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Has SS become a modern day virtual SweatShop?

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10 minutes ago, The Jungle Explorer said:

If I had no argument, I would say the same thing. LOL!

 

How do you feel when YouTube changes their policies that directly affect how much revenue you'd make from say ads or affiliate links or how your videos are shared? Are they then a a sweatshop too?

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1 hour ago, stockphotofan1 said:

 

How do you feel when YouTube changes their policies that directly affect how much revenue you'd make from say ads or affiliate links or how your videos are shared? Are they then a a sweatshop too?

Actually, I make a lot of money on YouTube.  YouTube has never done what you are talking about.  There was the Apocalypse of 2017, but that was caused by companies canceling over 2 billion in ad contracts with Google over YouTube allowing their ads to run really bad videos, such as suicide videos.  Yes, I lost money and was no happy about it, but it was not caused YouTube deciding to just SCREW all their contributors.  They got screwed, so everyone else got screwed. YouTube worked their ever living butts off trying to get things back to normal and figure out a way to keep the ad companies happy too.  YouTube started many forums and provided creators many ways to provide input and feedback.   

Nothing like this happened to SS.  SS decided they want to keep more money.  They are greedy and they have told their contributors to go take flying leap into a lake if we don't like their new policies.  So try again

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1 hour ago, The Jungle Explorer said:

Wrong!  I can't just do that.  You see, in your little tiny universe, you may not be aware that not everybody has a FiOS 1 Gig internet connection and can upload a GB of data every second.  I live in a remote rural area with a very poor internet connection that on the very best days is .03 Mbs That is Megabits, not Megabytes. It takes me all night to upload a few high quality images to SS.  For me to move my database of images would take literally months.  

Everything I said 100% applies to SS.

I agree. The other sites apart from AS have very poorly designed upload pages & take some getting used to. Besides to get the same number of sales on those you probably have to upload 10x more images to equal the sales on SS.

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1 hour ago, The Jungle Explorer said:

Wrong!  I can't just do that.  You see, in your little tiny universe, you may not be aware that not everybody has a FiOS 1 Gig internet connection and can upload a GB of data every second.  I live in a remote rural area with a very poor internet connection that on the very best days is .03 Mbs That is Megabits, not Megabytes. It takes me all night to upload a few high quality images to SS.  For me to move my database of images would take literally months.  

Everything I said 100% applies to SS.

And in my little world when I get stuck with limited upload I look around for services like wirestock or stocksubmitter so my one upload goes to multiple agencies. 

You presumably looked around and of the possible options decided that uploading to just SS was your preferred path.  That path has suddenly become not as nice as it first appeared - but that still does not make it a virtual sweatshop.

 

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8 hours ago, Starsphinx said:

And in my little world when I get stuck with limited upload I look around for services like wirestock or stocksubmitter so my one upload goes to multiple agencies. 

You presumably looked around and of the possible options decided that uploading to just SS was your preferred path.  That path has suddenly become not as nice as it first appeared - but that still does not make it a virtual sweatshop.

 

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I totally get the problem with a slow net connection because I live out in the sticks, too. I typically downsize my images just so they don't take forever and a half to upload.

But, I'm confused here - how do you have a problem with submitting images (slow connection), if you still upload videos to youtube? The video files are enormous compared to image files even if they're "short". What do you use for youtube uploads that doesn't give you the same slow connection problem?

I must have missed something?

 

 

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10 hours ago, Sari ONeal said:

I totally get the problem with a slow net connection because I live out in the sticks, too. I typically downsize my images just so they don't take forever and a half to upload.

But, I'm confused here - how do you have a problem with submitting images (slow connection), if you still upload videos to youtube? The video files are enormous compared to image files even if they're "short". What do you use for youtube uploads that doesn't give you the same slow connection problem?

I must have missed something?

 

 

 

I don't upload videos everyday.  It takes up to four days to upload a single 10 minute HD video, during which time I pretty much do not have internet for anything else.  YouTube does allow me to stop the upload and resume it at a later time without having to start all over, so if there is a power outage or an internet connection issue, I can resume.  I have to take turns on what I am going to upload.  Pretty much, I start my uploads and let them run all night, every night.  It is an exercise in extreme patience and perseverance.

I am just a guy trying to feed his family.  I live in a God forsaken desert where the worst environmental conditions exist 365 day a year. I tried raising chickens to make money.  The predators ate them all.  After years of war with them and losing several thousands of birds lost, I gave up on that and decided to raise organic vegetables.  Invested huge amounts in equipment and building greenhouse.  But when you get straight-line winds of up 126 mph (hurricane category 3 force), it is hard to keep a greenhouse up.  If I plant out doors, the heat wind and insects kill it or eat it to the ground.  I have had four foot tall corn eaten to the ground.  I have come to the conclusion that anyone that claims they grow vegetable in America without the us pesticides is lying through their teeth.  Last year the bugs ate all the leaves off my fruit orchard and killed all the trees.

So, I finally gave up on trying to make a living off of my land and decided to try to make a living online.  I do a lot of things, not just Stock images, but I was hoping with time, I could build up enough of a portfolio to earn some extra cash.  SS was my biggest earner until this change.  Now it is not worth my time.  I am just getting a little tired of working my butt off trying to make an honest living and having things beyond my control come along and destroy all my work.  Most of all, I hate it when it is caused by greedy millionaires that are not satisfied with their millions and want more and get it by abusing their power to take advantage of people that live on almost nothing, just because "They Can". And that is what this whole thing boils down to.  SS cut the commission rate by 70% because THEY CAN.  It was not because they HAD too.  It was not because they NEEDED to. SS did it because the CAN do it because they are greedy. Anyone that defends this decision to me is, in my eyes, less than human. 

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They shoot horses, dont they? One of better movies of USA cinematography.

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