Photobucket changes policy

I have been hosting my blog images on Photobucket since I first started blogging 13 or 14 years ago. It has always allowed, without charge, what is called “third-party hosted images.” But they have now changed their policy. They have announced that anyone who wants to link to images must now pay an annual fee of $400. They call it their Plus 500 Plan.

Well, I sure ain’t going to pay such an exorbitant price. I understand why Photobucket wants to charge for the use of their bandwidth—I’ve always wondered how they stayed in business as a free service—but $400? Jeesh. They just priced me and a bunch of other people out of the market. Sounds to me like a company that is thinking about bankruptcy.

What that means is that when anyone checks out my previously-published articles, they will see place-holders where the images should be. Sorry about that, folks. I am going to download my Photobucket images so I won’t lose them, and I will start using my WordPress account to host new images for future articles; but I won’t be going through my old articles and uploading new images for them. That would take … well … perhaps not an eternity but at least an aeon or two.

And I have no intention of paying Photobucket’s ransom demand.

 

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5 Responses to Photobucket changes policy

  1. Mina says:

    If you name blend PhotoBucket, it becomes its own motto 😛

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  2. Capitalism at its finest!

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      In a sense it is–a business coming to realize that it’s current commercial model is bad business. We’ll see whether the new model PB has adopted will make it profitable.

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  3. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Thanks for the explanation! I thought it might have something to do with my software… (like all those ‘we see you are using an ad blocker…’ notices).

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  4. Agnikan says:

    What’s $400/year among friends?

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