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Shutterstock.com / Re: Anyone get paid from SS yet?
« on: February 09, 2021, 16:56 »
Payoneer, paid at 5th

Alijaber, read the FAQ: Selling or gifting the code is not permitted.

Aha, thanks for clarification

Thanks Mat and Adobe!

I'm subscribed to all apps and I get the single app bonus from Adobe which I will never be going to use, if anyone is interested in buying the single app at an affordable price please PM me (this is legal Mat, right?).
Anyone with a single app (e.g. Photoshop) and would like to get another app (e.g. Premiere Pro) may find that offer to be useful.

Edit: Hmmm, I don't know if the link provided by Adobe will work for any account or only with my account, so I will hold that offer until I get more info.

Shutterstock.com / Re: SS sales January
« on: January 29, 2021, 19:06 »
Video only:
Dec 2020: 41 sales: 498$ (level 4)
Jan 2021: 40 sales: 229$ (level 1&2)
Even if I was on level 4 this January, I will get around 350$: RPD is really low this month as I get a lot of 1$ sales

Pond5 which was my best earner until 2020, with more videos and exclusive 250 clips:
Dec 2020: 1 sale
Jan 2021: 0 sales

General - Stock Video / Re: How bad is it for the rest of you?
« on: January 25, 2021, 14:37 »
today 2 video sales for a total of a little more than a dollar... level 2

I've got five of those today... Level 2 here too

Shutterstock.com / Re: SS levelling up
« on: January 12, 2021, 13:51 »
17 video downloads: 48$ :o. RPD: 2.82. Usually, my monthly RPD is 12-20$. I'll wait for the rest of the month and see...
Now at level 2, I'll need another 6 months to get back to level 4 :(

From the FAQ:

What is the resolution and file type of the videos I can create with Promo.com?
Basic and Special Holiday Plans can download videos in HD quality (720p).
Standard and Pro Plan subscribers can download Full HD (1080p) videos.
All videos can be downlaoded in MP4 format.

Can I sell videos I make?
Yes, Pro and Agency Plan customers can resell or reassign videos to a different owner.
Please note that when you do this, your own rights (including the lifetime license) to use the video expires and passes along to the recipient.

They have a monthly subscription with an unlimited video download! 99$ paid monthly or 69$ paid annually, from the FAQ:

Will videos have a watermark or Promo.com mention?
Videos you download are yours and do not have a watermark or Promo.com mention.

Can I use the video after my subscription is over?
Yes. The videos you download are yours forever.

Where can I use the videos I create?
You can post, publish, upload, and share your videos on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other social networks, websites or blogs, as much as you want.

The preview is 1280x720, but it's really usable!

Hmm... Maybe, I am confused, but 40,000 downloads/month with 1.4 millions images online doesn't look so high too me. Or, maybe, I am doing pretty good without models ...

Congratulations anyway.  :)

Acutally as mentioned in the interview it's 1 million at SS

By increased sales, you mean quantity or royalties earned?

Last few months in my case:
increased video sales in SS, very poor sales on P5, no sales on AS,
but I don't have too many clips, 700+ .

RPD for me (SS):
July: 9.5
August: 15.5
September: 17

Not in my case (Video only):

July: SS 52 sales, AS 4 sales, P5: 3 sales
August: SS: 32 sales, AS: 0 sales, P5: 4 sales
September (till 15th): SS 40 sales (!), AS: 0 sales, P5: 1 sale

P5 was my best earner till mid 2019: (60 - 70%) of my income, after that I had huge drop in sales just after going exclusive there(!!). Going exclusive was a big loss as I lost my videos ranking at SS.
At the end of 2019 I've canceled my exclusive account at P5 and uploaded everything to SS, AS (except editorials) and to a new account at P5, again a huge loss as I lost my videos ranking at P5 this time.
My clips start selling really good at SS, and slowly at P5 and SS, and this year SS has 70% of my income.
I've boycotted SS for 2 weeks after they introduced the new earnings structure, and tried to cancel my account there but the number of sales is very very discouraging at P5 and AS and I really rely on microstock's income to feed my family, sadly I just can't do it for now.

Does it support videos?

