Thanks for your interest in Scoopt!
The point about members incurring a cost is partially true, in the sense that there is usually a charge for sending MMS or email messages from a mobile phone (although often you can get a number of free messages included within your monthly contract tarif). But in fact we also allow and indeed encourage members to upload their photos directly through the Scoopt website, and this is entirely free (as of course is membership in the first place).
There is also a real disincentive for people to flood us with anything and everything, which is that Scoopt is not a sharing site. In other words, when you send Scoopt a photo, nobody else is going to see it... unless we make a sale and it gets published.
We believe that photo sharing services are fantastic, but we're doing something quite different. Scoopt is there to represent the amateur who just happens to capture a unique, newsworthy event on their camera and wants to get a good price with the minimum of hassle.
All the best