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angelawaye

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« Reply #150 on: June 13, 2020, 16:27 »
+10
All of our videos now also turned off at Shutterstock. Awaiting some answers from Pond5 but we will probably go exclusive for video there shortly.
I just went exclusive with video at Pond5. I created a new account then emailed them with the new account info and they migrated my files over to my new, exclusive account.


« Reply #151 on: June 13, 2020, 23:59 »
+8
Disable.
Delete.
Spread.
Don't listen to dumb ones.

« Reply #152 on: June 14, 2020, 01:15 »
+1
Is SS blocked it already? It worked for me earlier, but not anymore.


I turned my images off last week, then I got a notice that I was going to get a payment, so I turned them back, worried that they would withhold the payment. After the pmt. was in my bank, I went back to turn them off, and I just kept getting a message that I turned them on and off too many times. one time? I tried for 4 days, and they never worked again. Meanwhile, I deleted all images except one. I left my account open, because some people were reporting that images that had been rejected were showing up in their port.  I want to monitor that.
I mean, deleting script is not working anymore.

« Reply #153 on: June 14, 2020, 04:55 »
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Is SS blocked it already? It worked for me earlier, but not anymore.


I turned my images off last week, then I got a notice that I was going to get a payment, so I turned them back, worried that they would withhold the payment. After the pmt. was in my bank, I went back to turn them off, and I just kept getting a message that I turned them on and off too many times. one time? I tried for 4 days, and they never worked again. Meanwhile, I deleted all images except one. I left my account open, because some people were reporting that images that had been rejected were showing up in their port.  I want to monitor that.
I mean, deleting script is not working anymore.
It works for me (Chrome with Tampermonkey extension on Mac).
The script is executed in your browser (client side) so SS has no way to block it.

Brasilnut

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« Reply #154 on: June 14, 2020, 07:02 »
+23
Getting a head start on D-Day.

Port = 10,000 images and 1,000 clips.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2020, 15:12 by Brasilnut »

« Reply #155 on: June 14, 2020, 07:51 »
+9
Getting a head start on D-Day.
thank you! I think it was a difficult decision.  it is good for the self-esteem  :)

« Reply #156 on: June 14, 2020, 08:18 »
+10
Disable.
Delete.
Spread.
Don't listen to dumb ones.

I'll be there in spirit.  Already disabled 7,000 assets.  Hoping for a flood of good, quality work being killed tomorrow (June 15th).

« Reply #157 on: June 14, 2020, 09:21 »
+11
Just disabled my account. Wrote SS a little letter as well. Kinda goes without saying its a bit like Winston in 1984 level of drop in the bucket in the middle of the Pacific, however needed to have a personal emotional venting.

One thing I have noticed that there's very little talk about is the ridiculous 4K video subscription plan which allows customers, who surely aren't that honest regarding usage, to get high quality video, in bulk, for rock bottom prices. I feel they could have taken a half measure on this one and made the price competitive enough that it wouldn't be a fire sale, but would be low enough to increase the net profit based on increased volume.

So far with photo, the ODD's are seeming to make up for the crappy sub downloads, and although I need more time to see the results and calculate, I think my revenue has increased in terms of photo. Come Jan though, I won't be singing that tune I think.

Anyway, I think the real big steal here is video, and no one seems to be talking about it. Anyone wants to contribute their 2 cents to this....

« Reply #158 on: June 14, 2020, 09:52 »
+3
Since longtime I don't upload to 123RF anymore, it was for me dead.
Now abruptly with my surprise I sell again.
I just deleted this two images (manually, together with other 3000) from my Shutterstock port few days ago.

Is 'don't be your cheap competitor '  a good mantra?

« Reply #159 on: June 14, 2020, 11:19 »
+4
Just disabled my account. Wrote SS a little letter as well. Kinda goes without saying its a bit like Winston in 1984 level of drop in the bucket in the middle of the Pacific, however needed to have a personal emotional venting.

One thing I have noticed that there's very little talk about is the ridiculous 4K video subscription plan which allows customers, who surely aren't that honest regarding usage, to get high quality video, in bulk, for rock bottom prices. I feel they could have taken a half measure on this one and made the price competitive enough that it wouldn't be a fire sale, but would be low enough to increase the net profit based on increased volume.

