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| p.2 #18 · SMUGMUG crazy rise in price... alternatives? |
In 7 years compute, storage, and bandwidth pricing has plummented the same things that enabled camers pixels and video to come into mainstream, memory to be come so cheap also is there on the backend that smugmug uses.
It seems a large part of the increase is the 40 extra people. What is funny is in my short enure I see nothign that them 40 people might have enabled, perhaps more longtime people can educate me.
I didi a quick comparesion and zenfolio works for me at nearly 1/2 the price, I'm gone...
I'll give you another thought. 7 years ago the predominant cameras in this forum were what? The 5D (12MP), 20D (8MP), 1D mark IIn (8MP) and their Nikon counterparts (no disrespect intended... I don't know their product line well). None of these were shooting video. Now you've got many cameras shooting 15-36MP. Let's not forget about video. Smugmug is letting members store unlimited images, and unlimited 1080p HD videos, up to 20 minutes long each.
And while I agree with pepperman that you can think of Smugmug as backup, you also have to remember that this isn't a one-way trip. Once your images and video are uploaded to Smugmug, they are also served to your viewers. I'm not even trying and I have had many thousands of unique viewers per month. I can't imagine what the company as a whole has for bandwidth and redundant storage requirements.
Then figure in the cost of prints, should you want to do it yourself. The printers, the space, the time, the ink, the shipping, the liability for an unhappy customer should prints not be right...
No thank you. The more I think of it, the greater a deal Smugmug is.
Sorry bad business practice to not raise prices if the true cost was going up than shock your customers and try and explain. Who has been watching the ship? The trend in video has been there every since the 5DMKII came out, the climb in pixels was obvious... Someone missed the larger trend IMHO.
What other product or service do you know that hasn't raised their prices a penny in 7 years?
SM offers everything a photog could ask for, especially if you're a pro. Their customer service is wonderful beyond words. Every time I have to reach out to them it's positive.