I've been a Flickr Pro for about a decade, and a Flickr Pro subscriber for almost as long. So when I saw this email subject line this morning, I knew it couldn't be good.
[Flickr] Your Flickr Pro subscription just got better!
I'm not cynical (said every cynic ever!), but I know that whenever a price hike is in order, it’s standard practice to bury it under other stuff. Sure enough, under a list of new features:
For new subscribers, Flickr Pro is $49.99 per year or $5.99 per month.
This is double what it used to be. But they’re quick to reassure us:
And here is where it gets good as a Loyal Flickr Pro Member [..] You get these additional Flickr Pro features and continue to receive unlimited space, with no change in price for the next 2 years.
It’s akin to those “50 months interest free!” offers; we don't have to pay now, so it’s all good. I bristle when companies do this.
Flickr is a wonderful service; I don’t post nearly enough stuff to it. They've generally done a good job maintaining and updating the interface. With a decade of inflation and uncertainty at Yahoo!, it stands to reason they'd want a little extra money to stay afloat.
Still, as John Roderick would say, $50 is a much bigger eel than $25.