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A lot of folks here are criticizing the price increase, but have you considered how fast their storage requirements have increased? My 5D MIII Raw Files are 25-26mb in size. Now imagine the D800...
I just got this email as well, I'm kinda mad about it. I mean, I completely understand that the company and everybody that works for them needs to make money, but a $100 jump is a bit much. If it were something like $35-$50, then I might be able to handle that one, but $100?
Yeah, if SM had raised their prices $15 every year, you would have been cool with it. But the fact is that if they did that, you would be paying more now than you are and you would have been paying more every year over the last 7 years. So you have saved money and you are still getting a really cheap service.
Alright I feel stupid for asking, but maybe I dont understand. I took a look at mine: I dont see much difference in the portfolio and business options: basically if you want to make a profit you gotta pay more but why would you sell your photos NOT for a profit, which it seems is what you do with "portfolio".
A lot of people don't want to run a business and just do it for fun.
Not to mention they matched their competitor's price (Zenfolio).
Exactly. They have been WAY cheaper than anyone else. Now they are pretty much matched up with their competition. I don't understand all the **** and moaning from everyone about that.
Such a waste you can get the same amount of features pretty much with other services that are cheaper.
My site is run on zenfolio, I've always been happy with it, I have their premium acct which gives you all that smug offers at a fraction of the cost. Ridiculous move on their part.
Fraction? I was paying $100 for Smugmug. Premium for Zen was $120. So the Fraction would be 6/5.
Now I am paying $200 with SM. For Zen, I would need to pay $250. So the fraction is 5/4. I'll stick with SM over paying a 'fraction' of the cost with Zenfolio.
It isn't like EVERY user on Smugmug is shooting a D800 or 5DMk3, he sure as heck would like to make it out that way...
No, but those of us that have the higher MP cameras probably upload a lot more pics to Smugmug than your average consumer with a T4i. Oh wait, that T4i is 18MP by itself.
Still, a wedding or sports photographer shooting with 18-22MP cameras have a LOT of files to upload.
Sad. PhotoShelter here I come!
LOL! So unlimited uploading and use for $250/year is too expensive, but you are cool with paying for Photoshelter? 1000GB for $550/year! Have fun with that!
I've been with Smugmug for 8 years. They've never given me cause to leave until now. I was promised to be locked into my rate but not so. My letter doubled my rate adding another $100 a year.
Now I'm motivated to see what other sites are offering, I would not have even thought to stray with a 10-20% jump. I'm sure smugmug will loose many in this poorly executed and poorly marketed move. Incremental increases would have been more palatable and eased users into it. The lost clients would have been minimal.
Had you been charged an increase of $15/year more, you would have been paying more every single year and you would be paying more now. Why is that more palatable? That's just flat out dumb.
In Regards to Smugmug, is it possible they are trying to change their clientele and go after the higher earning photographers who do a lot of sales and simply get rid of those who don't do many online sales and simply use it for storage or a mere portfolio?
If my clients acted and said the things in the same manner that people have acted towards Smugmug this weekend, I would be trying to change my clientele, that's for sure.