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« on: January 11, 2021, 06:40 »
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yes i've made it!! 11 days to get to level 2 (sarcasm) pretty demotivating. Personally it just means I have to spend more of my time elsewhere. Have you 'made' it yet?


« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2021, 07:43 »
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Level two should be reached in another week.   ::)

I was at level 5 until December 31st not that it made any difference to the
piss poor royalties. 

My new years resolution was to cease submitting to these ass hats I've even started to submit to Depositphotos once more because at least their royalties are better than scumstock


« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2021, 07:51 »
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Not going to help income when On Demand (not SOD) are paying as little as $0.45

« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2021, 09:21 »
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Level two should be reached in another week.   ::)

I was at level 5 until December 31st not that it made any difference to the
piss poor royalties. 

My new years resolution was to cease submitting to these ass hats I've even started to submit to Depositphotos once more because at least their royalties are better than scumstock
ROFL. depositphotos lowered commissions today. But okay, still better than sh-it-terstock

« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2021, 10:11 »
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I wonder, how long before Adobe will follow

« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2021, 10:14 »
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I don't even know where is my level  :o

« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2021, 11:04 »
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"I've even started to submit to Depositphotos once more because at least their royalties are better than scumstock"

And then the "Updates to contributor royalties on Depositphotos" eMail arrives...

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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2021, 12:11 »
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I don't even know where is my level  :o

Probably 1, since it's the new year, but if you do well, then wonderful, maybe higher.

Dashboard -  https://submit.shutterstock.com/dashboard

Then scroll down, if necessary, just below the downloads and earnings map Etc.

    Lifetime earnings          Monthly earnings           Level

Click Level    (know that part was obvious, but just to have complete instructions?)  :)

« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2021, 12:29 »
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Yes I was level 6 and now I don't care about their stupid levels! in fact I don't care one bit about this crooked outfit!

« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2021, 15:56 »
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We will never level up to 15% or hypothetically beyond and will remain at 0% because we pulled our portfolio with SS.

« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2021, 16:55 »
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"I've even started to submit to Depositphotos once more because at least their royalties are better than scumstock"

And then the "Updates to contributor royalties on Depositphotos" eMail arrives...

Missed that. Anywhere online?  And could sales there be any more pathetic to begin with?

« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2021, 18:16 »
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Dear contributors,
As an international community, we must align with global market standards and adapt the changes taking place in light of 2020. We have had to make adjustments as a company and would like to inform you about updates to the Depositphotos contributor royalties that will be effective from January 18, 2021. You can view details about the new rates by following this link
It has not been an easy year, however, we do plan to continue investing in the success of the Depositphotos community to help you build on your portfolios and increase sales. This year, we also plan to further invest in improving our platform with new features and introduce updates to our search engine. Our aim is to make your work easily discoverable and ultimately help you sell more. In addition, we are constantly working to expand the Depositphotos customer base as part of our commitment to create more opportunities for all our contributors.
In case you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

Kind regards,
The Depositphotos Team

« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2021, 19:47 »
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ROFL. depositphotos lowered commissions today. But okay, still better than sh-it-terstock

other than personal animus, how better when they COMBINE low royalties with worse sales??

« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2021, 20:12 »
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Level two should be reached in another week.   ::)

I was at level 5 until December 31st not that it made any difference to the
piss poor royalties. 

My new years resolution was to cease submitting to these ass hats I've even started to submit to Depositphotos once more because at least their royalties are better than scumstock

I started uploading to DepositPhotos again, for the same reason you did. I got the email about the rate change, but it was so ambiguous I couldn't make sense of it. If they have in fact lowered our royalties, I'll remove my portfolio. 

« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2021, 20:40 »
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I didn't get that message from Depositphotos - how low are they are going?  Better go request payout before they go under and keep the money ...

As for SS, don't know when I will level up - those 10-cent downloads don't add up to much.  And with no more uploads it isn't going to get any better. 

I'm pretty much done with new uploads to microstock.  Might send some RM to Alamy just for fun but that is it.  During Covid times I somehow went from having two cats to five, with the last two being kittens who desperately needed a home (I am officially just fostering the kittens but they have been with me almost four months now and don't seem to be leaving so it might become permanent).  My New Year's goal is to get pictures of all five cats online and then my microstock career will be complete.  Meow.

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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2021, 23:25 »
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Level two should be reached in another week.   ::)

I was at level 5 until December 31st not that it made any difference to the
piss poor royalties. 

My new years resolution was to cease submitting to these ass hats I've even started to submit to Depositphotos once more because at least their royalties are better than scumstock
ROFL. depositphotos lowered commissions today. But okay, still better than sh-it-terstock

So this is the point micro has reached. "Hey we just got screwed. But it's so much better of a screwing than we got from the other company."  These companies must study psychological warfare.

« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2021, 03:32 »
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Level two should be reached in another week.   ::)

I was at level 5 until December 31st not that it made any difference to the
piss poor royalties. 

My new years resolution was to cease submitting to these ass hats I've even started to submit to Depositphotos once more because at least their royalties are better than scumstock
ROFL. depositphotos lowered commissions today. But okay, still better than sh-it-terstock

Yeah I get the joke because they too dropped their royalties so I stopped further uploading ::)


« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2021, 05:05 »
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Level two should be reached in another week.   ::)

I was at level 5 until December 31st not that it made any difference to the
piss poor royalties. 

My new years resolution was to cease submitting to these ass hats I've even started to submit to Depositphotos once more because at least their royalties are better than scumstock
ROFL. depositphotos lowered commissions today. But okay, still better than sh-it-terstock

So this is the point micro has reached. "Hey we just got screwed. But it's so much better of a screwing than we got from the other company."  These companies must study psychological warfare.

In my case I've got no money coming in from anywhere at the moment due to various calamities in 2020.

Either make money or starve  :(

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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2021, 06:24 »
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I just reached Tier 2 and on my way to riches!

First 100 images earned me a whopping $24.25.

Compared to my first 100 images in 2020, 52.7% drop ($51.64) 

Compared to my first 100 images in 2019,  46.9% drop ($45.55)

Can't wait to report on my first 250 downloads (beginning of Tier 3)!

On my way to have a steak-lunch courtesy of SS 🤨


« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2021, 09:19 »
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I just reached Tier 2 and on my way to riches!

First 100 images earned me a whopping $24.25.

Compared to my first 100 images in 2020, 52.7% drop ($51.64)

Compared to my first 100 images in 2019,  46.9% drop ($45.55)

Can't wait to report on my first 250 downloads (beginning of Tier 3)!

On my way to have a steak-lunch courtesy of SS


Hopefully a $1 vid download will speed that up. Its a whopping 10X of photo royalties. Maybe a steak with a coke

« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2021, 13:51 »
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17 video downloads: 48$ :o. RPD: 2.82. Usually, my monthly RPD is 12-20$. I'll wait for the rest of the month and see...
Now at level 2, I'll need another 6 months to get back to level 4 :(

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2021, 15:34 »
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ROFL. depositphotos lowered commissions today. But okay, still better than sh-it-terstock

other than personal animus, how better when they COMBINE low royalties with worse sales??

And how soon people forget that DP was trying to cheat us out of commissions, and has done a number of underhanded things to artists, but people still have accounts and upload there?


So this is the point micro has reached. "Hey we just got screwed. But it's so much better of a screwing than we got from the other company."  These companies must study psychological warfare.

Maybe so, what's the other one? "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Maybe there are so many new people in Microstock that they don't remember the long line of contract alterations, which took away past agreements, change our rights and percentage, realigned levels, and through whatever means, were ways to lower our income. Best part of each of these changes has always been someone blowing smoke up our asses about how this will be better for us. (that's a historical term, not just a vulgarity)

Who's left and who's next? Not much concern from me, I'm down to two agencies that I actually care about. As angry as that makes some people, those are SS and AS. I work for the people that pay me, not the ones with the biggest promises and lies.

« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2021, 17:22 »
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Maybe so, what's the other one? "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
 
History Doesn't Repeat Itself, but It Often Rhymes Mark Twain.

History repeats itself, " first as tragedy, second as farce " - Karl Marx (a slight misquote)

« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2021, 18:02 »
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17 video downloads: 48$ :o. RPD: 2.82. Usually, my monthly RPD is 12-20$. I'll wait for the rest of the month and see...
Now at level 2, I'll need another 6 months to get back to level 4 :(

This is where im being killed.

Normal video RPD = $21
January 21 RPD = $5.50

Its not just the level cull, its all the sales are the tiny subscription/web embedded on top of that.
Even when i get to my previous level it'll still be half as the type of sales seems to have shifted.

« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2021, 18:34 »
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My worst start to the year since 2016.
Not only on SS but on all sites.
We'll see.....

« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2021, 00:21 »
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My worst start to the year since 2016.
Not only on SS but on all sites.
We'll see.....

I feel the same way. The only outlier is Adobe Stock.

I think some companies canceled their stock subscription plans at the end of the year to save money.

Many smaller companies are struggling right now, so let's hope for a semblance of normalcy later in the year.

« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2021, 12:38 »
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I am probably 2 weeks away from level 3. I hope January is a good month for sales #'s


« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2021, 09:42 »
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TOo much 15 cents and less this years. sell 110 photos in a day and make 30$ this is very bad. Adobe stock is great this years and istock seem to have lot of sale too but too much 3 cents loll

« Reply #28 on: January 14, 2021, 10:54 »
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So far this month SS is my number 5 agency.  Fading to irrelevance, unfortunately.

« Reply #29 on: January 14, 2021, 16:27 »
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The sad part is that I'm already at level 4 but doesn't seem to make a difference.

« Reply #30 on: January 14, 2021, 17:11 »
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97 photo sell today for a a big 35$ :(

« Reply #31 on: January 14, 2021, 17:35 »
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slow month so far over all agencies - ?? combination post-holiday, continuing economic downturn, covid ??

« Reply #32 on: Yesterday at 07:07 »
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Just got the "Youve climbed to a higher levelnice! " email from them  ::)

Keep submitting great work to continue climbingyoull achieve your next jump to level 3 once your content has been licensed 251 times.
Here are a few tips to help you get there faster.  :o

Just eff off Stan & Jon  >:(

« Reply #33 on: Yesterday at 07:15 »
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buyer are there the probleme is 45 sell on night and :   12.18$$$ i am level 4

H2O

« Reply #34 on: Yesterday at 07:20 »
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The reality is the wealthy are just stealing our money, it is the same old story down the ages, here in the UK we had the 17 & 18th century Mill Owners who would cut their workers wages, while claiming poverty and yet they all lived in large houses with servants.

Shutterstock are really no different, here is the quote from their original announcement last year:- 'We are making this adjustment in order to reflect changes in the market for creative content, help to create fair opportunities for all our contributors, and reward performance with greater earnings potential.' - Which is all just rhetoric.

I realised a few years back, that as soon as they bought outside shareholders on board, the writing was on the wall; until the capitalist system is changed to bar these so called 'investors' from enterprises that operate as collectives, which in my opinion is exactly what Microstock is, then the wealthy will continue to farm contributors.

I think Shutterstock is finished and we are likely to see a number of challengers in the forthcoming years, it's good to see Adobe selling at a decent price, which just puts the lie to Shutterstocks reason.






Uncle Pete

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« Reply #35 on: Yesterday at 09:15 »
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Maybe so, what's the other one? "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
 
History Doesn't Repeat Itself, but It Often Rhymes Mark Twain.

History repeats itself, " first as tragedy, second as farce " - Karl Marx (a slight misquote)

Good! Great minds...

I'd say you are more or less precisely correct.
Werner Heisenberg


    Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future
    Neils Bohr





There's a quote from someone, or found in the Bible to support any possible agenda or argument. (if you twist it hard enough)

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« Reply #36 on: Yesterday at 12:55 »
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I realised a few years back, that as soon as they bought outside shareholders on board, the writing was on the wall

You realise a few years after they bought outside shareholders on board, that as soon as they bought outside shareholders on board, the writing was on the wall?


Uncle Pete

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« Reply #37 on: Yesterday at 16:22 »
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I realised a few years back, that as soon as they bought outside shareholders on board, the writing was on the wall

You realise a few years after they bought outside shareholders on board, that as soon as they bought outside shareholders on board, the writing was on the wall?

Told you so: "The writing is on the wall"

A bizarre and somewhat disturbing passage happens mid-way through the book of Daniel. During a party, thrown by the grandson of King Nebuchadnezzar, a large hand appears and inscribes four words on the wall.

These four words written on the wall declare the end of the Babylonian Empire and the oncoming invasion from the Medo-Persians that very night.


Another detail for those who want to start up with blaming the shareholders, the boards and the fact that SS is a corporation. Which means in all cases a business, designed to make money for owners and investors.

All states require that corporations form a board of directors elected by shareholders, hold at least one annual meeting, and maintain meeting minutes that document topics discussed and actions taken.

I'm not sure how public these minutes are? I don't care. But someone could do more than make claims, or vague generalized attacks, and go see what actually happens at these meetings. I've been on boards, they are terribly boring and mostly about legal matters, budgets, or business functions, I've never heard a word about how to screw employees. Just costs, rent, expenses, income and how the investments of the company and the future are progressing.

OM

« Reply #38 on: Yesterday at 21:18 »
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Welcome to the world of the corporate kleptocracy. Senior management at SS is now cracking open their bottles of vintage champagne in expectation of their realization of multi-million dollar options bonuses because Q1 profits just went through the roof...our loss is their gain (bigly)!

Methinks the biggest pain I can inflict on them (and myself) is to delete my top 30 best-sellers and keep the rest of non-sellers to foul-up their servers! With every 10 cent dl, I begrudge them the light in their eyes and dollars on their bank balance!
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