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    Tesco stores not film friendly

    Ah well, in spite of yet more massive profits and something like a £6million refurb on their second biggest store in Inverness, the home of the £1.98 dev and write to CD is no more. :o

    I often use(d) XP2 for trying out a newly acquired camera and the 1 hour service at £1.98 is just brilliant for that, but today I got the "we don't do film" response when I went in with a trial roll from a recently acquired Nikonos. She offered a postal service at £5 plus £2 to write to CD, but £7 for sometime maybe next week wasn't so good. She suggested I tried Boots and a phonecall confirmed they still processed 35mm, so I'll probably head there tomorrow now.

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    Peter I know it gets a poor reception with analoguers today and usually rightly so but you might want to check out Jessops. If there is branch nearby it may well have an in-store film processor. Might not be any cheaper than Boots of course. I just don't know.

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    I'm afraid that photo shops are becoming less and less film friendly throughout the world(especially in the USA)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pentaxuser View Post
    Peter I know it gets a poor reception with analoguers today and usually rightly so but you might want to check out Jessops. If there is branch nearby it may well have an in-store film processor. Might not be any cheaper than Boots of course. I just don't know.

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    There is a Jessops in town, but that's a special trip with car parking to pay for and a very "shoppy" closing time of about 1730 with processing finished an hour or so earlier. Tesco was closer, free parking and a very flexible finishing time on the processing, but well past 1730 anyway. There is a Boots just along from it that stays open until about 2000, so I'll have a trip in to see what they charge.

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    I think that might bring on my 'I don't do Tesco' response...

    However, I don't think it's Tesco who do the photo processing in Tesco's ; if it's the same business model as Sainsbury's, it'll be an independent franchise operating out of rented supermarket space, which is why the photo processors in Sainsbury's don't take Nectar cards in transactions. I stopped putting films to one of the Sainsbury supermarkets near me when I went back for my one-hour film and saw the guy with a strip of 35mm wedged under the armpit of a big hairy cardigan, and discovered it was my film. My local Boots branch, on the other hand, are very good at film handling, and all staff use white gloves when handling processed materials. Unfortunately they don't do 120 any more, but at least I have a proper local photo shop that does.
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    I have found it isn't Tesco/Boots/Jessops/.... that are careful or casual about film processing and handling - but the individual staff behind the counter.

    If you talk to the people doing the processing you will quickly work out who knows and cares about what they are doing and who is there only for the pay

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    My experience isn't broad enough, so I'm generally cautious when offering opinions like this, but the two branches of Boots I've used, one near home and one near my office (about 35 miles away) were both well trained, cotton gloves and the like. The Sainsbury's branch was poor, as was the Safeway branch (now Morrison's). The Jessops near my office was not bad at all, though I didn't care for their pay before collection policy. The Jessops near my home is good when it's the manageress who's on site, as she's sharp and knowledgeable, but not so good when it's one of the staff who has difficulty telling the difference between a roll of HP5 and a roll of Superia. I'm lucky in having a long-established family photo dealer nearby, staffed by people who know stuff about photography, and who can handle simple instructions that manage to confuse some of the non-specialist places, like when I want a dev only and uncut. So, true enough, I've found quickly those I can depend on, and stick with them.
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    My experience with my local Boots has been uniformly pretty good -- the film is always very flat, and very clean; dust and scratch free. The prints, while consistent, are not as good as the best I've had, but they're also never the worst. My experience with many of the other high street operations -- Jessops and Snappy Snaps -- is less consistent, although the best high-street prints I've had, when they've been good, have been from Snappy Snaps. Jessops have always been the worst. They've lost my film before, at least once.

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    I have the opposite experience of Tesco. Recently Tesco built a new bigger store and demolished the old store. They equipped the photo section with new equipment and the staff do a good job. It appears to be actual Tesco staff working there rather than a franchise.


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    A new Tescos was built here recently, a Tescos Extra, massive store. But they only send film out to be processed. Also recently one branch of Boots in Worthing has stopped selling film (one still sells it) which was a bit of a shock. I think now in Worthing (pop 100,000) there is only one place to get film processed, Jessops as I am not sure if Boots still do it, and I don't use them as I just want the negs which they won't do without scans or prints.

    Looking like home C41 might become more economical!

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