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We're raising prices

July 25, 2005

This was pre-announced a few months ago, but it’s finally happening sometime this week (Thursday night? Friday?) if we get everything tested in time.

Here’s the deal, short and sweet:

  • Standard accounts are going from $29.95 to $39.95
  • Power Users are going from $49.95 to $59.95
  • Pros are going from $99.95 to $149.95
  • If you already have an account, or sign up before these changes go into effect, you WILL be grandfathered for as long as we possibly can. (Years, at the very least). So if you were planning on signing up, or upgrading your existing account, now is the time to do it. You’ll “lock in” current prices in on your account for years, rather than having to pay the new prices.

    Just to be very clear here, we’re not doing this because our company is in trouble. smugmug is profitable, growing rapidly, and has no debt or outside investment. It’s solely owned by the employees, and we’re all thrilled with how it’s going.

    Instead, we’re doing it because there are some new things coming, such as partnerships, which necessitate a slight rise in prices. We don’t anticipate raising prices again for years, until something like inflation catches up with us.

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    1. July 27, 2005 at 8:47 am

      Hi Don,

      You mention new partnerships coming – would you mind elaborating?
      Asking because I just spent all morning exploring your site and partnerships was one of the things that came to my mind.

      Kyril Mossin
      Head of Interactive

    2. John Friend
      August 3, 2005 at 7:52 am

      I notice prices still haven’t gone up, yet you thought this was going to happen last week in your original note. Is it just delayed? Or are you rethinking?


    3. August 6, 2005 at 7:17 am

      From the smugmug “What’s the difference?” page:
      > Professional Accounts are identical to Power User
      > accounts except they come with 4 times the traffic
      > of Normal Accounts and can be automatically upgraded
      > in $30 increments to provide unlimited traffic.
      > They also let you use your own domain name and let
      > you issue guest passwords. You can use any account
      > for commerical activity, including normal accounts.
      > But it’s likely that the only users who can generate
      > enough traffic to need a commercial account are
      > companies.

      Question for you:
      I am considering upgrading to a smugmug Pro Account before the pending price increase. With all the new smugmug enhancements coming, will the statement above remain true for Pro Accounts, or will some new functionality only be made available to Pro users? My main motivations for getting a Pro account are the homepage customizations and custom domain name. I have read about some hat trick customizations that
      only seem to be enabled for Pro users. The pending new smugmug CSS customization enhancements will be welcome by many. Will any of these things be reserved only for Pro users? Just trying to base my upgrade
      decision on the right criteria.

    4. November 15, 2009 at 10:26 am

      Okay, clarification time:)

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