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  1. yeah. pretty dismal. the only reason I keep going (not deleting my port) is that the work is done. all the time, energy already put in. so what do I gain by deleting? some "retaliation" maybe? yeah. I suppose that would feel good for a few days. but though very, very slowly it still brings in a few bucks. which in a few years adds up to a new lens : ). hopefully! but every time I see the 10 cents and I know that SS pocketed at least 1.5 or more on my 10 cents!! it hurts my pride and self esteem for sure. infuriating indeed.
  2. sorry to hear that. my April average is 40 cents now! time for bragging? : ). I managed to buy the Affinity software. I like it. pretty powerful. but there is a lot to learn. it does a lot.
  3. thanks Awana, this never occured to me, that they only report US buyers. though possible.
  4. hey Wilm, that $1 average sounds great! good for you. I hope it holds for you. mine for March is only 35 cents. not too cool. now! sorry about the off topic question, but do you or others also find that Shutterstock's tax report PFD is totally out to lunch? for me for 2020 (also for earlier years) it shows a signinicantly smaller Gross Income in Box 2 than what I actually made? about just 1/3. how do I interpret this? I think I manually added up my monthly income for my tax return last year and used that, ignoring SS' number. But I am just trying to figure out the "pattern" here. Thanks!
  5. thanks for the response Wilm! yes! you are absolutely correct that the Affinity package (at a fraction of the price of the Adobe products) does an incredible job! I tried it for a month and was very impressed by it! and was willing to buy it too. however, for my specific purpose of creating "smart objects", it can only do it in a rather convoluted way and the result is not the same either. just a rather "poor" substitute. it doesn't do the trick for me. you see, I have many, many of these glass bus shelters, showing the end panel in perspective, which is perfect for advertising purposes.
  6. Level 2, RPD = 0.49. but 95% of downloads are the 10 cent ones. pretty annoying. what can I tell you. but volume started to pick up a bit toward the end of February. another thing, and sorry, "slightly" off topic : ). but am I mistaken, almost as if I had read somewhere in the forum that over at AS if you sell enough there, they give you free use of Lightroom or Photoshop (for some period)? or I was dreaming (again)? wouldn't be the first time : ). thanks for any insight on this one.
  7. thank you Creatus. I kinda' suspected that, but wanted to hear it black and white. my last 30 sales were all 10 cents but one at $1.30 and 3 others at the 40-50 cent range. not pretty for sure. but then again, iS is not any better and at Adove very few sales for me this year. DT doesn't even scratch the level to be mentioned. a handful of 33 and 38 cent sales this year. great! I can wait a year or two to cash out on that one.
  8. not from their perspective. I believe on the photo sale that you get 10 cents, SS pockets $1.40-ish. I could be wrong though. my 10 cent sales went up quite a lot at the end of January, early February. dunno why. unless the algorhitm puts those to the top that make 10 cents!? better business to SS! unfortunately it's more annoying than positive to me. my question is, did any of you notice any increase in your price/photo after you went up to tier 2 (3, 4...etc). I'm 5 downloads short to tier 2. I have not uploaded for the past 5 months or so. just can't bring myself to: a, be rejected by a s
  9. 7 downloads today, 70 cents! wow, wow, wow! I am excited, thrilled, ecstatic.... : ). opening a new bank account in fact! don't want to put all my eggs in one basket : ).
  10. great indeed. for the company. these 10 cents rolling in (knowing that 98% of the price goes to SS) is just killing me. there is a low, but this is the low of the low of the low! disgusting, unspeakable, total slavery. we must be crazy to be still here. O.K. I stop now : ). sorry.
  11. Thanks Tony. I tried them 4 times so far at various sites even with blurring the yellow (Asics as it turns out) shoes, no dice. I think when it comes to shoes and it has some curving shaped stripe on the outside, people just shy away from it cuz they instantaneously associate it with the Nike brand and figure: I don't know what that is, but if Nike is "picky" about their logo, it's safer to reject this. No harm (to them) to do so and surely safer. Sc...w it. I will survive without another mighty 10 cents!
