SmugMug doubles pro pricing

 

Online photo service SmugMug doubled the price it will charge for unlimited uploads for photographers who sell prints and downloads from the site, from $150 to $300 for new customers; existing accounts will rise to $250.

“For the first time in 7 years, we’re raising the price of some SmugMug Pro subscriptions,” the company says, “something we tried hard not to do.”

SmugMug says storage rages have increased rapidly.

Smugmug says its Pro customers who sell at a markup use far more storage and features than pros who don’t, “so we split our pro account into two types: Portfolio is $150/year or ($20/mo) and provides access to labs for both you and your visitors, plus pro features like watermarking; Business lets you set prices and earn profit.  It will be $300/year (or $35/mo) for new customers, but existing subscribers who set prices will be asked to renew at $250/year (or $30/month) beginning October 15, 2012.

The price change is of course unpopular, with several hundred complaints and threats to change service providers posted on the company’s blog in just a few days. “We resisted this for years,” co-founder Chris MacAskill responds, “thinking surely storage costs will drop faster than uploads will increase, but alas…”

About Paul Worthington

Paul Worthington is a journalist and consumer imaging consultant. He produces the annual Future Imaging Summit at PMA@CES, and writes for PMA Newsline and PMA Magazine, as well as other publications.

Comments

  1. FromTheCapitol_com says:

    I once loved SmugMug