Plus Account subscribers in good standings as of 6/1/17 will be allowed the 3rd party usage until 12/31/18. So, you get another year and a half before it affects you.
So- if you do not purchase at minimum the new 'Plus 500' account status to keep your current usage abilities, you will be limited to either direct links on the Plus100 account or virtually NO USE for anything below that. http://photobucket.com/pricing (If the link is inappropriate, I can remove it.)
This means that all of my linked photos for all of my build threads, tips, blogs, general posts, etc; will now be restricted to text-only unless I pay over $400/year (again, I can remove if I need to.) to keep the same accessibility.
Looks like I might need to finally look for other avenues to host my stuff. If I do, I'm looking for a website alternative, that has a good amount of space, and will allow my linkings however much I dare for a reasonable price or preferably for free. I am currently at 62% full with 2,236 files uploaded. I'm only at 1.3GB used of 2.0GB storage currently.
What would you do if you were in my shoes? (No- I'm not going to pay $480/year to keep my account as it was. That's preposterous!)