So far with photo, the ODD's are seeming to make up for the crappy sub downloads, and although I need more time to see the results and calculate, I think my revenue has increased in terms of photo. Come Jan though, I won't be singing that tune I think.

Anyway, I think the real big steal here is video, and no one seems to be talking about it. Anyone wants to contribute their 2 cents to this....
That is combined with the really crazy levels for video. You get 35% for images on crossing 2500 sales, however for video that number is 5000 sales?

WHY, does vid suddenly start selling more than images at the 30% level? Did some intern just dream up the numbers after a night out. Or did they want to share a very explicit middle finger to vid contributors (you'll never get above 30% HAR HAR)

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U11


« Reply #160 on: June 14, 2020, 11:45 »
+11
our previous revolts against Fotolia and Istock/Getty changed nothing

but I disabled my port on SS today as a sign of solidarity and support of the right cause

Shelma1

« Reply #161 on: June 14, 2020, 11:56 »
+17
Dollar Photo Club died and iStock shrunk substantially. How this changed nothing I dont know.

U11


« Reply #162 on: June 14, 2020, 12:22 »
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Dollar Photo Club died and iStock shrunk substantially. How this changed nothing I dont know.
but both still selling pictures for peanuts,
% contributor gets is low, 
 it is much harder to remove/disable your pictures there - watch SS removing the option in near future

first we killed traditional stock business, now "uber economy" is killing microstock for us
we just need to move out and let people who appreciate 10 cents earnings enjoy their ride
« Last Edit: June 14, 2020, 12:25 by U11 »

« Reply #163 on: June 14, 2020, 12:36 »
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We also stopped Hyperstock earlier this year.

The producers control the content and are very rational, agencies that pay badly get little content.

« Reply #164 on: June 14, 2020, 12:45 »
+16
I just disabled my video port en preparation for D Day (2250 videos with 25000$ sales).
My tiny images port (80 images only) was disabled on 1st June.

« Reply #165 on: June 14, 2020, 13:06 »
+14
My images portfolio is gone, near 5000 images

good luck

« Reply #166 on: June 14, 2020, 13:30 »
+10
ONE REQUEST

go through the twitter hashtags with #shutterstock #BoycottShutterstock #nolongeratshutterstock and like (heart) all the posts that support the movement. Liking it exponentially increases the reach. Retweet also if you can. Lets be heard tomorrow

Bonus tip, tag key news providers in your country

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« Reply #167 on: June 14, 2020, 14:53 »
+15
My impassioned yet most likely ineffectual letter to the folks at Shutterstock:


I am disabling my account for the following reasons:

- The new 'stick and carrot' tier system that is basically a pyramid scheme to get contributors to work harder for less.

- The recent addition of 4K video subscriptions, which highly undervalue content that customers would literally have to spend thousands of dollars to create themselves (per clip). The payouts on these clips will never be made up for by volume and do nothing but lower the bar for the entire industry and reinforce the customer expectation that they deserve the closest thing they can get to free content.

- The apparent shareholder gains that clearly resulted in the recent earnings structure change.

- All of this either being introduced/maintained during one of the worst times of financial hardship most people have seen since 2008.

As a video contributor I have to stress how much I disagree with the new video subscription packages.

 I understand some customers need quick and easy content, and I might be willing to entertain the sale of my content for low res web use at SD quality for such small amounts. However, for 4K or HD video, I feel that this is still high demand/quality content that needs to be labelled as such. I would be open to a sale price drop to increase competitiveness and overall volume as long as the net revenue went up but I think this new subscription plan is lowering the bar to an unacceptable degree.There is no way that any increase in volume will make up for the decrease in return per download.

Furthermore, Shutterstock is well aware most contributors sell much less video than photo, and that video yields a much higher profit per download than photo. The new tier system affects video earnings for contributors in a much more significant way. The new changes purport to provide incentives for contributors to produce better content, but I can't see how there is an incentive if most contributors, even with a reasonable amount of effort, will end up losing out on the average annual commission percentage, even if they do make it to 30%. The losses are even more pronounced when you take in account investment into high end photo equipment, models, lighting, and other expenses to create a quality video/photo.

