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6 hours ago, Studio 2 said:

Is it a temporary ban?

As far I know it is until July 3rd. However, this is simply "censorship"  Shutterstock is sinking lower and lower.  Every single work Wilm wrote was professional, informative, and most important, it was right on target. It is discussing how Shutterstock treats the people who brought them here! And, don't forget, they are nothing without our content! 

We will look at the data in half a year and I don't think that Shutterstock will be still  the number 1 as it used to be. Why I think this? You cannot cut pay by over 60 %, down to a 10 cent per image and then ask you contributors to shot specific content. Creating the content has expenses like the equipment, travel, time, models, power bill, and so on. With Shutterstock's new strategy, it pays only if a contributor has zero expense. This is only achievable with low quality gear and shooting what may across on the way to buy groceries. The trend will be that professionals will continue not to upload fresh content and move away from Shutterstock to other platforms. Shutterstock will have to live of old content and a lot of amateur images. 

 

Long-term clients will recognize the new quality of Shutterstock. Hours of searching through low quality images to find what they need. Clients will leave Shutterstock as well. ANd don't worry, the "Boycott Shutterstock" is in full swing!  There is an awareness campaign to let clients know about Shutterstock Greed.

 

That won't end well.

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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 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

Just when you think Shutterstock couldn't completely and utterly screw the contributors and more you've gone and done it. Effectively with a January reset everybody gets a cut of 20% or more of e

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7 minutes ago, Neo Geometric said:

All who say that this led to better results are trolls or forum administrators. In May, I had 948 downloads, and this month 1019 my incomes fell by about 40%, I'm at level 5. The avatar and the inscription boycott from the personal page were removed. I load teper only on adobe. As soon as they start downloading on adobe, I will leave with ss.👁️

 

Neo, you make a good call here! 

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3 minutes ago, Neo Geometric said:

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I agree that this is very painful. Unfortunately, I get the feeling that those with the best images get hurt the most with this new structure. Because those are the types of images bought with the big subscription plans.

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9 minutes ago, Milo J said:

Я согласен, что это очень больно. К сожалению, у меня возникает ощущение, что те, у кого лучшие изображения, больше всего страдают от этой новой структуры. Потому что это типы изображений, купленных с большими планами подписки.

This is all very unpleasant. Shattered Motion Design plans. I am switching to Adobe and CreativMarket, but I need time to get noticed. I worked with only one SS, too much trust was mistaken.🔥

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15 minutes ago, Mirko Rosenau said:

The only interesting thing in that article is that Africa studio is back. That is how clever people do business.

It was already suspicious when their entire port disappeared in a few hours, it took days for others.

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4 hours ago, Mirko Rosenau said:

As far I know it is until July 3rd. However, this is simply "censorship"  Shutterstock is sinking lower and lower.  Every single work Wilm wrote was professional, informative, and most important, it was right on target. It is discussing how Shutterstock treats the people who brought them here! And, don't forget, they are nothing without our content! 

We will look at the data in half a year and I don't think that Shutterstock will be still  the number 1 as it used to be. Why I think this? You cannot cut pay by over 60 %, down to a 10 cent per image and then ask you contributors to shot specific content. Creating the content has expenses like the equipment, travel, time, models, power bill, and so on. With Shutterstock's new strategy, it pays only if a contributor has zero expense. This is only achievable with low quality gear and shooting what may across on the way to buy groceries. The trend will be that professionals will continue not to upload fresh content and move away from Shutterstock to other platforms. Shutterstock will have to live of old content and a lot of amateur images. 

 

Long-term clients will recognize the new quality of Shutterstock. Hours of searching through low quality images to find what they need. Clients will leave Shutterstock as well. ANd don't worry, the "Boycott Shutterstock" is in full swing!  There is an awareness campaign to let clients know about Shutterstock Greed.

 

That won't end well.

