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1 / Re: Highest price for a photo on Shutterstock.
« on: December 27, 2021, 23:07 »
$420 and $350 this year, both editorial, but one of them was far from unique (it was not even unique in my portfolio  ;D)

You are not mentioning some of the minuses:
- you can only opt out in April out of Distributor sales
- A refund is not just a rare occurrence. It happens quite often, usually with  high value sales.
- you can't opt out of Affiliate sales (are you an affiliate?)
- Distributor sales can sometimes be reported after 6 months (what's up with "the sale that is posted in your Dashboard in real-time" mention ??? )
- Alamy waits for the clients to report their downloads, and I once found that they completely missed one of my sales. There were probably also other.
- If you want a list of all the downloads of your photos, to see what sale has not appeared in your sales report, they can't provide it
- When Alamy changed the commission structure, if one of your sales was reported with delay, after the new commission went into effect, even if the download and use by the client happened before the change, you only received the reduced commission. When asked about this, they said that a purchase is not considered made when the client is downloading or even using the photo  ???

Maybe I forgot some of the other issues...but the sales there have been very low in the past months (or maybe they just haven't recognized them as sales yet!), so I stopped caring about it as you certainly can't get anywhere with their contributor support.

From the text below from wikipedia I understand that only paypal will issue a 1099k in this case so there will be no double reporting, and thus no double taxation.
"the instructions for Form 1099-MISC include a provision that says payments made with payment cards and/or third party network transactions must be reported on Form 1099-K by the payment settlement entity, and that the payer does not need to issue a Form 1099-MISC in this case"

I don't know if anyone mentioned, but during the month of April (and only April) you can opt out of distributor sales.

6 / Re: iStock exciting news : $0.00 royalties
« on: January 17, 2021, 20:53 »
Istock is actually rounding to 5 decimal places, and the smallest royalties I saw is of 0.00002 $ (in the connect file). Also, based from the info provided, many of these ridiculously low commissions are from Cost Per View.

New Sites - General / Re:
« on: January 02, 2021, 13:53 »
When I click a thumbnail, the photo displayed has a depositphotos watermark, but the artist is not shown anywhere (which I find it to be very sketchy).
I gave up on DP as almost all the sales were subscription and the average commission was 0.36$....but others are reporting ok sales from them....

Newbie Discussion / Re: 1099 Taxes based on payout or earnings?
« on: December 27, 2020, 14:00 »
Adobe has always sent 1099 based on earnings, not payments and it must have something to do with the fact that you decide when to request your payment (so you are able to control how much cash you report each year), compared with SS or IS where this is not under your control.
IRS permits cash accounting for small businesses / self employed.

I added the clip to my cart but when a looked in the cart, I can't finalize the purchase (even if the clip is there) and the message below is displayed high on the page, barely visible:
"Item is no longer available. Please remove the item from your cart and try again."

This is definitely a major problem as it seems the clip preview is still stored somewhere on SS servers, but seeing as you can't actually buy it at either resolution, it should help with your exclusivity issue...

Adobe Stock / Re: Opting in for electronic 1099
« on: December 25, 2020, 01:27 »
The email even had a spelling mistake...soooo strange....
"Once you opt in, you will be able to login to the same sight starting January 31, 2021 to view and save you Adobe 1099.   "

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