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« Reply #25 on: September 01, 2020, 13:43 »
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From the "your mileage may vary" file:

Somehow despite the SS changes (because of?) I have been making more -- compared to 2018 and 2019 -- each month since May. Yes I'm getting a lot of .10 subs but I'm also seeing many more than 1.00 each. Have they also messed with search around the time of the royalty shift?

I had taken a wait and see approach and so far I'm glad I did. Of course, come January if I see a huge drop like we are all expecting i may still stop uploading or even yank the port.

(FWIW I've been at this 10+ years, have a five figure port and a four figure monthly income at SS.)

Some people, like you, are doing better. Some are doing worse, like me. But the people I've heard from, that I trust, like you, and who had high quality collections, and made money, are all doing the same or better. This is during a terrible business downturn.

So the impression and conclusion, shouting and protests, that "everyone" is making less, is not supported. Plus, while I'm not a SS agent, employee or secret paid forum disinformation specialist (as sometimes is claimed if anyone says anything reasonable), and I'm NOT defending the 10c minimum download promise. Just that the facts and flow of angry posts, are not supported by actual data of what's going on.

I'm pretty much getting, in round numbers, 30% of what I used to on SS. I don't have a premium collection or top material for Microstock. I'm getting what I deserve. No I'm not uploading and yes I'm disappointed and find no motivation to add anything new.


Well fair enough but I have got to know quite a few of very big contributors over my 15 years with SS and with stunning portfolios! and believe me every single one of them is down and I mean down! and this time there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry but this seems to be the new norm.


« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2020, 07:29 »
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The global economy hits the ground. Millions of business disappear off the screen. The Microstock market follows the trend. Only few industries benefit, when they have the right product at the right time. Same with the vast majority of the contributors. Those with the right product will survive.
Surprise, surprise?? No.

« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2020, 09:36 »
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I read an article that the microstock agencies were selling more with the covid.



I totally agree. SS plays the bum and disappears from the market. Adobe works and survives.

Les

« Reply #28 on: September 04, 2020, 19:30 »
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I'm pretty much getting, in round numbers, 30% of what I used to on SS. I don't have a premium collection or top material for Microstock. I'm getting what I deserve. No I'm not uploading and yes I'm disappointed and find no motivation to add anything new.

Absolutely true, I can confirm those numbers. SS killed their golden goose with a lot of decent videos and images, and destroyed any motivation to shoot and upload new assets.
 
 
« Last Edit: September 04, 2020, 20:12 by Les »

« Reply #29 on: October 15, 2020, 03:38 »
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The new royalty system is still much lower at level 4. I moved to level 4 fairly quick which gives 30% royalty, I think previously I was on 33% and used to get lots of 0.33 cents per sale but now at level 4 at 30% it is still like being at level 1 with lots of 0.10 cent sales, to be honest Ive had everything from 0.10, 0.11, 0.12 etc onwards

« Reply #30 on: October 17, 2020, 06:28 »
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By nature of my job i know quite a lot of SS contributors.  Most are in the high hundred to low thousands of dollars a month bracket.
I dont know a single one who isnt doing at least 50%.  And they'd all in in the level 3 video or level 5 images bracket.

Video took a double hit with the pay cut and the introduction of ultra cheap packages so sub dollar commissions.  It'll be a triple hit in January when going back to level 1 because of the relatively low volume of sales in video vs the tiers.

Image wise im level 5 and for example subs have gone from 0.38c to an average RPB of 0.21c.  And for many people subs make up a large proportion of sales.


 

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