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 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 03:57 pm
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My photos (and therefore threads) have been hijacked and held hostage by Photobucket as well. I attempted to contact their service department but was informed that "oops! The page you were looking for doesn't exist!"

Greedy bastards!
Edit- They will not answer the customer service, but can be contacted through their sales department: 
Let’s Connect! For more information about how to reach our highly engaged audience, contact us:Email: advertise@photobucket.comPhone: (303) 226-6800

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 Posted: Tue Jul 4th, 2017 07:27 pm
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More comments about PhotoBucket.Com from their angry & soon to be, former customers :-


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I have paid an account during more than 12 years.
Now I have cancelled it.
I do not pay blackmails.
I prefer to fix everything though they are months of work.
All my sites are affected, but I am not going to pay this theft and blackmail.


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I’ve already paid $59.99
But the picture is still un-unlocked
If you pay $400, can you unlock the picture ?
By the way, is there no upgrade ?
Can I pay $340 ? I just want to unlock my picture
1g storage space
I don’t understand why I pay so much


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You would be crazy to pay the ransom of $400.
Photobucket will be out of business in six months and you will be out $400.


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Just paid the $400. I have way too many photos on photobucket to start over again somewhere else.At least, I don’t want to.

Anyway, the links to the right of a photo are not working for me. Click, click, click, nothing happens. Then sometimes it does. When I then try to post the photo in a forum I get the same message I was getting before I paid $400 for the upgrade. The ‘photo’ says I have to do the upgrade, which I have already done.
I sent an email to the helpdesk or whatever they call it.
Got an answer from Robbie the Robot that I cannot understand.

Not a happy camper.
Somebody better fix this or I am going to demand my money back.


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Photobucket does have the legal right to change their TOU, and they do have the legal right to stop us from using third party hosting going forward, however, those of us who have been paying through the years, for the privilege of posting images on the net without having to worry about bandwidth, may have a legal case against them.
If they break images that have already been posted by their paying customers, they are removing a service that has already been paid for under the guidelines of their TOU when that service was rendered.
I know for a fact that it is NOT legal to remove services that have already been paid for, without issuing a refund. The bandwidth usage for any image that was posted from a PAID Photobucket account, prior to the change in TOU, had ALREADY been paid for


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Please advise on my account…..cant load or access any photos…
content and verbiage is scattered across the page..


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I have been a paying customer for years, a decade actually.And how am I repaid for this loyalty and patronage? By getting an email this morning telling me my automatic payment arrangement has been cancelled with my credit card, and now I’m being told I am at 153% storage of my free account. I had a PAID account, not a free one, and I was only at about half the capacity of photo storage allowed on that account. Now I’m being told I have to almost double that cost to have the bottom of the barrel plan, that comes with no linking and no 3rd party hosting. And I can’t access my pictures that I have been paying for decades to Photobucket to store for me. Are the photos are being held hostage? Are they not “my” photos that I paid you to store for me,…or have they now become Photobucket’s property. I’m not understanding this one bit. Please explain.


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I have been a member for something like 13 years. I am 65 and living on S.S. alone. I sent an email to Support and got a Robo answer. I asked to talk with a REAL person. Another Robo answer. Photobucket is going to lose thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of customers and then where does the advertising go” In the toilet!! VERY short sighted of them.
They say that $399.99 is VERY competitive! REALLY? I can get free elsewhere so why stay here.
I am a Moderator on a major internet forum. As such I write tutorials to help people use that site. In that capacity I have sent thousands of customers to PB. I am now looking into alternatives and am very embarrassed I sent ANYONE to PB. The crazy part? I am only using 15% of my free account. Of that amount I only post about 100 pictures at the extreme maximum….probably closer to 50. For that PB wants $399.99 and feel it is a very good seal for someone on a fixed (and very small) income….they have bumped their heads and I worry this place is in a state of collapse.


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Seriously!!! You are really going to advertise as a free service and get people to download many years worth of pictures that are posted on forums and blogs then basically take them away and charge a $40 per month ransom. I have almost 10 years worth and over 4000 pics posted on forums and they have now been completely removed. Years of hard work eliminated with no warning whatsoever. Unbelievable yet not at all shocking in this day and age. Greed at it’s finest. At the very least you could have left pics already posted alone and then charge for any 3rd party pics after a specific date. If you had done it properly I’m sure many would have been willing to pay a small fee but $40 per month is completely ridiculous. So long Photobucket you won’t be getting one penny from me.


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I’m really curious to know how many people will pay $ 400 to a site that has proved so greedy blackmail. Even for the dirt way you used it’s impossible that people will be able to pay you happily.
Millions of forums are now hacking their sites and solving it. After this disorder no one will use your service any more. Sad and dishonest end of a good site.
I also hope that someone decides to act by law, I am not convinced that you have the right at least not in this retroactive way.
With $ 400 I buy a domain host, a laptop, and 2 pounds of cheese and I’m definitely more satisfied than giving it to you.
Next year your site will only be an old memory, but did you pay that greedy man who produced this stupid idea? Or did he generate it for free?



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Photobucket accused of blackmail after requiring users to pay $400 a year.





Thousands of listings from online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay are now filled with unsightly error images by Photobucket,

after the photo hosting site quietly introduced a $399 annual fee to users who want to embed images on third party websites.

Users are now accusing Photobucket of extortion.




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The great American press

When they're not reporting 'fake news' they seem to often 'water down' genuine news


Here is a really badly written & researched article on the Photobucket blackmail plan

From Photobuckets local paper The Denver Post


http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/06/photobucket-complaints-over-charging/


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I don't use Photobucket, really glad now that I never gave photo sharing sites much thought.
Besides Internet hacking and crashing computers, this is another reason to have back-up hard drives with all important stuff safely stored on them.  For people who only used this site for photo storage, they are the hardest hit.  We're complaining about model trains, but there's millions of photos from camping trips, vacations, family outings, proms, weddings, pets, etc... that people now have to pay $400 to get back.  This is extortion in it's most obvious form, something on the same level as a loan shark or airline fees.
This would be like cremating my grandmother for free, but withholding her ashes until I buy a urn.
Stuff like this makes my blood boil.  There's business, and then there's dirty business.  Hopefully someone sues the crap out of this company and it's owners, making them an example of what happens when you screw people over for a quick buck.
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As photos are the copyright of the person who took them surely Photobucket is in the wrong to retain them and charge for their use? Wonder if they can be sued? A good lawyer might find a lega; loophole to "do" them...:us:



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Been with Photo bucket for 11 yrs. I have download all my photos from their site. cancelling my account,

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I'll bet there is some clause in the "I agree" contract that lets Photobucket do something like this without warning.  But hopefully a federal judge will see this for the scam it is, and the corporate hacks who think they can steal people's stuff and have the gall to demand ransom money will get torn a new one.
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" hopefully a federal judge will see this for the scam it is "

" and the corporate hacks who think they can steal people's stuff "


SHUT EM DOWN !


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I used them for years, just took all my photos off and deleted my account there, they will never see any more money from me and I let them know why. Not that it will do any good, it's just the principle.



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