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SpaceStockFootage

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« on: November 09, 2022, 17:54 »
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A thread for all your positive SS news and big-ish sales! I'll start... after a pretty poor summer, sales are back up to around the $200/$300 a month mark (I only have 292 videos there), and here's a pretty decent one from the end of October.


« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2022, 18:22 »
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A very cool SS how well he sells.

Here are some sells from few days ago... 
« Last Edit: November 09, 2022, 18:26 by Pacesetter »

« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2022, 23:48 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!
« Last Edit: November 10, 2022, 00:14 by Pacesetter »

« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2022, 00:53 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!

What??? ... WOW this is huge...

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2022, 01:32 »
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That's a whopper!

« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2022, 02:10 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!


Congrats on that one! Great!

« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2022, 03:31 »
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I had a big sale at the beginning of the month. There will probably be a little more money this month than last. Happy for those from whom they buy.

« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2022, 03:31 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!
Did you buy a photo or a video?

« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2022, 04:07 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!
Did you buy a photo or a video?

No. I sold a photo or a video. In this case it was a video.

« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2022, 04:43 »
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807$ !!!  :o
I dont remember such commissions on the SS, something new, hmm.

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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2022, 05:28 »
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807$ !!!  :o
I dont remember such commissions on the SS, something new, hmm.

Just to clarify, as you often seem to add two and two together and get... I dunno... skateboards?! The something that is new here is you hearing of a sale as high as $807... what's not new is somebody getting a sale as high as $807. Sounds like a trivial difference, but it's actually very important.

« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2022, 05:44 »
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Here are my sales from a few days ago...

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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2022, 07:11 »
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Largest clip sale I've ever had on SS.

« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2022, 08:04 »
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807$ !!!  :o
I dont remember such commissions on the SS, something new, hmm.

Just to clarify, as you often seem to add two and two together and get... I dunno... skateboards?! The something that is new here is you hearing of a sale as high as $807... what's not new is somebody getting a sale as high as $807. Sounds like a trivial difference, but it's actually very important.
I can count, I can write.
Where, when and from whom did you see a $800 video being sold? How many examples can you give?
I write honestly and openly. And you are trying to troll.

« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2022, 08:26 »
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Just 2 days ago a simple sand ground sold for $18,59 - liked that one :-)

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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2022, 09:27 »
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I can give more than one, and more than one is all that is required to illustrate that such commissions on the SS are not new. You can count and you can write, that's not in question... what you seem to have issue with is interpreting what you read and what you have experienced. While there's nothing wrong with that per se... when people explain it to you you choose to ignore them, assume they're making stuff up, or decide that multiple instances of things happening to several contributors, is somehow less important than what's happening to you, an individual.

« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2022, 10:00 »
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I have a 30% down this year in SS but to be honest I can't say that the things are going so bad, some medium sales happens day by day


« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2022, 10:12 »
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I can give more than one
I'm waiting for a link. Or are you a liar!

« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2022, 10:46 »
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I can give more than one
I'm waiting for a link. Or are you a liar!
Someone's education has definitely failed - throwing around accusations and insults like 'liar' should actually be enough for a ban, shouldn't it?

Have a nice [email protected]

« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2022, 10:47 »
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Sry - double post

« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2022, 11:05 »
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I can give more than one
I'm waiting for a link. Or are you a liar!
Someone's education has definitely failed - throwing around accusations and insults like 'liar' should actually be enough for a ban, shouldn't it?

Have a nice [email protected]
I can't answer your question, because I don't know the answer to it. However, I am surprised that trolls are not banned on this forum.

« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2022, 12:07 »
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I can give more than one
I'm waiting for a link. Or are you a liar!
Someone's education has definitely failed - throwing around accusations and insults like 'liar' should actually be enough for a ban, shouldn't it?

Have a nice [email protected]

Michael, I wouldn't take that too seriously.
If the only person here, who apparently has all day time to flood the forum with contributions, receives zero approval for it and then calls all others trolls - that speaks volumes.
Annoying just a bit to read here. Is at the moment somehow groundhog day here: stoker2014, stoker2014 .....  ;)

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« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2022, 12:32 »
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These are all from Blackbox, but as SS is the only place that does licenses that high, then they may as well be screenshots of SS earnings... but just 15% higher. Will that do you? Now, if you could just provide proof that SS gave you sales due to you emailing them, that everybody you've spoken to has experienced a massive drop in earnings, that SS are stealing etc etc... to demonstrate you're not a liar... that would be much appreciated.

« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2022, 13:07 »
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Michael, I wouldn't take that too seriously.
If the only person here, who apparently has all day time to flood the forum with contributions, receives zero approval for it and then calls all others trolls - that speaks volumes.
Annoying just a bit to read here. Is at the moment somehow groundhog day here: stoker2014, stoker2014 .....  ;)
Don't worry - I've probably been out of the age where this upsets me for a while :-)
It's more like an annoying squeak under the shoe and somehow also amusing.

« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2022, 13:15 »
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These are all from Blackbox, but as SS is the only place that does licenses that high, then they may as well be screenshots of SS earnings... but just 15% higher. Will that do you?
No. This is a juggling of some facts. Such licenses are on the Getty for example. And most likely it was sold to the Getty or Alami.
I have to add you to ignore, because. you write flood, troll and write lies.

