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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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On 9/3/2020 at 6:34 PM, Soare Cecilia Corina said:

Please help - How can I ERASE my account for good? I've already disabled my photos, waiting for a good sign, but as time passes I realize the good old times are never coming back.

 

I do not wish tot contribute anymore. It's an end game for me. I feel that I need to close it, the same for other stock sites, stay only on alamy and a site with prints.

I need to simplify this process, too many stock sites, my energy is spreading too thin....

 

Thank you in advance 😘

Yes sadly I think you're correct. Too many stock sites & not enough sales. I joined DT alamy, AS  and Had NO sales anywhere apart from here. Unless I count one single sale on AS but only because I had to paint out all logos signs on the photo,- far too hard to do for every photo. I painted out logos on another photo only to be rejected by AS for intelectual property violation. I'm English but still don't understand that. What's the point if I can only get sales by painting out signs in every photo? On here it just goes under editorial and maybe sells for more that 10c if I'm lucky.

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I'm just a hobbyist and an insignificant player in the stock photography market.

I used to get $30-$40 per month from Shutterstock, which was nice, while I used to have minimal profit from other agencies ($4-$5 per month).

However, I hated the new SS policy towards its contributors so I disabled the sales of my content through it.

It seems that my sales have moved to Getty Images / ESP (former iStock).

The last report I got from Getty was that my sales increased almost x10, as I got $55 for the last month. Remember, I used to get $4-$5 from Getty.

I hope this is a permanent situation, meaning that I hope the potential buyers of my content still want to buy it through Getty.

I advocated in the previous months that we should all disable the sales of our content through Shutterstock and move it elsewhere.

If there are other contributors with results similar to mine, then we should all post it here and encourage all other contributors to disable the sales of their content in Shutterstock.

COME ON PEOPLE, LET'S ALL DISABLE THE SALE OF OUR CONTENT THROUGH SHUTTERSTOCK.

 

 

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10 hours ago, Tony Dunn said:

Yes sadly I think you're correct. Too many stock sites & not enough sales. I joined DT alamy, AS  and Had NO sales anywhere apart from here. Unless I count one single sale on AS but only because I had to paint out all logos signs on the photo,- far too hard to do for every photo. I painted out logos on another photo only to be rejected by AS for intelectual property violation. I'm English but still don't understand that. What's the point if I can only get sales by painting out signs in every photo? On here it just goes under editorial and maybe sells for more that 10c if I'm lucky.

Unfortunately there are no quick solution. SS has many buyers too. While they can find suitable content here they are not forced to look and buy elsewhere. If contributors will abandon sales here then eventually buyers will be forced to look elsewhere. So if you think in short-term then yes sell your content here for 10c.

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Interesting that instead of the previous boast about how many images were being uploaded and providing a running total that the current info on the website says the above.

I have deleted a few images since July and have noticed that my webpage no longer shows all the information that used to be there.

I am a small contributor yet still seem to have got the attention of the powers that be.

I have decided to go through the procedure to claim the small amount owed to me and shut down my existence on Shutterstock.

Sales have become minimal anyway (only 2 in August and one to date this month).

Concentrating on Alamy now where I have already earned more than here since July.

Possible that this post will get deleted fairly swiftly!

Good luck to all of you.

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The tides of business. From my view of the road, ShutterStock is looking like a dead horse. I shut off my sales in July to get a benchmark. Re-enabled them for August, only to earn doodley-squat, so I've shut them off again as of September. Everywhere else is earning pretty close to last year's levels, so one must know when the end is near and move on to better things.

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1 hour ago, Gray Photo Online said:

The tides of business. From my view of the road, ShutterStock is looking like a dead horse. I shut off my sales in July to get a benchmark. Re-enabled them for August, only to earn doodley-squat, so I've shut them off again as of September. Everywhere else is earning pretty close to last year's levels, so one must know when the end is near and move on to better things.

Couldn't agree more. I was going to wait until the end of the year before closing my account here but with so few sales it's pointless waiting. Wasted too much time getting images accepted which is why I was going to wait. Can't believe anyone would stay on the current terms.

