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Shutterstock.com / Re: Unexpected bonus
« on: May 05, 2017, 10:24 »
I noticed the wrong calculation in the email on May 3 and opened a ticket at Shutterstock's support site. A few hours later they answered:

Thank you for contacting Shutterstock Support.
On May 3, we sent a Shutterstock Payment email that listed an incorrect Total Payout Amount. The amount shown is double what you will actually receive.
A corrected email will be issued, and will display the proper amount.
This error is in the email only, and you will receive the correct amount when payouts are issued.
Thank you for your patience.
Shutterstock Contributor Support Team

Such mistakes can happen  ::) ...

Did you open a ticket too?

Shutterstock.com / Re: Unexpected bonus
« on: May 03, 2017, 17:48 »
I Think that not only the individual revenue columns but also the column "Total sales" has been included in the calculation. A typical bug in a spreadsheet. Such a mistake would have brought me about $ 100,000 a few years ago if I had not pointed out. At that time I thought about 2 minutes before I pointed out the mistake. With today's sum it is not worthwhile for me to think about it, it is too small. For Shutterstock, however, assuming 100,000 bills in an estimated average $ 100 ... ... ...  $ 10 millions. Not so bad - but bad for the developer of the spreadsheet  :'(.

123RF / Wrong total earnings (once more)
« on: January 01, 2017, 07:09 »
Total earnings of the year 2016 is incorrectly calculated. December is not included in totals. There was a similar problem a few months ago (http://www.microstockgroup.com/123royaltyfree-com/total-earnings/). My trust in 123rf's software developers is down. Happy new year.

123RF / Re: Total Earnings
« on: October 05, 2016, 14:26 »
The 123rf-Team sent an email:
Not to worry, our IT specialists have resolved the issue, and the figures should be accurate again. Check your Earnings.
Seams to be ok. :)

123RF / Re: Total Earnings
« on: October 02, 2016, 02:29 »
... my balance is now negative.

When will you sent them their payout? ;D ;)

123RF / Re: Total Earnings
« on: October 01, 2016, 07:45 »
Same here. Aug went to 0 today. But everything else looks normal so I wouldn't worry about it. Already have that payment anyway.
I think they calculate the payment as the Earnings Balance on the page Contributor's dashboard/Earnings/Monthly:

Earnings Balance = Grand Total - Total Paid Out

The sum Grand Total includes all the earnings of the last years and months, but today Grand Total is wrong because Aug 2016 is set to 0. Even if you have got the payment for Aug 2016 they will calculate the next payment wrong.

I have sent them a mail.

123RF / Total Earnings
« on: October 01, 2016, 06:22 »
I just saw that my Earnings Balance is less than yesterday. That is because my total earnings of Aug 2016 are not included (=$0.00). Having a look at the earnings of Aug 2016 shows that there have been earnings in that month. Yesterday the earnings of Aug 2016 still have been included in the Earnings Balance. I think it's a software bug.

Anybody else?

What I understood: We (the contributors) would be the team.
What I didn't understand: Who would do the work (administration, marketing...) in that agency? We (the team)? And who would contribute?

I closed my account there in 2010.

We are your partners and our job is to work tirelessly to serve you and grow our marketplace together.
Paul Brennan
VP, Content Operations
He forgot some smileys  >:D >:D >:D

DT explained the "big deal" in their blog (http://www.dreamstime.com/forumm_39797_pg1) on 01/19/2015, 06:19:30. In the opening post you find the statement: "Overall the royalties will average approximately 50%." So we could have seen, that we would get a cut.

DT announced: "Exciting news: Dreamstime, an official stock photography provider for Google display ads". Google describes Google Adwords at https://support.google.com/adwords#topic=3119071 and display ads at https://support.google.com/adwords/answer/1722134?hl=en.

I think Adwords is or could become a "big deal" for Google, perhaps for DT, too. But is it a big deal for the DT contributors? For me not, because only one of my images was sold in that "big deal" in the whole year 2015, my share 6.00 $. Maybe others of you had more downloads in that "big deal"? How many images and $$, how many in average of a month and what is the relationship to the quantity of the other downloads of the year?

Almost at the same time when I noticed the sale of W-EL at DT (50 credits, 12:48 for me), I received an email from FT about the sale of EL, 50 credits, 12.50 for me. DT cut my share to 6.00 $, FT didn't.

