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Photobucket and Others Restricting Service

Discussion in 'Tech Support, General Q&A, Site Feedback & More' started by Boxer .45, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    They sell ads for money. They gave us free photo hosting in exchange for us seeing ads. It's what they did. They made money, but apparently want more.
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  2. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    Downloaded 700+ Photos today. I have about 200 left to download.

    Once I get the rest, I'll delete everything on my account, send them a delightful email in which i tell them to pound sand and log out for good.

    It used to be a fine photo hosting site. Pop-up ads, incessant email and now fees? Move this thread to W&C and I'll tell you what I really think. ;)
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  3. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six

    Jan 26, 2015
    Yup, that's what I said. They're a business. Everything they do, they do for money.

    It sounds like you think this hooker should kiss you goodbye for free, for some reason. And that's just not what she does.
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  4. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    You made a really silly and wrong ASS-U-mption about what I think. They used the same business model that thousands and thousands of other sites that offer 'free' content do. Draw traffic to the site with the free content or service, and sell ads that are shown to those visitors. No kisses from a hooker needed.
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  5. lieferung

    lieferung Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2016
    Business costs go up over time, banner ad revenue plateaus. Remember, probably hundreds of millions of people are using this free service, that gets expensive to run. It had to crack at some point. The hooker analogy is crude but accurate, ain't nothing free in this world.
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  6. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    Not disagreeing about it being expensive to run, but I have to wonder if their ad revenue really plateaued or if something else went wrong. In recent months, they're about tripled the amount of ads visitors to the site see. Makes me suspect mismanagement, or worse. I wouldn't be surprised at all it photobucket is on the verge of bankruptcy. If they weren't already, I'll bet they will be soon. They went about this all wrong. Also, other photo hosting sites are still 'free', in other words, ad-based.
  7. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six

    Jan 26, 2015
    That's pretty funny.

    If they're profitable, they went about it all right, and what might have been is for others.
  8. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    I doubt they'll be profitable anymore, as they're losing a lot of site traffic, which means they'll lose advertisers. They've made a lot of enemies by the way they went about it. Billing yourself as "Free photo hosting" for years, then suddenly changing to $400 a year photo hosting. I kind of doubt they have enough high-volume users who'll pay that amount to make up for the lost ad revenue they're going to have.
  9. Arathol


    Jan 1, 2003
  10. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six

    Jan 26, 2015
    Yeah. Apple is broke, too.
  11. Lone_Wolfe

    Lone_Wolfe Dazed and Confused Platinum Member

    May 3, 2011
    I really think they were already going under, this was just a last ditch to grab what cash they can before they run. This isn't a legitimate way to do business, with the lack of warning, and the over the top fees.
  12. JB in SC

    JB in SC Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2001
    I keep digital copies of important photos on a couple of physical hard drives, a free hosting service and a paid hosting service. A couple of terabytes is not that expensive. It requires a fair amount of idiocy for me to delete all copies.
  13. GermanyChris

    GermanyChris Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 18, 2015
    I'm not going to argue too hard against this but storage and pipes get cheaper every year.
  14. Goose 7279

    Goose 7279 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 22, 2015
    Man all these people defending these sacks of crap (photobucket)makes my head spin. They are doing a last ditch money grab and they're scumbags. After reading their legal policy it is obvious they can do whatever they want and do not have to justify or give notice.

    That is the last straw for me with photobucket the site was a glitchy turd and they worked on that and now it cost 400 bucks. no thanks
  15. taldesta

    taldesta Retired :-) Time is the Gold Platinum Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    JB in SC

    Yes, keeping our images within our own control and safe is half this battle.

    But I don't know if this issue is so much a matter of secure storage as it is for the sudden withdrawal of a platform enabling images as powerful visual content posted across forums and blogs over the internet ... the archival, resource, educational, personal sharing ... all put in context by the user. Sadly the hosting site's offer for third party hosting is withdrawn retroactively and suddenly and apparently without warning ... and at the unrealistic cost of $399/yr to reverse.

    I suspect that any money paid to them will go down the drain with them.
  16. bhyde

    bhyde UNNECESSARY EVIL Staff Member Super Mod Moderator Platinum Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    Because Apple's multi-billion/year business and Photobucket are similar..sounds legit
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  17. John Watson

    John Watson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 29, 1998
    Cancelled my account this morning. With the amount of pop up ads, the site was such a pain to use that I haven't used it in some time anyway.
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  18. vic2367


    Sep 15, 2006
    thanks for this heads up ,, ill be deleting my PB account :thumbsdown:
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  19. lieferung

    lieferung Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2016
    This right here is why I don't get all the upset. It's been bad for a while, there are better services. It seems to me people are just sore because they were too comfortable with the status quo and too lazy to switch over. I don't see the point in being sore when the easiest solution is to just use another site. It takes a bit of work but aren't saving your photos worth a bit of work? Certainly more so than making a sore feelings thread.
  20. Stelth


    Jul 15, 2007
    What villains! They stored hundreds of my pictures for free, for years and now they want compensation?

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