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  1. 32 minutes ago, Phil Crean said:

    A figure quoted by James was approx 17million images were exclusive and benefiting from the 50% before the cut...

    I don't know how many contributors that equates too.

    Phil

     

    actually not all of them benefited before the cut, as we are now seeing Alamy just redating these sales to now go under the new commission rates even if they were exclusive at time of download prior to July 23, 2021. 

  2. 1 minute ago, DJ Myford said:

     

    It doesn't have to stop at 40%. In February I had a licence credited at 50%. Next year I will be kicked down to silver, and if that licence gets refunded and rebilled then it will go from 50% to 20%. We've seen that Alamy apparently has no time limit on refunds.

     

     

    exactly.  plus they will find a retroactive affiliate link to reduce your earnings even more. 

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  3. 2 minutes ago, Sultanpepa said:

     

    I don't think Alamy/PA will give two hoots whether the customer uses all the images or not. They've got their money and that's all they'll care about. Anything that isn't payed out to contributors is a bonus for them. Don't be building your hopes up of anything extra coming your way.

     

     

    i am not expecting anything Extra, just the price the client Effectively paid for each download They actually got. 

  4. 4 minutes ago, George Chin said:

    I don't think that you will get a satisfactory answer without requesting an audit on your sales. 

     

    but i can't ask for an audit until Alamy actually clearly states how the Calculation is done, as it is not clearly stated in the Contract, same as "date of sale", and we seem where that is leading.  

  5. as i feel the question is getting lost, and we have yet to see an answer

     

    @Alamy can you please validate how licence price is determined and reconciled in cases of partial use of package

     

    Client pays $100 for a 10 pack, and only uses 8 licences (because it is still cheaper than the individual price)

     

     

    When and how will the reconciliation be done that they paid $12.50 per image downloaded?

     

     

     

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  6. I hope people understand the potential implication of what is being done here with recalculating based on new dates, status and contract.  Had these happened next year this could have had major implication for a contributor, much more then current examples. 

     

    Here is the potential impact 

     

    Sale on $89 in June 2022 to a contributor, raising their annual total to $300 .  The contributor now gets paid $35.60. (40% under current deal)

     

     

    In July 2022, a nice sale of $150, receive $60, paid at end of August.

     

     

    Mid September 2022, the June 2022 sale is cancelled, and "resold" effect Sept 18, 2022. 

     

    Here is the nifty trick.  Now the Contributor only had $211 licencing for the Period of July 2021-June 2022, so as of July 2022 they are only silver.

     

     

    The $150 sales would therefore contractually only be getting 20%, so contributor only get $30, and owes $30 back.

    In addition, the $89 is still under silver-2022, so only gets paid $17.80.

     

    And contributor is only total $239 so still Silver for at least the next sale.  

     

     

    This was highlighted in new contract with the lack of definition of "Sales date", and never addressed. 

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  7. 21 hours ago, NYCat said:

    Wait 24 hours for the site to update. Occasionally it takes longer than that.

     

    Paulette

     

    and by Occasionally Paulette means regularly nowadays ;), and by longer we mean no acknowledgement of how long.  I have images approved Saturday still not up for client search.  Since historically servers still updated on week-end, this is now 3 updates with images not making it through. 

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  8. 21 minutes ago, Radim said:

    Does AoA work for you? Not since yesterday.
    Also, the photos approved on Friday and yesterday have not been updated yet.
    How are you. Thanks.

     

     

    same here.

     

     

      image not being up for sales is a big issue, this has been going on for over a year now, with not even any solution or explanation what issue is, note that my blue number reflects these images, just that clients can't see them 

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  9. 5 hours ago, Radim said:

    PA/Alamy basic principle  is mainly not to harm the interests of buyers. Unfortunately, contributors are in second place The loss of a client is a bigger scarecrow than the loss of one or more contributors. We are on the side that has no way to defend itself. PA/Alamy can say at any time that if we don't like anything, we can leave. Our relationship is not equal. We are pulling for the shorter end of the rope for a very long time. From this point of view, I do not believe that the agreement on the change of commission will be corrected.

    I do not believe that in the future awaits us in the sector stock photography some improvement. That is the reality.
    Still, keep a steady mind and stay safe😀

     

    But what is the impact on the client?  There is no change whatsoever to them, in fact they might have negative perception if they found that by changing the date Alamy just keeps a bigger portion of the fee. 

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  10. 2 hours ago, gvallee said:

    I was shocked to fail QC this week, it took only one day's wait to be notified, so you should be alright. 