DT tells it's a big deal and that's because they cut the royalties. But where is the big deal for the contributors? I can't see that. The images at DT could have been sold at FT with higher royalties for the contributors. So the partner of DT could sell the images at the same price - and there is the big deal for the partner of DT: he has a share about 50% of the regular price. And the contributor? He makes himself competition and lowers his share, when he is contributor at DT and other agencies too. I will not accept.

There are several ways to prevent the cut at DT:
1. Exclude my portfolio from all third-party partnerships (Button "Alliances" at the contributors area at DT)
2. And/or no more uploads to DT
3. And/or exit from DT.

What do you think about?


In that link you can read, that the problem was between someone's ears. Nevertheless: Merry Christmas  :D.

Had anyone else this problem in the past? Me not.
Has anyone had ELs without cut today?

I asked the support via email, we will see.

About two or three hours ago I saw that one of my images at DT was downloaded (W-EL, maximum, 50 credits, image earning: 12.48 $ for me). Nice to see (because of Christmas  :)).

But now the image earning has changed to only 6.00 $ for me. Not nice to see  >:(.

Is that because the program looks up again later whether it could cut a little (because of Christmas  :-\)?

Has anyone else had this problem too?

Dreamstime.com / Re: "Confidential" email from Dreamstime
« on: June 02, 2014, 14:01 »
Yes, we are!
 ;D ;D ;D

Dreamstime.com / Re: "Confidential" email from Dreamstime
« on: May 30, 2014, 04:42 »
I first opted out to decide in peace. After I read all these posts, I have decided to participate in the test. I want to give a chance to the test at DT.

I see the risk that the new licensing methode results in a competition with the other existing licensing procedures at DT or at the other agencies and my earnings are further reduced. Therefore, I will decide again after the test, when we have more information about the tested new licensing procedure. And perhaps I would decide to leave one or more agencies completely, especially those who have lowered my license shares in the past...

Site Related / Re: Merry Christmas!
« on: December 24, 2013, 18:19 »
Merry Christmas to everyone (from Germany).

Software / Re: Why is Lightroom so painfully slow ?
« on: December 24, 2013, 18:12 »
No slow:

LR 5.3
Catalogues with up to 43.100 images

  Hersteller TOSHIBA
  Modell QOSMIO X870
  Prozessor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3610QM CPU @ 2.30GHz 
  Gesamter Systemspeicher 16,0 GB RAM
  Systemtyp 64 Bit-Betriebssystem
  Anzahl der Prozessorkerne 4
  Datentrgerpartition (C:) 250 GB SSD
  Datentrgerpartition (D:) 1 TB
  Grafikkartentyp NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
  Insgesamt verfgbarer Grafikspeicher 10985 MB

Newbie Discussion / Re: Fotolia and lesson to be learnt.
« on: December 24, 2013, 17:52 »
Smile about rejections at FT, load up at other agencies and smile about downloads there (especially at SS).

Adobe Stock / Re: My images always refused by fotolia
« on: July 09, 2013, 13:05 »
Smile about rejections at FT, load up at other agencies and smile about downloads there.

General Stock Discussion / Re: become a full timer?
« on: November 18, 2012, 13:53 »

Your comparison and conclusions are somewhat biased ...
I tried to make a very simplified business plan, very simplified because I don't know the real data of the PO. I do not even know where he lives, in USA, China, Greece, Germany? No matter where he lives, he has to make his business plan based on his real data, even if the result does not look like he or you want it. Otherwise it would be self-deception.

Taxes, health insurance, retirement, investments need also be paid from a job salary even if employer covers something here, so you are not comparing the same incomes.
If the PO would live in Germany, he would have the money of his full time job pay check for his private expenses. Taxes, health insurance, retirement have been payed before he gets his check. Investments of the employer are not payed by the employees, I think so it is in USA too.

I think that "Office, car and such things" are already included in expenses, so you may count them twice.
These are the recurring costs for the business as a photographer, i. e. salaries for models or assistants, the fuel for the car he uses as a photographer, rental costs, electricity costs and heating costs for the studio. I didn't count them twice, these are no private expenses. (Let me tell you, my wife wouldn't like it, if I would pay costs of my business from the money, that is reserved for the private expenses.)

OP can expect growth of earnings after switching to full time.

He is not limited to microstock. He can expand as a photographer or artist.
Maybe, maybe not. Read the above posts, look at Greece, Italy or Spain and then assess the risk.

I have only given a framework in which the real facts, data and requests must be entered in order to calculate the risk in a business. It's the job of the PO to assess his risk in the international microstock business, not mine nor yours.



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