Jump to content

New earnings structure for Contributors


Recommended Posts

On 7/7/2020 at 12:56 AM, Mark A. Williams said:

I notified SS by email (Privacy@shutterstock.com) on  May 29th to close my account and pay me my remaining earnings.  I have yet to see any action on their part.  Has anyone had any success doing this?

I've notified them three times already. Have got no answer.

I think I'll miss SS, I liked it really. My portfolio is not so big, just over 3000 images, and my sales went on rather slowly and it was not my main income all the same. I'm fond of photography and I think I can do without stocks, taking photos for the sake of photos, as I did and do as usual. I just thought once: why not sell it if I can? Someone told me about selling at a photostock and so here I am. And I had a good time. Still, I'm not going to let them get money for my work while I'm getting this. 

I'm trying with Adobe now. Let's see where it will lead.

And welcome to my twitter. :)

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 7.3k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

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

Posted Images

I wouldn't expect much of a response nor forum presence from SS on this matter. At this point everything is probably just noise to them. Prune SS from your workflow. You have to cut the dead flowers from the garden to get new ones to grow. Bitch mail, carping about it in the forums, petitions, it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is how much their stockholders raise hell. The pandemic will affect all stock agencies. Some will figure out how to make it, others will make mistakes, some will bite the dust most likely. Photographers need to realize that this is a supply and demand business, so when supply exceeds demand, your images lose value. As long as photographers believe 10 cents per download is a good idea, the supply of 10 cent photos will stay high.

I learned in business school many years ago, there is generally room in a market for two major players. Everyone else just kinda competes for scraps. Right now, from my view of the road, Adobe and Getty are doing a better job for contributors than SS. SS can have the scraps. I've seen people bitching about Getty too, but I sell about 3 times the number of photos on Getty than I ever did on Shutterstock and my average earnings per day is twice what I was making on SS before the profit skimming started. SS could be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Their bean counters may figure it out sooner or later.

Link to post
Share on other sites

 

7 hours ago, John S. Reid said:

Murasaki,  You need to have the minimum payout available before closing out your account. you can change it to the lowest of $35.  I had over the minimum and closed out my portfolio and got my payment the next pay cycle.

 

Actually a little bit of research shows that this is not actually the official policy. According to the following, they will pay out any earnings above $1 if requested, and then disable the account. If I read it correctly it even sounds you can actually reactive at some point in the future, if Shutterstock should come back to their senses.

Have a look at the second option in this article:

https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/en_US/kbat02/How-do-I-deactivatedelete-my-contributor-account

That's from the official support docs. 

Whether or not it will actually happen is a different question. I have just requested it though, so I guess I'll find out.

Link to post
Share on other sites
59 minutes ago, Tony Dunn said:

I wish more buyers would go there after realising what SS are doing cos I've uploaded 139 images to DT but no sales.

I have been with them since 2008. I have 3000 there... compared to 5700+ here. 

Sales have only been 20% of SS on average... but some months are good, some months have almost no sales. 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, John S. Reid said:

You need to have the minimum payout available before closing out your account. you can change it to the lowest of $35. I had over the minimum and closed out my portfolio and got my payment the next pay cycle.

No, I have to get more than $1 and contact them at privacy@shutterstock.com. That's what is said in the help article: https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/en_US/kbat02/How-do-I-deactivatedelete-my-contributor-account. All I could get from them is vague answers from SS helpers about SS staff being busy with the pandemic and new earning structure situation. Unfortunately, I have not reached the minimum payout, so I can not get it in usual way, as I removed my portfolio from sales in the early june. It's not a big money really, I just want to get what is mine and set off, it's a matter of principle. 🤠

image.png.32605bcff0d6270654630e5498dc15d0.png 

Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Thomas Barrat said:

This has been in place, and now I find that I mostly am paid $.10, even for my best selling image.  Why should I feel good about this change?  Seems like and I have more than 6,000 approved images?  I am not a beginner.  SS, I think this decision should be revisited - the contributor fee schedule!!!

I just looked at your portfolio and you have many beautiful photos of so many amazing places.  Selling them on SS for .10 is a total crime.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I've send 6 emails (privacy@shutterstock.com) to Shutterstock to stop my account and pay out the outstanding amount but they do NOT answer or take action. What the Fuck do I have to do to stop and remove my account? Getting payed $0.10 for a work of art is Theft!!!

Link to post
Share on other sites
18 hours ago, Paul Shark said:

its SO SAD seeing so many contributors complaining about the new earning structure and they still have their images online!What are they waiting for ? that SS will feel sorry about it?

Not everyone is in the lucky position to delete their portfolio just like that. Let everyone cope with this problem in the time frame that suits them best. I have to think of a way to generate more income besides this, which isn't easy considering my age.

Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Gert Hilbink said:

Я отправил 6 электронных писем (privacy@shutterstock.com) в Shutterstock, чтобы остановить мою учетную запись и выплатить оставшуюся сумму, но они НЕ отвечают и не предпринимают никаких действий. Какого черта я должен сделать, чтобы остановить и удалить мою учетную запись? Получение $ 0,10 за произведение искусства - это кража !!!

shutterstock_account_settings_license_op

Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, Gert Hilbink said:

I've send 6 emails (privacy@shutterstock.com) to Shutterstock to stop my account and pay out the outstanding amount but they do NOT answer or take action. What the Fuck do I have to do to stop and remove my account? Getting payed $0.10 for a work of art is Theft!!!

You can go in and disable your sales by yourself until SS gets around to closing your account...see post above this one to see how to.  You can also delete your files manually one by one if you wish.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...