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“Too many unprofessional methods. ”


written by on 20/09/2013

A big mock of privacy policy and respect It must to be careful with Shutterstock Inc, NY, USA. They didn't seemed too concerned about the finally payment. Automatically when finalized the payment process for 25-a-day photos downloaded membership but all attempts by us for download no one was accepted. It got a message which requires to get a phone call to them.We will charge again. Terrible, would not be using again!Useful information for beginners like myself it must displayed as possible on front off website before any other decide. This is hidden. We don’t waste our time more. We waste a whole day and this continuous, so what can we do ? Their dispute service is quire slow and slow without explanations and there is no way to contact them directly.A email take several days to get replayed. Shutterstock need to consider other ways of getting their revenue rather than tying you into a method of hidden information. Too many unprofessional methods.

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“A pyramidal scheme”


written by on 31/07/2013

First: Shutterstock like some other micro-stock websites is a pyramidal scheme The way it works is simple: Photographers/video-graphers believe they can make a fortune selling their work online through this website. Thousands of amateurs, pro, semi-pro or anybody who believes in it can send its pictures for review. Selection is based on the mood of the day and the dubious competence of the reviewers. If selected, the image/footage are published online for a very cheap price ( from 10 cents to 10 $) and shutterstock can claim it has millions of pictures in its catalogue. Amateurs are happy to sell a bad holiday picture at this ridiculous price. shutterstock won't give you any money until you reach a certain amount (hundreds of $). Smarter people understand: 90 to 99% of "artists" are there to populate the gallery. only a tiny minority (always the same) will make money in this pyramidal scheme. Most of the contributors will sell no or few pictures, not enough to pay for all the cost incurred by their job/hobby anyway. Secondly: A mock of privacy policy Shutterstock displays a privacy policy on its website BUT it's only there for the show. I have asked them to access and remove my data from their databases as the law allows any citizen to do so. I didn't trust them with my record and their attitude towards security and confidentiality. I was right, they refused to comply and we ended up in an ongoing dispute just to remove my details from their systems. I don't know what is wrong with these people but be very careful before sending anything there. Thirdly: Incompetence and arrogance at every layers I have contacted a lot of people in this "company" following this dispute and I have to say I have been in contact with some of the most incompetent and arrogant people in my life. Some will never answer your mails, ignoring you totally. Others are going to answer you things even a 10 years old wouldn't believe. The only goal at the end was not to comply with my very simple request. Why ? I don't know. Is there something wrong with the way they handle clients, users, contributors data ????

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