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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435358

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We are advised on this forum to use Photobucket to display pictures.

But there is news going round the internet that Photobucket have started to charge an eye-watering $399 per annum to use their hosting. It has been said that is only if you exceed 2Gb of downloads, but you could easily reach that if you post a picture on this forum for example (especially if other forum users quote your post without removing any included pictures - EH52ARH asked Why )

uk.pcmag.com/webcom/90124/news/photobuck...-across-the-internet

petapixel.com/2017/07/01/photobucket-jus...photos-embedded-web/

What are people finding? I don't use Photobucket myself. In fact you can link an image to this forum from anwhere on the Web (I use my own web space). Here for example is an (open source) banner from the "Viewable with any Browser" campaign.

PS : I see it is happening on this forum with disabled pictures already !
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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435362

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Just an experiment. Is Photobucket still hosting my photos?

PS I haven't paid anything. :huh:
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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435364

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Mines Ok, no asking for payments.
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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435367

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Yes - I read about this on my motoring forum and immediately went to the Bucket to check. All was as usual with me being able to post pictures from it in its slow and clunky manner.

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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435371

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I remembwr getting a message about it , but just deleated it. Don't like paying for things like this.
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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435376

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Photobucket business model is based on a free service with adverts or a paid for service without, so when you view pictures on their site you either see ads along side the pictures or not. But you can get round that by using their site to host the images and then putting a link to site like this, now for the odd share photobucket don't mind however some users are using it as a free service to host 100's or even thousands of images that they then display on their own site, these are the users PB are targeting and you being cut off from your pictures till you pay. However I have heard that their next target will be forums etc that promote using PB as a hosting service and they will block access if you don't pay.

On the forum I run we actually discourage the use of third party hosting, because there is nothing worse than an interesting post full of image not found icons.
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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435378

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EH52ARH wrote:
I remembwr getting a message about it , but just deleated it. Don't like paying for things like this.

Some one has to pay, the Internet is not free.
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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435379

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We've not noticed anything here, but will definitely keep an eye on it. There are lots of photo-hosting sites out there, though, you don't have to use Photobucket. Thanks for flagging it up!
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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435384

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LizziePope wrote:
We've not noticed anything here, but will definitely keep an eye on it.
They are saying that the demand for a subscription only kicks in only if and when your download total goes over 2Gb, hence some people reporting no problems (yet). However, it looks like our Gabsgrandad might have hit the limit here (scroll to the bottom) :-

www.practicalcaravan.com/forum/general/5...ystems-tpms?start=30

I understand that you do not lose your own pictures (that would be too bad), only that external links to them are blocked. Also, that it applies retrospectively - ie pictures that were successfully linked in the past cease to be linked.
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Photobucket - Costing $399 pa Now? 3 months 1 week ago #435389

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this is the reason I never use 3rd party sites if I cannot post a item direct to the server interface [on a forum post] I don't bother. I never liked the idea of someone having my photos on their site then deciding I had to pay to see them. or use them elsewhere. looks like it may have been a smart move after all.
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