So June is over and its time for a real statistic. How did I do it? I took all downloads and restated them with what the old earnings scheme would have brought. This eliminates the possible bias of changed RPDs or fluctuation of DL numbers. It simply says how much would I have earned in the old system and how much did I get in the new system - plain and simple.
I am currently on level 4 for stills and on level 1 for video since I only just started to upload videos from time to time (didn't upload anything from May 26th). Life time earnings are below 3.000$ since I began late after giving up iStock exclusivity. So my sub payment used to be 0,33$ and there was not a fall as steep as from 0,38$.
For stills my loss of income is 17% and for video it is 50%. In total the loss is 29%.
Very interesting are also as-if-models for January. My loss will then be 52% with Level 1 applied and 42% with level 2 applied. Since even with Level 4 I make a substantial loss plus the loss until reaching level 4 in the beginning of each year I see no motivation to further upload and will decide EOY whether to disable my whole port. I didn't model what my loss would have been with Level 5 (because we can't without figures for the original price for sub DLs) but I can't imagine that the 17% gap for stills would be closed with 35% instead of 30% seeing masses of 0,10$ downloads. And Level 5 suppliers surely had higher life time earnings and thus higher old scheme earnings than me.
I am 100% sure that Shutterstock did a complete restatement of last years payouts with the new scheme and came up with a huge profit when even Level 5 sellers struggle to keep their earnings. But they surely won't share.