Kodak Gallery has gone Mafia on me

Last week I got a lovely email from Kodak Gallery telling me that I either needed to pay up and buy some yearly swag or risk losing all the photos I have stored on there, which is about 11gigs at the moment. This is apparently a new item in their Terms of Service agreement and I don’t find it all that surprising because despite the fact that storage is quite cheap these days, it can add up quickly when you have millions of users swaddling gigs upon gigs of photos on your site.
While I only have buy $20 worth of product from them per year, I could honestly care less if they delete what I have there. I used to use KG to share my trip photos and I happened to like them a good deal more back when they were Ofoto. They served their purpose but now I post everything to the Photos section here. It just works out better so that I’m not entering in two places and people can check out the photos anytime they want. Sure, folks might steal photos, but I’ve given up really caring about that, since there is little money in photography these days. That’s why I gave in and slathered a Creative Commons license across everything here.
But to be honest, the real reason that I don’t want to bother buying photo products from KG is that their photo quality is pretty shabby. The printing is okay, but the paper is flimsy and it just feels cheap. I’ve gotten much better results from Oscar’s here in San Francisco. Yes, it’s more expensive than KG, but really, if you’re going to go to the trouble of printing your digital files, print them right.
As a side note, anyone I know who hasn’t printed what they want from my galleries on KG better do it soon because in a month or so, they will be no more.
Kodak Gallery has gone Mafia on me