What I would hope for is an end to the annual reset, the abolishment of 4K video subs in place of a lowered price option for large clip packs that result in a increased profit for both a parties, and increased focus on valid customer usage of content.

You guys need to realize that just because you are the biggest game in town doesn't mean every single person is going to go along with your method to up your shareholder's stock. Yes, Shutterstock helped people earn a supplemental income, or even create a living, but the company would be nothing without the efforts of those that put in work to make it what it is. Just remember that.

Regards,

Adam Melnyk.

« Reply #168 on: June 14, 2020, 15:36 »
+15
I have disabled all my images this morning. has been too frustrating to see all the 10 cent sales recently.

I do not know how to run this business without SS - but I will try now :-)

« Reply #169 on: June 14, 2020, 15:46 »
+1
@brasilnut - well done!

« Reply #170 on: June 14, 2020, 15:53 »
+2
My impassioned yet most likely ineffectual letter to the folks at Shutterstock:


I am disabling my account for the following reasons:

- The new 'stick and carrot' tier system that is basically a pyramid scheme to get contributors to work harder for less.

- The recent addition of 4K video subscriptions, which highly undervalue content that customers would literally have to spend thousands of dollars to create themselves (per clip). The payouts on these clips will never be made up for by volume and do nothing but lower the bar for the entire industry and reinforce the customer expectation that they deserve the closest thing they can get to free content.

- The apparent shareholder gains that clearly resulted in the recent earnings structure change.

- All of this either being introduced/maintained during one of the worst times of financial hardship most people have seen since 2008.

As a video contributor I have to stress how much I disagree with the new video subscription packages.

 I understand some customers need quick and easy content, and I might be willing to entertain the sale of my content for low res web use at SD quality for such small amounts. However, for 4K or HD video, I feel that this is still high demand/quality content that needs to be labelled as such. I would be open to a sale price drop to increase competitiveness and overall volume as long as the net revenue went up but I think this new subscription plan is lowering the bar to an unacceptable degree.There is no way that any increase in volume will make up for the decrease in return per download.

Furthermore, Shutterstock is well aware most contributors sell much less video than photo, and that video yields a much higher profit per download than photo. The new tier system affects video earnings for contributors in a much more significant way. The new changes purport to provide incentives for contributors to produce better content, but I can't see how there is an incentive if most contributors, even with a reasonable amount of effort, will end up losing out on the average annual commission percentage, even if they do make it to 30%. The losses are even more pronounced when you take in account investment into high end photo equipment, models, lighting, and other expenses to create a quality video/photo.

What I would hope for is an end to the annual reset, the abolishment of 4K video subs in place of a lowered price option for large clip packs that result in a increased profit for both a parties, and increased focus on valid customer usage of content.

You guys need to realize that just because you are the biggest game in town doesn't mean every single person is going to go along with your method to up your shareholder's stock. Yes, Shutterstock helped people earn a supplemental income, or even create a living, but the company would be nothing without the efforts of those that put in work to make it what it is. Just remember that.

Regards,

Adam Melnyk.

« Reply #171 on: June 14, 2020, 15:55 »
+13
I disabled my portfolio last week, maybe even forever. I was already disappointed with majority of subscription sales lately, so looking at 10 cents just helped me to get out of misery, it's relief in some way. My port is not too big, around 1500 images. I am very curious how many images will disappear these days.

« Reply #172 on: June 14, 2020, 16:10 »
+14
5600+ images disabled.  :D

« Reply #173 on: June 14, 2020, 16:14 »
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I've disable my portfolio. 4. level 4500  image and 2. level 750 video.

All off closed! And I will never upload again.

« Reply #174 on: June 14, 2020, 16:53 »
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Done for the second time (it's the 15th here)! My portfolio is very small so won't make much difference to them but it makes me feel better. I had disabled at the start of the month and changed it back to make a change that Jo Ann had suggested (put all images into one catalogue) and couldn't disable again. It worked today! I also completed their survey before disabling.

For all of you that actually earn a lot of money at SS I hope they will realise they have made a mistake as everyone votes with their disabling finger. Good luck!


 

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