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Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:50 pm
by scimjim
And here’s the reason for Photobuckets back-pedalling - a new CEO who has reinstated all third party links and introduced a far more sensible pricing structure. Too little, too late IMHO but time will tell.

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news ... lions.html

......it surprised users worldwide by starting to charge $399.99 for hosting a large number of photos and being able to post them on third-party blogs, ecommerce sites and elsewhere.

John Corpus, Photobucket’s CEO at the time, defended the change, saying a subscription model was necessary given the disparity between the online ad revenue Photobucket’s website generated and the expense of hosting billions of images its 90 million customers stored with Photobucket.

But the pricing, especially the $399.99 a year service that enabled posting images on third-party sites, didn’t convert a meaningful number of Photobucket users into paying subscribers, Leonard (Ted Leonard, Photobucket’s new CEO since March 18) said Thursday.

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Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:53 pm
by Corky
The price has dropped somewhat :lol:

Just had this email
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Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:21 pm
by Roger Pennington
It's strange, but I used to gets loads of email spam from photobucket, when it was free, since the ransom debacle, it has stopped completely, almost overnight! Maybe it's because I haven't logged-in since, so they've given me up as a lost cause?

Anyway, I guess the key question in relation to this is "is that a permanent price, or just an introductory offer price, which will return to normal (or at least a higher price) after a period of time?" (do you get the feeling I don't trust them? :lol: )

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Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:46 pm
by scimjim
And I bet that’s the basic package with a million adverts, half of which will be asking for more money to go ad-free!

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Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:03 pm
by ScimmyMike
Hmm, prices offered on PB website to me at least
$4:03 a month for 2GB $5:83 a month for 20GB and $10:33 for 20TB, still cheaper than their original punt at $399.99 a year mind you
Presumably people will then combine their various PB accounts into one and take the best option for them, think I've about 6 using different emails to get around their size cap that they used to have, and all say add free!

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Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:49 pm
by Roger Pennington
ScimmyMike wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:03 pm
Presumably people will then combine their various PB accounts into one and take the best option for them
Not me - trust once lost, is not easily regained. As far as I'm concerned, even if they restored the situation to how it was before, I wouldn't go back.....

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Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:21 pm
by Corky
I shan’t be going back either. Why would anyone?
There are so many other options nowadays. What a way to kill a business :w

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Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:31 am
by scimjim
As predicted, free image hosting (to any great level) is going to become a thing of the past - flikr are the latest to limit it, along with a price hike looming for the pro account.

Nothing compared to the photobucket fiasco and still good value IMO - perhaps it’s just a case of using it and getting used to the architecture, because currently, I’m not a fan.

https://www.flickr.com/lookingahead/?ut ... 1000photos

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Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:16 pm
by Roger Pennington
I've just been hearing about this through my photographic contacts. I do use Flickr, but almost never as a third-party hosting site, like I used to do with PB. As far as this forum is concerned, that kind of image hosting has become pretty irrelevant since the upgrade to our system, and Flickr was always a bit clunky anyway.
I also don't use it as a form of "cloud backup" - the only things I upload are the relatively small finished producs, which are all backed up elsewhere.
But Flickr does have the advantage of being widely used and accepted in photographic circles, as a platform to display and share images with others. The local photo club that I belong to has a number of groups to which I contribute, and I hope to be doing so for some time to come. So although I haven't made a firm decision yet, I'm probably going to bite the bullet and go for the "Pro" upgrade - as you say, it looks reasonable value overall.

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Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:00 pm
by scimjim
Latest trick seems to be blurring of images, forcing you to click on them and go to the photobucket site (where, of course, you’re inundated with adverts).

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Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:28 pm
by MikeT
Yep, I've just had a look at my project thread, and every PB image has been blurred - but with no option to click on them and go to the website.

I did start moving everything to Flickr, but it's too time consuming

:(

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Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:41 pm
by scimjim
MikeT wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:28 pm
Yep, I've just had a look at my project thread, and every PB image has been blurred - but with no option to click on them and go to the website.
Even worse!

Can you download them all? Then upload them direct to scimitarweb?

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Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:56 pm
by MikeT
Nightmare really, I've just checked my PB account, and i've got the option to unlock it for a month, or save 10% on a year.

I think I downloaded everything when this mess started, but it's a job and a half going through every post with pics updating images (especially with the problems I have posting, as I keep getting taken back to the login page).

A bit gutted tbh.

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Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:17 pm
by MikeT
I've just found this in my spam folder...
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It started yesterday then.

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Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:53 pm
by ScimmyMike
Isn't that a ransom note in a way :roll: