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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 11/28/2020 at 10:34 PM, HodagMedia said:

I'm not worried, it's not my job to care or be worried. Just like real work, where I don't come up and say "I have an idea, how you should do this." Because management is supposed to be the brains and I'm just the hired help. (plus they usually already thought of that, or have reason already why "we can't do that", or they don't really want to hear new ideas) I'm not getting paid to worry, not getting stock for photo achievements, not anything, except what I earn on my own. 👍

If I was getting paid to care or think, yes, then I would worry about the direction things are headed.

At least SS isn't being traded by private equity investment firms, like happened to Getty, which was so far in debt that they weren't making enough to pay the interest on their debt. That might have changed by now, after being through the financial ringer. But they went from creation in 1997 to stock, to private, to being partners with H&F, 2008 sold to them for 2.4 billion, 2012 sold to Carlisle for 3.3 billion, and I might be missing some of the shared details, like the Getty share during the H&F times. Getty bought back Getty in 2018, and is trying to bring the near dead company, back to life.

How to take something good, built solid, with good ideas and solid foundation and turn it into a cesspool. The investment people made money.

If we see SS going into the spin cycle, we'll first recognize that when a private equity firm or some investment company, buys ShutterStock. Then start being afraid. 😲

My biggest thing to watch for right now is when will this thread reach image.png.ff8e077fa736a2e96a68a366183d6272.png 291 pages? 😉

Thanks @Tony ALS corrected the typo.

Never going to get to 291 pages it seems!

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13 hours ago, Tony ALS said:

Never going to get to 291 pages it seems!

Oh yes and more, just wait until January 1st when two things will happen for sure. A flood of angry people who just discovered they were reset to level one, and more people who are already unhappy, coming back just to say good-bye?

Myself, I did the work, the images are here, I get some money. I may not be jumping with joy, but I'm taking something from the work I put in for over ten years. If I was so professional and doing stunning work, I wouldn't be uploading to Microstock in the first place. 😉

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2 hours ago, HodagMedia said:

Oh yes and more, just wait until January 1st when two things will happen for sure. A flood of angry people who just discovered they were reset to level one, and more people who are already unhappy, coming back just to say good-bye?

Myself, I did the work, the images are here, I get some money. I may not be jumping with joy, but I'm taking something from the work I put in for over ten years. If I was so professional and doing stunning work, I wouldn't be uploading to Microstock in the first place. 😉

This thread might get lost in the barrage of annoyance come 1 January! As I see any payments from photography as a pleasant surprise, I exited from here some time ago and took my business elsewhere. Thankfully I had only joined 6 months before the dreadful decision to cut the payments down to the minimal levels. Less than 500 images didn't hurt too much and the rejection reasons were becoming annoying anyway. Good luck to those who continue here.

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I've had just about 3,000 sales here.  My feeling is that by reducing our payments, Shutterstock has broken the contract.  We all signed up under different conditions and I'm not going to scramble to upload for the meager earning potential here.  I can do much better on other stock sites.  I think you've done your artists and photographers as well as yourselves, a great disservice.

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This is pathetic.  You should reward contributors who stick with SS not screw them.  This is like taking a 50%+ pay cut.  Are all the employees treated the same or is it just the contributors who are getting hosed.   Really need to rethink this before you lose your best and most loyal contributors!!!   I am no longer uploading until this is is reversed.  there are many alternatives out there who actually value their contributors.  SAD, VERY SAD!!!!

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51 minutes ago, Tom Tietz said:

This is pathetic.  You should reward contributors who stick with SS not screw them.  This is like taking a 50%+ pay cut.  Are all the employees treated the same or is it just the contributors who are getting hosed.   Really need to rethink this before you lose your best and most loyal contributors!!!   I am no longer uploading until this is is reversed.  there are many alternatives out there who actually value their contributors.  SAD, VERY SAD!!!!

Wait for the realisation of the full impact come January. The forum might not be able to cope with the number of posts when the furore really starts.

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Dears, 

You have to understand the anger of contributors because what you decided is actually upsetting the group,
If you are seeking to reflect the market changes, and encourage the new and highly requested work you should do different approach.

you have to count the number of downloads backlogged to previous year, if the content of the contributor just flashed at the beginning and then decreased the level will automatically will decrease by time.

but it is not a logic at all to reset my level while my content is still counting and selling in the same rate, you are wasting contributors efforts in this way, and it is not a fair method.

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Congratulations, Shutterstock!  You have sucessfully convinced me that stock photography isn't worth my time and effort any more.  There's just something about an endless stream of 10, 12 and 14 cents that fails to motivate me to supply your greed machine any longer.  Maybe someday, if your stinginess is rightfully rewarded and you become Canstock Photo 2.0, I may re-visit this decision.  But probably not.  Good luck to all the surfs and peasants who keep producing for the pennies they throw at you.  You'll need it.

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I have a question.  Will all the employees and management at SS have their pay rolled back as well and then have to start over from where they were when they first started.   A fair question since that is what they are essentially doing to their contributors.  Fat chance that is happening, guess we are the only once having to bend over and smile!!!

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3 hours ago, Tom Tietz said:

I have a question.  Will all the employees and management at SS have their pay rolled back as well and then have to start over from where they were when they first started.   A fair question since that is what they are essentially doing to their contributors.  Fat chance that is happening, guess we are the only once having to bend over and smile!!!

Great images Tom. 10 cents for the quality of work you produce is disgraceful and immoral.

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