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  1. I know this is true of watches and perhaps other luxury goods, but camera gear? I heard that as of Jan. 1st FOREIGN buyers in the UK will NOT be eligible get their VAT refunded at the airport, and that UK citizens will no longer be able to buy duty free at the airport. They can get duty free if the retailer ships the gear overseas, (but then it must be declared when you return). If true, plan accordingly.
  2. As of Friday 9:00AM EDT / 1:PM UTC I am unable to access measures. All other functions seem normal. Cleared cache, using Chrome. Update - now working fine.
  3. As of 7:00AM EDST the Alamy site seems fully functional on the US east coast. We'll done, a gold star to all concerned.
  4. The site has been down for me most of the day and some pages still not loading or are slow. Was this a planned outage, or worse. Please let us know what is going on.
  5. Unfortunately, here in the States, that strategy wouldn't work. Let's say you were refunded $1000.00 for a past sale. If you report that as a loss or business expense, it would reduce your gross income by 1K, not your taxes. Assuming an 18% tax liability on 99K instead of the 100K you would pay 17,820 as opposed to 18,000. You've managed to recover a mere 180.00. All very rough figures of course.
  6. Simple!...Not. Here in the good 'ol USA we have tax accountants, tax lawyers, CPAs and Congress to create the most complicated tax code possible. In order to "put it down" as a net operating loss (NOL), assuming you are filing business taxes, believe me, you would pay far more in fees just to file the tax return. Or you could do it yourself. Here are some instructions...sharpen your pencils! An individual, estate or trust can obtain a tentative (quick) refund of taxes paid in prior years by filing a Form 1045, Application for Tentative Refund. A corporation uses a Form 1139, Corporation
  7. A refund for an image sold so far in the past is truly outrageous. There is another thread about the same issue. Small amounts may seem trivial and annoying, but is inherently unfair. What about a large amount that you've paid taxes on the income? Are you now going to file an amended tax return to try to recover the funds? It's a double loss. While I'm sure Alamy's contract covers them their business practices should make it hard for these situations to exist. No refunds after 9 months seems fair.
  8. Congratulations on making so many sales in your first 6 months!! As was explained, other than the "direct" sale you made in May which had a 0% commission deduction, the rest are "distributor" sales where a broker has made the sale on behalf of Alamy. The broker can't work for free, so they get a commission. Carry on!
  9. Per google translate... 173 dolar borcunuz yok. Satışlarınız 173 $, Alamy ödeme yapmadan önce komisyonunu almak zorunda. Ayrıca, ödeme alabilmeniz için tahsil edilen bakiyenizin 50 $ veya daha fazla olması gerekir.
  10. It would seem to me that Alamy would be well able to keep everyone working from home. Is there anything anyone at Alamy does that requires anything more than a desk, a phone and a computer?
  11. When the microstock business started most of the comments I heard at the time from stock shooters was alarm that the flood of "vanity" photographers would decimate the livelihood of "real" photographers for a giggle. I pleaded to all that would listen to not contribute to microstock, it would dilute our value and drive prices down. We all knew this was true, yet many contributors chose to submit their images to micro sites anyway, thinking their choice wouldn't matter much in the bigger picture. Well here we are, caught in this endless spiral of downward pricing dictated by supply and demand.
  12. Patiently waiting for QC for 2 months now. No views either. I know Alamy is shorthanded right now, understood, but I wonder if my dashboard just hasn't updated??? Any help available? thanks
  13. My 2 cents... Nikon 3500 +18-55mm kit is around $400 then add a refurbished AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E EDIF VR Lens for $140 and you're good to go for a couple of years while you learn your craft.
  14. So let's think about what you need to run PS optimally, you need 1 real hard drive and 2 other "virtual" partitions on a 2nd hard drive.The first hard drive is where you install PS and keep your catalogues of files (like your C drive), and the separate physical HD is used for partitions - "PS scratch" (see PS preferences to assign it) and "Bridge cache" (see cache management" in bridge preferences). You create these virtual drives in your Windows computer management - basically your borrowing space on an existing drive and making a new partitions. Photoshop likes these virtual dri
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