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Alamy.com / Re: Alamy sale for 7 cents
« on: June 30, 2022, 04:35 »
A new low even for Alamy

3 cent sales and I bet they were in China even though I have Chinese sales blocked >:(

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Some one should remind stock image producers of the old proverb

"If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."

So it should be with providing to "free" sites :-\


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Crestock.com / Re: Crestok has just filed for bankruptcy
« on: June 22, 2022, 00:51 »
I wonder when they're going to bother doing something about their old website entrance?  https://www.canstockphoto.ca/auth/login/
Its still just sitting there after they made their announcement and collecting dust and spiders.  ;D :P

The link you gave is for Canstock not Crestock  ???

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Actually all this discussion of big 4 down to big 3 reminds me of those documentaries I used to see showing the waterhole on the African savannah steadily shrinking in summer and the wildlife getting more desparate as the water source slowly shrinks to a muddy puddle.

I think we can safely say we are at the muddy puddle stage and the hyenas are circling with promises of more "exciting news"  ;D

Ah the Wild Kingdom narrator speaking in low tones, softly... describes how the big six, became the big five and now it's the big four, but Pond5 is wounded and limping, the pack will soon surround, separate, and devour the weakest.

Ah yes, we recall how iStock was the Silverback of the Microstock agencies. Oh how age and nature has taken it's toll.  ;)  Don't look at DT too close? what's a 3.4 compared to 32 or 64?

Tough economy, world and the biggest buyers, this will get worse, before it gets better. If it ever gets better?

The trouble is that invariably in the middle of the depleted muddy waterhole there's usually a crocodile  waiting just under the surface too :D




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Just had a sale on Pond5 with a pretty good commission - which will be missed if the new owner starts meddling with royalties.

Which they will its in their DNA  :(

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Actually all this discussion of big 4 down to big 3 reminds me of those documentaries I used to see showing the waterhole on the African savannah steadily shrinking in summer and the wildlife getting more desparate as the water source slowly shrinks to a muddy puddle.

I think we can safely say we are at the muddy puddle stage and the hyenas are circling with promises of more "exciting news"  ;D

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Contributor page's new design
« on: June 14, 2022, 14:58 »
No matter how much they polish that turd its still a turd  ;D

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123RF / Re: "Exciting" news from 123rf
« on: June 14, 2022, 14:57 »
WOW!!  Portfolio Exposure! #feels good! Easy uploads!

Where do I sign up! Do I get a free unicorn ::)

123rf Morons  ;D


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None of them  :-\

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Envato / Re: Envato Getting Rid of Contributor Bonus
« on: June 09, 2022, 01:03 »
But at least they are letting people know well in advance.

Agencies will change over time, but if they communicate clearly it really helps.

Now those that want to, can make an extra effort getting files online.

And perhaps they will reconsider and come up with another bonus special.

Seriously?  :o As to a new bonus that will never happen.

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Envato / Envato Getting Rid of Contributor Bonus
« on: June 08, 2022, 06:28 »
Yeah of course....

Email received today
"Were changing the way we share revenue from inactive Elements subscribers

Hi there,

We are announcing an important change to the way that we share revenue from some Elements subscribers.

Until now, weve used 50% of the revenue from inactive Elements subscribers (subscribers who dont license any items in a given month) to fund different content creation programs and Author incentives. The most significant of these programs and incentives has been the Content Bonus.

Weve recently been taking a closer look at how we can update our strategic focus. As part of this, we have reviewed these programs and have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Content Bonus and the sharing of revenue from inactive subscribers in this way.

The Content Bonus was introduced to help support Authors in their decision to join Elements. It provided a boost to earnings and helped us grow our library by rewarding Authors who publish regularly.

Now, 6 years on, we have over 5,000 Authors on Elements and our publishing rate has grown strongly over time. With over 10 million items, Envato Elements has one of the largest libraries of any unlimited creative content subscription service in the world.