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« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2022, 14:13 »
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These are all from Blackbox, but as SS is the only place that does licenses that high, then they may as well be screenshots of SS earnings... but just 15% higher. Will that do you?
No. This is a juggling of some facts. Such licenses are on the Getty for example. And most likely it was sold to the Getty or Alami.
I have to add you to ignore, because. you write flood, troll and write lies.

Try again Blackbox dont submit to Getty or Alamy!
« Last Edit: November 10, 2022, 14:15 by SpaceStockFootage »

« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2022, 14:47 »
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These are all from Blackbox, but as SS is the only place that does licenses that high, then they may as well be screenshots of SS earnings... but just 15% higher. Will that do you?
No. This is a juggling of some facts. Such licenses are on the Getty for example. And most likely it was sold to the Getty or Alami.
I have to add you to ignore, because. you write flood, troll and write lies.

Try again Blackbox dont submit to Getty or Alamy!


« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2022, 17:10 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!

My biggest sale was $300. You're one lucky duck :D

« Reply #28 on: November 11, 2022, 07:57 »
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These are all from Blackbox, but as SS is the only place that does licenses that high, then they may as well be screenshots of SS earnings... but just 15% higher. Will that do you?
No. This is a juggling of some facts. Such licenses are on the Getty for example. And most likely it was sold to the Getty or Alami.
I have to add you to ignore, because. you write flood, troll and write lies.

Try again Blackbox dont submit to Getty or Alamy!

Stoker makes up his own truth and facts, don't bother.

« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2022, 20:00 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!

Whoah, indeed! Super well done, Pace!
« Last Edit: November 11, 2022, 23:30 by Annie2022 »

« Reply #30 on: November 11, 2022, 23:56 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!

Whoah, indeed! Super well done, Pace!

Thanks Annie, and great to see you drop in the forum again! 

« Reply #31 on: November 12, 2022, 01:42 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!

Whoah, indeed! Super well done, Pace!

Thanks Annie, and great to see you drop in the forum again!

I told you, you had what it takes. ;) Nice to see it all come to fruition.

(My husband Nick has been sick. He woke up one morning with the lefthand side of his face paralysed. It was such a shock - he only recently turned 50yo. But fortunately it wasnt a stroke. He has Bells Palsy. Doc not sure what caused it. Perhaps long working hours and stress, but possibly a virus - or maybe even a reaction to vacc. He cant work as well as he used to, so I've been helping out. It may be permanent or just temporary, just have to wait and see. Anyway, sorry to digress, I just wanted to let you know why I might not be around much.

I have been checking in on the forum occasionally, mainly for updates on Adobe PNGs, and then I saw your sale and had to congratulate you. BTW, I hope you and family have recovered after all the flooding. )
« Last Edit: November 12, 2022, 02:52 by Annie2022 »

« Reply #32 on: November 12, 2022, 03:23 »
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These are all from Blackbox, but as SS is the only place that does licenses that high, then they may as well be screenshots of SS earnings... but just 15% higher. Will that do you? Now, if you could just provide proof that SS gave you sales due to you emailing them, that everybody you've spoken to has experienced a massive drop in earnings, that SS are stealing etc etc... to demonstrate you're not a liar... that would be much appreciated.
This is spectacular stuff, I've never even heard of a 1k+ sale. More power to people like you

« Reply #33 on: November 12, 2022, 04:09 »
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I told you, you had what it takes. ;) Nice to see it all come to fruition.

(My husband Nick has been sick. He woke up one morning with the lefthand side of his face paralysed. It was such a shock - he only recently turned 50yo. But fortunately it wasnt a stroke. He has Bells Palsy. Doc not sure what caused it. Perhaps long working hours and stress, but possibly a virus - or maybe even a reaction to vacc. He cant work as well as he used to, so I've been helping out. It may be permanent or just temporary, just have to wait and see. Anyway, sorry to digress, I just wanted to let you know why I might not be around much.

I have been checking in on the forum occasionally, mainly for updates on Adobe PNGs, and then I saw your sale and had to congratulate you. BTW, I hope you and family have recovered after all the flooding. )

Oh no. So sorry to hear this. Sending best wishes to you and your husband. I know another regular member of the forum have had Bells Palsy (don't want to out them, but they have spoken about it). I believe they made a good recovery, hoping the same thing for your husband.

« Reply #34 on: November 12, 2022, 07:57 »
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I told you, you had what it takes. ;) Nice to see it all come to fruition.

(My husband Nick has been sick. He woke up one morning with the lefthand side of his face paralysed. It was such a shock - he only recently turned 50yo. But fortunately it wasnt a stroke. He has Bells Palsy. Doc not sure what caused it. Perhaps long working hours and stress, but possibly a virus - or maybe even a reaction to vacc. He cant work as well as he used to, so I've been helping out. It may be permanent or just temporary, just have to wait and see. Anyway, sorry to digress, I just wanted to let you know why I might not be around much.

