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NOTE TO ALL SHOP KEEPERS:  My payment for May was cancelled so I called Zazzle and they said that they had sent an email back in February to all shop keepers stating we needed to update our payment settings.  All payemnts to shop keepers would be withheld until this was done.  I did not receive the email, and now I have to wait until next month to get my payment that was due to me today. If you haven't done so, you won't receive any Zazzle payments this month.

Print on Demand Forum / Keyword Spamming on Skreened
« on: April 09, 2015, 09:18 »
Has anyone else run into keyword spamming with their shop on Skreened?  I have a portfolio of Gay Pride designs with them, and I noticed that they weren't coming up much in their search results.  I discovered another artist who uses keyword spamming and his designs come up on the first 38 pages under a "gay pride" search.  You don't even see any other designs or products until page 39.  To make matters worse, all those first 38 pages are all the SAME design (Florida) with a different city overlayed.  So you have 38 pages of just Florida Pride shirts.  Ugh.  I sent them an email and got a "we'll look into it" response.  That was two weeks ago and no change.  Figure I'll give it another week and delete my portfolio.  Very disappointing.

Print on Demand Forum / Re: Getting followers on Cafe Press
« on: March 24, 2015, 16:09 »
Yes.  If you take no action, then your commission from their marketplace defaults to 5%.  If you take the below steps, then you increase it to 10%.

 *Have you logged in to CafePress in the last three months?
 * Have you uploaded at least one design in the last three months?
 * Have you gained a follower on CafePress.com in the last three months?
 * Have you followed another designer on CafePress.com in the last three months?
 * Is your designer profile at least 80 percent complete?

It's a bit irritating, but I go through the trouble to keep myself at 10% because my sales have really taken off on their site in the last 6 months so it's worth it.

Alamy.com / Re: "your images are trending"
« on: March 09, 2015, 16:07 »
I got this email too.  Must be an error. 0 sales in over a year and 4 zooms in 9 months.

I hadn't even noticed that!  HeHe...

I received several emails today from Zazzle showing that new products had been published and would be available for sale in the marketplace in 24 hours.  These are new products that Zazzle automatically created for me (in this case, it was three new styles of water bottles).  I've had this happen before, but this time I can't find the new products anywhere for sale in the marketplace.   Does anyone have experience with this and can you point out where to find these new products actually for sale on their site?

TheArtofBusinessCards.com / Account Suspension?
« on: February 17, 2015, 09:56 »
I just received an email from ABC stating that unless I upload some new designs they are going to suspend my account.  I don't see any upload requirements in their artist agreement.  Has anyone else received an email like this?

Shutterstock.com / Re: Contacts at Shutterstock?
« on: December 29, 2014, 17:38 »
Thank you for the assistance.  I very much appreciate it.

Shutterstock.com / Contacts at Shutterstock?
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:06 »
Does anyone have any contacts at Shutterstock?  Specifically in HR?  I am referring a friend for one of the IT jobs on their site, and he's a terrific candidate for the job.  I'd like to get his resume to the right person if possible.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Alamy.com / Re: DACS Payback at Alamy
« on: December 29, 2014, 10:02 »
$17.47 here on December 19th.

Image Sleuth / Re: Stolen images on onlyimage.com
« on: November 20, 2014, 16:11 »
Found one of my images being offered for free there.  Submitted an email to them following their DMCA rules (see bottom of their home page).  Now the image shows up as broken and when you click it you go to a "404 - Page not Found" page so I guess it worked.

New Sites - General / Re: new site stocktal
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:04 »
Got approved 10/1.  First 10 images reviewed on 10/3.  Uploaded 2nd set of 10 images on 10/20.  Never reviewed.  Sent support ticket on 10/31 asking about review times.  No response.  Sent another support ticket on 11/11.  No response.  2nd set of images of 10/20 still not reviewed.  Deleted all images and closed account.  WASTE. OF. TIME.

Just an warning to all Caf Press contributors.  My commission score dropped from 10% to 5% over the weekend for no reason.  I just got off the phone with them and it is a system issue that they are aware of and are currently working on.  So don't panic if you notice your commission score drop for no reason.  It should be correctly shortly.

Print on Demand Forum / Re: Need Cafe Press Followers!
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:48 »
Thanks for the help, guys! That put me back to the 10% so I really appreciate it.  As for how it is going for me, I really hate that they make us jump through hoops just for 10%.  I much prefer Zazzle and have royalty rates there from 15% - 25% with plenty of sales.  But since I put so much work into Caf Press and many of my items have gone "viral" and get a lot of sales, I do what I need to in order to keep the 10% since sales are going pretty well. 

