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Dreamstime.com / Re: Dreamstime Customer refunds
« on: October 16, 2020, 12:51 »
I'm getting a few Dreamstime "customer refund" emails lately. Anyone else? Is this some form of image abuse?

Yes, and my response would be to say, thanks. That is 2 months worth of sales!

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Please, all stock agencies, stop doing stupid experiments.

With 70,000 free premium photos, any topic is covered.
 
Actually this isn't true, I've had a look and a few of my niche areas aren't covered so that's a relief.

Come on. Use simple 80/20 thinking.  Many sellable themes are covered in the free section.  Great for you that your niche is not impacted, but for the lion's share of contributors their subject matter is covered for FREE.

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Jpeg only, wonder how it compares to a raw file post processed to same end result.

I have shot low light raw in my M2P and it is horrible.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Stock Photography Future
« on: September 12, 2020, 08:18 »
Nothing earth shattering about that piece.  I think anyone who has been in the biz for a while knows the themes very well.  The one thing he states is the "internet scams" and he is right. I still see all these ads to make a good income from photography.  "We are better than Fine Art America" gallery sites, "we have an un-discovered photography niche", etc. They are really laughable and Jim is right in that the only ones who will make any money are those agencies who exploit photographers.


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"Licenses issued by Playstock for any of your Content that is later removed by yourself will remain in full force and effect in perpetuity."

Yea, NO!!

Well, to be fair, thats true of all agencies.

Mainly true. Motion Elements is two Years. I just completed my two years post account closing and was finally able to delete my already sold vids that were locked for that two years.

Doesn't it mean that buyers who bought a license, will keep that license even if you remove your videos from the platform? Cause that's pretty obvious and fair. You cannot revoke a license a customer paid for.

I am merely relaying you the terms set forth by ME. Those were the terms.  I deleted my content in compliance with the terms.

Sorry for the confusion, I was talking about the PlayStock term you mentioned; my point is, if PlayStock issues a license to a customer for your video, and you later remove your video, then the purchased license should still remain valid for the customer.

Based on their terms, you are spot on.

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"Licenses issued by Playstock for any of your Content that is later removed by yourself will remain in full force and effect in perpetuity."

Yea, NO!!

Well, to be fair, thats true of all agencies.

Mainly true. Motion Elements is two Years. I just completed my two years post account closing and was finally able to delete my already sold vids that were locked for that two years.

Doesn't it mean that buyers who bought a license, will keep that license even if you remove your videos from the platform? Cause that's pretty obvious and fair. You cannot revoke a license a customer paid for.

I am merely relaying you the terms set forth by ME. Those were the terms.  I deleted my content in compliance with the terms.

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"Licenses issued by Playstock for any of your Content that is later removed by yourself will remain in full force and effect in perpetuity."

Yea, NO!!

Well, to be fair, thats true of all agencies.

Mainly true. Motion Elements is two Years. I just completed my two years post account closing and was finally able to delete my already sold vids that were locked for that two years.

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"Licenses issued by Playstock for any of your Content that is later removed by yourself will remain in full force and effect in perpetuity."

Yea, NO!!


"Any user who fails to provide accurate and sufficient information required for the Company to deliver royalties from their Content may not be compensated even if their Content has been sold, and the amount that has not been issued will be returned to the Company during year-end adjustments."

Yea, NO!!

"Playstock shall have the right to retain any unissued royalties and/or other compensation when you terminate your account." I would rethink this. It's a bad, unfair message sent to contributors.

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Newbie Discussion / Re: boycott shutterstock
« on: September 08, 2020, 20:20 »
And why the boycott? I have about 100 photos there, I sometimes get royalties. There have never been any problems.

Okay, you obviously have not been following what is going on at SS. Or dont care that they are ripping you off. Search this forum.

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Microstock News / Re: Zoonar is launching Zoonar.Express
« on: September 07, 2020, 08:46 »
I have a portfolio of 1200 pics on zoonar for about 14 months now and havent sold a single pic yet.
Not worth the effort.

I have 6000 images on Zoonar.
My last sale was in February 2020.
The previous one was in November 2019

Yes, not worth the effort

I do not understand this post. This was a press release about the fact that an agency had founded a new (second) license portal to sell more photos itself in the future. It's no logic to say they haven't sold much so far, so they don't have to do anything to sell more in the future. The attempt in itself is worth it. It is always better than doing nothing or increasing your profit by reducing photo fees. It is clear that no miracles are to be expected. The market no longer produces miracles. It is shrinking ...

He is saying that Zoonar as a whole is not worth the effort. There are little to no sales on the main platform and it's easy to correlate that there would be equally little to no sales with the Express approach.  I have personally never uploaded to Zoonar just because they report so low on the earnings potential scale.  But that's just me.

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My portfolio of 6,800 has been gone since June.  I have made payout in July and will again make payout in August with ZERO assets online.  Another few weeks and that will stop completely.  Well, it should.

