Photobucket introduces hosting charge, affecting thousands of online store entries

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Photobucket introduces hosting charge, affecting thousands of online store entries

I am not sure how many of you folks still use Photobucket for, well, anything, but apparently there are a lot of people over in the United Kingdom that still use Photobucket for for Amazon and Ebay product photos. It's a similar story over at eBay and Etsy as well in addition to countless forums, websites, and blogs.

Up till now Photobucket had relied on advertising income to support its services but is now attempting to adopt a subscription model to diversify its income.

The new rules state that Photobucket users must pay an additional fee to have their photos embedded on third party sites - including, but not limited to e-commerce.

This follows an update to the company's terms of service last week which caught many unawares, prompting a social media backlash from irate users angered at the sudden removal of their images - many of which were used to illustrate product listings but with hobbyists and personal accounts also affected.

"People who have used Photobucket for hosting these images successfully for over 10 years are finding that they will have to literally start again with what for some, amounts to a lifetime's work".

Denver-based Photobucket is now seeking a $399 (آ£309) annual fee from those who wish to continue using it for "third-party hosting" and is facing a social media backlash as a effect.

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