Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Photobucket Holding Me for Ransom

**UPDATE- Did the upgrade thing. $$$igh...**

**Begin original post**

Sorry my pictures are gone. Here's why...

Attention [username]

You have exceeded the 10 GB monthly bandwidth limit on your free
Photobucket account. As such, your image and video links have been
temporarily disabled. Your images and videos have not been deleted but
will be reactivated on the 18th of the month, when your bandwidth
usage resets to zero.

If you'd like to re-activate your links right away, you can upgrade to a
Photobucket Pro account for FREE by clicking on this offer.
*Free Trial Pay offers may not be available in all areas.

With a Photobucket Pro account you get unmetered
bandwidth, 25 GB of storage, removal of advertisements in the account, and
premium support. Pro accounts are $24.95 for a full year -- just a drop
in the bucket, but by accepting this offer you get it for FREE.

Click here to upgrade now and keep your
images and video clips active!



Yeah, thanks for NUTHIN you sneaky sleazeballs! Oh, well. I guess I'll pay my dues to the corporate overlords so that y'all can continue to peep my pics.


Paul Richardson said...

Yeah, Stick it to the man, Man! I guess you'll just have to publish more videos on Youtube.... Good luck with that!

Johnny Douglass said...

I don't want to sound like a Republican or some sort of free enterprise zealot but isn't it reasonable that they might want to receive some compensation as you evolve into a high volume heavy user? Perhaps the issue is the way they suddenly whacked you with the embarrassing little icons in place of all your pictures.

James Douglass said...

Paul- Thanks for the support, dude.

Dad- Yeah, you've got a point. I don't mind paying a reasonable price for a useful service. I just wasn't expecting to have to pay when I originally started storing my pictures on photobucket. I thought it would always be free- paid for by the banner ads that pop up when you go to the photobucket site. Of course, I haven't actually paid yet- I did their "trial pay" thing, where they would excuse me from paying if I tried out another service. I picked the eMusic mp3 download service. Hopefully I can cancel eMusic before my free trial of THAT runs out, and then I'll get off scott free.