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In an email that is going out today, we are announcing that we will be updating the earnings structure that determines how much you get paid when customers license your work. We are making this adjust

This is just a joke. 10 years with SS and now I'll be getting 20% commission on my footage clips??? No lifetime sales tier, just what you sold last year/this year.... To get to the curr

This space will be updated to address frequently asked questions.  My email shows different counts for videos than are shown above. Which is correct? Apologies. The email to video contributo

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So.. what is going on after all?

I still receive regular downloads on the early payment scheme.

I believe it will be delayed until 1 January but eventually will become the norm.


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7 hours ago, Alexander Piragis said:

Есть сообщения от пользователей, что уже были первые продажи с 1 июня, как дела?

I am a vector artist and recently reached a new level of 35%. Today, nothing has changed in the sales structure. All according to the level.

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I looked at my earnings:

95% are from subscription, either 350 or 750 because my files are being purchased in bulk most of the time and I normally receive 0.38$/download, rarely an OD and even more rarely ELs, SODs.

I worked hard to grow this portfolio with ever increasing competition from other contributors.

Not only you allowed SPAM on your platform but you allowed copy-cats accounts, something that was punished early in the days. Now each file I create and is slightly successful is being accompanied by at least 5-10 other similar copies in a matter of a week, so the competition is fierce and only advantages Shutterstock.

By cutting down the price, I will see at least a 3 times decrease on my earnings even though I keep working as I used to 5 years ago.

This will take away any motivation I had left! I simply don't have time to be competitive on the new payment scheme, I can't work 12 hours a day for 300$/month, this is ridiculous!

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3 minutes ago, AnastasiaOsipova said:

I think nothing will change in the sales structures until January.

The original announcement was very specific:

"Starting on June 1st, 2020, your earnings for each license will be based on your Image Level or your Video Level"

"On June 1, you will be placed in an Image Level and a Video Level based on your download count so far in 2020."

I do not know the reason for the apparent lack of change today (maybe it is technical, or related to time zone difference), but I do hope that someone at the top has taken notice of the contributors' reaction. If not, it will be like in the Russian saying "Сначала мы жили бедно, а потом нас ограбили" ("First we were poor, and then we were robbed") 🙂

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13 minutes ago, Photostock by LEEM said:

today 06-05-2020, sale in Mexico City 0.36, there are no delays !! about same time zone NY !!
what is happening !! ??
have not done the new rates !! ???

These new rates already exists almost month, as I understand, in the end of april someone bought video. I was kind of surprise, but now I can see clearly.

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59 minutes ago, DrObjektiff said:

Perfectly described in the Animal Farm - including the insidious changes of the "commandments"

Dear comrade, unfortunately, it was enough for me not to read "Farmyard", but only to listen to the memories of my grandfather - a rural livestock specialist, in order to hate this system.
I think that Eastern Europe (and there are a lot of it) understands perfectly when they say "we are one team", it means "work for a bowl of soup"

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