Just a throwaway line here but in this week's Amateur Photographer magazine in the U.K. a company is advertising processing of a 36 frame trad B&W 135 film for 2.29(about $3.36) and as it's a business is presumably making a profit at this price. This is the lowest price I have yet seen

How this is possible is beyond me and just seeing your thread had stimulated my curiosity about the service. I might do some checking

It just goes to show what you are up against - well in the U.K. at least. Consumers it seems are always tempted by the lowest offer even when the dictum "if it sounds too good to be true it probably is" should be the watchword.