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Jul 6th, 2017 at 10:35am

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The restrictions on photobucket hasn't effected previous photos on this forum. Yet?

It will not worry me now, as I use the attachment feature to add photos on cocia.

I do seem to be having trouble copying my photobucket photos using my iPhone/iPad.

Anyone experiencing any problems?




A POPULAR website used by sellers on auction sites like Amazon, Etsy, eBay and Gumtree is facing a growing backlash for effectively demanding a “ransom” from its members.

Photobucket, a US-based image and video-hosting website founded in 2003, quietly changed its policy late last month to prevent users from hosting their content on third-party websites unless they pay a $US400 ($526) annual fee.

Members who used the previously free service to store their content for use on auction sites, blogs and internet forums have discovered their images replaced with a message asking them to “update your account”.

No warning was given, but the company posted a brief blog post on June 26 announcing an “update to our terms of service”, with the change buried towards the end of the article.

The move means more than a decade worth of images hosted all over the internet have suddenly turned into broken links unless members sign up for one of Photobucket’s “competitive subscription plans”.

“Photobucket have killed the internet ... Well done,” wrote Twitter user Wevsky. “I want to know why you think it’s cool to destroy a decade worth of posts on many forums and expect people to be held to ransom for £399.”
 

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Reply #1 - Jul 6th, 2017 at 5:36pm

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You beat me to it Rufz, I just read about that and was about to post on the same subject.
I know a lot of members here used to use photobucket ages ago, hopefully we wont loose to many more photos.
 
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Reply #2 - Jul 6th, 2017 at 5:46pm

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Would not surprise me if we don't see a lot more of this sort of thing.  There are a lot of internet services offering free things in the past where I think they are going to start charging.

That is why it is best to shrink your photos down to 400 KB or less and load them direct on the forum

A few weeks ago I received several emails from our overseas website and forum hosts telling me that from 1 July they are now going to have to charge 10% GST.

A few days ago Maggie bought a crochet pattern online for $5.00 and when the email arrived from PayPal confirming the transaction PayPal had added 10% GST of $0.50 taking it to $5.50 USD.

They are hitting us from everywhere.
 

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Reply #3 - Jul 6th, 2017 at 8:55pm

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I saw a post last week about it........I been checking mine..seems ok so far....but that could change  Embarrassed
 
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Reply #4 - Jul 6th, 2017 at 8:57pm

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I bought a saw push stick...$25 USA...by time PayPal covered it..it was $78 Aus
 
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Reply #5 - Jul 6th, 2017 at 9:18pm

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Smokeydk wrote on Jul 6th, 2017 at 8:57pm:
I bought a saw push stick...$25 USA...by time PayPal covered it..it was $78 Aus


Was that $25 plus postage Dave?
 

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Yes.....but by time US/Aus exchange plus postage......made it very expensive

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Reply #7 - Jul 16th, 2017 at 10:02am

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Looks like Photobucket is catching up with people in Australia and this is what you will start to see on the forum.  Here is a screen shot of one of KD's photos that was

Sadly there is nothing I can do about it.

If you have been using Photobucket and don't want to pay then all of your photos on this forum as well as any others you have been using will disappear.

I would encourage everyone to either load direct to the thread using the attachment function. You will need to reduce your photos to do this but I have increased the size to 1000 KB (1 megabyte) from the previous 400 KB to help.

Alternately I can register you on our own Photo Gallery which in some ways is similar to a lot of online photo websites however it is together with the forum on the same server and I own it so it will always be there.

The link is in the menu at the top of the forum as COCIA Photo Gallery

In the past we have seen a few photo hosting websites do similar things but this is the first time one has asked for money.  Don't be surprised if other follow so if you are with another one it too may not be safe.
 

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An email received from photo bucket.


WE NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE BEEN USING
PHOTOBUCKET FOR 3RD PARTY HOSTING*

PLEASE UPGRADE TO A PLUS 500 PLAN.

Our Terms of Service does not allow 3rd party hosting with your current account level.

UPGRADE NOW
*What is 3rd Party Hosting?
Photobucket defines 3rd party hosting as the action of embedding an image or photo onto another website. For example, using the <img> tag to embed or display a JPEG image from your Photobucket account on another website such as a forum, Etsy, eBay auction listings, a blog, etc. is definitively 3rd party hosting.
Why Photobucket?
Photobucket is the global destination for linking and 3rd party hosting. In Photobucket’s 14-year history, the Company amassed over 100 million registered users, over 15 billion images stored, 2 million daily uploads and 10 billion photos accessed monthly.

Are my pictures still safe?
Yes! All your photos are still available by logging into your Photobucket Account. Photobucket has only restricted the ability to view your photos on 3rd party sites.

Can I download my Photos?
Absolutely, at any time. It is an easy four step process:
Step 1. Login to your Photobucket Account
Step 2. Navigate to your library page
Step 3. View a photo and click the download button
Step 4. The picture will be saved to your computer
photobucket | for the love of photos.
 

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Reply #9 - Jul 16th, 2017 at 10:31am

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How much are they asking for the 500 Plan Rick??
 

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