  12. Thanks Charles and Sari. whatever brand it is, my issue is with the design and if it is such a strong characteristic that it unmistakably identifies the brand. if not, than rejecting it is like rejecting photos with cars (no logos or brand identification marks) just based on strong familiar shapes like a VW bug, etc. which I do know is protected by some special trademark registration or something. so it's not a good example. but I just quoted it as reference. based on simply shape I don't think it's right to reject it. it is not the main motive in the photo, though I admit it stands out becaus
  13. speaking of rejections (legit or bogus). let me try to pick your brain fellow SS sufferers. on the attached clip (I am not talking about quality or sharpness or noise or.... none of that), strictly from the guy's shoe point of view! are those decorative brown stripes on the shoe considered some sort of a logo or representation of brand? it's clearly not like the much recognizable NIKE swoosh! it got rejected by two sites for "visible trademark". I don't know. I always thought those were just design elements. Tx.
  14. Will, unless these are extremely important photos to you to get them through, I wouldn't waste much time with them. I have had about 260 photos here for a couple of years now about Budapest. many about the Fisherman's bastion, the Parliament, the Matthias church, etc. some (I am not trying to brag here!) of them are decent images. I have similar images to yours as well, perhaps in a bit more favourable lighting. and I can count on one hand how many ever sold (for 25 cents during the "good old days"). actually from the 260 only 62 were downloaded and brought in a total of $18 : ). so unless I a
  15. You have a "quality port" (so does Wilm!). That makes a difference.
  16. Thx George. As they say: no pain, no gain. Maybe I will apply that philosophy here too. Besides, the sale of that photo at other sites outweigh the sale of it at SS. I am sure it will not just vanish into nothing overnight. It may even result more or better sales at these other sites!? Good bye 10 cent sales : ).
  17. I wouldn't characterise it as "unpopular opinion" : ). Congrats, great for you. Only that most experiences noted here are those about the poor sales.You and Steve are the exceptions. Wee need all the positive reports here too if there are any (many) to see the plus side. Not just the doom.
  18. I can't help but wondering! I have one (maybe more) photo(s) that gets downloaded at several micro site and I suspect that some of those come from google search, now! I get around a Buck per download for it at AS, some 80+ cents at iS, also 95 cents at DT on average. but only around 50 cents here at SS and most of those were downloads from back in the "good old days" and obviously every new 10 cent sale brings that further down. Now, I wouldn't mind deleting it here (the 10 cents reason), but I can't decide if I am shooting myself in the foot by doing so in a manner of speaking? because it mig
  19. that's a simple enough math George, a 10 cent is a 10 cent. not very attractive no mather where you look at it from. perhaps I will do the same, i.e.: delete a few better selling images that also sell either at AS or iS. missing out on a few 10 cents is not a huge loss. tx. for the tip. food for thought. and good luck to you at AS!
  20. True. I am not holding my breath. What I am noticing though, and it may not have anything to do with SS (or it may?), but DL numbers (and views) picked up quite a bit at iS. I don't mind. Every bit helps.
  21. I had this little "income" precisely a year ago in July 2019. but with half the of PF size back then and half the number of downloads. it say is all. not pretty for sure.
  22. "I have had numerous sales of my famous 'Cow and Gate' picture through Ad*be for over 70c a time when I was only getting 10c a time here." that sounds like a 7 times more reasonable rate! Lucky for you that the Adobe sales compensate for the loss at SS. Not sure if AS has a similar tier (now called level) system, but mostly I seem to get only the 33 cent sales there lately and that won't lift my spirit much either. Especially that not too many even of those. SS still wins the "volume game" hands down (for me), only at a miserable, laughable, disguasting rate. Though at AS my average is 77
  23. Congrats Steve : )! Nice numbers. My downloads are about at 60% of the last few already slow months and money-wise less than 1/2. Quite discouraging. But even worse at AD and DT. Almost zero there. The only site that has decent action for me us iS. And it is surprisingly strong. go figure! It's like a quiet sleeper agent : ). Just plugging away quietly in the background. Could be one of the gainers from the "upload revolt" at SS?
  24. Yeah, it's probably just the "circumstances" of the buyer. Every so often I also get a sale of a photo that sold for 10 cents yesterday, and suddenly goes for $2.67 today. Go figure. The biggest surprise for me came yesterday at another micro site, where a somewhat popular subject that usually fetches 6 or 7 cents there, suddenly sells for $38. Pleasant surprise. Bring these sales on : ). I won't mind.
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