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I got this reply when I raised a query about this months sales figures. I have just progressed to a new level but the price this month for my images hasn't gone above 10c in one case so far. This hasn't happened with me so far since the change in rates. I was doing ok by my norm. I thought that when I progressed from one earnings level to another it would be goodbye to 10c earnings until my account was reset in January. Evidently not. I have 16 sales this month so far for a paltry $2.62. This wouldn't buy me a decent fish and chip supper This is what I was told:

Hi
I'm ... I do not work for Shutterstock, but I have been a contributor for around 8 years, and an expert to answer fellow contributors queries. I do not have any access to your account information, images or any personal data, but i'm here to answer your questions.

You will get actual percentage of the final image for images sold under 'on demand'.
Other subscription sales will remain at 10cents. This 10cent applies applies across all 6 levels.
 

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Hi all

I am new to this discussion, also new to Shutterstock (not even whole week). For the last 3 days I was working to upload my 37 photos. Yesterday I earned $0.10 - is this a joke? I know that moderator will probably delete my first ever post on this Forum. It's not a big deal. I already deleted all photos. I earned here  10 cents, after tax will be 8 cents! And they don't pay anything less than $1! LOL
Really sad to hear how artists are treated here.
There are other places around, let's move on!

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Got a very fast reply to closing down my account here and paying the minimal amount owing. Images should become unavailable very soon. The minimum was reduced by SS to $1 so that they can pay me as it stands at less than $35. Not worth the effort to continue here.

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I just sent instruction to contributor support to close out my account and send me what paltry balance is due. It was a good run here for the past 12 years but the greed at the top of this food chain has ruined it for everyone. So long fellow contributors. I think the video & image stock business model is disintegrating everywhere.

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7 hours ago, Centrill Media said:

I just sent instruction to contributor support to close out my account and send me what paltry balance is due. It was a good run here for the past 12 years but the greed at the top of this food chain has ruined it for everyone. So long fellow contributors. I think the video & image stock business model is disintegrating everywhere.

The microstock business has certainly become generally more difficult - no question about that.

But at shutterstock it's really as miserable as no other agency.

Now the situation has certainly worsened significantly due to Corona. But I can see from other agencies that buyers are willing to spend money after all. So Corona alone cannot be the problem.

When I compare it, my situation looks like this in September:

shutterstock vs. AS
50% more downloads at shutterstock compared to AS
266% more income at AS compared to shutterstock

Or, to put it in other terms:
RPD at shutterstock: $0.48
RPD at AS: $1.94
This is four times the value of shutterstock.

I readily admit that this does not correspond to the average of my respective RPD. But since the new revenue structure I get at least 2.5 times that at AS.

And these are not the figures that keep shutterstock busy. Because they still get the same for our files. They simply keep more for themselves. And that in corona times. It is and remains a mess!

 

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It's not just SS amazon & many of these corporations are the same: Unbelievable greed at the top et others expense. Read this link. They need more regulation especially in the U.S. & only by voting the likes of Trump out could anything be done about it. 

https://www.quora.com/Why-are-corporations-considered-greedy-and-evil-even-though-they-employ-lots-of-people

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4 hours ago, Tony Dunn said:

It's not just SS amazon & many of these corporations are the same: Unbelievable greed at the top et others expense. Read this link. They need more regulation especially in the U.S. & only by voting the likes of Trump out could anything be done about it. 

https://www.quora.com/Why-are-corporations-considered-greedy-and-evil-even-though-they-employ-lots-of-people

You have a 20% regressive sales tax VAT in the UK. You have more billionaires per population than the US. Your economy has suffered a 14% drop since 2016. Maybe you should worry about home not the US. In free enterprise companies can pay what they want for a CEO. If the price is too high, they won't pay more. If SS can get photos by paying us 10 cents they will, don't upload, go away if you don't like the pay here. Free choice, not regulations to stop profit.

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For those disabling your sales, watch out for shutterstock's affiliate partners, they still sell my images and it's been over a 100 days since I disabled my sales (TOS says they have to remove sales from affiliates after 90 days). I already contacted support a week ago but no reply.
I wonder who is keeping all the profit in case of people that close their accounts...

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