Following my previous post I took the liberty of using the last two evenings (I reckon about 14 hours of work) to down load every one of the photos I had on photobucket (count over 5500).
I tried using some apps to do this en masse but they kept falling over so it was the very painful task of doing each one individually - thank god my broadband speed was up to the job.
So eventually when I crawled into bed at 2am last night I could sleep easy knowing that all my hobby photos are now in my possession !
and guess what.....
I get this email from photobucket this afternoon....
Moss (Photobucket Support)
Nov 9, 11:25 AM MST
Thank you for reaching out to us about this. In regards to the email you received, we have decided to make an exception for your account. You will be able to stay on your current Plus 20 subscription and will not need to upgrade your account at this time.
We apologize for the confusion and any inconvenience this may have caused. Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this.
Have a question about something else? Our help site is packed with articles to get the help you need quickly. Click this link to access our help site - http://support.photobucket.com/home.
is this a coincidence? I don't think so - I cannot be the only premium account holder they posted to on Monday who has decided to take matters into their own hands by downloading images from their own accounts.
Might this signify the start of a U Turn from Photobucket?
I have left all the images ( I have my own copies now) sitting on photo bucket for the time being and to all intents and purposes whilst they are still there and can be used for third party hosting I'll stick with them. It does mean that I can continue to use the account until June next year. So the pressure is off on what to do next.
I'll let you know my decision in the coming days