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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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With nearly $60K in lifetime earnings and a few thousand uploads, I do not say this flippantly nor without great pause, but, I don't see how I can feel good about continuing with this agency. I have recommended SS to sooooo many people over the years from friends to attendees at my classes and when I speak to camera clubs. Sadly and unfortunately, I don't see how I can do so now. Of all the things I desired to accomplish with my photography and videography, becoming a prostitute was not one of them.It's been a good ride, even with reduced earning the last couple years, but all good things come to an end. Sad. Very sad right now.
On a happy note, AS earning continue to increase!

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13 hours ago, mary981 said:

All contributors reset to level 1 at the beginning of the year. This sounds like a substantial pay cut. Is it? What is the payout I should expect from what a .36 subscription royalty is now? 

Normally 10 cents, sometimes maybe a little more.

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It really is simple to take contributors more money as already, isn't it? Reset all contributors to Level 1 each year? Really? Does you sallary at SS reset to start position every year? Or your shares SSTK on NYSE? Stupid comparing, but do they? It is Sisyphus work and nothing else. SS you have been great agency for me, personally speaking in years before, top one! But now ... one big disappointment from month to month and so on.  😥

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My guess is that we are all just loosing our time posting in this thread, clearly they just have some girl who they hired specially to answer only the key questions here, she scrolls trough this posts to find them, and no one of those who decided to make this change is going to bother to react here, because we are nobody to them. Those people are way too puffed up to take any responsibility for their actions, and I am in doubt all of our comment together will make any difference for them. That is clearly a rude case of "just business, nothing personal" approach. 

What they do forget, is that they also mortal, like us, and the impact they have made here on earth, if they believe it or not - is much more important then the bank balance they are going to have in the moment of death. 

Great people are remembered because of the sacrifices they made for others, only such people are remaining on the pages of the history,

and greedy unworthy people are being forgotten very fast, wiped out from everyone's memory, even from the memory of the close ones. 

 

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10 hours ago, Kate Shutterstock said:

 

Kate, this is an extremely simple question, and you obviously know the exact answer. I am a level 5 contributor. How much will I receive for subscription downloads. Do not say the percentage or "not less than 10c", just tell me the number. Right now it is 38c. What will it be next week? 

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3 hours ago, yusia said:

I read it as the tiers will be increasing (or not, if the sales stay low) during the year. So yes, they calculated your tier starting June 2019. So, If you are tier 4 or 5 on December 31, on January 1st you will roll back to tier 1. 

I don't think so! I have way over 500 downloads (close to 700) since last June, yet I am only Level 3 (251-500). 

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3 minutes ago, Istvan Balogh said:

I don't think so! I have way over 500 downloads (close to 700) since last June, yet I am only Level 3 (251-500). 

I agree.  Tiers effective June 1st are calculated from January 1st of this year.

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17 minutes ago, Rich Carey said:

Kate, this is an extremely simple question, and you obviously know the exact answer. I am a level 5 contributor. How much will I receive for subscription downloads. Do not say the percentage or "not less than 10c", just tell me the number. Right now it is 38c. What will it be next week? 

10c for most of your sales. There are several spreadsheets in this topic showing calculations based on this new model. For most popular packages you will not get more than 23c even at rank 6. Most people will be getting 10c from now on.

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6 hours ago, AnastasiaOsipova said:

Hello, everyone! There are so many amazing authors, superbly talented people! This is unreal cool!!! But! Shutterstock, you don't appreciate us... Yes, ladnol, I'm new here and I don't have the coolest jobs, but I will be very sorry to say goodbye to you! You were like my first love... Now you're spitting into your own well. We'll survive because you're not the only one. Will you survive?

I'm sorry to hear that you arrived late to the party here. Times were really good in the old days. But yes you are so right. This is devastating news. It is shocking. Your attitude is right. I hope that SS will harm themselves with this cold hearted decision. There are better places that deserve our images. 

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1 hour ago, Rushay said:

"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever" George Orwell

Shutterstock must just be honest they ain't got no loyalty. They are just lining their own pockets at the cost of the contributors. I think at this time we should invest more into Adobe, yes we understand you a business but when you have no regard for the people that brought you where you are it's time for them to pull out.

"...yes we understand you a business but when you have no regard for the people that brought you where you are it's time for them to pull out."

Well said!

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Big shutterstock meeting:

CEO; "the world is going through a difficult period. we need to turn this crisis into an opportunity. we'll pay the contributors less."

Other people:" contributors will react greatly.

CEO: "What are they going to do? will they leave?"hahaahahah (laughter in the meeting room...)

after the industrial revolution, they used to cut factory workers ' wages every year. more to earn and increase income. in the new world order, we are the new cheap workers. we're new to this system and we can't react. because we can't organize. Watch "the english game" on Netflix. it's about our current situation.

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