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    Well I used them for a bit until the price went up to $7.00 at my local joint, and its only $10 at the prolab with next day delivery. To have my slides back in my hands in 24hrs, and to support local business is worth the extra 3 dollars. Same goes for my 8x10's which they do for $3.50.

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    why can't pro labs reduce their prices?

    One question that hasn't been asked by demonizing walmart is why the local pro labs charge such high prices for a rather simple service? I mean, we are only talking about a medium format roll having 12 measly exposures. Why should that service necessarily and invariably cost $15 for developing and prints when walmart, through fuji, only charges $1.56? Why can't we challenge that disparity? If the local labs charged a little less, swallowing the difference in price may not be so hard.

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    hi mongo6407

    it used to be that the pro-labs charged more because they were consistent and offered custom services,
    3 hour slide development ( 35mm-810 ) and very very good prints.
    i know when i have slides or print film processed i don't want to cross my fingers,
    and depend on a mini-lab handle my film, and i am willing to pay a few dollars extra for
    the service, not to mention the client pays for film/processing.
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    We here on APUG should consider setting up an arrangement where those of us outside of the U.S. could send to a fellow, trusted APUG member our rolls of Kodachrome with a U.S. money order in the amount per roll charged at Wal-Mart plus costs to mail it back home. It would be a voluntary thing where someone in the U.S. could post on classifieds, "Hi, I'll be heading to drop some of my rolls of Kodachrome at Wal-Mart in about a month. If you need some of yours processed and are needing x-number of rolls minimum processed, please email me."

    I keep hearing "$4.88" in American dollars over and over, and I must say, I'm envious. In Canada, we pay upward to CAD$13 (~USD$10 lately) a roll for having them redirected to Dwayne's. Other locations -- Australia, NZ, China, Japan, I'm sure -- probably would pay a lot more. It's probably a futile idea, but if there's anywhere that such a grassroots system could work, I can't think of a better meeting place/bulletin board than APUG. The peer system would assure that everyone collaborates together honourably. And as peers, we all share a commitment to film here. Anything we can do to encourage an increase of use, I'd say, then all the better, yes?

    Just a thought. Thx.


    p.s., I'm adding a note to American APUGers: Wal-Mart in Canada offers nearly none of the special services you can obtain at a Wal-Mart there (like E-6, 120, K-14, etc.). In fact, Wal-Mart is fairly barebones for film services here.
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    The whole "real photo labs are better quality" argument has not played out in my experience. In my experience local photo labs are total hacks and I wouldn't trust my film with them, especially not for what they charge for the privilege. Maybe things used to be different. You pay your money and you take your chances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accozzaglia View Post
    We here on APUG should consider setting up an arrangement where those of us outside of the U.S. could send to a fellow, trusted APUG member our rolls of Kodachrome with a U.S. money order in the amount per roll charged at Wal-Mart plus costs to mail it back home.
    I agree...I wonder what will be happening when Qualex closes down - I imagine that Shoppers routes their 'specialty' film through them...

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    My understanding, according to another APUGer living in Ontario, is that when your local Shoppers accepts your film order for Kodachrome, they phone Fuji just as they do for other pick-up orders they handle (e.g., 8x10 enlargements, E-6 processing, etc.). For Kodachrome, Fuji sends to Kodak (either in Canada or the U.S., not sure which). Kodak sends to Dwayne's. Once Dwayne's completes, it's a reversal of this chain. This is why it requires about three weeks give or take to have your processed roll of Kodachrome returned for $12.99 + [x]ST.

    I don't mind the time or the cost so much as the time combined with the cost. I'll continue it if there's no other option -- Henry's is, to my knowledge, no cheaper -- but it puts a crimp on how much Kodachrome I can afford to buy, shoot, and process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by accozzaglia View Post
    We here on APUG should consider setting up an arrangement where those of us outside of the U.S. could send to a fellow, trusted APUG member our rolls of Kodachrome with a U.S. money order in the amount per roll charged at Wal-Mart plus costs to mail it back home. It would be a voluntary thing where someone in the U.S. could post on classifieds, "Hi, I'll be heading to drop some of my rolls of Kodachrome at Wal-Mart in about a month. If you need some of yours processed and are needing x-number of rolls minimum processed, please email me."

    I keep hearing "$4.88" in American dollars over and over, and I must say, I'm envious. In Canada, we pay upward to CAD$13 (~USD$10 lately) a roll for having them redirected to Dwayne's. Other locations -- Australia, NZ, China, Japan, I'm sure -- probably would pay a lot more. It's probably a futile idea, but if there's anywhere that such a grassroots system could work, I can't think of a better meeting place/bulletin board than APUG. The peer system would assure that everyone collaborates together honourably. And as peers, we all share a commitment to film here. Anything we can do to encourage an increase of use, I'd say, then all the better, yes?

    Just a thought. Thx.


    p.s., I'm adding a note to American APUGers: Wal-Mart in Canada offers nearly none of the special services you can obtain at a Wal-Mart there (like E-6, 120, K-14, etc.). In fact, Wal-Mart is fairly barebones for film services here.

    i will do it. send me a PM. i use skype so i can call you very cheapky if needed.

    i spent many years of my life in thailand. i send my 120 film there to be processed and scanned! i get an entire roll of 120 (6x7) scanned and burned to DVD for 5-10 dollars (c41 and e6). i get TIFF files. this saves me HUGE money for sure. they are doing 30 rolls for me now. i get it shipped back EMS....it even arrives on sunadys too! i have been working with this lab for 7 years.

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    lens photos here

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    Wal-Mart Services

    Quote Originally Posted by accozzaglia View Post
    p.s., I'm adding a note to American APUGers: Wal-Mart in Canada offers nearly none of the special services you can obtain at a Wal-Mart there (like E-6, 120, K-14, etc.). In fact, Wal-Mart is fairly barebones for film services here.
    Are you sure about this? I used to send my Super8 Kodachrome through Wal-Mart which sent it to Qualex and then to Switzerland. I got the developed Reel back in as little as 9 days flat! You need to specify instructions (on the Envelope) for Qualex to send it to Dwayne's. They don't know anything at your local Wal-Mart -- send it to Qualex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryM View Post
    Are you sure about this? I used to send my Super8 Kodachrome through Wal-Mart which sent it to Qualex and then to Switzerland. I got the developed Reel back in as little as 9 days flat! You need to specify instructions (on the Envelope) for Qualex to send it to Dwayne's. They don't know anything at your local Wal-Mart -- send it to Qualex.
    How long ago did you attempt this? Last summer, I went to a couple of Wal-Marts and they basically said the same thing: "we do print film here and we print digital pictures."



 

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