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    Posted: 01 July 2017 at 8:49am
Today Photobucket decided that their business plan must now also include a $400 annual extortion.

Their service has been changing, to now include ad pop ups that appear faster than can be closed, followed by requests for ongoing payments to combat the ads.

Today, without warning, all of my images in all my posts are replaced w/ an image reading: PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT TO ENABLE 3RD PARTY HOSTING w/ a speedometer showing 100% usage and a URL where payment may be made, as shown below.



They also posted a new TOS.

Mine says I'm only 35.49% full of the 2.2GB FREE storage w/ 2,437 photos (800x600 Max, about 250KB each) and 33 very short videos.

The service I've been using they call 3rd party hosting, shown in this price list as $400 per year.

Right now I remain undecided on the steps I will be taking to restore my on-line content. It WILL NOT include me paying the $400 / year extorted ransom to Photobucket.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tejas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2017 at 2:27pm
I was only a few percent full the free storage and apparently remain a free member. It took a few clicks extra clicks to get to my library, but it seemed as usual. I really don't need all the library entries, so I deleted about half.

Photobucket performance has been so slow lately, I'm surprised that anybody would pay anything.
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Mine is still free membership.

The just killed everyone of my linked forum images, everywhere.
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Checked again, and my links still seem to be active. However, considering what does seem to be extortion and after looking at alternatives, I think I might switch, perhaps to Amazon S3.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote wingless Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 July 2017 at 3:51pm
The extortion hit the users using more bandwidth, as-described here.
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