Actually it was a very good month for me, but I deactivated my port at 15 June as I'm very concerned about the future of video sales with the introduction of video subscriptions and these completely unfair new earnings breakdown

I just disabled my video port en preparation for D Day (2250 videos with 25000$ sales).
My tiny images port (80 images only) was disabled on 1st June.

Pond5 / Re: POND5: How to see sale date
« on: April 17, 2020, 08:22 »
go to:
the date is at the left of the sold clip's thumbnail

Pond5 / Re: Poll: Pond5 exclusive
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:11 »
You should add an option for those who already opt-out, like me. Exclusivity was a big disappointment, sales decreased month after month. Now after re-uploading all the files to Shutterstock and AS, I've lost all my files ranking everywhere, which is a huge loss.

Pond5 / Re: ~~
« on: February 01, 2020, 02:31 »
Anyone of you guys noticed drop of views in the statistics tab? Now I'm getting 1-10 views (for the past ~7 days) where as I was usually getting more like 60-130 views per day.

Yes, the same here



The program will keep your original filenames if you use only Latin characters, digits and underscores in them :)

Are you sure? My file names are always changed despite using Latin characters, digits, and underscores (I upload videos only).
Example: My latest upload: 06_regie.mov becomes: 5e073b888f9ab82daa580520.mov on SS

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 will remove ability to set prices?
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:12 »
Frankly I am fine with this move as long as they increase the lower prices that are below $79 to $79!! My guess is they won't so it that is true then they are the ones responsible for lowering the pricing on the market

I wish that too!

Pond5 / Pond5 will remove ability to set prices?
« on: August 30, 2019, 09:45 »
Just got this e-mail from P5:

Dear Artist,

As you know, allowing artists to set their prices is a principle we hold dearly at Pond5. We do this because it attracts a diverse set of artists and content to our community, which in turn brings in more buyers. Ultimately this freedom creates value for everyone.


As stewards of the marketplace, we have an obligation to make sure that no Artist is doing something that will negatively impact other Artists. That is why our Contributor Agreement mandates pricing minimums and also requires that non-exclusive content not be listed for a price higher than on competing websites. When non-exclusive content is priced higher on Pond5 than on competing websites it destroys the integrity of the marketplace and hurts all the other artists on the platform who abide by the community rules. Over time when buyers learn they can find the same clip for less money elsewhere (at lower artist royalties by the way), they stop coming back. We can never allow this to happen.


If you have non-exclusive video clips in your portfolio priced higher than what they are listed for on a competitive site, in the coming weeks, we will be adjusting pricing to the market rate of $79 for HD and $179 for 4K.


If your portfolio is exclusive but is not marked as such, please  sign up for the Exclusivity Program. "

It looks like non exclusive contributors won't be allowed to set prices higher than 79$ and 179$

General Stock Discussion / Re: pond5 sales plummet to $0?
« on: April 22, 2019, 00:20 »
I voiced an opinion

Ah, if that was the case, I have made so many extra ultra positive comments, I should sell like crazy!

They are not stupid, content is king, customers (guess) buy what they need. Not "exclusive" irrelevant or inferior clips! Perhaps they messed with something, look how many times login (with w/out) verification changes, curation times, order in own clips, etc.

Guess things will settle down. After Easter or in time.

EDIT: On a second thought, all us people exclusive or not raising prices, might affected negative our search ranking? I dunno.

Just wondering if anyone else who voiced an opinion noticed the same, or - if it is just a bit a fluke. (Very concidental fluke, seeing as the last year has been consistently a couple hundred/month, now $0).

I'm exclusive and this is happening to me too (0 sales this month against 8-15 usually)

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 Wrong Price
« on: April 09, 2019, 07:12 »

I just had a couple of HD $77 sales on Pond5.
I have no clips priced at $77 they are all $79.
The license just says the usual 'Individual License'

Any ideas where the $2 went?
Is this more greedy shenanigans?

They make various offers to customers (-10%.. -20%), after that we get the usual split (60% - 40%)

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Terms
« on: April 03, 2019, 03:03 »
I'm also sure it's related to P5.. I've deleted most of my video port at AS and I wasn't aware of the terms

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