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Old July 8th, 2017, 06:30   #1
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I realize this may be technically the wrong forum to cry about this problem, but I couldn't find a more appropriate one. Mods, feel free to put it elsewhere or delete if I have violated any rules, and if I have I am truly sorry.

I have made many posts over the years on many different forums on many different sites using Photobucket as the picture hosting service. Yes I know I was stupid to us such a site, but it worked for me. Till now. apparently Photobucket has a death wish and has blanked out all third party hosting unless you pay their ransom of 400.00 a year.

Thus, all my posted photos now are gone and replaced by a warning that I need to update and pay to revive them. I plan to download all my photos from them, if possible, and kick them to the curb. The monumental task of finding and replacing all photos in posts may be too much for me to handle and remain sane.

I see some other fools on this site and others have also used this service in the past and are facing the same fate.

There was little or no warning of this happening, or at last any that I saw. I understand the need to make a profit as well as anybody, but this seem suicidal to me from a business standpoint. If they wish to limit third party hosting they should put a start date on it and allow the previous ones to remain, in my opinion. I think a move like this will completely alienate all of their user and piss them off enough to defect and never return, like me.

What are others doing?
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Old July 8th, 2017, 06:52   #2
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I started flooding my account with useless photos,I will upload as many
as possible until no more can be uploaded then let the account sit fore ever.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 07:02   #3
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There was little or no warning of this happening, or at last any that I saw.

What are others doing?
There was some warning, for me at least, that last year Photobucket became so slow and unresponsive I couldn't even use it. I didn't know if it was my own PC (Chrome, w/Adblocker) or if it was a global issue, but it just became too unruly to use. I expected it to simply shut down.

Kind of a sin really, with all of those pictures gone from many helpful threads that surely benefited from those pictures.

I've been using Postimage.org since, and it seems to be working OK.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 08:11   #4
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That that is exactly why people should be using the tdiclub picture server.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 08:12   #5
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I had no problem with the ads. It's a business and they had to make money. When it got too slow I paid the $25 bucks or so to get rid of them. No problem.

I do have a big problem with what they did.

I wonder what happens when my subscription expires. I think it defaulted to auto renew. Will the price be the same, will thy hit me for $400 without permission or will they ask?

Now matter what I'll be going elsewhere. All PB subscriber need to be telling them that. Maybe they'll back off.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 19:22   #6
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Wow, I had no idea until this post. I never paid them a dime and always uploaded photos FROM my back-up, so I got off easy. I feel very bad for people that got subject to this "ransomware" like tactic.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 21:05   #7
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Hi my name is Millennium Falcon and I have been a victim of photobucket as well. it is ridiculous! I hope the "Netflix effect" happens to them. I cant imagine anyone in their right mind will pay what they are asking.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 21:18   #8
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The best thing to do is to pull all photos and close your account. This way it hits them where it hurts.. They cannot show populated servers and account logs to investors.. Instead, diminished account numbers and empty (wasted) server space remain.
As a solution, Google drive and drop box(and others, I'm sure) offer space to store and share more than just photos and Tapatalk has provisions to easily upload photos to many forums while hosting them on Tapatalk servers. The app costs a couple bucks up front and there is an optional subscription to pay if you want additional features and ad removal.
*I'm not affiliated with any of the products or services I mention, only a (mostly) satisfied user.

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Old July 9th, 2017, 11:58   #9
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I am pulling copying my photos all back to my computer. I will have quite a bit of redundancy there as I have many of them in files already. I mainly uploaded to PB for 3rd party hosting in the first place.

I am still mad that my postings are all ruined and the rebuilding will be tedious. I don't think they thought this through very well as they have now upset many people that will never use them again for any reason even if they have a change of heart. I would not have been opposed to a minimal fee for posting, but they burned that bridge too.

I don't know what would hit them hardest, removing my photos and closing my account, or keeping my photos there tying up room on their system and never accessing the site again.
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Old July 9th, 2017, 13:14   #10
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$400??? That is shocking. Surely there must be a misunderstanding somewhere.

Took me a while to find the pricing structure, and here it is, from Free accounts and up.

http://support.photobucket.com/hc/en...n-Pricing-Info

According to that page, they want $400 for 500 GB of storage.

Are you folks really using that much space?

And here is the Free Accounts page: http://support.photobucket.com/hc/en...-Free-Accounts

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Old July 9th, 2017, 14:58   #11
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$400??? That is shocking. Surely there must be a misunderstanding somewhere.

Took me a while to find the pricing structure, and here it is, from Free accounts and up.

http://support.photobucket.com/hc/en...n-Pricing-Info

According to that page, they want $400 for 500 GB of storage.

Are you folks really using that much space?

And here is the Free Accounts page: http://support.photobucket.com/hc/en...-Free-Accounts

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Im no where near 3GB of storage and they want me to pay $400....Not sure what going on with PB. As a matter of fact, I'm using 0.3 GB of the 2GB of free storage. The issue is because i'm using it for 3rd party hosting only.
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Old July 9th, 2017, 15:23   #12
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OK, I understand now. $400 per year for 3rd party hosting. What a shame.

http://photobucket.com/pricing

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I gave up last year, and uploaded everything to postimage.org. Havent been back to photobucket since.
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Old July 9th, 2017, 15:26   #14
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And here is the Free Accounts page: http://support.photobucket.com/hc/en...-Free-Accounts
No third party hosting or hotlinking, though, so millions of internet DIYs are wrecked forever, unless they are meticuously rebuilt with the original photos relocated and rehosted elsewhere. The damage has been done.

As \/\/0J0 mentioned, the best way to penalize the extortionists is to delete all your photos and close your account. BUT, I did just that last weekend and it said my account would be permanently deleted on July 6, 2017. However, it's not. It's still there and I can still log in. Looks like Photobucket may be trying to disguise the bleeding to their advertisers.

I really want them to fail.
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Old July 9th, 2017, 15:28   #15
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$400??? That is shocking. Surely there must be a misunderstanding somewhere.

Took me a while to find the pricing structure, and here it is, from Free accounts and up.

http://support.photobucket.com/hc/en...n-Pricing-Info

According to that page, they want $400 for 500 GB of storage.

Are you folks really using that much space?

And here is the Free Accounts page: http://support.photobucket.com/hc/en...-Free-Accounts

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There is no misunderstanding. I have a free account, and with 455 pictures on there, I'm at 7% of my 2GB limit.

Problem is, I've only ever used Photobucket for 3rd party hosting, and now, the only way to continue to do that is with a Premium account @ $399/year.

The prices are all clearly laid out on their site, with the features of each plan.

I don't care what they do, I have all of the pictures anyway, they were only ever uploaded to post into forums like this one.
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