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David W

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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={7E5E5E14-CDAF-4D56-BA1B-ED4E906A57C9}&name=David+Williams
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  • Joined Alamy
    20 May 2008

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  1. Like many contributors I upload to Alamy RM because I don't agree in principal with micro stock prices. How can it be then that I get an RM sale that gives me a tiny amount equivalent to micro stock? Admittedly it is a distributor sale (I know of course I can opt out) but my point is - isn't it time for a new payment model that respects and protects RM contributors. With image number hurtling towards 70,000,000 many must be scratching their heads and wondering if it is worth it anymore. Yes it is a very competitive environment, yes other well known agencies have been taken over BUT surely Alamy can lead for once and put in place a system that properly rewards photographers - the people that make their business possible in the first place!
  2. Happens quite regularly these days. Very annoying considering the time and effort that goes in to key wording. Have also got some waiting over two days that have not gone on sale. Doesn't look like will be today!
  3. Am sure MS work hard to do a good job - but their responses often don't answer the question - just skirt around it. There is definitely a feeling that they are only saying what they are allowed to. They do respond quickly in general and basic issues get fixed but on issues such as this about zooms - you just feel fobbed off without a full answer.
  4. Same story here - usually have good number of zooms but have disappeared in last weeks. I have had an ongoing conversation with Ms about it who yesterday said "we've made a lot of changes and we are looking at the effect on activity" and "we are doing further investigations but there's no need to panic". I asked for an explanation of the changes but of course received no answer - there is certainly something they are avoiding telling us.
  5. Alamy thank for posting that. May well be the case but if so why don't member services just say that when contributors make an inquiry!
  6. Clearly there is something wrong - MS acknowledged that yesterday. Lets hope it doesn't take too long to get fixed!
  7. same as others have reported. steady number of zoom until about 2 weeks ago. Something has definitely changed - and I would guess that it is nothing to do with keywords. Have now just emailed MS who answered "our technical team is looking into it and we'll get the issue settled".
  8. Similar story here as many others - peaked in 2012. I do wish you'd all stop telling the truth - thats why you get deleted!!!
  9. Marc, I can't explain why either but have had same experience. Under advanced search and contributor name none of my images come up under creative. However, quite accidentally whilst searching as if I was a buyer I have found, over last few months at least a dozen + that are in creative. David.
  10. Same - have a 2012 brazil sale that has still not cleared.
  11. Rakesh - My most recent sale took over 6 months and some considerable chasing before it went on my account!
  12. Spacecadet - Dagens Nyheter are terribly slow at paying. My most recent experience - 6 months+. 1/4 page around £11. Don't hold your breath!
  13. RB - that is a seriously good idea which I and I believe many would support wholeheartedly. I heavily edit my collection around every 18 months - its really only about being honest with yourself I guess. Mirco - 1st of all congratulations on birth of your son. I can't say I agree but see where your coming from. Perhaps a new type of license system is needed because what is happening is that RM prices are now not so very different from micro stock prices. Still think that a "fair trade" style tag or sticker as suggested by Dustydingo is an idea with considerable legs. The battle goes on!
  14. Dustydingo - precisely - a fair trade tag or sticker. After all fair trade started from nothing and has totally taken off. I worked in coffee business for almost 20 years - so was always passionately interested in knowing that the growers/farmers/workers in a far away country, much much poorer than ours were making a fair living - and that in some way it was being policed. Whatever it should be called that tag or sticker (or dare I say it something embedded!) - would surely be a mark that the contributor was being fairly treated. If it became the industry "norm" it would have to be accepted. Why is that not possible - inoffensive to any party and a guarantee of quality image and proper treatment of togs. RB - very valid points. I once emailed Alamy CEO who not only emailed me back but actually rang me to discuss the points raised and it was clear he genuinely cared. Regarding talent or not talent - (beauty in the eye of the beholder) - I personally believe that Alamy should cut back on the "holiday snaps" that will always linger on page 50 or 60. Tighten up the collection.They seem obsessed with having the most images. They should be largely be making money for the togs with talent and drive - that would raise the bar.
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