250 collection runs per month on Professional?

@supply-administrato3 When you say “existing plans or plans purchased before March 15th will have unlimited runs until their renewal date”…is this “renewal date” when we play the next monthly invoice (we are on the monthly basic plan)? Which isn’t really a renewal, just paying a bill. So until we cancel or change plans, will we continue to have unlimited Collection runner runs?

Completely agree with you, this unfair change is indeed disgusting to users, it takes away its basic productivity, infact before this change I was going to upgrade to a paid plan, but now it seems unnecessary, perhaps that is the value of who made the limit, I’m also sure @supply-administrato3 won’t say here the justification in which made this change, right?
Only the valueeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…

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Correct, i am in the same boat. I purchased an annual Professional plan which expires in August.

I assume this will be walked back a good bit or Postman risk seriously hurting their (good) reputation.

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We all hope so, but as engineers we have to work with worst case scenario. So i have until August to find alternatives and migrate.

Thank you all for your feedback. A majority of our customers chose the Enterprise plan to run and deploy quality and security gates through a combination of manual and automated tests. We set plan thresholds in a way so customers only upgrade when they find value in the product. We understand that some of our customers might have use cases that cross those thresholds but also don’t find enough value to upgrade. Please get in touch ,at help@postman.com, with us so we can understand your use case better

“We understand that some of our customers might have use cases that cross those thresholds but also don’t find enough value to upgrade”.
Well, let me translate it, “All you guys should upgrade to the not enough value enterprise plan”, that’s the value.

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The use case is literally to just run things locally.
Your limitation on local runs makes no sense. Any other limitation would make sense, like Postman API calls or Storage usage.
This is a bullshit response and you know it.

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@docking-module-part1 I found something interesting, Postman is collecting data on the runner’s runs, via

{
	"service": "usage",
	"method": "get",
	"path": "/usage/operations/collection_run_limit"
}
{
	"operation": {
		"allowed": false,
		"limit": 25,
		"remaining": 0,
		"usage": 25,
		"overage": 0,
		"spillage": 99999999,
		"allowOverage": false
	}
}

It is not known when this collector was added,
therefore, @supply-administrato3 @preetham.m it is not possible for Postman to be unaware of the user case, instead it’s possible that Postman has collected a lot of this operational data to make this limit for users.

Another question is why still send tracking data to these servers even if this option “Send anonymous usage data to Postman” was turned off?
for these trackers?

analytics.getpostman.com
bam.nr-data.net
insights-collector.newrelic.com
js-agent.newrelic.com
o1224273.ingest.sentry.io

After doing some research, I was also concerned about what it says about data security.

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What is emailing help@postman.com going to achieve?

You know what the use case is for the runner. It’s your product, you designed it.

If you are in doubt. Your product has some key elements that only work in the runner. The ones that are useful for automated testing, including setNextRequest and data driven tests.

This runs locally using the Postman desktop client, and until recently had no limits.

You’ve imposed a hard to understand limit, which makes the feature nearly unusable for everyone outside of an Enterprise plan. Even the professional plan limits look artificially low as its based on the team.

For pretty much everyone here, it would appear that you have done this solely to push the more expensive Enterprise plans. If you haven’t, then it would be nice to hear the rationale behind this move.

As mentioned previously, if a company is willing to pull or severely limit a feature that has been free for over a decade, then what other feature may you restrict in the future? (For example, pulling the support for Newman over the CLI, or perhaps sendRequest() next.

sendRequest uses no local resources, just like the Collection Runner, so I’m guessing its fair game.

The main issue here is a loss of trust.

I’ve only been using the product for six months, and was starting to get colleagues within my organisation to invest time to see if we should adopt more globally. We were using the free version and sticking the code in our code repository which was all we needed for our current requirements as we don’t design many API’s, we just consume others so I don’t need the documentation features.

There is always a risk in using free software, that it will be pulled or deprecated and that is always the risk you take.

However, now knowing that Postman appear to be in this camp. I cannot realistically continue to champion the product internally as I no longer know if key features may be removed or limited in the future.

