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« Reply #300 on: July 08, 2024, 13:35 »
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I see that the issue is widespread. I haven't had it this bad since June and now July for the past 9 years, even though I've been uploading to Shutterstock since 2014. Back then, my portfolio was a fraction of what it is now, and uploading new content didn't feel like throwing it straight into the trash. I've also noticed that very few subscriptions are selling; only on-demand images are moving.

Maybe buyers are shifting over to Adobe Stock, as sales there keep increasing?


« Reply #301 on: July 08, 2024, 13:53 »
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I see that the issue is widespread. I haven't had it this bad since June and now July for the past 9 years, even though I've been uploading to Shutterstock since 2014. Back then, my portfolio was a fraction of what it is now, and uploading new content didn't feel like throwing it straight into the trash. I've also noticed that very few subscriptions are selling; only on-demand images are moving.

Maybe buyers are shifting over to Adobe Stock, as sales there keep increasing?

Yes, on Adobe, but I felt the most growth on iStock, where the increases have been 2-3 times over the past two years.

« Reply #302 on: July 08, 2024, 15:07 »
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Same with me.June was my worst month on Shutterstock.

Anyone get paid from Shutterstock yet?

Yes.

« Reply #303 on: July 08, 2024, 20:54 »
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June 2024 was my worst month on SS since August 2009, a few months after I started.  Of course I stopped submitting there when they changed the system in 2020 so that doesn't help.  Every time I think I should just go ahead and submit my already processed and key worded images to them it just isn't worth the bother for 10 cents a pop.

I stopped submitting images to Shuttterstock last year and stopped videos in March this year before briefly uploading again after a good month in April only to stop again after poor months in May and June.

July 2022: $543.15
July 2023: $683.47
as of 8 July 2024: $2.70

June 2024 was my worst month on SS since August 2009, a few months after I started.  Of course I stopped submitting there when they changed the system in 2020 so that doesn't help.  Every time I think I should just go ahead and submit my already processed and key worded images to them it just isn't worth the bother for 10 cents a pop.
You and I share similar experiences and game plan. I'll keep my hard earned images with the SS and collect my pennies but they're not going to get another submission until they return to the original minimum compensation of $0.35 I "enjoyed" in 2009 when I first started submitting to them. If everyone adopts the same strategy it'll force their hand. The SS and other agencies will have to listen to all of those who have worked so hard building their portfolios.

I think it's already happening. Two comments on Facebook group Stock Coalition discussion this past week or so I find interesting (paraphrased):

1. Shutterstock didn't count on many of the contributors they burned also being customers and accordingly, moved their contributions and purchases (along with other customers they had connections with) to other agencies.

2. The mismanagement of that company is down and out scary!! <-- Actually that's quoted verbatim.  ;D


« Reply #304 on: July 09, 2024, 11:29 »
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Shutterstock: After the first 9 days of

July 2020 : $66.07 ( around 1000 videos)
July 2021 :$404.12( around 2200 videos)
July 2022 :$171.01( around 3000 videos)
July 2023 :$319.99( around 4500 videos)
July 2024 :$61.03  ( More than 5200 videos)

« Reply #305 on: July 09, 2024, 13:30 »
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Thanks for sharing, Ambu. And everyone has to ask themselves...You put ALL that time, energy and money to submit your clips to the SS. Was it worth upgrading to 4K and simply have the SS throw a few pennies at you? Ambu has the resounding response. NO!

« Reply #306 on: Yesterday at 01:36 »
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July 2022: $543.15
July 2023: $683.47
as of 8 July 2024: $2.70


From a little over $2 on 8 July to over $200 by 11 July.

Meanwhile earnings sinking faster than the RMS Lusitania on Adobe.

It's why can really not go exclusive with anyone as things can change very quickly and unexpectedly.




« Reply #307 on: Today at 05:57 »
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These last four days is what Shutterstock should look like... and reflects the sales activity as it was last year until December when there was a drop that never really recovered for the first half of 2024. 

Anyone else seeing a lift in higher paying sales?

« Reply #308 on: Today at 06:49 »
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These last four days is what Shutterstock should look like... and reflects the sales activity as it was last year until December when there was a drop that never really recovered for the first half of 2024. 

Anyone else seeing a lift in higher paying sales?
You sound like a troll working for the SS. What part of monthly earnings with the SS are a fraction of what they were more than a decade ago for contributors? Are you
contributing to the SS hoping that the majority of your sales with the SS will drop from $0.35us to $0.10us and then perhaps to $0.05us but you can still look forward to an occasional lift in higher paying sales?

« Reply #309 on: Today at 07:04 »
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These last four days is what Shutterstock should look like... and reflects the sales activity as it was last year until December when there was a drop that never really recovered for the first half of 2024. 

Anyone else seeing a lift in higher paying sales?
You sound like a troll working for the SS. What part of monthly earnings with the SS are a fraction of what they were more than a decade ago for contributors? Are you
contributing to the SS hoping that the majority of your sales with the SS will drop from $0.35us to $0.10us and then perhaps to $0.05us but you can still look forward to an occasional lift in higher paying sales?

Well most of my posts concerning Shutterstock are critical and scathing of the agency's payments and performance, though sometimes with a touch of sarcasm and dry dark humour.  8) I haven't contributed any stills since last year and pulled back on uploading videos. Thus, my posting record is hardly that of a Shutterstock troll. So calm down there ol' fella.

« Reply #310 on: Today at 08:09 »
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something is going on and I like it like good old days


 

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