I have been checking in on the forum occasionally, mainly for updates on Adobe PNGs, and then I saw your sale and had to congratulate you. BTW, I hope you and family have recovered after all the flooding. )

Oh no. So sorry to hear this. Sending best wishes to you and your husband. I know another regular member of the forum have had Bells Palsy (don't want to out them, but they have spoken about it). I believe they made a good recovery, hoping the same thing for your husband.

Oh, thank you so much for your kind words! Its been such a worry. Its good to have some hope.

..

And I just want to say, for any disbelievers, I have seen another video commission from SS as large as Pace's. It was a little while ago and from another fellow Aussie for a top notch drone video. He showed it to me at the time and thought it was a mistake. lol. But it wasn't. I am guessing these will appear in some movie or big ad campaign or similar.

And also, I want to congratulate the person who named this thread. LOL. It took me awhile to work it out until I saw the original reference in the other thread.  ;D

Anyway, thanks guys. wishing you all a good weekend.

« Reply #35 on: November 12, 2022, 11:58 »
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Annie, I echo what Pacesetter said: Nice to hear from you again!

I wish your husband and you all the best and especially a speedy recovery.

Greetings to you down under!
« Last Edit: November 12, 2022, 13:15 by Wilm »

« Reply #36 on: November 12, 2022, 14:08 »
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And I just want to say, for any disbelievers, I have seen another video commission from SS as large as Pace's.
To believe or not to believe is a personal matter, as in religion, the church. But a link to a screenshot of the income from the SS would be the best confirmation.
But all this is not very important, it is enough that we saw at least one screenshot in this thread. Previously, such income was only on the getty, but now the unprofitable SS has shown such income. All this is extremely strange and not fair. Most of the creators suffer from a lack of sales, and someone gets $ 800 for one video. SS breaks another bottom!


« Reply #37 on: November 12, 2022, 14:09 »
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Great to see your return Annie

I had a similar incident - i woke up one morning and couldn't use my right hand. Scary.  my case was eventually diagnosed as a deposit on cervical vertebrate that pinched the nerve. i eventually was able to get much use restored as the nerve slowly regenerated but still have weak thumb/index finger and intermittent tremor which makes photography more interesting. it's now more of any annoyance than a handicap

« Reply #38 on: November 12, 2022, 15:07 »
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All this is extremely strange and not fair.
Most of the creators suffer from a lack of sales, and someone gets $ 800 for one video. SS breaks another bottom!

No, this is a new low for you!

Instead of appreciating the fact that Pace hit the bullseye due to his skills and understanding of the customer demands, instead of appreciating that SS did a great job negociating a high sale price with its customer, you consider these achievements unfair.  ::)
Maybe you expect SS to take money away from what Pace earned fair and square, and redistribute it in the name of some marxist "fairness"?  ::)

Or it's just plain envy for someone's success?
« Last Edit: November 12, 2022, 16:38 by Zero Talent »

« Reply #39 on: November 12, 2022, 18:52 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!

Whoah, indeed! Super well done, Pace!

Thanks Annie, and great to see you drop in the forum again!

I told you, you had what it takes. ;) Nice to see it all come to fruition.

(My husband Nick has been sick. He woke up one morning with the lefthand side of his face paralysed. It was such a shock - he only recently turned 50yo. But fortunately it wasnt a stroke. He has Bells Palsy. Doc not sure what caused it. Perhaps long working hours and stress, but possibly a virus - or maybe even a reaction to vacc. He cant work as well as he used to, so I've been helping out. It may be permanent or just temporary, just have to wait and see. Anyway, sorry to digress, I just wanted to let you know why I might not be around much.

I have been checking in on the forum occasionally, mainly for updates on Adobe PNGs, and then I saw your sale and had to congratulate you. BTW, I hope you and family have recovered after all the flooding. )

Annie, sorry to hear your husband is sick with this... I've never heard of this condition before! Totally understandable why you can't be around much. I join other forum members above to wish you and your husband the very best during this time. Our health definitely takes a priority post-50 years. I turned 52 in September.

My family just sold the house at East Hills where they had some four to five floods just this year 2022 and moved further out South West of Sydney. The home was owned by my dad since the mid-1950s so was very strange to see it go but there were just too many floods along the Georges River where the house and yard extending to the river was and they got tired of it. 

And have to laugh at your realization of the title of this thread hahaha. ;D I thought it was good too.   

« Reply #40 on: November 12, 2022, 22:19 »
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And I just want to say, for any disbelievers, I have seen another video commission from SS as large as Pace's.
To believe or not to believe is a personal matter, as in religion, the church. But a link to a screenshot of the income from the SS would be the best confirmation.
But all this is not very important, it is enough that we saw at least one screenshot in this thread. Previously, such income was only on the getty, but now the unprofitable SS has shown such income. All this is extremely strange and not fair. Most of the creators suffer from a lack of sales, and someone gets $ 800 for one video. SS breaks another bottom!

Have you seen Pace's port? I am guessing not, otherwise you wouldn't be saying things like this.

Same as the other guy I mentioned above, who is a filmmaker, has an IMBD bio, has his own production company, years of experience and expertise, and sells some of his surplus work on stock agencies.

