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Photobucket images
Posted by smhardesty on Sunday, July 02, 2017 3:59 PM

I've read a couple of threads where the problems with Photobucket are being discussed. Since I'm not a user of PB, I don't know exactly what's going on. I will say that I seem to be experiencing a lot of loss of images while I'm just browsing through threads. I don’t know how many guys are fully aware of the problem, how many have taken the steps to correct it, or how many have left Photobucket for other places. There are several really good choices other than PB, I’m sure. Maybe a thread with suggestions from members that use other hosting solutions is in order. I use Fotki. It’s not a free site, but the cost is minimal and I haven’t had the first bit of trouble with it. Link below. How about some of you other guys? Know of a great alternative to PB to offer guys that want to switch?

https://www.fotki.com/us/en/

 

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, July 02, 2017 8:17 PM

The problem lies in the fact that PB wants $400 a year for the ability for someone to post their images on forums and websites.  And, if you have photos their and you want to remove them, you can't unless you pony up the bucks for that right.  I have left PB for IMGUR (  http://imgur.com/ ) which is free and reliable and ad-free.

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Posted by old coyote on Monday, July 03, 2017 7:03 AM

..... to be able to continue to have them host pictures for third party linking (like on this board) they are raising the price from $2.99 per month ($35.88 per year) to $399.99 per year ............... guess I'll be looking for another hosting site Bang Head

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Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 12:21 PM

I was another nearly caught out by their cunning. No warning, all of a sudden the free offer giving 2.1GB, ( I'd only used 0.6GB and they wanted to sell me 10GB that I'd never use!) didn't include me posting pics on here and other sites. I'd only used for about 5 years and all of a sudden demands for money. Again no warning just cut off all of my pics!

Well went onto Fotki, got 3 years service for $120 (£95 here in the UK) So changed straight away!

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Posted by gbk1 on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 12:57 PM

The important thing to understand here is that in charging $399.00 per year for 3rd party photo hosting (the ability to post images on web pages, forums, blogs, commercial sites, etc.) from your Photobucket account Photobucket went from free to uncompetitively high pricing (typical prices from competiting services for small accounts is either Free, or no more than circa $30.00USD/yr.) with no warning whatsoever. Simultaneously they broke the links to the Photos on millions, if not billions, of web pages throughout the internet and replaced them with this:

Photobucket subscribers were left flat-footed with no time to adjust. Now countless forum postings, personal messages, blogs, eBay and etsy auctions, business websites, etc., etc. have been rendered useless. The number of man hours to repair this damage is incalculable, even if it is possible to do. Many users, who trusted Photobucket with the only copies of their images, are faced with attempting to download the images from their accounts, a process which has proven slow and unreliable because Photobucket is getting hammered with concerned users. Among them many have given up and have lost these inages permanently.

So, bottom line, the entire premise of Cloud Computing and trusting internet services suppliers with a monopoly on your information has been called into question. It is cold comfort that Photobucket is a relatively small cog in the Internet machine, or that you "saw this coming" and pay for your services via Fotki, etc., or even that you've been cycnical all the while about the promise of the Internet. The promise was made, the committment made by billions of users who believed it, and now many are experiencing what it's like when the promise is broken.

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Posted by smhardesty on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 5:42 PM
You guys are hitting the nail right on the head. The fact is that using a site like Fotki that charges a fair price for their service isn't a guarantee of continued, uninterrupted service. Any web site, just like any other business, faces increasing expenses from year to year. Businesses fail, that's a given. The advantage to using a pay for service site is that they have income to offset the expenses. If the owner(s) of the website is a good businessman and is charging a price that allows him to stay in business, great deal. If he's a bad businessman there is the chance he folds and takes your photos with him. But the bottom line here is that any pay for service website is a whole lot more likely to be in business for years to come than a freebie site. Freebie hosting sites depend on income from ads on their site to generate income. When you upload your photos to a freebie site like Photobucket, then link to those photos from a forum, you have "cheated" them out of the pay per click ads on their site. That's why they are trying to demand that outrageous fee. Yes, I'm like everybody else. I like free stuff regardless of what it is. Trusting your photos to a free hosting site comes with a price and that is exactly what's happening now with Photobucket. Demands of exorbitant fees or the possible loss of your photos. I opted to pay for service knowing that the $25 or $30 I pay per year greatly reduces the chance that my photos will ever be lost. Fotki is a good site, but there are a ton of other photo hosting sites out there that charge annual fees in that $20 to $40 a year range. Heck, a new kit will set you back $25 or $30. I figure it's money well spent.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 5:57 PM

I find it kind of ironic that the photo hosting site that produced some of the worst service & the most problems of all of the hosting sites now believes that they are going to get anybody to pay them $400.00 a year for their poor service!