This probably means we will now look for paid for software, but I doubt I would recommend Postman as an option because of what has happened here.

Enterprise is too expensive for our use case. Making you more expensive than SoapUI.

Adding new features to the top tier like your new CLI to streamline integration. That would be fine. But removing or severely limiting existing features is not a business practice that I can recommend.

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Interesting…maybe we could figure out how to block that traffic from going out so that we dont hit the limit?

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@docking-module-part1 We can indeed do this with some hacking tricks, but hopefully Postman can design reasonable and competitive subscription plans instead of playing tricks.

@supply-administrato3 the only product manager on the community, right?

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@preetham.m This is an infuriating response. You have a lot of people right here trying to communicate their use case right here, can you please respond transparently?

Can we have a direct response as to the justification why there is a limit on using local resources?

Every day that goes by with more doublespeak erodes the trust that you have built up over the years. Postman used to be a no-brainer, but this boneheaded move is really transparently greedy and disappointing.

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Respectfully, this smacks of driving users to your expensive enterprise plan.

I can understand why you would restrict runs on a free tier, you are running a business after all , but given that this is a restriction includes localhost runs, and runs on restricted environments, it feels stingy.

250 runs for a £36 per user per month is very steep. I only use Postman for QA of my company’s APIs. I could easily hit 1000 runs a month when I’m busy, probably more than that. My work covers exploratory testing, field assertions and end to end regression testing. It’s 3600/250 = 14.4p per run. If I want to generate Bearer Tokens, that’s 14p. If I want to validate a change, using a regression pack, that’s another 14p.

I pay for pro tier as I understand the need to support the developers of the tools that I use. I also understand why you would have a higher level of cost for users hitting 100k runs per month, but I’m going to have to look elsewhere. It’s a shame but I just can’t justify the cost if the restriction is to remain that severe.

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You’ve copied the same words on GitHub.
Let’s keep track of this issue.

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Just encountered this myself - these limits seem crazily low and pretty much make the product unusable for me.

If someone had typoed ‘Month’ instead of ‘Day’ I could understand it, but even then 250 runs in a day would be quite limiting if you were developing a collection of tests.

As the counter increases every time you hit the button, if you’re writing a new scenario with some pre-request scripts that need debugging you could run a whole bunch of times just to figure out what your bug is.

As a free user currently I could potentially be swayed to paying for the pro plan (If it was per-day) but the enterprise plan is completely out of my price range.

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For me postman was a very important tool the last 2 years and even considering that i’ll have to rebuild everything with another tool pains me greatly.

The paywall to an existing feature was very sudden and it hit us in a critical stage of development. Therefore i can’t help but see some resemblance to ransomware. Luckily i’m used to Newman and I can make do with the Newman workaround for now. But what does the future hold?

I don’t want to rely on the whims of the creators of the tool that i’m using. Abandoning postman will not be without difficulties, but if Postman decides to lock existing features on such a short notice with so little reasoning and transparency, the transition to another tool will become a necessity.

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I have to reluctantly agree with Valentine - in my personal network I have never seen a Postman update land so badly. Reading a lot of blogs, comments and general posts about this. None are good.

Postman is a tool that I have a long relationship with and am a huge fan of. The community and positive regard for this amazing platform is unparalleled.

People feel very unsupported by this change, and I’m gutted for the team at Postman who have to support it. I hope all the bad press and feedback will encourage a rethink.

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I’m following on a brilliant course about Postman and API testing by vdespa. I was experimenting with collection runs and from my experience 25 runs are not enough even for learning purpose.

I was evaluating Postman for API test automation in my company but I doubt that Enterprise plan will be within the budget. Basic/professional plans are more affordable for small companies but with these limitations they are not useful at all.

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This is a sad moment for the Postman community. How is this pricing move aligned with Our Open Source API Philosophy | Postman Apart from the button in the UI how much of the local run is dependent on the underlying open source projects?
Work on load-testing features with cloud agents and make people pay monthly for actual cloud resources.

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