I have tried duplicating the quality of some of these drone videos, (Zero Talent's videos included), and it takes top quality equipment, expert drone mastery, and great editing. Its very hard to do. That's why I am in awe of these guys.

Times have changed in the stock imagery industry. Mediocre and below quality work just doesn't cut it anymore to consistently earn the big dollars.
« Last Edit: November 14, 2022, 18:46 by Annie2022 »

« Reply #41 on: November 12, 2022, 22:29 »
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Whoah.... I mean WHOAH!!!

Whoah, indeed! Super well done, Pace!

Thanks Annie, and great to see you drop in the forum again!

I told you, you had what it takes. ;) Nice to see it all come to fruition.

(My husband Nick has been sick. He woke up one morning with the lefthand side of his face paralysed. It was such a shock - he only recently turned 50yo. But fortunately it wasnt a stroke. He has Bells Palsy. Doc not sure what caused it. Perhaps long working hours and stress, but possibly a virus - or maybe even a reaction to vacc. He cant work as well as he used to, so I've been helping out. It may be permanent or just temporary, just have to wait and see. Anyway, sorry to digress, I just wanted to let you know why I might not be around much.

I have been checking in on the forum occasionally, mainly for updates on Adobe PNGs, and then I saw your sale and had to congratulate you. BTW, I hope you and family have recovered after all the flooding. )

Annie, sorry to hear your husband is sick with this... I've never heard of this condition before! Totally understandable why you can't be around much. I join other forum members above to wish you and your husband the very best during this time. Our health definitely takes a priority post-50 years. I turned 52 in September.

My family just sold the house at East Hills where they had some four to five floods just this year 2022 and moved further out South West of Sydney. The home was owned by my dad since the mid-1950s so was very strange to see it go but there were just too many floods along the Georges River where the house and yard extending to the river was and they got tired of it. 

And have to laugh at your realization of the title of this thread hahaha. ;D I thought it was good too.   

hahaha (re the thread title)

What a shame about the family home. I am so sorry, Pace.

(Just had a quick peek of your port. Haven't looked at it for a while, and wow!)

...

To Wilm and Cascoly - thank you so much guys. All the very best to you too!

« Reply #42 on: November 13, 2022, 03:23 »
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Times have changed in the stock imagery industry. Mediocre and below quality work just doesn't cut it anymore to consistently earn the big dollars.
On SS yes, on other stocks no. On other stocks, you can continue to consistently earn money. But here its not even about the quality of the portfolio, I was just surprised by the amount for the video, which no one had seen on this forum before. We never knew there were commissions like this on SS. And even more so at a time when the income of the majority decreased by 2-3 times.
And I do not think that you are right in your conclusions. The stock industry initially does not imply professionalism, it is an amateur market. Prices for stock content are far from the prices for professional work.

« Reply #43 on: November 16, 2022, 16:15 »
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Today for the first time ever I had a 3 digit sale - those do exists :)

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« Reply #44 on: November 16, 2022, 23:29 »
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Nice! Not quite as impressive as yours, but the occasional decent sales still keep rolling in to help counter the $0.25 ones!


« Reply #45 on: November 17, 2022, 10:09 »
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Got a 3000$ sale yesterday, feels a bit over the top in terms of high sale, previous record was 600$ a couple of months back.

Any idea what kind of license is that?
editorial clip, not exclusive (the file is still live on site and on other sites as well and I was not asked to take it off).


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« Last Edit: November 17, 2022, 10:15 by BigBubba »

« Reply #46 on: November 17, 2022, 11:50 »
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Got a 3000$ sale yesterday, feels a bit over the top in terms of high sale, previous record was 600$ a couple of months back.

Any idea what kind of license is that?
editorial clip, not exclusive (the file is still live on site and on other sites as well and I was not asked to take it off).


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I've only ever had those sorts of figures as negotiated buyouts. Congrats.


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« Reply #47 on: November 17, 2022, 12:26 »
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Today for the first time ever I had a 3 digit sale - those do exists :)

Nice.

Also interesting is Council Bluffs likes some of my images too? It's a repeating location.

I had a sub to Wile E. Coyote yesterday Acme, United States $0.13 11/16/2022

Best of this month: Elk Grove, United States    $40.50    11/4/2022

« Reply #48 on: November 17, 2022, 14:13 »
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Got a 3000$ sale yesterday, feels a bit over the top in terms of high sale, previous record was 600$ a couple of months back.

Any idea what kind of license is that?
editorial clip, not exclusive (the file is still live on site and on other sites as well and I was not asked to take it off).


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I've only ever had those sorts of figures as negotiated buyouts. Congrats.
I had offers in the past for the same amount for a buyout and it made sense for that amount, but for a non exclusive this is certainly a great sum.

Thank you.


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« Reply #49 on: November 18, 2022, 05:41 »
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Got a 3000$ sale yesterday

Wow that's a great amount, congrats!
Really hard to imagine who would like to pay SS about 10.000 to have non exclusive clip, it's so high amount that it could be used for original production instead! Was your clip about an extremely rare subject?