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Stocksy / Re: Is it so simple to get in?
« on: August 24, 2020, 11:49 »
I applied way back when they had their first open submission and was rejected.  Still today, I don't know what their criteria is. That's fine.  I am happy for Stocksy, though.  An agency that is mainly successful for contributors is rare today.  Now, I define success loosely because I have zero insights into their financial performance other than reading posts where artists in Stocksy appear happy with their sales.  I'll probably never be in "the club", but I do wish them long term sustainability. 

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Pond5 / Re: Enterprise custom license for pennies?
« on: August 22, 2020, 21:30 »
P5 does fk you the the ash with some of these sales. I just got a 4k sale yesterday and made $1.17. Disgusting.

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StockFresh / Re: Is it dead?
« on: August 21, 2020, 08:22 »
I made about $1- $3 a month there. Been gone for several years.  They just never got any traction, showing how challenging (and expensive) it is to start a micro agency. 

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Shutterstock.com / Re: We are having some impact
« on: August 19, 2020, 09:49 »
What impact? To get better treatment?
Nowadays is much more images rejected because the subject is "too similar". So instead of let's say 10 images are approved 5-7. This means less new images is added. SS made this kind of 'impact'. Their review rules has impact for less uploads, people started focusing on Adobe, DT and others.

Less images added weekly/monthly doesn't mean SS will be "fair, kind and loving" to contributors.

Each coin has two sides: The second one is lots of contributors are happier now. More of you will leave and delete own portfolio, more space will get the majority staying there. Do you think that Sean, Lisa, Monkey Business, will go against Shutterstock and leave the income behind?

I cannot speak for them, but I did get a PM from another big player saying they are NOT deleting their port. 

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Alamy.com / Re: Is Alamy down?
« on: August 19, 2020, 07:54 »
Clear your cache. It works after doing that.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Pixta ,,great news,,
« on: August 18, 2020, 18:18 »
Has anyone even made a plug nickel from this site? Funny how they state right up front that this is to give more sales opportunity to the contributor.  Come on. We know the real reason.

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So right now we haven't come to a decision about the commission rate. I am sending out these surveys because I genuinely want to know what works for all of you guys, so I can implement that onto our service. So I'm hoping to get more responses because at the moment we don't have enough data to make an educated decision.

As for the competition bit, you can rest assured that we are working on something, but I can't say too much about it until the official website is launched!

Prob bit coin.

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Pond5 offers 40% for non-exclusives, which used to be 50%. 60% is only for exclusives. And they randomly changes your pricing to suit their algorithms. People seem to forget the crappy royalty cut Pond5 gave us last year, yet now they're seen as 'one the last of the good agencies'. Well, they're every bit as evil as SS.

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend"

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Shutterstock.com / Re: So they do use AI to review then...
« on: August 11, 2020, 08:18 »
"I particularly love the folks who love calling those of us who have been in microstock for 15+ years clueless old timers.

I am clueless but not too old yet  :)

In violation of MSG bylaws......+100

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Timing of the royalty cut
« on: August 11, 2020, 08:16 »
If this miserable excuse for a company didn't deserve the name SHITTERSTOCK before, it certainly does now.

I am sooo happy to be outta there.

Me too!  As I read through everything, it almost looks like Oringer is going to sink the company and made this move to squeeze the last out of the company.  The stock WILL NOT hold in the mid $50's, yet he is trying to sell a lot of shares after he artificially pumped up the stock price. Something just doesn't smell right.  Whoever buys at $55 will be making a horrible investment.  It is almost like they are doing a last hoorah to get Oringer and his dog, Pavlov, enriched while the company slowly erodes and is put up for sale.  This was not a move for long term business health, it was a move to enrich a very few people with little long term outlook. So something else is really brewing IMO.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: So they do use AI to review then...
« on: August 08, 2020, 09:53 »
From their SEC filing in 2012. I'm sure that has advanced significantly in eight years.

"We also leverage proprietary review technology to pre-filter images and enhance the productivity of our reviewers"

https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1549346/000104746912005905/a2209364zs-1.htm

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy "discoverablity" revisited
« on: August 02, 2020, 08:42 »
It is clearly worth the time to do the super words. I just made a $200 sell Friday. I wish I could make that everyday, but I do get 2-5 sells a month on Alamy. Very fair stock site...

So you are basing this one single data point....a $200 sale... on the value of discoverability keywords? I sell stuff there all the time with 20-30 keywords. Has nothing to do with volume of keywords, it has everything to do with good keywords. Now if Alamy gives you search preference based on having a bazillion keywords vs. 20-30 then there is incentive to scrape for more keywords.  Other than that, relevant keywords win all day.

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Yea, no.  If you have followed her in previous threads you'd clearly see what a troll she/he/it is.

perhaps, but i haven't seen that here - the original statement was a legitimate one and she got slammed based on hypothetical subtext and judgment

Then you need to read more threads.

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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy "discoverablity" revisited
« on: August 01, 2020, 14:01 »
I have 1,366 images that are poor discoverability.  I am not about to go spam my own images.  This is a stupid idea and encourages keyword spamming. 

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