Smugmug power vs portfolio

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For several years I have had a Smugmug portfolio account with automatic renewal. I guess I started it when I thought I could sell my nature images and also when I wanted watermarks. I t is renewal time and I just looked to see about other plans. I was shocked to see I could get a power account for much less ($72 vs $180.) I should have been on top of things.

I won't be able to set price and sell. I won't be able to add watermarks. Can anyone think of a reason for me to stay on portfolio - no wiseguy answers please. ;)
 
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I've had their lowest-priced account since I started with them in 2005 and never found any desire for a higher level. But I never expected to sell nor watermark anything. The one advantage of the next higher level account would be you get your own domain name without the Smugmug.com at the end.
 
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I sell my sports pics thru another website now but I won't give up watermarks, especially for a few bucks

[edit] I shoulda said I won't give up download protection even though I know you can get past it
 
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Butlerkid

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I've always had the Power account. I put my own watermarks on the images before uploading...... and never wanted to try to sell enough images to make it worthwhile. I'm extremely happy with SM!
 
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Until the end of 2018 I had a Pro account and then switched to a Portfolio account. The one feature I needed from the Pro plan was "Let customers choose favorite images", I needed that for albums.

I've kept the Portfolio for a few reasons, but I am considering going down to the Power account:
  • Live Chat help
  • Custom Watermarks*
  • Lab selection**
  • Custom pricing / profit
  • E-Commerce features
  • Global orders***
* I use SM as "one of" my backups for finished client images, so adding a watermark before uploading is not an option for me.
** I used Bay Photo for my albums and wanted print ordered by clients to be printed by the same lab.
*** I've actually had orders from family members internationally on occasion.

If I go down to a Power account the two things I will miss are live chat help and watermark. I have to rework my site so I won't give up live help until I get that done at the very least. But I do have to think about the watermark.
 

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