I run a Fuji minilab and I find it hard to understand how a lab could underreplenish their processsor. My reasoning for this is that with underreplenishing the liquid level/volumn will drop (not enough chemical added) and then the processor would alarm for low chemical levels. If this happens on the Fuji processor the machine will finish off processing what is currently in the tanks but will lock and stop any further film or paper being processed.
Originally Posted by Frenchy_Photo
Acording to my calculations, chemical costs are only about 15-20% of the cost of RA4 (print) and 10-15% of C41 (neg) so there is not a big saving to be make by skimping on chemical. I would suspect that these big box stores could negotiate a better chem price based on their large volumn, from their supplier.
Regarding not running proper test strips, well they are flying by the seat of their pants with that. It is simply very bad house keeping and bad for business in the long run. If they want to run their business in such a sloppy fashion then they will get what they deserve. It is just as easy to do it correctly and it's not rocket science, and what does it take extra to do it correctly, about 10 minutes a day or one hour a week. In the bigger picture that is not very much.