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    i used walmart and sam's club to process my 110, 120 + 35mm film and 8mm movie film for the better part of 10 years.
    i never used their in house services but their send out service, which for the better part of 10years was fuji labs ... ( hundreds of rolls )

    why would anyone use walmart/sam's club/fuji labs to process their film, why wouldn't they ??

    for starters they only charged 2.99 for double 35exp prints
    and about 5-6$ for 36exp slides. 120 film cost less than 2$.
    local labs charged 3x that , and a pro lab ... close to 5x that a hour's drive worth of gas.

    the "antithesis of photography" ?? FUJILABS ???

    they were affordable, and did great work.
    i don't shoot much color anymore i don't see the point ...
    if i get the urge do 35mm or 110 c41 i take it to the lady down the street to keep her doing film
    she is the last one, and does amazing work ...

    otherwise i process it in my strong brew - sumatranol130, convert it to black and white, and sKn it like any lab would do...
    anything bigger than 35mm can't be processed anywhere where i live and i am not about to mail it somewhere else
    seeing the price of the film, processing and postage both ways would be more than 20-35$$

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    I've used Walmart's send out processing for a good number of years and never had a problem, both for color and also B&W when I've been too lazy to develop it myself. The Walmart I use in Massachusetts sends film to Fuji Labs in New York. Whether this has changed recently I don't know. Walmart likely farms out film processing to whoever bids the lowest and may be different in various parts of the country. I would not trust what a Walmart photo clerk tells you so far as negatives not being returned. About half of them probably don't even know what a negative is. I even called Walmart headquarters a few years back to try and get information on processing and services and they were pretty useless.

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    Last night I developed a roll of Plus-X 120 in D-76 1+1, and this morning I have negatives. I also didn't have to make a trip to hell and spend money on gasoline or waste my valuable time.
    Dave

    "She's always out making pictures, She's always out making scenes.
    She's always out the window, When it comes to making Dreams.

    It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up, It's all mixed up."

    From It's All Mixed Up by The Cars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Ric,

    Post the name of the store manager and the store address so those who choose can send letters. The letter writers could demanded that negatives which are personal property be returned properly and in good condition. Several thousand letter would get the attention of the store manager and be embarrassing to the store into doing the right thing.

    Steve
    If the policy is one of Walmart and came from headquater, what would you do if you were the manager of the store? It's not so much simple as if the customer argueing about prices and stuff and the manager can usually give the customer what he/she wants. In this case I think the manager would have a harder time getting the negative for the customer.

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    That's ridiculous. The negatives are indeed your property but as was said, once one "contracts" with them to develop them if the understanding is you don't get them back then they haven't done anything wrong *legally*. Indeed, the simple answer is voting with your $$. And yes, you can develop B/W film in the time ti takes to go somewhere to drop off film and go back and pick the film up.

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    Walmart, the best thing to happen to the downfall of America since government.
    www.vinnywalsh.com

    Film photography? This term kills me. As if there's another kind!

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    How difficult is it for them to return your negatives? The negatives are the originals and more important than CD's and prints (copies). The people who took the decision don't know anything about photography with film apparently ("on the CD's you'll get the pictures in modern digital form! Forget the old fashioned negatives!").

    It's an attack against film, so don't just complain about it here. Write to the Walmart headquarters. Emails or letters. Not returning the negatives is outrageous!
    J. Patric Dahlén

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    Breathe in...

    You are dealing with a mass merchandiser/marketer/service provider.

    Breathe out...

    They have clearly stated how they will conduct this particular part of their business. This is their right. You can either choose to accept these terms and whatever level of quality is provided...

    Move on...

    Or you can find a provider who will meet your needs.


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    I am not anti-digital. I am pro-film.

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    Let me respond to the comments.

    You have all made good comments and I'm glad I was not the only one that had never heard of this happening. The question is that if Wal-Mart starts doing this, how long before others follow in their footsteps? I checked with Walgreens shortly after finding this out about Wally World and they said they still give you the negs. As to why anyone would use Wal-Mart, my Wal-Mart sends their film to Fuji in Green Bay I think it is so what difference does it make if I use Wal-Mart? I have sent my film to others and it all looks about the same to me. As for developing it myself, not every one takes enough pictures to make that profitable. Nor do I care to be playing around with 11 different chemicals, all at the right temperature just to develop a roll of slides. To the person that said that the girl at the counter may not know what she is talking about, there is a sign right where you drop the film that says it clearly. Wal-Mart used to be super cheap. I could get a roll of 35mm developed for something like $2.75 or there abouts, but after the digital revolution they started raising the price up to the $9.89 or whatever it is now. Funny, but 120 film is cheaper to develop there than 35mm. I get 10 pictures and negs. for about $2.89 or such and if you double that for a 24 roll of 35mm you are still cheaper. My prices are not exact but I did figure this out in the past. Whether it is Wal-Mart or whomever, this could become a trend. Perhaps it will cause many to take a second look at home developing. Ric.

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    A lot of discussion here also.....
    http://photo.net/film-and-processing-forum/00aakr

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