« Reply #50 on: November 18, 2022, 08:21 »
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Got a 3000$ sale yesterday, feels a bit over the top in terms of high sale, previous record was 600$ a couple of months back.

You're lucky, lucky duck :D Congrats!

I, on the other hand, recently have only teeny tiny sales and none of big fat sales. But this is November, and for me November is always low in big fat sales...

Anyway... waiting for December to get what is mine :D

« Reply #51 on: November 18, 2022, 09:41 »
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Got a 3000$ sale yesterday

Wow that's a great amount, congrats!
Really hard to imagine who would like to pay SS about 10.000 to have non exclusive clip, it's so high amount that it could be used for original production instead! Was your clip about an extremely rare subject?
Thats what I dont get, they could easily get that shot for500-600$ by hiring someone to shoot it. Definitely not a rare subject, tons of similar options online. I was just lucky I guess.




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« Reply #52 on: November 18, 2022, 09:43 »
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Got a 3000$ sale yesterday, feels a bit over the top in terms of high sale, previous record was 600$ a couple of months back.

You're lucky, lucky duck :D Congrats!

I, on the other hand, recently have only teeny tiny sales and none of big fat sales. But this is November, and for me November is always low in big fat sales...

Anyway... waiting for December to get what is mine :D
Pure luck with that clip, tons of other options online. 


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« Reply #53 on: November 18, 2022, 09:43 »
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Congrats! But what a nightmare if you get that on the first of January... and after making however many thousands of dollars from one sale, you're still on Level 1!

« Reply #54 on: November 18, 2022, 10:19 »
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Thats what I dont get, they could easily get that shot for500-600$ by hiring someone to shoot it. Definitely not a rare subject, tons of similar options online. I was just lucky I guess.

So probably time was the main factor. If someone is in big rush, money plays secondary role :)

« Reply #55 on: November 18, 2022, 10:24 »
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Congrats! But what a nightmare if you get that on the first of January... and after making however many thousands of dollars from one sale, you're still on Level 1!
Not complaining but I think they will deduct 10% tax, it showed - in the location box and for me at least it means a sale in the U.S

Still, came in the right time, slow December is ahead and it will take me almost two months into 2023 to bounce back to level 4.

As this is a supportive post for SS I would like to take the opportunity to say that they always have been my number one earner (started uploading in 2014), my earnings at SS took a massive hit when covid started and then the new structure and reset, but they are still by far my best earners. I think the reset is a very good structure to support contributors that are deeply invested into a solid selling portfolio or for contributors that see it as a marathon and not as a random gig.
Reset is painful, subscription sales are painful and they dominate my sales chart, but I dont see any other way for anyone to survive these days paying 25$+ for HD or 60$+ 4K.  It was a hell of a ride as long as it lasted and Im thankful for SS for delivering nonstop sales for 6 years (up to 2020), I bow down to the power of the industry in this business and accept that theres no other way. I rather sell 30 clips totaling 30$ than a single 30$ sale, part of this is just the pride of knowing someone liked my work and actually will use it in his/her creation.

Sorry for the long reply.




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« Last Edit: November 18, 2022, 10:35 by BigBubba »

« Reply #56 on: November 18, 2022, 12:20 »
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Got a 3000$ sale yesterday, feels a bit over the top in terms of high sale, previous record was 600$ a couple of months back.

You're lucky, lucky duck :D
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.  ;)


« Reply #57 on: November 18, 2022, 13:30 »
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Congrats! But what a nightmare if you get that on the first of January... and after making however many thousands of dollars from one sale, you're still on Level 1!
i'd accept that nightmare any dream !

« Reply #58 on: November 18, 2022, 13:32 »
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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.  ;)
"chance favors the prepared mind" - Louis Pasteur

« Reply #59 on: November 18, 2022, 15:04 »
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Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.  ;)

A quote from Seneca, but it sounds like a Rule Of Acquisition. It should be a Rule Of Acquisition!

« Reply #60 on: November 18, 2022, 15:41 »
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Got a 3000$ sale yesterday, feels a bit over the top in terms of high sale, previous record was 600$ a couple of months back.

Any idea what kind of license is that?
editorial clip, not exclusive (the file is still live on site and on other sites as well and I was not asked to take it off).


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Hammer! Never read about an amount like this before!

« Reply #61 on: November 18, 2022, 23:20 »
+1
Congratulations on that big sale. It makes my 800 sale look like pocket change.  ;D

« Reply #62 on: November 19, 2022, 02:41 »
0

(My husband Nick has been sick. He woke up one morning with the lefthand side of his face paralysed. It was such a shock - he only recently turned 50yo. But fortunately it wasnt a stroke. He has Bells Palsy.

Annie, I am sorry to hear this. I really hope that this condition is temporary and that he can recover soon.

« Reply #63 on: November 19, 2022, 03:49 »
+5
... I think the reset is a very good structure to support contributors that are deeply invested into a solid selling portfolio or for contributors that see it as a marathon and not as a random gig...

Couldn't disagree more. If they actually wanted to motivate contributors with a similar scheme they could have had a rolling 12 month target (if you sold X number in the last 12 months you are on level Y). They could even work it so they are making the same amount on their end.

