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Discussion in 'Ask Baldy, Blame Cannonshot' started by El Ponkin, Jun 30, 2017.
Am I looking in the wrong place or they dont take Paypal?
Credit Card or Amazon Pay only
Even if I don't have so many posts here, I have been using Photobucket since 2010 having uploaded and hotlinked thousands of photos to motorcycle forums in Greece. I have my own server and I can use it to replace some DIYs and ride reports to the forums that are still alive but I think that I will give SmugMug a try, after all from what I know it helps maintain this forum. I only hope that it doesn't change/remove/replace my links as well. Maybe some of you more active folks here can ask him directly what his plans are, now that Photobucket and (previously) Imageshack are gone?
I have about 4000 pics on Photobucket. No idea how many are hotlinked into threads but certainly quite a few. Is there a photo hosting service that will let me move my pics on a bulk basis? I can't imagine laboriously moving 4000 pics one-by-one. Of course, then, changing the hotlinks in God knows how many threads is next to impossible.
This whole thing is weird. Why would Photobucket simply decide to drive their entire customer base to a competitor? Doesn't make sense.
I'm guessing someone ran the numbers and figured it was becoming unsustainable and/or not profitable enough to carry on as it was. Even if the case, IMO this was poorly managed (a PR blunder).
Its owned by Murdock, Fox now, some bean counter thought it would make an excellent tax right off to bring it down
You are a fucked as I am!
Just downloaded my photos and added them to Dropbox. All down with Photobucket. I was with them since 2007. Only had 511 photos so wasn't much of a problem for me. I have most local anyway. Used to use them to link my images only. No real need for them.
My ride reports are still showing the photobucket pictures but I am now being asked to upgrade.
I just sent them an email to cancel the direct debit payments!
I was paying about $30 a year. No way I would pay $400!
Luckily I also had the photos loaded the hard way into my blogspot page, as I use that as a rough blog while travelling. They don't charge there yet for usage!
So I could potentially revisit my 2 trip reports and relink... but it is going to take me a while . There are lots of pictures.
Gutted. Pure racket!
Ok just to confirm it is very easy, if you have your photos in Blogger, to replace the link from PhotoBucket to Blogger.
I right click the link from a photo in my blog, the one I want to use to replace the one form PhotoBucket.
Then I edit my post in ADVrider. I right click on the photo from photo bucket, the link will appear. I delete the link and paste the new link from Blogspot.
Photo instantly replaced. Save thread and it is there!
The only minus is that I posted my pictures "small" in Blogger. Therefore, the size of the photo is smaller in my trip report.
There is no limit to the amount of photos you can put on blogspot, by the way!
So far it's still working for me. I have been paying a year at a time. I think I'm paid up until October. I'm hoping they won't mess with my links until then. I'm not posting any new pics on PB. I opened a SmugMug account and am using that. I have a few ride reports I really don't want to lose so I'll just transfer those pics to SmuMug and repost them. It will be a real PITA but no way will I pay what PB is asking for hot linking. I doubt they will stay in business very long so even paying their ransom demands probably won't save the pics for long.
Good article https://www.pcmag.com/news/354711/photobucket-breaks-image-links-across-the-internet
Try Googling the following if you think we are the only ones who are upset!
Their business has gone off a cliff and the landing isn't going to be survivable.
I think you are right. Even if they reverse their policy and offer third party linking at reasonable prices very few people will ever trust them again.
It seems intentional
I may just host my photos on my forum.
Good idea, you first
Well, I just rang the phone number of Photobucket's PR hack... and left her a message. I guess she didn't answer because it's out of office hours there?
By the time this is relegated to history's dustbin, I suspect that everyone who's ever had their phone number associated with Photobucket will be chasing a new SIM card.
Miserable bastards they are.
Btw, my message was polite.... but I'm not expecting a call back