Print on Demand Forum / Need Cafe Press Followers!
« on: August 27, 2014, 16:31 »
Hi All.  I need some Caf Press followers to keep my commission score at 10%  If anyone would like to follow me, my profile can be found at:  http://www.cafepress.com/profile/46592149  I would be happy to reciprocate for anyone who follows me.  Thanks.

Is anyone else experiencing huge discounts to their product sales?  I sold two T-shirts in the last 10 days, both with a retail price of $17.99.  One sold for $7.86 and one sold for $7.36.  I checked with Caf Press and they confirmed that those were the correct selling prices for those customers "after the discounted price and a customer coupon".  With a cap of 10%. that leaves less than $0.80 per sale for a T-Shirt.  Very disappointing. 

Print on Demand Forum / Wordans
« on: June 18, 2014, 07:31 »
Does anyone use Wordans?  I have a shop there but have been unable to access my account online for over a week.  I can only get voice mail when I call, they don't respond on their chat, and they don't return emails.  Are they going out of business?

Print on Demand Forum / Zazzle cancellations
« on: June 05, 2014, 08:22 »
Does anyone have any experience with having one particular customer buying their products and continually getting it cancelled?  I have a customer that has attempted to purchase the same product three times over three weeks and it keeps getting cancelled. I assume it's a bad credit card.  Do you know if they "flag" customers that keep having their payments fail?

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia D-Day (Deactivation Day) - May,1
« on: May 02, 2014, 06:59 »
Per the "About Us" page on the DPC website: 

"Dollar Photo Club is a dedicated image bank exclusively for creative professionals. Curated by FOTOLIA, the worlds #1 stock photo marketplace, Dollar Photo Club provides unique access to over 25 million images."

Given the number of contributors that are opting out, I don't think they will be able to continue to claim the 25 million for long!

Print on Demand Forum / Getting followers on Cafe Press
« on: February 19, 2014, 18:06 »
Does anyone have any tips on obtaining followers on Caf Press to keep up your commission score?  I'm able to meet all the other criteria to get the 10% commission except obtaining a new follower every three months...so I'm stuck at 8%.  None of my friends or family have a Caf Press account.  Anyone have any good tips on this?

Print on Demand Forum / Re: Spreadshirt Meltdown
« on: November 07, 2013, 17:20 »
In order of highest to lowest revenue for me, it is Zazzle, Spreadshirt, Red Bubble, then Caf Press.

Print on Demand Forum / Spreadshirt Meltdown
« on: November 07, 2013, 09:52 »
I've always liked Spreadshirt, but in the last month my sales have plummeted.  And now for the last two days their TShirt designer has been down, so no users have been able to create any new designs for 48 hours.  What a mess.  Anyone else have a different experience?

Adobe Stock / Beware of new default upload settings
« on: November 07, 2013, 09:49 »
Fotolia has changed the default settings when uploading new images.  All images in my last batch were marked as exclusive (which they aren't) and put in their Free section if rejected (which I never do).  This has never happened to me before, so I'm pretty sure you now have to check or uncheck different boxes during upload.  Ugh.

Well, they've now decided to close their entire non-exclusive collection.  I received the following email today:

Dear Contributor

 reef by Pocketstock contributor notice to terminate your member account.

 Following on from our decision to stop accepting new uploads to reef we have made the final
 decision to close reef, our non-exclusive content collection and concentrate our efforts on
 RooM, our exclusive content offering.

 As you are a supplier to reef we will be closing your account and paying off any outstanding
 balance on your account, if you have any, in due course.

 We will require transfer details from you for us to pay any outstanding balance so please
 supply these to [email protected] at your earliest convenience. Failure to do so in
 accordance with the terms of your supplier agreement will mean you waive the right to any
 outstanding sum owed.

 If your content makes any sales from now until close, you will still get notified and paid as usual.

 We expect closure of your account to take place first thing 29th November 2013, which is the
 date we have scheduled for full closure of reef.

 You need do nothing as all of your content will be destroyed when your account is closed, in
 the meantime please do not try to upload any more content to reef as it will not be accepted, as
 per our most recent email.

 We are sorry to see reef close, but we feel we must put our resources into content where we
 have a better opportunity to control pricing.

 We wish you well with your photography and hope you will all have a successful future.[/i] Best wishes

 reef creative

Veer / Re: The Future of Veer
« on: October 28, 2013, 16:25 »
My biggest issue with Veer is their controlled vocabulary (CV).  I don't have any objections with the concept of a CV if it's done right (iStock's model is fine).  Veer, however, doesn't allow the contributor to control the CV in any way.  They take your keywords, change them to what they think they should be, and do not allow any editing after an image has been accepted.  I can't tell you how many times I've had trouble finding my images on Veer because they have changed my keywords.  This is what I attribute my low Veer earning to most.  I personally don't think buyers are able to find my images the way they do on my other sites.

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