True and SS will have to accept smartphone images because that's the only cameras most newbie's will have. Who on earth would want to buy decent gear with these payments? And banning people from the forum for telling the truth. Do these tech companies want to take over the world?

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All of you who have small or large video portfolios. Turn them off as soon as possible. Many people report a sudden increase in sales of video files for amounts below 3, 2 or even 1 dollar per video. This means that large companies have opted for cheap subscriptions to build their video libraries for pennies, to use it in futer projects. They will no longer buy your video elsewhere where they have to pay the normal price.Everything in your hands.

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On 6/27/2020 at 9:40 AM, ribeiroantonio said:

The conclusion that all SS contributors should be drawing now is: SHUTTERSTOCK smells putrid.

The listed pricing in the official SS website is one, what SS pay the contributors (meaning creators, artists, workers) is a very different matter. SS dictate levels, percentages and dates (starting on January 1 of each year) that contributors are obliged to follow but, every day SS pay whatever they want without any criteria and scrutiny. 

@Kate Shutterstock Please come clean. Show us a precise and concise table of SS official pricing and official pay outs to contributors, with all levels and percentages stated. Otherwise, 20+ different pays for subs look bad and smell a rat.

At $3.92, it is another On Demand outside the official listed pricing. And the bad smell continues.

 

Right now, another OD one outside the listed pricing: $2.34

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On 6/27/2020 at 7:40 AM, ribeiroantonio said:

@Kate Shutterstock Please come clean. Show us a precise and concise table of SS official pricing and official pay outs to contributors, with all levels and percentages stated. Otherwise, 20+ different pays for subs look bad and smell a rat.

Yes it smell a rat except it is not Just 20 different pays but nearly 4 times more subs than that.

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Got an email from YAY just couple minutes ago:

 

 

Hello again!

It seems Shutterstock is still at it and footage commissions have slipped under $1. Reports from the "Badass Stock Footage Shooters" group show some users comments below:

mail?url=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.mailman.yayima


At YayImages we've just launched our video single sales. Take a look through our current library of over 100k approved videos 

With premium footage priced at $59 per HD clip and fair 50% commissions, we are set to launch sales through our affiliate program in the coming weeks.  

What else is new at YayImages?

  • Image credit pack sales are live!
  • Bulk edit tools for image uploads!
  • Stocksubmitter integrations complete!

We would also like to welcome the newest members of our contributor community,
many of them referrals, especially the new users from Thailand. 

Have you sent a friend your referral link yet? 

Earn 20% of your referral's sales, when they use your link to signup. Login to your contributor dashboard to find your link in the "Referrals" tab here: https://contributors.yayimages.com/

More features coming soon including our new affiliate program to boost everyone's sales! We will also be working on a bug some contributors have reported for vector intake. 

Suggestion, feedback? We're accepting requests for improvement to our system. Please contact us at post@yayimages.com or via livechat to discuss


Stay safe!

Together in photography,

Alex @ the YayImages Team

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Dear Shutterstock,

With all due respect, I find this new earnings structure to be insensitive and lacking of timing. We are facing a pandemic right now and it is impossible to create that much content in order to earn a decent amount of money. This is especially true with travel photographers who cannot create content due to travel restrictions. This is also true with other kinds of photographers who have increased difficulty in obtaining materials and models for their shoots.

Here in Southeast Asia, we are on lockdown for more than 100 days. Lots of people lost their jobs and they are only depending on alternative ways of earning money. Our earnings from being a Contributor for Shutterstock for a long time really helped us in paying our bills before the implementation of the earnings structure. Now, what can 12 USD per month pay?

Please have some compassion and respect to creators and artists who have been with you and helped you grow through the years. Thank you.

 

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I disabled my account a couple weeks ago. What surprises me with this being such a slap-in-the-face is the number of contributors complaining but are still active selling on SS. Simply complaining without taking action does little.

A bit reminiscent of the movie Animal House. "Thank you sir, may I have another."

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