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Old 07-13-2017, 05:03 AM   #1
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Anyone else get this notification from Photobucket?

I don't know if this is the right place, but since many of us use Photobucket for posting photos in TRs I thought it was appropriate...

I got an email from Photobucket yesterday which said some features of Photobucket would be disabled. It went on to say that they noticed I was using Photobucket for 3rd party hosting and this feature was no longer available to me unless I upgraded to the PLUS 500 plan. And since that plan costs $39.99 per month, : I will not be upgrading.

I am also assuming that all the photos from those who are using the free version of Photobucket are not able to be viewed at this point.
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I'm not sure where this is coming from, unless maybe they just haven't got around to sending the email to me, but I've seen nothing. I pay an annual subscription (about $40 if I remember right) and I copy the addresses from Photobucket and then paste them into my trip report. I don't know if that counts as third party hosting or not?
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I haven't gotten the notice yet, but I just checked their website and am sure I will get it soon. Cheryl, I found this quote which may explain why you, and some others, haven't heard anything yet.

"If you were a Plus Account subscriber in good standing as of June 1, 2017,
you will continue to have all the privileges you have enjoyed including 3rd
Party Hosting until December 31, 2018 as long as you maintain your
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I'm not sure where this is coming from, unless maybe they just haven't got around to sending the email to me, but I've seen nothing. I pay an annual subscription (about $40 if I remember right) and I copy the addresses from Photobucket and then paste them into my trip report. I don't know if that counts as third party hosting or not?
Yes, that is what they consider third party hosting.
I was really surprised that it will no longer allowed.
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I haven't gotten the notice yet, but I just checked their website and am sure I will get it soon. Cheryl, I found this quote which may explain why you, and some others, haven't heard anything yet.

"If you were a Plus Account subscriber in good standing as of June 1, 2017,
you will continue to have all the privileges you have enjoyed including 3rd
Party Hosting until December 31, 2018 as long as you maintain your
subscription."
Hmmm. Interesting.
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I don't know if this is the right place, but since many of us use Photobucket for posting photos in TRs I thought it was appropriate...

I got an email from Photobucket yesterday which said some features of Photobucket would be disabled. It went on to say that they noticed I was using Photobucket for 3rd party hosting and this feature was no longer available to me unless I upgraded to the PLUS 500 plan. And since that plan costs $39.99 per month, : I will not be upgrading.
Yes, I got that too.

As a result, my days of recommending Photobucket to others are at an end.

... now, I just have to figure out how to host the images on the domain I already own (mostly for email purposes), and the hosting service I chose to handle the hardware side of things costs only a little more per _year_ than Photobucket want to charge per _month_. (Including the domain registration fees, a full year costs about 2 months worth of Photobucket's "500 Plus".)

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I am also assuming that all the photos from those who are using the free version of Photobucket are not able to be viewed at this point.
You assume correctly. They serve up an image that chastises me for not paying their ludicrous fee. What's worse, they started doing so before sending me that email; I discovered the change because I saw that chastisement before the email even arrived in my inbox. >_<




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Yes, that is what they consider third party hosting.
I was really surprised that it will no longer allowed.
... especially as that was what the entire point of PhotoBucket WAS, in their own words, when they first started it up. Well, that and buying prints from their shop, of course.

I'm guessing they didn't earn enough from their (horribly overpriced) print products to pay their bills and generate enough profit to line their pockets with. >_<
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I too got the email not once but twice - yesterday and today - and I started a thread about it as well after I got the first one. I too am not happy about it. I'm hoping it's a total fail on Photobuckets end to get people to pay that absurd amount of money and they reconsider how much they are going to charge for this type of account.
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I haven't gotten the notice yet, but I just checked their website and am sure I will get it soon. Cheryl, I found this quote which may explain why you, and some others, haven't heard anything yet.

"If you were a Plus Account subscriber in good standing as of June 1, 2017,
you will continue to have all the privileges you have enjoyed including 3rd
Party Hosting until December 31, 2018 as long as you maintain your
subscription."
Well, that would explain it, but even so - they're basically saying it's only good until the end of next year. Not very impressive.
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Yes, I got that too.

As a result, my days of recommending Photobucket to others are at an end.

... now, I just have to figure out how to host the images on the domain I already own (mostly for email purposes), and the hosting service I chose to handle the hardware side of things costs only a little more per _year_ than Photobucket want to charge per _month_. (Including the domain registration fees, a full year costs about 2 months worth of Photobucket's "500 Plus".)


You assume correctly. They serve up an image that chastises me for not paying their ludicrous fee. What's worse, they started doing so before sending me that email; I discovered the change because I saw that chastisement before the email even arrived in my inbox. >_<


... especially as that was what the entire point of PhotoBucket WAS, in their own words, when they first started it up. Well, that and buying prints from their shop, of course.

I'm guessing they didn't earn enough from their (horribly overpriced) print products to pay their bills and generate enough profit to line their pockets with. >_<
Nice that you have a plan B in mind, but unfortunate that you have to resort to that!

Interesting that I just checked an old TR of mine and still see my photos. So...maybe they haven't gotten to disabling everyone's account yet? I'm sure it will happen eventually.
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Like Cheryl, I haven't gotten the email yet, but I very, very disappointed in Photobucket for doing this. When my current subscription expires, I will be leaving Photobucket as paying nearly $500 in order to add photos to my trip reports is way too expensive for me.
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What a bummer!. I guess we will all have to just be super descriptive from now on.. I refuse to pay that much as well.
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Just thinking out loud here, but I would figure this means once the new policy goes into effect, all photos in old trip reports will have boxes but no photos. THe more I think about this the more it angers me. I've been checking on other possibilities. Shutterfly and Snapfish provided sharing links but those must be clicked on to see the photo on their websites. No ideal!
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Like Cheryl, I haven't gotten the email yet, but I very, very disappointed in Photobucket for doing this. When my current subscription expires, I will be leaving Photobucket as paying nearly $500 in order to add photos to my trip reports is way too expensive for me.
It's pretty ridiculous to think anyone would pay that much!!

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What a bummer!. I guess we will all have to just be super descriptive from now on.. I refuse to pay that much as well.
I was thinking the same thing, but photos make it so much more interesting!
I may just end up deciding not to write any more TRs.

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Just thinking out loud here, but I would figure this means once the new policy goes into effect, all photos in old trip reports will have boxes but no photos. THe more I think about this the more it angers me. I've been checking on other possibilities. Shutterfly and Snapfish provided sharing links but those must be clicked on to see the photo on their websites. No ideal!
Yes, it angers me as well. I can't see anyone paying that much for the privilege of 3rd party hosting, so I'm hoping this whole thing backfires on Photobucket.
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I can understand their wanting to charge for the privilege, but the rate they are seeking is absolutely prohibitive for the average person.
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What PB is asking for is beyond ridiculous and who in their right mind is gonna go from paying nothing to $500 per year? What are they thinking and hope they change their minds on this. I don't want to lose all the photos I have in my TRs and for some here it will be much worse than I do. I would have to find another site to do this and repost all of these photos which will be a lot of work. I know you can post directly from this board but there are limits for the most part.

I got the email a few weeks ago and I lost my signature photo probably because of this but everything else is still there. I pay $14.99 a year on PB for ad free but that's it. To me that's definitely worth it and makes the photo posting much easier and haven't had a PB problem since going this route.

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