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jhunger says


Hi I need a staff reply on this. It was told to me that it might no longer be possible to transfer files from an exclusive account to a non-exclusive anymore. Is this true? I just opened a non exclusive account which I wanted to put a few existing tracks from my exclusive account to but now I’m not sure if this is possible.


As a side question to this topic can you remove items from your exclusive account, create a non exclusive account and reupload them? I’m considering pulling some low selling items to put them in other catalogs but I’d still like them to be on AJ but I’m not sure how I can do that.
Yep, you can do that. Get a ticket ID and confirmation from support for the items’ you’d like to transfer. Then, when you upload them to the new account, state that you are transferring items from other account with the ticket ID noted. That prevents any confusion or additional delay in the review processing. The thing you cannot do, however, is repeat this process regularly for the same items, i.e. it wouldn’t be allowed to regularly transfer them back and forth every few weeks or months, for example. We can all use some common sense here. :)
Yes, I’d like to hear a straight answer from Staff (rather than support) about this too, as this was suggested to me recently by support. I also noticed Joel (jhunger) mentioned the same thing over on this thread too.

Here’s the response I got when asking about moving my exclusive songs to the non-exclusive account in early October (my apologies to the support rep for making it public in the forums):

While the move of items from one account to another has been done, it is only made in exceptional cases (for example, the track has no sales yet), after it is analyzed by the review staff. The move of all tracks would definitively not be possible. In this case, if you have a specific track or 2 you would like reviewed, I’d be more than happy to forward you request to the Quality team to check for feasibility.

So it sounds like there are specific cases where they’d still do it on a track by track basis, but wouldn’t be able to accommodate moving tracks en masse like I requested, nor would they probably be likely to do it on a constant basis. It’s understandable, since it probably requires some sort of hacking the DB outside of the normal interfaces, which is probably time consuming and error prone (just a guess).

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jhunger says

I do not like the fact that I am gonna have to deal with uncle Sam now :(

Semyon, you have to report your earnings as taxable income whether Envato reports them or not :). Also, be aware that if you do go non-exclusive, many of the competing RF sites that produce sales are US based, will require a W9, and will send a 1099 sometime in January or February that you’ll need to include when you file your taxes. The difference is (at least with the ones I use) is that they correctly report the amount that they actually pay you.

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jhunger says


(Also I won’t deny that Envato’s plans to implement creative 1099 reporting have made me a little shy about having more than one account here, though it sounds like reporting isn’t going to start Jan 1 after all, so I don’t have the end of November deadline I originally thought.)
Joel – I’ve been a bit out of the loop on that, what’s the creative 1099 reporting about?

In a nutshell, the plan is to report more than the commission amount on 1099s for US authors, based on the Buyer Fee/Author Fee/Commission split that was implemented recently. For non-exclusives, on a $100 sale, the Buyer Fee is 20%, the Author Fee is 44%, and the Commission is 36%. Envato is planning on reporting not just the commission, but the author fee as well, so that $80 of that sale will be reported to the Feds instead of the $36 they actually pay out. Authors will be expected to write off the Author Fee (which is $44 in this example), but there are several cases, including hobby income reporting and certain state and local taxes, where this is problematic, and some hobby income scenarios where an author could actually pay more in taxes than they earned on Envato

For my part, I just plan on writing off the amount and hope that the feds won’t ask a bunch of questions as to why I’m suddenly deducting 3x as much as previous years. But I’d rather not have a bunch of accounts for which I have to fill out W9s, etc, so I think now’s the time to pull the plug on the exclusive account (in fairness, I was thinking about doing this anyway, but this sealed the deal).

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jhunger says

Interesting answers indeed. I’ve been part of this debate for a couple years now as many authors have asked this and am happy to throw my hat in again (good to see you have too Joel!)

Ah, I can’t resist a good non-exclusive vs. exclusive debate! I’ve only been obsessing over it for like 5 years now :)

I will concede that my above statements concern my experience alone. I agree that things like genre have a lot to do with what sells on what sites.

It’s also one thing for me to pull my exclusive account and push the songs out to portfolios elsewhere that I’ve been nurturing for half a decade, and another thing entirely for somebody to move their exclusive songs to a brand new account elsewhere and not get immediate returns.

I will also say that if not for “that other site” (if we’re on the same page here, Antonio) I would have a harder time justifying my non-exclusive status.

So as the saying goes, whichever way you choose your mileage may vary.

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jhunger says

i wish you could just pick and choose ex or non-ex in one account.

Bingo!!! I would absolutely love to have this option. I understand that it could be quite difficult to implement, though.

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jhunger says

anyone have experience with maintaining one of each? i just started a non-ex account so i can put up some stuff i can’t have exclusively here…

I have an exclusive account also, but I think it’s not long for this world :). For me it was an interesting experiment, but probably not the smartest move. I already have limited time to do this, so splitting my accounts in two and then maintaining them as such was more than I could keep up with, and it’s hard to feel like posting on one account isn’t sacrificing from the other.

Unfortunately, I had gone into this thinking that I could transfer my songs from one to the other if things went south, but according to support this isn’t possible, so I’ll probably just pull the account entirely, and at least that way the PRO option becomes available.

(Also I won’t deny that Envato’s plans to implement creative 1099 reporting have made me a little shy about having more than one account here, though it sounds like reporting isn’t going to start Jan 1 after all, so I don’t have the end of November deadline I originally thought.)

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jhunger says

I’ve struggled with this one for a while, but I think these days I’m leaning toward being happy with my non-exclusive status. If I do the math over 5 years on my main account from a revenue perspective I have definitely come out ahead over a “what if” scenario if my account here had been exclusive all this time.

Also, one of my main reasons all along to be non-exclusive is not to have my eggs all in one basket, especially when I’m not the one holding the basket. My portfolio was doing steadily better here until a sudden drop in late 2013, and has never quite recovered, but other revenue streams have helped smooth that out. If I had been exclusive it would have been financially and psychologically a lot harder to cope with that.

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jhunger says


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_slang#SNAFU
:D

Oops, missed that! Much better explanation there :)

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jhunger says

Sorry i dont undestand what SNAFU means?What bundle?

Illuminations and TortoiseTree pretty much summed it up. I thought I’d add that you may find that heading into US holiday weeks can slow things down as well, especially during the last half of December.

Incidentally, SNAFU technically means “Situation Normal: All F$$$ed Up.” Which is not quite as bad as FUBAR (“F$$$ed Up Beyond Any Recognition), but generally in G-rated terms both these mean “something went wrong.”

EDIT – geez, it was hard to find censor characters that the HTML parser didn’t want to format into something else. So I went with $$$$.

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jhunger says

Neumann KH120 – love them. I upgraded a few years back from a pair of Mackie MR5s, also nice for the price, but switching to the Neumanns was a fantastic improvement in balance and clarity. I’m not a mixing genius by any means but being able to hear everything makes a big difference.

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