maboleth: I totally agree. Especially Microstock. That's a slavery. Initially, they take like 60-70% of the shown price. That's ridiculous. Also, they pretty much thrive on the photographers that work/live in developing countries where assignments aren't on the regular basis or paid well.
"Also, they pretty much thrive on the photographers that work/live in developing countries.."
This comment is based entirely on supposition. As I am aware, most microstockers work and live in Western countries. Most don't make a living from it (it's a difficult market to succeed in now), but there are plenty that do it for some extra cash.
It is ridiculous that the agencies take most of the cut. But like any market with little or no regulation, greed is virtually inevitable. If anyone thinks that a business will take actions to make sure that things are running fairly for all parties concerned on it's own, well some do, but most won't. And as most of these agencies are Western owned, they are yet another example of how the contemporary approach in regards the economy and society, just isn't that good.