A January reset is just cruel and makes no sense. Does anyone feel extra motivated come January first, or demoralised and p*ssed off? I firmly believe they just didnt want to make the extra investment to implement the slightly more technically complex option.

« Reply #64 on: November 19, 2022, 07:28 »
+2
... I think the reset is a very good structure to support contributors that are deeply invested into a solid selling portfolio or for contributors that see it as a marathon and not as a random gig...

Couldn't disagree more. If they actually wanted to motivate contributors with a similar scheme they could have had a rolling 12 month target (if you sold X number in the last 12 months you are on level Y). They could even work it so they are making the same amount on their end.

A January reset is just cruel and makes no sense. Does anyone feel extra motivated come January first, or demoralised and p*ssed off? I firmly believe they just didnt want to make the extra investment to implement the slightly more technically complex option.

If a contributor has a good solid quality and diversified portfolio, the reset is almost meaningless. a new contributor or growing contributor who plans to be here for the long run, shoots quality, invest time in research and dig into the industry will take a hit for a year or two and will also reach the meaningless reset point as well (if the industry survives).

I wish the reset wasnt there and Im not scared of competition, I guide new contributors and still encourage people to join in, but the first thing I tell them is that if theyre not fully committed to obsessively invest time into it, they shouldnt bother opening an account (anywhere).

I definitely feel bad for small contributors with great portfolios, and there are many of them, great clips, very focused on a couple of subjects, but the limited market made the reset hurt them bad. Thats unfair, no doubt.

Im very into the long tail strategy and I think it pays off very well (even now with all the market changes, structures, SS bought P5) theres still solid income in this business.
Ive made my adjustments to the market and responded quickly but responsibly to any exciting news email and theres still good solid full time 1st world upper middle class money to make here every month and especially on Shutterstock!

Forget this 3000 sale, it took me nowhere in terms of BME, my numbers are down, this industry will keep smacking us in the head with exciting news emails, but Im already deep into this obsession, was lucky enough to join in 2014, and lucky enough to be able to shoot stock regularly (Im a videographer for a living and get great opportunities to legitimately shoot stock while Im out there). 

I feel bad for any fellow contributor that took a more dramatic hit from all these changes, people who relied on a steady predictable income which was possible until the new subs/structure/covid/reset daysbut come on, You cant ever trust an industry that you have zero control over. At my best of best months I never thought of doing just stock, I did it obsessively, I still do, but I will never let an algorithm dictated by a 20 year old trendy minded kid decide if there will be food on my table next month.

The only significant change is that I stopped and wont make any Stock trips abroad, they used to be 100% guaranteed in terms of at least 3X return on investment but I dont see them payoff these days. I take advantage of any free good opportunity that I get to shoot stock these days.

It will all die in the end, everything will be free, We have zero control over it, but theres still good money to make for established portfolios.

One last very important thing, most contributors are obsessed about how much they are getting per download and overlook the number of downloads and exposure. I know for a fact that some contributors are earning twice as much in this reset/cheap downloads era. They just get more exposure and downloads.

Im on the other side of the rope for now, less downloads and less income, but some old contributors are having a hell of a ride these days, and this is verified intel.



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« Last Edit: November 19, 2022, 07:53 by BigBubba »

« Reply #65 on: November 19, 2022, 08:44 »
+4
I find that attitude really odd. Why not advocate for better conditions from the agencies? They are constantly pushing for better conditions for their end (less money for us). The competition from other contributors will be there either way, even if we get a fairer deal, so it isn't about fearing competition.

I am definitely not at the level where the the reset is almost meaningless. It takes 25000 dls to reach level six which takes me several months (with my old content; the only stuff SS gets from me). If you shoot through the levels in month 1 I can understand not caring.

« Reply #66 on: November 19, 2022, 09:20 »
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I find that attitude really odd. Why not advocate for better conditions from the agencies? They are constantly pushing for better conditions for their end (less money for us). The competition from other contributors will be there either way, even if we get a fairer deal, so it isn't about fearing competition.

I am definitely not at the level where the the reset is almost meaningless. It takes 25000 dls to reach level six which takes me several months (with my old content; the only stuff SS gets from me). If you shoot through the levels in month 1 I can understand not caring.

Contributors are scattered and powerless, this industry is heading to free downloads, advocating is useless unfortunately.

Level 4 is where the effect of the reset stops,   If you hit level six at any point of the year, level 4 should take you two weeks into January, the reset have a minimal impact on you and once you reach level 5 youre actually making more %.


Thank you for this communication, I rarely write here but I always follow, read and learn from members.






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« Reply #67 on: November 19, 2022, 09:27 »
0

Contributors are scattered and powerless, this industry is heading to free downloads, advocating is useless unfortunately.


Well we don't have to be really organised. I am not talking about advocating with words but voting with our content. We can be scattered and still not upload where we are paid poorly. IMHO we just need to stop treating the agencies collectively as one income stream.

Otherwise the only break on pay will be when it becomes unsustainable overall. Uploading everything everywhere makes fair treatment absolutely pointless from an agencys perspective. They will get our work either way so why not race to be the one paying least and making most?

