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About Cryptoprocta

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  1. I had several in a shortish period of time from some boxes of tablets. Not one since I rewrote my captions on these to start with "A stock photo of ..." (though lots of people don't know what a stock photo is.)
  2. Very low sales, but better value: 2 sales for $69.36 net, which is 12% of my 2020 total net, so 😁
  3. It's super-annoying for sure, but Alamy say lots of people buy files - not only pics of meds - as 'personal use', thinking they're buying the product. I'd like to hope they can see that a file was not downloaded. (However, if it's refunded only a few days after a purchase, that would be a bit soon for a buyer to complain about not having received something by mail.) You'd think people, especially if abroad, and not really understanding English or what stock images are, might expect to see how a product is going to be delivered, but who knows?
  4. I got a sale for a file of a 'known person' whose name I had unknowingly mis-spelt, i.e. I had no idea there was an alternative spelling of her not-uncommon surname. Presumably the person searching was the same. So now I've added the correct spelling but left the wrong one 'just in case'. Otherwise, I do put in variants, and sometimes also foreign words if relevant, e.g. Roma, Firenze or a particular building or bridge. I.e. only if the photo has been taken in a particular country.
  5. That's not how pricing on Alamy works. I've had an 'alamywhack' (a subject for which, at the time of sale, I had the only image on Alamy) sell for tiddlers. The prices are what the buyer negotiates, presumably based on the amount they guarantee to buy. We have no negotiating power. If you doubt that, just check the Alamy 'rack rate' prices for common subjects and under-represented subects, and you'll find they're the same prices. If thousands of something exist, we have a lot more competition, for sure, so our image either has to be better or different enough to catch the buyer'
  6. Sales: -13%, compared to 2019. Revenue: -30% compared to 2019, -47% compared to 2018. (gross, from chart on dashboard) Worst full year for gross revenue, only worse year was 2009, the year I started. Admittedly, due to personal circumstances, I hardly uploaded anything this year. These circumstances have changed, but I'm not sure whether it would be worth the effort: there is almost no 'live news' down here which is of interest to the nationals, and the local papers don't pay for images, or at least they don't use Alamy/other agency images. General stock prices are shooting dow
  7. Six tiddlers and a refund from May 2019 (default, probably) meant month ended on -$10.52, so technically worst month ever; though as the sale was never paid, I'm not actually paying back money received, thank goodness.
  8. That is where there is a problem interpretation. Generally undermining sales of 'teaching materials' is understood to mean published textbooks etc., though you are clearly interpreting a photo as a 'teaching material' if is used that way. I suspect you'd be relying on "the man on the Clapham omnibus" to settle that.
  9. As you well know, in the UK, if teachers are using them within their own classrooms, it's almost never theft, it's an allowed use (exception to copyright). "the copying of works in any medium as long as the use is solely to illustrate a point, it is not done for commercial purposes, it is accompanied by a sufficient acknowledgement, and the use is fair dealing. This means minor uses, such as displaying a few lines of poetry on an interactive whiteboard, are permitted, but uses which would undermine sales of teaching materials are not" https://www.gov.uk/guidance/exceptions-to-copyrig
  10. Nine sales, minus a refund* from last month, $90.70 net, which is my best earning month of 2020. Zooms and CTR low. * which may well have been a genuine error as it sold twice with almost identical details.
  11. Hmmm, it's complex for sure. Hadn't thought about the freelance thing. Thanks for the reply.
  12. I've had an Alamywhack net me less than an average UKNS sale. We're always told it's not about the rareness or beauty of the image, but the discounting ability of the buyer. Pretending otherwise is having our heads in the sand.
  13. I'm opted in; but still, this post further erodes my trust in Alamy. When I was opted out, all that happened was that I got fewer sales. It has been said many times that UKNS buyers just didn't see opted out files. How can that be a "more complex and confusing search experience"? How stupid do you think these customers are? How stupid do you think we are when you feed us this guff? If I'm buying anything online and filter my options by price, I get options which are within my budget, and I don't need to see more expensive (or, indeed, cheaper) options. That's a sma
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