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My downloads and earnings keep dropping.My downloads and earnings keep dropping.

Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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Actually, my downloads are not decreasing, my earnings are decreasing because I am paid 30-28 cents for my images. However, although there were almost no downloads this week, there were downloads costing 30 cents and 28 cents. Even in Frepik, I earn more weekly. Thank you Adobe Stock.
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Explorer , May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

No, you are not. I also faced $0.30 per image sales (thankfully, these are few).

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Community Expert , May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

Royalty rates have not changed. Your actual payout is based in the Buyer's subscription and whether or not tax is withheld from your payments. Check your tax form.

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Community Expert , May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

No, shutterstock pays 10 cents and less. Adobe added new subscription models and customers are loving those. Theoretically you should be able to offset the low income per sale with more sales. 

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Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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If they had not reduced these prices to 30-28 cents, I would earn more now. Now I have 74 downloads this month, the money I earned is 30. If it was in January, it would be at least 65 now.

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Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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Am I the only one whose earnings and downloads are decreasing and who is affected by this pricing policy?

 
 

 

 

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May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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No, you are not. I also faced $0.30 per image sales (thankfully, these are few).

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Community Expert ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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Royalty rates have not changed. Your actual payout is based in the Buyer's subscription and whether or not tax is withheld from your payments. Check your tax form.

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Explorer ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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You've been replied your questions here - https://community.adobe.com/t5/stock-contributors-discussions/what-is-the-0-29-earning/m-p/14576810 It's a custom license your images are sold with.

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Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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So you say new shutterstck is adobe stock

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Community Expert ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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No, shutterstock pays 10 cents and less. Adobe added new subscription models and customers are loving those. Theoretically you should be able to offset the low income per sale with more sales. 

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Community Beginner ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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Actually it was. I could compensate. But at the end of March and the beginning of April, I did not upload anything and my downloads and earnings decreased.

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Community Expert ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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Well that may make your account less attractive…for the search engine. You will always sell, but active accounts get a boost in the search engine. New assets are more attractive then old assets (with the same number of sales!).

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Community Expert ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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Hi @Sinanna ,

Adobe has a pricing structure that starts at $0.33 provided you have a lifetime download less than 1.... However, Adobe is not the only entity that sells our assets and each of these partners have their own pricing structure that is not regulated by Adobe. Many of these partners have a percentage model that allows our royalty to range from lower than $0.33 to higher than $1.00 depending on a number of facters they stipulate in thier packages. Therefore, when you are paid less than $0.33 royalty for an asset, you can assume it was sold by a partner. 

 

In my early days I got from as low as $0.25 to as high as $7.00 for a few of my assets that I figured were sold by a particular partner.

 

Best wishes

Jacquelin

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Explorer ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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Well, that's a comprehensive explanation. Thank you!
The only unusual thing for me in this situation that sales lower $0.33 started happening just weeks ago or so. And now you tell you experienced $0.25 sales before. Seems it could happen earlier to me, but it didn't 🙂

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Community Expert ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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All strange sales amounts are custom. You have really high volume customers, licensing thousands of assets per month, but you also have flat rate customers, like the Creative Cloud Pro subscriptions, or Adobe Express. For the advantage of a flat rate, they have other restrictions. 

 

But if you have a flat rate, and you are doing variants for a customer, you licence 5 assets and incorporate each of them into your design. So you will get paid for an asset that may be never used. But each of the 5 get a smaller share. Before this, the stock customer would download previews and licence only one…

 

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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You are welcome @Instrumental . Give thanks.

Best wishes

Jacquelin

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Explorer ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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Saw a little drop in March, but it's steadily increasing for me since. Screenshot_20240517_150831_Chrome.jpg

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Community Expert ,
May 17, 2024 May 17, 2024

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That's the standard fluctuation. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Participant ,
May 20, 2024 May 20, 2024

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My images are constantly selling for 0.3-0.4

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Community Expert ,
May 20, 2024 May 20, 2024

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That signifies that the Buyers have the 350/image per month Subscription.

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Community Expert ,
May 20, 2024 May 20, 2024

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That's OK. For standard licences (not extended licences) you could expect royalties between $3.30 and $0.33 under a subscription sale:

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As for custom royalties, they may be different, they don't, however, need to be lower than $0.33. I have many custom sales, most are higher than $0.33. I even had one for $1.65. Not only that, but I never saw one complaining about that.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Community Beginner ,
May 21, 2024 May 21, 2024

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I now have 5 sales this week, but my profit is $1.64. Under these conditions, there is no point in upload much anymore. Why should I waste my energy and time here if I can't make money? In any case, there are no sales anymore and no money is made. It's not worth it. I will stop uploading now. Bye bye Adobe Stock.

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May 21, 2024 May 21, 2024

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If you would like to close your account, you must contact Adobe Contributor Support to do so.

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Jun 06, 2024 Jun 06, 2024

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Problem is that your photos not popular, not in price dont you think? It can sounds rude, but popular images will sell and get good income doesnt matter 0.2 or 0.5 they get. 

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Jun 06, 2024 Jun 06, 2024

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The royalty earned per image per download has nothing to do with how good or how popular the image is. It is completely dependent on what subscription the Buyer has.

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Jun 06, 2024 Jun 06, 2024

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Yep, I mean if you have popular image with 1000 sales - you will be anyway happy, doesnt matter you get 0.3 from each sale or 0.45 from each sale 🙂

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Community Expert ,
Jun 06, 2024 Jun 06, 2024

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The times when you could make $100 or more on a single sale are long past. I remember the times, when we bought a CD with 40 pictures all the same kind from the same author and we made theamed banners for our event of them. If I remember well, we paid around $1,000 for this. 

 

Today, I would not deburse that money for the same pictures. And I would only buy the 6 pictures that I would need for my story. This is called progress.

 

On the other side, you now have people using stock, who would never be able to use stock before. And with Adobe, and Adobe Express premium, You even can make money as a contributor, when an Express user licences your asset, as they can do so for free (included in their subscription).

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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