     

    I failed for wrong reason number one: image attachment. It was a very rare bird, a threatened specie occuring only in one restricted remote area. Purple crown, turquoise tail up, beak open singing its heart out. Who could bin such a pic? It's a little bird, very active, and of course it had moved, not stopping quite long enough. I sharpened it a bit, it would have been good enough for web use, never mind, I'm not disputing it.

     

     

    quick note if it is rare enough on database i remember a few years ago someone reporting here having reportage opened up by support for such an occurrence of a rare species. 

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  11. 18 minutes ago, imageplotter said:

    Dear Alamy,

    Shouldn´t these stock clients on bulk and discounted deals have to at least wait for images to be stock, though, not live news, too??

     

    This morning, I have a sale logged on my sales history of a live news image from yesterday afternoon, Boris Johnson departing for PMQ´s. 

     

    Value of the sale: (gross) $4.58 (of which I then get...less than $2! Yay. The travel card was around $15) I stood in cold, shady Downing Street for 6.5 hrs yesterday on my little step ladder, from and hour before PMQ departures, all through the cabinet re-shuffle which finally finished early evening. No loo, no food/drink, just standing there. Like all the other togs did, too, of course. 

     

    The client - well, here´s where it gets funny. Great if the Parliamentary publications can buy a live news image at microstock prices. Because they have the budget to pay regular prices, but clearly don´t need to. Meanwhile my taxpayer´s money, paid from the measly less than $2 I get from this sale,  pays for Boris Johnson´s three highly paid personal photographers who were swarming round all day yesterday, as usual. That really makes my blood boil.

     

    Usage: Editorial, 550 images UK Based Websites & The House, Parliamentary, Civil Service World & Holyrood Magazines.
    Media: Magazine - print, digital and electronic
    Start: 15 September 2021
    End: 15 September 2026

     

    why can't i give this a "Thanks" for stating this  "up arrow" for agreeing "HaHa" for the general content and "Sad" for where we are being taken. 

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  12. 7 minutes ago, Phil Crean said:

    What I've been saying also!

    Phil

    but there is the other component, which relates to my post before.  I has long been speculated from some of Alamy's competitors that there is also a significant revenue stream from the unused image in a package, and i wait for Alamy's input how that revenue is allocated to the contributors.   

    To take the example, if someone bought a 10 image pack for $100, but only downloaded 8, they actually paid $12.50 per image downloaded, when does Alamy do the reconciliation, and credit back the contributors' account? 

     

     

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  13. 4 hours ago, Alamy said:

    Hi all, 

     

    The stock industry is very competitive and we do have to compete with our competitors or we risk loosing customers, and therefore sales. In order to do this we have to offer discounts, but also image packs. We aren't the only company to offer image packs, and our average licence fee has maintained over the last few years.

     

    Our sales teams work extremely hard to negotiate on deals with all forms of customers and always try to get the best market value possible for each license. 

     

    Thanks, 

    Alamy

     

     

    But at some point isn't it better to just walk away from certain clients?  Doesn't it end up costing too much money to Alamy to have the "Sale team work extremely hard to negotiate on deals" where Alamy end contribution to revenue is as illustrated above 13 cents for a download?  

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  14. 4 hours ago, Alamy said:

    Hi all, 

     

    The stock industry is very competitive and we do have to compete with our competitors or we risk loosing customers, and therefore sales. In order to do this we have to offer discounts, but also image packs. We aren't the only company to offer image packs, and our average licence fee has maintained over the last few years.

     

    Our sales teams work extremely hard to negotiate on deals with all forms of customers and always try to get the best market value possible for each license. 

     

    Thanks, 

    Alamy

     

    Thanks @Alamy, How are unused credits of image packs reallocated?  

    Let's say client pays $100 for 10 images, but only uses 8, and are contributors earning calculated?  When is reconciliation done?  

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  15. 16 minutes ago, Sultanpepa said:

     

    How can Alamy even try to justify that? 😠

     

     

    actually,  how can Alamy not even try to justify that?  we have seen these for almost one year now and not once has Alamy even deemed it proper in their relationship with contributors to even engage with us about them, except to say that for 6% of the images then needed to keep an extra 3 cents to survive.  

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  16. Mid $$. direct, exclusive not that it makes much difference (at least no affiliate)

     

     

    Country: Canada ; Usage: Editorial ;  Media: Magazine - print, digital and electronic ;  Print run: up to 25,000 ;  Placement: Inside ;  Start: 30-September-2021 ; End: 30-September-2026

     

     

     

    Ottawa, Canada.  July 1st, 2021.  Cancel Canada Day Indigenous rally  following discovery of unmarked children graves in Residential Schools Stock Photo

     

     

     

     

    added: Just realised that this is actually a rare zoomed image that got licensed for me..  maybe i  need to make comments about that more often. 

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