Flickr just made a risky decision: forcing long-time fans to pay monthly subscription fees if they want to keep uploading artsy photos.
When the business goes down, move up the price, right? Well, this strategy usually works when said business has negligible competitors but that’s not the case for Flickr. With Google Photos out there, you’d imagine Flickr would think twice before putting a price on photo sharing, especially since the announcement comes less than a year after introducing the feature in the first place.
When free users discovered Uploadr, they were relieved to have a tool that allowed them to automatically upload photos from the hard drive.
Now, they have to switch to Flickr Pro to use the desktop tool and then pay an annual $49.99 subscription fee. Granted, Flickr offers coupons with 30% off , but considering amateur photographers have a free alternative nearby (Google Photos), they might not bother paying.