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lonndubh

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  1. Indeed. According to recent figures I saw the number of SS subscribers has jumped massively in recent quarters - which is where the contributor problem lies - and coupled with the new payment structure that is all one is seeing now, 10 cents an image. You would need about 5-10 on demand sales a week for it to be worth uploading new files. Unless of course you are uploading thousands of files which possibly means you don't care. I don't know enough about the market to be honest but you are right - that section of the page has changed greatly.
  2. POD ? Forgive my ignorance, what does that stand for?
  3. You ask is it worth leaving yet you continue to upload???? Why upload if you are so unhappy?
  4. Well said. The transformation is difficult to understand but as you say at this rate one is being forced to go and pull images rather than risk lost sales elsewhere.
  5. Thanks for sharing. There is only one conclusion to be drawn. If people keep uploading this dire situation / income decrease will continue. The more supply on subscription websites the worse for everyone. Nearly all image sales now are for ten cents so there is little more to be said. Everyone has to do what he or she feels is the best.Without single and OD sales I see it as a waste of time.
  6. Zilch, because levels doesn't work the way it was suggested it would. Practically everything is ten cents now.
  7. Correct! I can understand video submissions but further image uploads makes no sense given the lack of OD sales. If things change but until then....☹️
  8. Judging by initial 2021 Sales the whole new set up is close to a debacle from a contributor's point of view. It's hard to understand why anyone would continue to upload images when there are only going to be ten cents sales. The only encouragement to upload again is if there is hope of Single or OD sales. If I see that happen I may respond but if it is just going to be subscription sales it's utterly pointless. Continuing to upload is not worth the effort and just encourages all agencies in their downward spiral. I wish I could be more positive but it has become ridiculous. It's a shame really
  9. That is awful! If On demand drops that low then what's the point of it at all?
  10. Yes bitter indeed. The only options are take it or leave. It's that simple.
  11. Congratulations and a Happy New Year! Try and ignore the fact that they have demoted you 24 hours later! Or....
  12. And I respectfully disagree with you. Free platforms have been a disaster for the industry and lower contributor share is SS's reaction to the threat. It's not just that freebie sites have facilitated a race downwards in terms of payment for work it is also the fact that they contain an immense amount of below par photos. To make it worse these photos meet a need for outlets that are cash-strapped though well-off organisations and individuals also mercilessly use them. I recently looked at book covers used from such platforms and couldn't believe how bad, non-descript and dull they were.
  13. I don't want the info at all. The term "it will be interesting to see" wasn't meant literally. I was simply wondering aloud whether the combination of a Level reset plus a drift to subscription Sales only will make people move their image files elsewhere.I think video is somewhat different even if low returns are starting there too.
  14. I hit level 4 two months ago though I only offer images. It was a completely worthless, useless and frustrating change. It made little difference to my progress here. If SS can't sometimes sell our photos as worthwhile single sales then the whole new level setup is a farce.I actually don't care if they set us back to Level 1, with all sales now being low subscriptions there is absolutely no incentive to try and climb in the course of 2021.
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