Margo and I have always paid the $25pa or whatever for the 'PRO' version of photobucket. And did the same for IMGUR until last year, when they decided they did NOT want paid accounts, and refunded our payments!
I have always believed there is no free lunch anywhere in life, and have always been comfortable with a modest cost for quite superb and useful services like this.
Does anyone here pay for the Photobucket PRO version - and are their images affected? If not, that is the answer.
Despite what their new TOS says, it may well be if folks upgrade to the first
paid step, the images will then show on boards and ebay etc. $59.99 pa is $5 a month, and a fair kind of price to offer for use of their hosting, in my view.
I'll be very interested to hear reports from anyone whose images are now showing as blocked, as to what occurs if they sign up for the $59.99pa service. If the images appear, clearly issue fixed. If no change, cancel the payment.
Howling at the moon here will not change anything is my guess. Paying for their minimum service level may well do so, and sadly the "PRO" account no longer seems to be buyable? Their handling of this all is ham fisted, to put it mildly, I agree.
This new move might be a cunning way (in their
mind) to extract a few bucks for what has always been a very valuable service, and no-one sensible really should have an issue with a modest cost being attached to that. But $US399 is just crazy as their first level, I agree.
ebay etc use seems to be the culprit here, as many folks load their entire ebay shops inventory into PB and list up via Auctiva etc, and the images then get viewed MILLIONS of times a month at no cost to them, but at a real hosting cost to PB. I guess PB do not want to be part of endless millions of dollars of profit making from ebay sales etc, at zero income return to them. I'd do the same if I were them. 8)
The amount of exposure of folks posting to Bulletin Boards of all kinds will be a drop in the ocean compared to ebay sales. They have been FAR smarter to simply ID'd the 100% for profit sites like ebay or Alibaba or Auctiva etc, they want a tiny piece of the action on, and block hosting to THERE, unless a fee was paid.
An especially dumb way to roll this out with no email advice to normal users
, given the global Ransomware attacks this week, and to many, this looks the same.
Too much too soon, and I suspect they'll back right off of this hard line approach.