All I can say is adios Photo Bucket, and good riddance!

 

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Posted by smellyfatdude on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 11:00 PM

smhardesty
But the bottom line here is that any pay for service website is a whole lot more likely to be in business for years to come than a freebie site.

Most photo hosting sites have pay for plans, as well as free. Many ebay users were left high and dry when Imagecave shut down their service, without warning.

A paid for plan is no guarantee that you won't lose your pictures.

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 12:06 PM

smellyfatdude

A paid for plan is no guarantee that you won't lose your pictures.

You're 100% correct. That's what I was trying to point out with my comments about a guy either being a good businessman or bad businessman. We're all hoping that whatever site we choose to host our photos happens to be run by one of those good businessmen. A website that opens for business charging for their hosting service is less likely to experience financial problems down the road. It's really tough for any website to meet all their expenses by only collecting "pay per click" payments from ads on their site. In the case of a photo hosting site, if everyone is linking to their photos from an outside source like a forum the hosting site sees even fewer dollars coming in.

It sure seems to me that Photobucket took an extreme measure in demanding a $400 payment to continue using their site. They have to know that they're going to lose most, if not all, their customer base with a move like that. Just seems funny.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 3:30 PM

smellyfatdude
A paid for plan is no guarantee that you won't lose your pictures.

Agreed. There's no guarantees for anything for that matter. I wouldn't be one bit surprised if the rest of the hosting sites follow this lead.

I will say that the $399 plan is for 510GB of storage. I'll never use that much posting on model forums in my lifetime. I've been using PB service (the MUCH cheaper plan) for the last couple of years after I ran out of room with their free service and haven't had a problem yet.  If it ever goes to $399 a year then I'll be out as well. Indifferent

For now..............I'll stay put and see what happens.............

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Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 6:41 PM

mustang1989

 

 
smellyfatdude
A paid for plan is no guarantee that you won't lose your pictures.

 

Agreed. There's no guarantees for anything for that matter. I wouldn't be one bit surprised if the rest of the hosting sites follow this lead.

 

I will say that the $399 plan is for 510GB of storage. I'll never use that much posting on model forums in my lifetime. I've been using PB service (the MUCH cheaper plan) for the last couple of years after I ran out of room with their free service and haven't had a problem yet.  If it ever goes to $399 a year then I'll be out as well. Indifferent

For now..............I'll stay put and see what happens.............

 

I doubt that the other hosting sites will go to the same extremes as PB has.

That is unless they have a death wish as well!

I guarentee you that PB is going to lose a huge amount of customers over this, if not all of them.

I currently pay a fair amount to Fotki for their services, but there is no way on God's green earth that I will "EVER" pay $400.00 for photo storage.

 

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 7:32 PM

Goofy62

there is no way on God's green earth that I will "EVER" pay $400.00 for photo storage.

Steve

Exactly, Steve. Before I'd do that I'd just go ahead and set up a server here at the house and host my own photos.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 9:36 PM

Goofy62
there is no way on God's green earth that I will "EVER" pay $400.00 for photo storage.

We'll wait it out and see on that first part but if there's definitely one part I TOTALLY agree with it's this last statement you wrote there Steve. I can't imagine anyone paying that amount of money for online photo storage. If they are willing I must be TOTALLY missing something. Indifferent

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Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 9:41 PM

smhardesty
 
Goofy62

there is no way on God's green earth that I will "EVER" pay $400.00 for photo storage.

Steve

 

 

Exactly, Steve. Before I'd do that I'd just go ahead and set up a server here at the house and host my own photos.

 

Now that doesn't sound like such a bad idea. icon_hmm_zps07rcoppf

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, July 06, 2017 11:09 AM

mustang1989

Before I'd do that I'd just go ahead and set up a server here at the house and host my own photos.

 

Now that doesn't sound like such a bad idea. icon_hmm_zps07rcoppf

 

That’s an option I’d really hate to resort to. I’m tickled to death that I finally have Internet Service with high enough speeds that I could do that, but running a server isn’t as easy as it sounds like. Once you commit to doing it you have to remember that you’re pretty much stuck continuing to do it for the long run. The minute you take the server down, every photo you posted elsewhere on the Internet is gone.

