Is photoBucket a legit site?


Someone has pics for me on photo bucket.
Do I have to pay? it seems so.

Is this a legit site? I am sick of scams

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Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
I've not used the service myself, but these reviews definitely give me pause;

Many other similar reviews on the net. The site has been around for years, but based on the above user feedback, I wouldn't be paying anything .

Why can't your "someone" just provide a link to the photo's they want to share with you on something like Dropbox?


P.S.. Kudos to you for being suspicious.

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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Yes, photobucket is legit. It used to be one of the most popular image hosts online. People used it to host images for eBay, Twitter, etc.

Twitter even partnered with them back in 2011 (back before they hosted their own images):

In 2017 Photobucket stopped allowing free image hosting though. So if you want to host there and embed the images off-site, you have to be on a paid account.

From their terms of use:

"Free account: Each individual Member gets one free account that provides 2 GB of free storage or space available for your original photo files, or videos under 10min. The free account does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting. If you are interested in image linking and/or 3rd party image hosting, you will need to subscribe to one of our Plus Accounts described below. Free account Members can upgrade to a Plus account at any time."
Olaf DoschkeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
That someone should be able to share photos stored in his photobucket to you without you needing to start an account, especially not a paid account, unless you don't download the photos, but want to use them from where they are in the photobucket and link to them in your site.

I don't even know a share option that requires you to pay. Are you sure photobucket is asking you to get a paid account before getting at the photos shared with you and this isn't just advertising to get you subscribed while getting at the shared photos?

If it was that way that'd rather be like you bought photos, but photobucket is not a selling market, it's mainly to host photos for your site and reduce the load to your server, CDN for photos only. Maybe this is just phishing and not really from photobucket just a very similar url imitating them?

Bye, Olaf.
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Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
I used PhotoBucket for years before changing over to Google Photos.

You can create a free account
Andrew LeniartIT Consultant & Freelance JournalistCommented:
I used PhotoBucket for years before changing over to Google Photos.

Just out of curiosity Shaun, why did you move over to Google Photos?
Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Because the pricing changed. Google Photo is free for photos if you are okay with 16MP files.
Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
I use Google Photos as a synchronized backup of my iPhone photos. The "Google Photos" app will automatically upload your images to their photo storage. So all of my images are backed up in both iCloud and Google photos.

And to top it off, Google gives you UNLIMITED storage space.

This is all for personal photos though.
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