I myself am hoping that my friend starts to offer super-8 to 16mm blowups. Then I could have the best of both worlds: negs and prints!
Is it cheap? Certainly not. But I'd say this was never a cheap hobby to begin with. Considering that it isn't really that surprising that my grandparents never owned an 8mm film camera, they only borrowed one from their friends. There is only about 30 minutes worth of film of my father's childhood and youth. That's about 2 minutes per year...
And many couldn't afford even that much.