Is anybody selling video properly since 14th of Dec?

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vision008
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013 2:34PM
Someone turned the tap off again
Maulsmasher
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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2013 2:48PM
IIs there any public record of iStocks earnings? They must be down also right? What I am getting at are sales just down here, or is recording broken. Is there any data for us to be abkle to compare...or are we just forever in the dark
Gizmo
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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2013 5:01AM
Total disaster...only one video sale in 7 days!!!!!!!
It's time to say goodbye...
OrlowskiDesigns
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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2013 12:18PM

When it comes to stock agencies, we contributors are forever in the dark.


Odd, when you think of it, since WE--the producers--make THEIR content.
HappyRojo
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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2013 11:11PM
Yep!!
Maulsmasher
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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 7:10AM
Kind of a shame. Someone mentioned before not to bite the hand that feeds you, but in this case it works both ways doesn't it? Stock agencies rely on us just as much if not more than we rely on them.
AllLightFilmCLOSEDB
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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 7:57AM
Posted By Maulsmasher:
not to bite the hand that feeds you...

Sitting in the lounge waiting for car service right now, and glad to find out I have one sale in the early morning, but your comment made my day! They bite you because they love you!
jjneff
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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 9:51AM
Sales are rotten, actually only have had two OK weeks since Nov. 2012. Time is running out for me sad so say. 
AllLightFilmCLOSEDB
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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 11:15AM
Calm down guys. I had 3 big sales  till 1pm eastern time today while i was rovering around under the sunshine ( after a rainny week) , is this a sign of something, anyone?
jjneff
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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 11:49AM
OK I do this for a living and for the past three months have been down 40-50% of my income compared to 2012. It's not getting better, I may have a few good days in a row but then nothing. If my sales are down the same % this month I have no choice but to leave. I don't expect anyone to care but I have to take care of a family. Nothing has been done about the old files in the BM pushed to high. Facts are facts and I will be fine its just a shame it has to be this way!
editboy23
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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 12:01PM

I just received this email, fwiw


To our valued customers,

We want to say we're sorry if you had trouble finding what you were looking for on iStock recently. We were in the middle of some site improvements, and the matches you got might have made you feel like you stumbled into a bad online dating experience. But rest assured the problem is fixed, so next time you come to the site you'll get exactly what you're looking for (except the man or woman of your dreams. Sorry again.).

Please accept our offer of 15% off iStock credit packs of 30 or more as a token of our apology. Just enter coupon code OOPS15 on checkout by March 31st*. And feel free to drop us a line at help@iStockphoto.com if you have any further questions or comments.
jjneff
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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 12:04PM
Well that is not true for video customers, I guess iStock just dosen't care about video!
Gizmo
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Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 2:07PM

With every "site improvement" we get lot of new bugs, problems, bad search results etc.

Instead giving "sorry" credits and discounts to pissed customers why don't IS try to hire someone who would
really improve site and make it fast and functional?
Lobo
Posted Fri Mar 8, 2013 3:02PM
So I have been through this thread a few times now and I haven't been able to find any reasons for it to stay open. I appreciate that people want a place to complain about sales but it seems like it's a daily update from the same handful of people on how horrible everything is. I understand, I also complete see that in spite of everything that people are still hoping things will change.

One of the underlying concerns people have been referencing - here and elsewhere - is the current state of Best Match. Clearly we have been having a frank discussion about BM in the Discussion forum over the last few months. We have actually just updated the thread this week - see here. It clearly isn't entirely focused on video, which is why I started this VIDEO BM THREAD this week. Ive done this so I can start a focused discussion on the Video side of the BM issues so we can also address the concerns our Video Contributors are focused on.

I'm going to lock this thread up now. As it seems like it's becoming a catch all for a handful of contributors to just continually complain about their current experience here. Whereas the complaints and criticisms are welcome, it occurred to me that maybe we should have some clear discussions on the issues you are facing in specific threads.

Best Match - Video Edition is a starting point. If anyone has any other specific issues they would like us to open an official discussion on please contact me via Site Mail.

(Edited on 2013-03-11 09:43:00 by Lobo)
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