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  1. Alamy is blatently turning a blind eye to buyers purchasing wrong licenses. Had this one in the past month. I would love to opt out but not possible with RF (90% of my port) or how about this one from last year, also licensed as PU:
  2. 3 for $39 gross. wow. Link to my detailed July stock earnings report
  3. He still gives a lot of information away for free. The rest he hopes to recover some of his costs, which is reasonable since he's not running a charity
  4. Alamy does have some microstock elements, which I don't think is necessarily a bad business decision...it's just catering to buyers' evolving needs. One instance of "microstocky" behaviour is offering the image-packs which is just a fancy way to call them subscriptions (albeit at higher priced than at full-on micros). A more clear example are the heavy discounts given to "bulk discount, flat sales" purchases: Here are some of the gross prices I've seen for such recent sales: - $3.14 - $3.48 - $4.80 - $2.98 - $3.14 etc But fortunately, these are offset by larger sales, such as the following recent gross prices: - $109 - $105 - $377 etc
  5. Not sure yet. Covid messed up a lot of business plans, including mine. While I admire the audacity of some contributors for permanently deactivating huge ports from SS (some I've read are 50,000+ assets), I think it's a foolish/rash/emotional decision considering the "sunken costs" associated and loss of passive future income, however diminished. In addition, SS contributors simply don't have enough stats yet to determine just how bad the drop will be in earnings (I still managed to pick up a $90 net sale this month on SS for an extended license). Permanently shutting down is not something I will even contemplate...farthest I'll go is reluctantly supporting these temporarily shut-downs since we're stronger in numbers. My focus these days is on producing high-quality 4K video (likely to be uploaded to Pond5 exclusivity soon for 60% earnings and ability to set my own price) and submitting book cover stock (Rights-Managed exclusive) to Arcangel Images, which sell for me at around $150 net average a license. Those two avenues seem to be more resilient to market forces, at least for the time being. Perhaps I'll start submitting more to Alamy RM exclusive as well for that added 20% revenue, however, I'm quite annoyed at their Customer Service for not dealing seriously with ongoing suspicious Personal Usage license usages despite numerous follow-ups. Appreciate all for keeping the exchange civilized...I know this topic can hit some nerves as we're talking about sustainability of livelihoods.
  6. Going non-exclusive RF is a no-brainer imo and a good business decision but need to keep an eye on agencies as some make harmful decisions, such as the latest with SS which is causing a stir and iStock's 15% non-exclusive 2cent debacle about two years ago. For argument's sake, are you implying that if I were to be exclusive on Alamy with 10,800 images I would have earned in 2019 over $5,000 net (instead of my current $1,140)? I think that is far fetched, although almost impossible to know...we can only speculate. However, I do have some stats on the small but high-quality RM exclusive on RM (about 800) and those have vastly under-performed vs the non-exclusive RF batch.
  7. Yes, I'm not sure what going back into formal employment has has to do with the discussion. My earnings are all open for perusal and even living in Portugal earning $10,000 a year isn't enough for anything close to decent standard of living...but is enough to guilt-free equipment upgrades and travel (which is near impossible now). I'm a lawyer by training which pays much more than photography / videography and was given an offer I couldn't refuse in Madrid, however, the project was cut short because of Covid. Now back to full-time stock and have another shocker with SS in the space of a few weeks. Oh well, such is life, but I'm optimistic.
  8. Question: Does submitting images to subscription-based Microstock sites impact potentially higher-priced sales on Alamy (RF)?
  9. This "better than nothing" system is hugely more profitable than all the alternatives, including Alamy: (in fact almost 4x as profitable with 90% duplicated images) My earnings at SS in 2019: Port size at Dec 2019 aprox: 10,000 Total images sold: 5755 Total net earnings: $3,916 Average Return Per download: $0.68 My earnings at Alamy in 2019: Port size at Dec 2019 aprox: 10,800 Total images sold: 103 Total net earnings: $1,140 Average Return per download: $11.06 The above results are consistent with many other contributors who upload to the same agencies.
  10. Not sure, lately SS has been promoting heavily in India. Cost of living is lower in many parts of the world and surely some contributors will take 10cent subs as "better than nothing". However, the quality of work coming out of some of those contributors is pathetic...and this is evident with any search for "new" for pretty much anything.
  11. That all sounds noble but when 40% of one's monthly income, on average, derives from that specific agency it's not practical. I've left plenty of agencies in my time due to them suddenly changing goal posts but earnings there were poor.
  12. It's a coordinated effort, not just deactivations. It's getting media attention traction, contacting buyers on social media and asking them to shop elsewhere (such as Alamy), even encouraging investors to short the SS stock (I would but unfortunately my broker doesn't have their ticket). Together with a complete upload boycott. Some huge ports from Russian are joining in and we should be able to have 5-10million files deactivated this week. 5-10 million out of 330 million may not seem much but consider that these are the top-tier images and videos. Already seeing some impact (and I can imagine that the new images uploaded are 95% junk), curious to see what the numbers will be on June 16. June 1 - 326.401.446 images, 1.146.506 new images per weekJune 4 - 325.718.566 images, 1.157.726 new images per weekJune 6 - 325.167.887 images, 1.123.492 new images per weekJune 8 - 324.236.117 images, 1.062.475 new images per weekJune 11- 324.111.510 images, 1.031.537 new images per weekJune 15- 324.009.728 images, 993.927 new images per week We're planning a month-long shutdown in January when all earning levels go back to 1, so this is just the start.
  13. In protest, I've deactivated my port on there (10,000 images and 1,000 clips) for a week, along with hundreds of other contributors. The recent cuts at SS make the 20% cut at Alamy last year look like child's play, especially when it comes to videos.
  14. Yes, they've been around for a while (in only some locations) but now they're pushing them everywhere. What's the definition of a "microstock" agency? To me it's any agency that offers images at low prices on a subscription model. "Image packs" is just a fancy way of describing "subscriptions". What is commonly agreed to be "Microstock agencies" do offer subs for much cheaper. I see the least expensive image pack on offer at Alamy is for $8/download (gross) vs around $1/download on "micros". Also fair enough that Alamy still offer RM and exclusive at very specific usages. Probably unfair to call Alamy a microstock agency and I'll take it back but it's certainly heading that way, but it's not necessarily a bad things, as long as volumes increase. I've said this many times and I'll repeat $100 net earned is still $100 if it's 100 x $1 sale or just 1 x $100 sale. I'll take it either way!
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