This success, driven by our talented Author community and the high quality content we feature on Elements, means we have more and more subscribers signing up every day.

More subscribers equal more earnings for Elements Authors. In fact, the earnings we pay to our Elements Author community has more than doubled in the last 2 years alone. 

We believe funds previously provided for the Content Bonus are better invested in continuing to attract, retain, and grow even more subscribers. These investments will help to secure a strong future for Elements and ultimately benefit Authors by increasing the overall amount and flow of future earnings.

We know that the Content Bonus represents a much anticipated component of many Authors incomes each month, so were providing as much notice as possible to allow you time to prepare for this change.

The last payment of the Content Bonus will be in September 2022 (covering the July earning month).

It is important to note that these changes do not impact our 50% subscriber share model. Our subscriber share model remains one of the most equitable and community-oriented in the industry.

If you have any questions about this decision, head over to our forums and join the discussion here.

Usual corporate bollox

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Stan Pavlovsky has a new CEO gig. Luckily for us, it's not with a company in the stock licensing business :)

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ecoatmgazelle-names-stan-pavlovsky-as-ceo-301561927.html

Oh well thats the phone recycling business down the Swanee   ;D

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Why would you bother?

and nope too  ;D

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General - Top Sites / Re: I'm the guy with the grey beard
« on: May 18, 2022, 01:24 »
Seriously why do you post this stuff just to cause an argument?

There are no "haters" you deliberately seem to relish causing an argument.

Considering noone bothered to respond to this thread in 5 days then you come along and try and re-ignite the thread with a self pitying diatribe.

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General - Top Sites / Re: Photos Rejected by SS
« on: May 08, 2022, 03:34 »
The simplest answer is don't upload anything to that outfit.

Why worry about the lost 10 cents?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS strict rejection policy
« on: May 04, 2022, 04:46 »
Correction "shutterstock AI" is rejecting photos left and right, and often with mistakes.

and all for 10 whole cents!  :(

I've just asked SS help and got the answer that there is no AI doing the reviews, it's all done by humans.

Contrary to what shutterstock's owners previously stated.

Anyway SS help is manned by other contributors and they aren't party to the inner workings of SS

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Edited May 3 to note that Stan Pavlovsky resigned as CEO April 27th, effective May 3rd. Jon Oringer is interim CEO until they find someone.

THANK YOU Jo Ann you really cheered me up this morning!  :-*

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS strict rejection policy
« on: May 04, 2022, 00:40 »
Correction "shutterstock AI" is rejecting photos left and right, and often with mistakes.

and all for 10 whole cents!  :(

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I stopped picking up the camera in Jan. 2021 these days I look for real work.


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Still going after Canva's business, but Canva has a completely free tier which I don't think SS has. Stan talks about SS being able to broaden its presence beyond the content selection phase of projects.



But Shutterstock bought out a lot of content from contributors last year, with lump sum payments up front, but no further right to any royalties going forward. Presumably, this was why.

I don't recall seeing anything about lump sum payments where was that announced?

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123RF / Re: Is this the oldest refund ever
« on: April 21, 2022, 06:22 »
This morning, it looks like the refunds I had, have been removed again.

Same here I only had 3 refunds worth 72cents but they've gone now

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General - Top Sites / Re: My first month with Freepik !
« on: April 20, 2022, 11:11 »
Microstock is full of snake oil salesmen  ;D

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123RF / Re: Are 123RF Crooks
« on: April 20, 2022, 04:13 »

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Alamy.com / Re: How to opt out of penny sales?
« on: April 02, 2022, 01:10 »
I had several of these today. I'll be opting out of all distribution in april and I hope more people will do the same.
I'll be opting out of China; but I suspect if we all do it, we'll all be opted in, like we were into what used to be the 'UK Newspaper Scheme', which used to be opt-outable of.

I opted out of china years ago and they still sold my images to china.  They apologised and promised 100% of the pennies the sales earned.

Still waiting for the refund  :-\

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I'd be happy with anything that took business away from shittystock  ;D

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