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    Wal-Mart and no negatives.

    I'm going to post this in both this forum and the 35mm forum because it will affect both groups. I was in our new Wal-Mart Super Center today and walked by the place you drop off film. It said, NO NEGATIVES RETURNED. I asked the gal at the counter about that and she said that shortly after the store opened, (about a month ago) they now send the film off to be developed and they (the lab) emails the pictures back to the store and the store prints your pictures and burns a CD. Your negatives are TOSSED. I asked about slides and she thought that slides were returned. So now your negatives that will last many years if properly cared for will be replaced by a CD that if scratched will make a good frissbe. Needless to say, Wal-Mart will not be developing my film any more.

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    One of the many reasons I develop my own B&W and color.

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    LOL who on this forum in their right mind would have film developed at Wal Mart anyway? Thats the antithesis of taking your own photography seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric Trexell View Post
    So now your negatives that will last many years if properly cared for will be replaced by a CD that if scratched will make a good frissbe. Needless to say, Wal-Mart will not be developing my film any more.
    I see this as having little to do with a question of film versus digital but a PROPERTY issue.

    It has nothing to do with whether that CD has value or what quality it is. It has nothing to do with how one values the film.

    It has everything to do with the fact that I paid for that film and it is my right to determine what is done with it, not some flunky in a two-bit photo lab.
    It's my film! If I want to take it home and rub it on my bare bum, that is my right. Nobody else has the right to make that decision for me. PERIOD!

    No sign taped to the front of a sales counter and no lab monkey working behind that counter have any right whatsoever to decide what happens to that film. EVER!

    When I leave my film in somebody else's care, for whatever purpose, I expect them to take all reasonable measures to care for that film and to return it to me in good condition.

    The problem, here, is that consumers bend over and take it up the a$$ when they could simply mail their film to Dwayne's or some other place of their choice and receive better service, better product and get their film back for about the same price and in about the same amount of time.
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    STUPID BASTARDS!

    Those negatives are your property. They have no right to destroy your property.

    Piss on them

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    I must ask, why would you go to wal-mart in the first place? Seems like none of the big stores really have lots (if any) experience with processing film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Worker 11811 View Post
    I see this as having little to do with a question of film versus digital but a PROPERTY issue.
    It's not because you agree to it when you enter into the contract.

    Quote Originally Posted by Worker 11811 View Post
    It has everything to do with the fact that I paid for that film and it is my right to determine what is done with it
    Exactly. It's your choice to use the service or not.


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    Don't support them then....easy as that... don't go there, don't buy there, don't use their services

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    Yet another reason for me to continue my boycot of waldos. I stay as far from those "stores" as possible.
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    I used Walmart sometimes ago. They did a bad job so I stopped. If they don't return the negatives then they would do me no service as the negatives is the only thing I want. I can tolerate bad prints as I could have them redo. I don't care for CD as I can scan and burn my own CD much better than they do.

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