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10 minutes ago, GregDPhotos said:

Why do you "hope" other people will delete their accounts? Are you recommending that people delete their accounts for their own benefit?

Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who are hurt the most (c)

Just note for yourself the most "I delete my account" contributors from this thread and check them in a few weeks😉
 

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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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Some quick calculations, they show

  • how steep the 35% and 40% tiers are, something most of us will never be able to touch.
  • If we do get to a high tier how much the reset in jan hurts us 
  • The stark difference how much of a paycut you'll end up taking vs now 
  • How in video getting back to 30% commissions will be nearly impossible 
  • The mix of packs is an assumption - SS will not even tell us how good/bad this is

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10 minutes ago, Oleksii Arseniuk said:

Those who cry the loudest are not always the ones who are hurt the most (c)

Just note for yourself the most "I delete my account" contributors from this thread and check them in a few weeks😉
 

No one is required to delete or disable their portfolio. This is a call to protest. Everyone protests as he wishes. And you, drowning out this appeal, are helping to Shutterstock or are complacent with your wit. We do not honor you either.

Никто не обязан удалять или отключать свое портфолио. Это призыв к протесту. Каждый протестует как пожелает. А вы заглушая этот призыв помогаете Шатерстоку или самодовольствуетесь своим остроумием. Не то ни другое не делаем вам чести.

 

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48 minutes ago, skysense said:

Sign the petition:

http://chng.it/WgMFwWgRdt

A petition at this point is purely symbolic.  It's not going to change management's mind.  What will affect them is to see thousands of contributors opting out of sales.  When they don't have anything decent to sell, maybe then they will take the hint that this no earnings pay structure is completely unacceptable to most contributors here.

SS says they want, "quality work that is fresh, relevant and in demand by our customers", but they're only willing to pay for the absolute dreck that they started accepting in 2015 and, only late last year, started rejecting en masse.

In other words, they want filet mignon but are only willing to pay Happy Meal prices.  They are not going to get the former with this kind of nonsensical payment structure.  Whoever proposed this is insane, at best.

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6 minutes ago, DaLiu said:

I see a lot of people saying "SS hope you change your mind!", like we are begging for SS pity, you "people" forget one essential thing, they cannot exist without us, they are just a platform for us to sell our pictures, and they charge 85% from our revenue, they deserve nothing!!!!

Exactly. Artists existed before SS, but SS would not exist without artists. SS forgot about it, and looks like artists forgot too.

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SS without contributors you have no business. Why do you believe it's ok to screw us over? I've spent almost 17 years working in this industry, and I've never seen treatment like this. You need to rethink this approach, lead the industry don't destroy it further. The work that goes into content production is valuable, quit making it worth nothing. No matter what you say about creating equal opportunity, content is not created equally, unique content will not necessarily be purchased as often as the average content and it's often times harder to come by. Cameras are not created equally...…………….

We incur all the costs of acquiring the content that you are making money off of, that your customers come to you for. We can take that content elsewhere, we can sell it ourselves, we can come together and create a contributor run hosted site. In other words, we have options, but you SS need to remember you don't own us or our footage and we can leave. 

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1 minute ago, Broken Shield Films said:

SS without contributors you have no business. Why do you believe it's ok to screw us over? I've spent almost 17 years working in this industry, and I've never seen treatment like this. You need to rethink this approach, lead the industry don't destroy it further. The work that goes into content production is valuable, quit making it worth nothing. No matter what you say about creating equal opportunity, content is not created equally, unique content will not necessarily be purchased as often as the average content and it's often times harder to come by. Cameras are not created equally...…………….

We incur all the costs of acquiring the content that you are making money off of, that your customers come to you for. We can take that content elsewhere, we can sell it ourselves, we can come together and create a contributor run hosted site. In other words, we have options, but you SS need to remember you don't own us or our footage and we can leave. 

Yep.  It costs us time, money, and resources to produce the kind of high quality images they say they want now (see first page), but are completely unwilling to pay for that kind of commitment.  Again, they want filet mignon on a Happy meal budget.  I'm not going to accept a 50-70% pay cut so that they can reap the benefits of my labor without fair compensation.

Done with SS unless and until they reverse or revise this insanity.

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Dear fellow contributors, we are all disappointed and angry, we feel betrayed.
And yet I fear that all this is only the first step in a series of changes.
The second step will probably be a cost reduction for the customers, with a subsequent lack of earnings for us.
How can we continue to have confidence in the people who have been slapping us around for months?

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10 minutes ago, AlphaNature said:

No one is required to delete or disable their portfolio. This is a call to protest. Everyone protests as he wishes. And you, drowning out this appeal, are helping to Shutterstock or are complacent with your wit. We do not honor you either.

Никто не обязан удалять или отключать свое портфолио. Это призыв к протесту. Каждый протестует как пожелает. А вы заглушая этот призыв помогаете Шатерстоку или самодовольствуетесь своим остроумием. Не то ни другое не делаем вам чести.

 

I wrote not a single word to judge others, so would you kindly address your passive aggression to somewhere else. I've my own dignity and I wrote not a single word about cooling the "protest wave". I do not like these news as much as others don't, but I've my own experience of to conveying the idea and it has nothing in common with close to hysteric appeals.

Once again - I ask people not to confront each other in this thread but to unite with the rational arguments

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this is the exact scheme that Amazon pulled with books publishers, it is a question of time until Shutterstock will go down the drain , but not to soon. tech like blockchain is starting to get implemented in microstock. future of the industry do not lies in companies reselling. a big move in the attempt to affect shutterstock is almost impossible. most of the people in this forum are ceative people, we should use that creativity in generating a leverage. 

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3 minutes ago, sahua d said:

I'm sorry but all of you just don't understand that we all live now in a post-pandemic world. All that we have as granted is gone now. This market will die soon (with or without Shutterstock).

 

 

I do not see the post-pandemic world here. everything is natural decline from year to year. They just need to work, not steal.image.thumb.png.4b42a66156a0fb49dc2235671867e181.png

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