Woohoo! So today I made my first image sale on Adobe Stock and I was a little excited. Until I saw how much commission I received. $0.18.
On Adobe Stock, the customer gets 3 images per month for their $30 subscription. They can download the image and print if they want. So buyers can get a beautiful images for peanuts. The creator gets peanuts in return.
Lucky I'm in Thailand and the money will go further. 0.18 USD is approximately 6 Bhat. At the markets here, 5 bhat will get me a small bag of cooked sticky rice, which I do love. With the remaining 1 bhat I may have to go begging for soy sauce, I can't live without it when eating sticky rice. Sadly there is so much good Thai food at the markets that I can't afford. I will have to drop pants for the fried chicken.
Looking at the other stock images on Adobe Stock under the same category and tags as my image, the majority were rubbish so I feel like my images have been severely devalued against the others. I have deleted my images apart from the very basic 'stock' images that I don't care about. But they won't sell anyway.
I've decided my best images should only be sold directly unless I find a middle man who can offer your a fair cut. Adobe Stock isn't one. And it seems like a waste of time spending hours uploading to Adobe Stock for little in return.