« Reply #68 on: November 19, 2022, 10:23 »
+1

Contributors are scattered and powerless, this industry is heading to free downloads, advocating is useless unfortunately.


Well we don't have to be really organised. I am not talking about advocating with words but voting with our content. We can be scattered and still not upload where we are paid poorly. IMHO we just need to stop


I admire your optimism and spirit.

Im treating it with the harshest realism I can find. I literally shoot stock these days memorizing you said youll keep doing it hardcore even if the crazy numbers will stop. (Hoping for better days).  I doubt if I will ever have a BME ever again anywhere but I know it is happening to others, and maybe it will flip back, no one knows and I have little hope for that to happen, but its an obsession, I shoot stock and it pays well even now.

I think the next step will be unlimited downloads across the board, same rates everywhere and possibly agencies will rent portfolios for a year ahead (a wider version of Adobes new model).





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« Reply #69 on: November 19, 2022, 11:56 »
+1

I admire your optimism and spirit.

Im treating it with the harshest realism I can find. I literally shoot stock these days memorizing you said youll keep doing it hardcore even if the crazy numbers will stop. (Hoping for better days).  I doubt if I will ever have a BME ever again anywhere but I know it is happening to others, and maybe it will flip back, no one knows and I have little hope for that to happen, but its an obsession, I shoot stock and it pays well even now.


I like your attitude, it is very uplifting :) Could you tell me how big is your footage portfolio?

« Reply #70 on: November 19, 2022, 12:07 »
0
...I doubt if I will ever have a BME ever again anywhere...

I guess the pessimism makes sense then. My BME overall was December 2021 (been uploading since 2006), hopefully I will beat it this December.

I also dont rely on video as much as you do I think, though I have some in my portfolio. Video RPD has been sliding quickly since the micros started taking it.

Wish you all the best with it.

« Reply #71 on: November 19, 2022, 12:42 »
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I admire your optimism and spirit.

Im treating it with the harshest realism I can find. I literally shoot stock these days memorizing you said youll keep doing it hardcore even if the crazy numbers will stop. (Hoping for better days).  I doubt if I will ever have a BME ever again anywhere but I know it is happening to others, and maybe it will flip back, no one knows and I have little hope for that to happen, but its an obsession, I shoot stock and it pays well even now.


I like your attitude, it is very uplifting :) Could you tell me how big is your footage portfolio?

15K+ clips.


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« Reply #72 on: November 19, 2022, 12:46 »
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...I doubt if I will ever have a BME ever again anywhere...

I guess the pessimism makes sense then. My BME overall was December 2021 (been uploading since 2006), hopefully I will beat it this December.

I also dont rely on video as much as you do I think, though I have some in my portfolio. Video RPD has been sliding quickly since the micros started taking it.

Wish you all the best with it.

Thank you for the conversation and insights.


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« Reply #73 on: November 19, 2022, 14:25 »
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(My husband Nick has been sick. He woke up one morning with the lefthand side of his face paralysed. It was such a shock - he only recently turned 50yo. But fortunately it wasnt a stroke. He has Bells Palsy.

Annie, I am sorry to hear this. I really hope that this condition is temporary and that he can recover soon.

Thanks sweetie. Very kind of you to reply. Hope everything is ok on KI. No storm damage or flooding. We're ok here, no damage.

« Reply #74 on: November 19, 2022, 14:35 »
+4
I find that attitude really odd. Why not advocate for better conditions from the agencies? They are constantly pushing for better conditions for their end (less money for us). The competition from other contributors will be there either way, even if we get a fairer deal, so it isn't about fearing competition.

I am definitely not at the level where the the reset is almost meaningless. It takes 25000 dls to reach level six which takes me several months (with my old content; the only stuff SS gets from me). If you shoot through the levels in month 1 I can understand not caring.

Yes, its a travesty.  I understand what BigBubba is saying, and yes, a lot of us here are usually on at least L4 by the end of January, but its Stan P's legacy to stop contributors from climbing up the levels. God forbid that we should all end up permanently on the top levels like when he first started. But even a month or two of lost income is still lost income.
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« Reply #75 on: November 19, 2022, 14:46 »
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Today for the first time ever I had a 3 digit sale - those do exists :)

Nice.

Also interesting is Council Bluffs likes some of my images too? It's a repeating location.

I had a sub to Wile E. Coyote yesterday Acme, United States $0.13 11/16/2022

Best of this month: Elk Grove, United States    $40.50    11/4/2022

Well done.
« Last Edit: November 19, 2022, 15:02 by Annie2022 »

« Reply #76 on: November 19, 2022, 22:12 »
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And I just want to say, for any disbelievers, I have seen another video commission from SS as large as Pace's.
To believe or not to believe is a personal matter, as in religion, the church. But a link to a screenshot of the income from the SS would be the best confirmation.
But all this is not very important, it is enough that we saw at least one screenshot in this thread. Previously, such income was only on the getty, but now the unprofitable SS has shown such income. All this is extremely strange and not fair. Most of the creators suffer from a lack of sales, and someone gets $ 800 for one video. SS breaks another bottom!

Have you seen Pace's port? I am guessing not, otherwise you wouldn't be saying things like this.

