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Rudy Umans

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  1. sounds like other people answered your question already That the assets are frozen is a normal procedure with bankruptcies. I am sure there is a court appointed forensic accounting firm that needs time to figure things out and come up with accurate and independent financial statements so the court can proceed with the bankruptcy procedure. The bad news is, this might take a while and remember the government (taxes) and the court get paid before everybody else.
  2. Very sorry about all this Kerem. I wish I had a solution. I was confused I guess because it said that the card balance was frozen, but not the "virtual currency balance".
  3. Everything goes to your prepaid master card and not to your Virtual Currency Balance? Or is that card prepaid out of your virtual balance? Sorry, just trying to understand since I am not familiar with how Pioneer operates
  4. LOL. You beat me, I had about 16K before my "come back" and I have been posting a lot less since
  5. That's your prerogative I just wanted to remind the poster I replied to that without him, none of us would have been here in the first place, none of us would have had the opportunity to make a few dollars (while it lasted), and only a limited number would have had the chance to enter the image stock market that was in place before microstock to begin with. Some of the comments on his twitter account were just uncalled for and he lost it for a moment. So what? I probably would have reacted the same way as he did. We probably all would have if people push you long and hard enough. Just read these forums up to about a few months ago. That should tell you something. Regardless, calling somebody (bad) names is always uncalled for. That's all. Everybody else's opinion might differ. (wouldn't be the first time)
  6. He is the founder of SS. He alone introduced the subscription model that practically started the microstock industry that changed the image stock market forever (and then some). He created the microstock industry He is originally a programmer that wrote, and successfully marketed, a computer security program. He was also a hobbyist photographer. He put 2 and 2 together and Shutterstock was born and in less than 15 years took it to a multi billion dollar company. Hardly a moron I would say. And although I do not appreciate this latest move and how and why it was done by Shutterstock, I personally appreciate it even less if people start calling him names. (Or anybody for that matter).
  7. Coming soon to a flea market near you (or somewhere in SE Asia).................
  8. I average this month $.54 per download at tier 3, which is about $.50 less than before. However, this is meaningless for me. I am interested in 3 things that we cannot know yet (it hasn't happened yet) a) Earnings January 2021 when we start over at tier 1 b) How long it takes to get back to tier 3 (my guess is 6 months since I stopped uploading) and c) earnings over whole 2021 in short, not before the end of December 2021 I would know what the effect is (so far It doesn't look good. It's heading in the wrong direction)
  9. Btw, if I block my smart TV from my router. It won't be very smart anymore
  10. We have a Samsung smart TV in the Livingroom, which is fine, and a Samsung smart TV in our bedroom and every time we turn on the light in the bedroom, the TV comes on. We call him Fred.
  11. Hope you didn't have the illusion it was ever about anything else, because it never was
  12. I just repeat here what I posted in Steven Tritton's thread about the future The reason SS survived this long is because they knew and know how to sell better than anyone and diversity in their businesses. Especially not in the beginning, they were not a media company, there were a tech company. They still are. This thirst for new technology, ,marketing, and diversity kept kept them ahead of the competition
  13. There never was a sustainable future. This industry was dying since the day the subscription model was introduced. The reason SS survived this long is because they knew and know how to sell better than anyone and diversity in their businesses. Especially not in the beginning, they were not a media company, there were a tech company. They still are. This thirst for new technology, ,marketing, and diversity kept kept them ahead of the competition
  14. We are the service providers, not SS, and sites like this one are nothing but an outlet for our services Like merchandizing in a grocery store. A grocery store offers shelf space to a small local baker to sell their cookies. By doing so, the grocery store provides an opportunity for the baker to sell their cookies so the baker can concentrate on making the most delicious cookies and the grocery store takes care of the rest. The store does most of the advertising and makes a reasonable effort to bring in the customers to buy the baker's cookies. In exchange the grocery store wants 30% of the profit of every cookie that baker has put on the shelves, which the baker finds reasonable considering the profitable return. Now one morning the baker wakes up only to find out that the grocery store wants 80% of the profit of every cookie all of a sudden. What is this baker going to do................? We are that baker.
  15. it doesn't matter really who is more familiar with what. We all know things and we are all here to help each other. One thing though, Pixels offers all the products, FAA does not. I happen to like FAA and I don't mind talking about it, although I know very well they are not without problems and there are certain things there I really don't like, but I don't worry about those too much. Can't change them anyway. got to go now, my tablet is dying
  16. Congratulation on your sale. That is always nice. I understand and can appreciate your point of view. It is just that for me the two don't mix. I have mixed feelings about all those accessories. sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Overall I think that sites like Zazzle and Redbubble (that is Australian btw ) are more suitable for that kind of thing. Many people I know on FAA love those products though. FAA is a mixed batch. Some of the work you find there is out of this world so good and some is entry level. (not unlike Microstock) Thank you for all that Pixel info, but I am very familiar with FAA/pixels. Been with FAA since 2011, know quite a number of people there. Abbie and I are (internet) friends and I was a moderator on their forums for a short while (hated it). Now shutterstock is coming to an end for me, I probably spend even more time there than I already do right now, which is OK. I sell on other art site too. One in Europe and a few in the US and I have an Amazon Handmade sellers account/store, but FAA is my main outlet and I sell more on FAA/Pixels than on all the other outlets combined.
  17. Because you can't sell the same image for $0.10, or whatever, here and for a few hundred dollars elsewhere It might not matter in the MS world, but in the art world, and FAA is still part of the art world, consistency is key. (not just my opinion) Some people say, different buyers, different markets, but that is not always true
  18. Thanks Blue, but not all my monochromes are on film. Most are actually not at this point. As a matter of fact, some of my best b/w sellers were done with a little rx100 mk2. (I get 60 inch prints out of that thing) I must say though that I haven't touched my DSLR in some time. Thinking about selling the damn thing for an M6, but If I do I think I will be sorry, so maybe not yet. lol.
  19. A "dancing" Dervish would be the opposite of trolling actually
  20. Thank you and yes SIlverEfex and the paint brush in PS for the digital stuff. Film is B/W film, Mainly Ilford, with very little post processing. Some Dodging and burning what you would do in the darkroom
  21. Two more things, it is my personal opinion that you have to be careful uploading the same images on Microstock and FAA (POD in general). If buyers find out, you might lose your credibility. I am for 99% sure that most of my buyers there are commercial. In my case from horse racetracks to restaurants to offices
  22. Fanclub or not Annie, you have a new follower there. FAA is my home away from home and my main outlet. I don't direct people to my FAA site directly, I direct them to my Rudy Umans imaging website, but the purchase page there directs to FAA and Amazon. (www.rudyumans.com. I know! Shameless plug, but what is SS gonna do? Kick me out?) Like many other sites, FAA uses certain parameters to move you up in the search. I don't know all of those, but I do know some, and I know that sales moves you up faster and higher in the search than anything else. Sales triggers sales. Other than that, also like everywhere else, keywords and good descriptions are key. Buyers on FAA also like generally speaking, clean images. My artsy pinhole and film stuff rarely sells. (I wish I wish) My lighthouses, Everglades pictures, industrial, and architecture on the other hand are doing well.
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