Image sale only earned 8 cents?

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Maulsmasher
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:57AM
I have been a video contributor for a bit, but recently put up some photos as a non-exclusive. One sold today, but only earned 8 cents. Which is odd...as the lowest the file can go is $2...15% of that is 30 cents...so how could I only earn 8 cents...I'm cinfused...sorry if  this is something I am ignorant to...
RobMattingley
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:07AM
Posted By Maulsmasher:
I have been a video contributor for a bit, but recently put up some photos as a non-exclusive. One sold today, but only earned 8 cents. Which is odd...as the lowest the file can go is $2...15% of that is 30 cents...so how could I only earn 8 cents...I'm cinfused...sorry if  this is something I am ignorant to...

There are some old credits out there worth $0.40-$0.50 so this would fall in line with that - so don't worry, you are getting the correct amount!
RobMattingley
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:10AM
This might also be of some help to you:


Posted By kelvinjay:
Strange Royalty Amounts - Find answers here!

Since 2007 the royalties paid to contributors have been based on the original net cost of the credit(s) used.

In effect what that means is that a file may earn a contributor different amounts when it sells, even if it sells at the same size, as the royalty paid depends upon the credit package that the buyer used to purchase the credits that were used to license the content. Larger packages of credits offer larger discounts for buying in bulk.

Since 2005, all credits purchased have had a one year life span, although extensions to this time limit may be granted at the discretion of Customer Support. However, there may still be a tiny amount of pre 2005 10 cent credits floating about that had no set life span.

Our local superhero, member sjlocke, found time in his busy schedule to create a clever little page that can calculate the price paid per credit. But one important factor to keep in mind is that any combination of credits could potentially be used to download a file, and each credit could have a different net value and result in a royalty not shown on the current packages page.

Additionally, it is worth noting that for the very biggest buyers, whose needs exceed even the largest advertised credit bundles, there have apparently been deals that offer larger discounts than those advertised on site.

Another cause of frequent head scratching is seeing you have sold and Extended License but then not appearing to receive any money for it. Or you sold an EL but only got a few dollars for it. If this has happened then the chances are that you have had someone buy an Extended Legal Guarantee. Although it appears in your charts as an EL sale, contributors do not receive any money for it, for reasons laid out in the article above. You do still receive the royalty for the size of file sold though.

Unrelated to the above, but on the theme of odd royalty amounts, if you should stumble upon an instance where you see a royalty of 0.00 it is the result of someone re-downloading the file after having just paid for it. Customers are permitted to re-download files (without additional credit cost). Since all file downloads are tracked and recorded you may see the repeat download as a 0 royalty. If you have previously downloaded your own image for any reason in the past, this file will now show as being free to download to you, but not to others who have not previously licensed it.

(Edited on 2012-09-19 12:52:12 by kelvinjay)
Maulsmasher
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:14AM
Thank you.
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