anyone who post their income, is it a hobby of yours? I dont get it :-/

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Adobe stock
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:49 »
I joined Adobe stock 3 months ago. Now with some 400 images, I earn around 150 euro a month. It is a bit disappointing because I get twice as much at 123rf, with the same amount of images. Looking at the Poll results on the right and comparing numbers for 123 and Fotolia, I was hoping for a better result. But it is better than nothing, I guess..
Wow! That's impressive, I have about that many images but make a fraction of that. Would love to see your port but if I were you I wouldn't share ;)

My images already get copied a lot. I draw people and animals and I often see crippled versions of my images under Similar images in Shutterstock search results. It is like a plague  :( But sincerely, I am surprised to do so well at 123rf, as people here generally report lower earnings at this agency. I suppose vectors sell better than photos there? I dont have the same success with other agencies though - Dreamstime is doing poorly for me, iStock was never good for me even in the "better days", Depositphotos was poor (but I stopped uploading there ages ago..). It seems certain portfolio may fit customers at certain agency and I was lucky with 123.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Adobe stock
« on: March 25, 2017, 05:25 »
I joined Adobe stock 3 months ago. Now with some 400 images, I earn around 150 euro a month. It is a bit disappointing because I get twice as much at 123rf, with the same amount of images. Looking at the Poll results on the right and comparing numbers for 123 and Fotolia, I was hoping for a better result. But it is better than nothing, I guess..
If you're getting 300 euro a month from 400 images on 123rf, you're doing better than over 99% of us.

To be fair, it didnt happen overnight. I joined 123 about one and half year ago and my monthly earnings were growing slowly at first, it took about six months to get 100 dollars monthly, then the growth was faster. Now Im getting between 250-350 USD a month there, in the recent six months. I put only the better part of my portfolio there, the proven good-sellers.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Adobe stock
« on: March 25, 2017, 04:49 »
I joined Adobe stock 3 months ago. Now with some 400 images, I earn around 150 euro a month. It is a bit disappointing because I get twice as much at 123rf, with the same amount of images. Looking at the Poll results on the right and comparing numbers for 123 and Fotolia, I was hoping for a better result. But it is better than nothing, I guess..

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So... this vector "artist"... joined in 2016... and by now has 428,000 images in his port...

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/icparvu

And thats how Shutterstock gets their 200 million of excellent premium quality CREATIVE and ORIGINAL images!... sickening...

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