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I am really puzzled about the payments I receive for the video downloads. So far they range from $0.81 to $12. Unlike for stills, it doesn't say whether they were subs downloads or on demand, or anything else for that matter. It's really puzzling. I would appreciate some transparency here but, may be, I am asking for too much from SS.

Another agency gave me 40% of the download value I had set but the downloads are much lower there. 

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You get a percentage of the sale price depending on what level you are on. https://submit.shutterstock.com/payouts?language=en
The amount of actual money will vary depending on the package/size etc the buyer has purchased - they will pay different amounts. 
Very low earnings probably come from things like Wix or FB deals. But we always get the same percentage dependant on our current level no matter what. I guess the purchase price is to variable for SS to break it down further than they already do to share with us. 

I doubt there are any individuals that will earn 40% for videos here, you need to have 25,000 dls (in any one year) before you can reach that top level! 

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5 hours ago, LSP EM said:

So far they range from $0.81 to $12. Unlike for stills, it doesn't say whether they were subs downloads or on demand, or anything else for that matter

There are only cart sales and clip pack sales for videos - and the price depends on size and the use, like Linda said.

To see which ones they were, go to your earnings summary page  https://submit.shutterstock.com/earnings?year=2021&month=06&language=en

then click on the date link, for example https://submit.shutterstock.com/earnings/daily?category=25_a_day&language=en&date=2021-06-04

and click on the tabs on top for sales of

Subscriptions (x) / On demand (x) / Enhanced (x) / Cart sales (x) / Clip packs (x) / Single & other  / Referrals (x)

 

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If you have good clips that attract high-end buyers it should all even out over time.  Yes, we all have some low-paying sales but they should be balanced out by the high-paying sales.  If all your sales are only earning a few cents, then there might be something wrong with the subject matter of your portfolio (no commercial value), your metadata (keywords and descriptions), or the technical quality and/or specifications of your clips.

My lowest commission this month was $1.00 and my highest was $135.But it balances out.  So far I am averaging $25.62 per sale, which is lower than it was a couple of years ago, but not too bad for today's market.

 

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I think Doug not many of have access to places that you have had. The reason you are getting high end sales could be because you have unique contents in your collection. A big chunk of your Top Videos consists of space technology and most of us don’t have access to that. If you don’t live in the capital city, industrial town, near a sea port or close to a space centre then you have a definite disadvantage and your portfolio will reflect that.

I have come to realise that where you are located has a big bearing on what you can shoot. Another option is to travel but that costs money and there is no guarantee that you will get it back. It’s not hard to achieve high technical standard with the right training but shooting contents that sell is way harder to achieve as that could largely depend on your location and what you have access to. 

 

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13 hours ago, LSP EM said:

I think Doug not many of have access to places that you have had. The reason you are getting high end sales could be because you have unique contents in your collection. A big chunk of your Top Videos consists of space technology and most of us don’t have access to that. If you don’t live in the capital city, industrial town, near a sea port or close to a space centre then you have a definite disadvantage and your portfolio will reflect that.

I have come to realise that where you are located has a big bearing on what you can shoot. Another option is to travel but that costs money and there is no guarantee that you will get it back. It’s not hard to achieve high technical standard with the right training but shooting contents that sell is way harder to achieve as that could largely depend on your location and what you have access to. 

 

No offense, but those are nothing but excuses.  Everyone has access to unique subject matter that other people would have trouble matching.  Besides, you don't even know what my best selling clips are or where/how I shot them so it is foolish to say that my success (or lack thereof) can be attributed to my location.  Are there human beings where you live?  If so, then shoot them doing things in a cinematic, creative and interesting way -- and then get them to sign a release.  That is where the real money is -- yet I have none of that in my portfolio. But you don't hear me complaining I don't have anyone to shoot who will sign a release.  I shoot other things instead.  Everyone needs to shoot what is appropriate for their location and interests.  If we all shot the same stuff nobody would be making any money at all.

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I used to have 4-5 sales in average per month. But, I received 25-100$ per video. Now I have 20 sales average a month, but I receive 0.30$ (30CENTS) per video. I only have videos in my portfolio. 

It is such an insult when I see I got 0.25$ per sale... I did not upload a single new file here since that "new payment policy" came out, and I never will. I am actually thinking to delete all the files from here. It is really as they are mocking us. 

I am uploading new files constantly on Pond5, and usually one sale there is 5 times more money than all the monthly sales here on Shutterstock combined. Shame.

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