I would say that if I seriously had to choose between paying an outrageous fee like PB is wanting or doing something else, I’d start looking for storage space on somebody else's server. There are a lot of servers running right now around the world that would lease space for a LOT less money than $400 per year. It would just be a matter of finding one that would allow linking to photos and would charge a reasonable amount.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, July 06, 2017 11:21 AM

LOL! I do hear you. I was just merely thinking out loud I guess. You gotta remember that the 400 dollar plan is for 510GB though. I think the one I'm on is around $25 a year and it's got something like 30GB of storage and I'm not even 20% through that.

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, July 06, 2017 12:48 PM

mustang1989

LOL! I do hear you. I was just merely thinking out loud I guess. You gotta remember that the 400 dollar plan is for 510GB though. I think the one I'm on is around $25 a year and it's got something like 30GB of storage and I'm not even 20% through that.

I honestly couldn’t remember how much space I had with Fotki or exactly what it cost. So I had to go take a look. Here is what they offer:

100GB $2/month

300GB $4/month

1TB $8/month

The TB plan is the basic plan like the 100GB and 300GB plans, but they also offer a 1TB Business Plan for $10 month that allows you to sell photos and photo related products from their site. It’s more for photographers wanting to sell their work. I had a couple accounts with other hosting sites for photographers when I was really active with my photography. I’m not interested in that any more.

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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, July 06, 2017 2:50 PM

Now that sounds like a real deal in comparison.

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Posted by smhardesty on Thursday, July 06, 2017 7:16 PM

mustang1989

Now that sounds like a real deal in comparison.

Yeah, that's what I thought when I read over their rates and rules. Goofy62 turned me on to them and I liked what I saw, so went with them. Please understand that I'm not exactly recommending them or pushing anybody towards them. I'm just relaying what I have experienced with them. I'm happy with everything about them so far. I've done some testing of page load speeds and other things. Everything I've tried as far as testing has been completely satisfactory to me. To the best of my knowledge they haven’t been down at all since I signed up with them. I suppose it’s possible that they have been down for really short periods of time during the wee hours of the morning, but I’m not aware of it.

And like I said earlier, there are probably dozens upon dozens, if not hundreds, of other such sites that charge from $20 to $40 and offer the same type service. I had accounts with three other photo hosting services, but they were geared towards photographers that wanted to sell their photos online. That’s what Fotki’s 1TB Business Plan is about. I’m not into that right now. Maybe later if I get to feeling better.

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Posted by Goofy62 on Thursday, July 06, 2017 9:30 PM

smhardesty

 

 
mustang1989

Now that sounds like a real deal in comparison.

 

 

 

Yeah, that's what I thought when I read over their rates and rules. Goofy62 turned me on to them and I liked what I saw, so went with them. Please understand that I'm not exactly recommending them or pushing anybody towards them. I'm just relaying what I have experienced with them. I'm happy with everything about them so far. I've done some testing of page load speeds and other things. Everything I've tried as far as testing has been completely satisfactory to me. To the best of my knowledge they haven’t been down at all since I signed up with them. I suppose it’s possible that they have been down for really short periods of time during the wee hours of the morning, but I’m not aware of it.

And like I said earlier, there are probably dozens upon dozens, if not hundreds, of other such sites that charge from $20 to $40 and offer the same type service. I had accounts with three other photo hosting services, but they were geared towards photographers that wanted to sell their photos online. That’s what Fotki’s 1TB Business Plan is about. I’m not into that right now. Maybe later if I get to feeling better.

 

And no adds!!!

PB was wall to wall adds & pop ups & probably still is!

It was to the point where it was difficult, if not impossible, to get anything done on the site because of the constant pop ups.

And all this from the guys that want to charge you $400.00!

I'm not shy, I'll recommend Fotki all day long!

Believe me, there's no comparison!

 

Steve

 

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Posted by Bainford on Monday, July 10, 2017 9:10 AM

gbk1
Simultaneously they broke the links to the Photos on millions, if not billions, of web pages throughout the internet

Good. That will make quitting PB easier. The barrage of ads on PB lately has been bothering me, but I didn't jump ship simply because all of my posted photos are hosted there. Now that the links are broken anyway, I will happily leave for another hosting site.

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