Same as the other guy I mentioned above, who is a filmmaker, has an IMBD bio, has his own production company, years of experience and expertise, and sells some of his surplus work on stock agencies.

I have tried duplicating the quality of some of these drone videos, (Zero Talent's videos included), and it takes top quality equipment, expert drone mastery, and great editing. Its very hard to do. That's why I am in awe of these guys.

Times have changed in the stock imagery industry. Mediocre and below quality work just doesn't cut it anymore to consistently earn the big dollars.

Thanks, Annie!
I would only want to add that when it comes to video editing, the most challenging and time-consuming activity, is not the shooting itself (that's a lot of fun, actually), nor the color grading. It's dealing with signs and billboards. In my experience, making a clip compatible with commercial requirements is significantly increasing its odds to attract big sales.

And all the best to Nick. Fast recovery!


« Reply #77 on: November 20, 2022, 04:51 »
+2
And I just want to say, for any disbelievers, I have seen another video commission from SS as large as Pace's.
To believe or not to believe is a personal matter, as in religion, the church. But a link to a screenshot of the income from the SS would be the best confirmation.
But all this is not very important, it is enough that we saw at least one screenshot in this thread. Previously, such income was only on the getty, but now the unprofitable SS has shown such income. All this is extremely strange and not fair. Most of the creators suffer from a lack of sales, and someone gets $ 800 for one video. SS breaks another bottom!

Have you seen Pace's port? I am guessing not, otherwise you wouldn't be saying things like this.

Same as the other guy I mentioned above, who is a filmmaker, has an IMBD bio, has his own production company, years of experience and expertise, and sells some of his surplus work on stock agencies.

I have tried duplicating the quality of some of these drone videos, (Zero Talent's videos included), and it takes top quality equipment, expert drone mastery, and great editing. Its very hard to do. That's why I am in awe of these guys.

Times have changed in the stock imagery industry. Mediocre and below quality work just doesn't cut it anymore to consistently earn the big dollars.

Thanks, Annie!
I would only want to add that when it comes to video editing, the most challenging and time-consuming activity, is not the shooting itself (that's a lot of fun, actually), nor the color grading. It's dealing with signs and billboards. In my experience, making a clip compatible with commercial requirements is significantly increasing its odds to attract big sales.

And all the best to Nick. Fast recovery!

Thanks Zero. I'm actually a bit blown away by all the kind thoughts and well wishes we received. Thanks again.

And yes! I forgot about all that extra work you do to remove trademarks, advertising, etc. As I said above, these types of royalties are typically for movies or big ad campaigns.

Removing trademarks or fixing blemishes in a moving video is painstaking work. Been there, done that. Not to be taken for granted.

« Last Edit: November 20, 2022, 05:05 by Annie2022 »

« Reply #78 on: November 21, 2022, 10:06 »
+1

(My husband Nick has been sick. He woke up one morning with the lefthand side of his face paralysed. It was such a shock - he only recently turned 50yo. But fortunately it wasnt a stroke. He has Bells Palsy.

Annie, I am sorry to hear this. I really hope that this condition is temporary and that he can recover soon.

Thanks sweetie. Very kind of you to reply. Hope everything is ok on KI. No storm damage or flooding. We're ok here, no damage.

Good to hear that you haven't had any storm damage. It's been a crazy year with so much rain. Like an extended winter. No storm damage locally on KI. I only recently discovered a new waterfall here which looked amazing after heavy rain fall. I photographed it the old fashioned way on medium format film with a twin lens reflex.

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« Reply #79 on: November 21, 2022, 21:47 »
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On a roll...

« Reply #80 on: November 22, 2022, 01:38 »
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On a roll...

Why not me  :(
But congrats to you.  :)

« Reply #81 on: November 22, 2022, 04:17 »
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Nice morning today :)
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« Reply #82 on: November 22, 2022, 15:59 »
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$72 for a photo SOD last week.


« Reply #83 on: November 22, 2022, 18:01 »
+4
I just got $140 from a sale, today.
But not for a clip! For a photo!  :o
This makes it my highest individual photo sale on SS.

« Reply #84 on: November 22, 2022, 19:54 »
+2
I just got $140 from a sale, today.
But not for a clip! For a photo!  :o
This makes it my highest individual photo sale on SS.

Well done!

Yes, the highest I have ever received for a photo SOD is $140 as well.

« Reply #85 on: November 23, 2022, 02:06 »
+1
Congratulations!

I can remember a beautiful day when I sold two photos for $125 each. But I did not have 140 yet.

« Reply #86 on: November 23, 2022, 02:18 »
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Last year i had a $170,--
It was a photo, it was a nice one :)


« Reply #87 on: November 25, 2022, 08:21 »
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I had a sub to Wile E. Coyote yesterday Acme, United States

Out of curiosity, did the image happen to be of a road runner?

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« Reply #88 on: November 25, 2022, 14:32 »
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I had a sub to Wile E. Coyote yesterday Acme, United States

Out of curiosity, did the image happen to be of a road runner?

I can't see anymore but it might have been this one?



or this?



I don't have any anvils, rockets, or explosives.


 

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