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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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YEEAAAHHH!!! I've got the answer AT LAST and will be deleted in a month! Yahooo! 🥳 Though I'm a bit sad about it, I had a good time here. Once. Long ago. 😅 And what makes me feel the saddest is that I spent a whole month of May putting my portfolio in order. One by one, I revised my images, adding new keywords, removing some, changing the descriptions to more appropriate and for what... 😂

And welcome to my twitter @murasakinoizumi. 😁

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On 9/25/2020 at 6:13 PM, Giorgio G said:

It is the same to me! I am tired of it! What else should we do to get paid and close the account?!

this might sound a bit stupid, but this was what i did:

keep doing the same procedure, and let's hope there's no SS experts answer your inquiry. Then (I assume) it will be redirected to the SS offboarding team.

It took me 2-3 times. And probably keep your message clear/simple could help, so the experts might realize your inquiry isn't in their domain.

 

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On 9/21/2020 at 10:16 AM, Wilm Ihlenfeld said:

I have made the calculation based on my current figures. Just like you, I simply took my current figures and compared them with what I would have received with these current downloads if the remuneration had not been changed.

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I am very certain that all contributors are making losses. No matter what level they have reached.

Ok, Wilm, you inspired me to go do some math. Last time I did it was in June, and my loss then was 28%. Lately, I had the gut feeling that things were not all that bad, and it turns out, that indeed, they were not that bad. And you are correct, in the image world, it all comes down to getting enough ODDs and SODs to mitigate the loss in subs. (And come to find out, it is actually sort of possible.) In video, I lose, period. Because I will NEVER make it into the level needed to earn the old commission. I do believe the video level structure is set up wrong, but that is another story.

Anyway, here are my numbers. And they are the result of doing the actual math, just like Wilm did - comparing my earnings to what they would have been, had things not changed.

June: 28% overall loss

July: 7.9 % overall loss  - interestingly for images the loss was only 1% (!)  Video loss was 19%

August: 16.5 % overall loss - evenly for both images and video

September, up to today: 12 % overall loss - with images at 5.9 % loss and video at 16.7 % loss

(And if you spend the time doing your own numbers, you will find out why those percentages do not add up.)

 

Take-home message: it is indeed a lottery. And I have yet to hear from anyone who is NOT experiencing a loss. BUT: I do believe that once Covid and the resulting economic crisis are over, there will be more ODDs and more subs purchased with small packages, and things will improve. At least on the image side.

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On 9/27/2020 at 3:56 PM, Milo J said:

And if you spend the time doing your own numbers, you will find out why those percentages do not add up.)

 

It is true.

 

September is over. I made 110 sales with a average of $0.24 per sale, the worst month ever since I started in September 2009. This is a loss of 33.34%. Not 1%, 16.5% or 5.9% as in your calculations. With or without Covid, IT IS VERY BAD

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Honte à vous SHUTTERSTOCK, ça fait 5 ans que je contribue pour vous, je venais de dépasser les 10 000$ de revenu et donc je devais passer dans le taux supérieur de rémunération et maintenant mon travail ne vaut plus rien, 010$ par fichier et ne parlons pas des clips vidéos qui se vendent également quelques centimes de $!!!! Vous méritez juste que l'ensemble des contributeurs retirent leurs fichiers et vous verrez combien sans nous votre société n'est rien !!

 

Shame on You !!! I have been contributing for you for 5 years, I had just exceeded $ 10,000 in income and therefore had to move into the higher rate of pay and now my job is no longer worth anything !! $ 010 per file and let's not talk about the  videos which also sell for pennies of $ !!!! You just deserve that all the contributors remove their files and you will see how much your company is nothing without us !!

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13 hours ago, ribeiroantonio said:

It is true.

 

September is over. I made 110 sales with a average of $0.24 per sale, the worst month ever since I started in September 2009. This is a loss of 33.34%. Not 1%, 16.5% or 5.9% as in your calculations. With or without Covid, IT IS VERY BAD

My loss is very close to the same  33% since the change. This is not good.

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2 hours ago, Mick Harper said:

I average about 70 sales per month. July averaged $0.36  per image, August $0.53 per image and September $0.43 per image. Each month saw a number of "On Demand" sales that helped inflate the average but there are far too many insulting $0.10 sales.

Yes, July and August were slightly better but, VERY BAD anyway. In July I average $0.31 and in August $0.44.per image. Just for the record, 1st day of October the average is $0.108 and I feel I am on track to join the millionaire's club of SS CEO!

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I've reactivated my account, to see what to do next.

The situation here is quite sad - very  low prices, and I've got loads of rejections this year,  especially for  older model releases, they ask for property for almost everything etc

Now I am manually erasing my best photos. I will let only simple stuff, objects, food on white. I will start shooting other things - conceptual, textures and simple stuff.

 

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8 hours ago, Mike Fouque said:

Kate it is normal that I get paid 0,43$ for a video ?!!! DO YOU THINK IT'S DECENT ??? I REFUSE TO BE PAID SO LITTLE FOR MY WORK AND I ENCOURAGE ALL CONTRIBUTORS TO REFUSE THAT

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This has been going on since May 25th and you are just now noticing?   Many, many, many photographers/videographers/illustrators have already removed their work from SS.

 

 

 

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On 10/1/2020 at 1:06 PM, Mick Harper said:

I average about 70 sales per month. July averaged $0.36  per image, August $0.53 per image and September $0.43 per image. Each month saw a number of "On Demand" sales that helped inflate the average but there are far too many insulting $0.10 sales.

I sometimes find it useful to also consider the median - which I'm guessing is 10¢.

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2 hours ago, Mike Fouque said:

Replace your profile picture with the little Stop logo $ 0.10 per file if you're mad like me at Shutterstock. Remember that without our material our work they are nothing !!

stop earnings 2.jpg

Yet you still have your portfolio for sale here!

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1 hour ago, Sue Rae Edmondson said:

You shout a lot about how dissatisfied you are with shutterstock yet you have not disabled your portfolio.

I have not disabled my portfolio but then again I'm not shouting about being dissatisfied with SS, instead I am waiting to see how the rest of the year pans out before making an rash decisions i might regret later. 

Should I take this as a threat? If this is the case I will not hesitate to share it with the Shutterstock contributor community.

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If you like to see your photos paid a pittance that's your problem, I've been working for Shutterstock for 5 years and I intend to defend my interests.

1 hour ago, Sue Rae Edmondson said:

You shout a lot about how dissatisfied you are with shutterstock yet you have not disabled your portfolio.

I have not disabled my portfolio but then again I'm not shouting about being dissatisfied with SS, instead I am waiting to see how the rest of the year pans out before making an rash decisions i might regret later. 

 

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2 hours ago, Sue Rae Edmondson said:

Wow talk about putting words in someones mouth, you see a threat?  I see pragmatism

I keep thinking that we are operated by Shutterstock and that things need to change. We need to improve things, it's in our best interest !! if you think otherwise or prefer to leave Shutterstock because you find it better, please do so.  best regards

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Mike, I believe you are missing the point here.  I don't think anyone is threatening you.  I think there is the suggestion that you send a message to SS by joining us who have disabled our ports.  A united stand against the current earning structure.

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