Photo printing at Walmart, etc

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by David Metcalfe, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. Up until a month or so ago, we used to drop CD's off at Sams club or Walmart
    (or occasionally ProEx), and they would read them and print the photo's. All
    well and good. Now, all places insist that you go through the upload
    machines in the store. ie you can't just hand thema CD. This is quite time
    consuming, even when you just want to "select all" as there is often someone
    (or a line) in font of you and they are cropping 83 different shots.

    Two questions:
    1. Do any places still allow you to drop of CD's with a "print all"
    instruction? It may be a regional thing -- I'm Eagan, MN.

    2. What is the rationale for this change? Surely people are less inclined to
    print anything because they get stuck on or waiting for a machine (photo
    kiosk?) for 20 minutes. We used to drop off 10 rolls of film and because
    they knew us, it took all of a minute to get it done. Likelwise, with the
    CD's it took no time. Now, it is a pain. I'd be ok with them rejecting any
    CD's they couldn't read, or understand the formatting. ie I'd learn to use
    whatever format they wanted such that they could just stick the CD in a
    machine and say "print all". I also suspect it is costing them more time to
    help people with the machines than accepting and working from a pre-written
    CD. Perhaps I'm overplaying it, but it seems like a (small) step backwards
    from film.

    David Metcalfe, Mar 6, 2004
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    When I used to have Wal-Mart print my pictures there usually were two to
    three women handling the orders. One of them always just took the CD but
    the other two insisted I unload the images myself.
    I think overall the idea of having your pics printed by Wal-Mart and others
    has caught on quite a bit and probably when orders are sometimes done two
    different ways it can get hectic for them. They're trying to do film prints
    too on the same machine.
    What they were doing for you and me was a courtesy.
    mark_digital©, Mar 7, 2004
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  3. David Metcalfe

    Steven Gray Guest

    As far as I know, you can still hand in a CD in my neck of the woods-
    Orlando, Florida. I hope it stays that way. What you describe sounds
    like a nightmare- unless you can do the upload from home over the net.
    Steven Gray, Mar 7, 2004
  4. David Metcalfe

    John Navas Guest


    In <> on Sun, 07 Mar 2004 04:57:28 -0600,
    That's why I put just the images I want to print, cropped and sized as needed,
    on a memory card that I take to be printed -- much easier on my computer than
    on the kiosk.
    John Navas, Mar 7, 2004
  5. David Metcalfe

    mark_digital Guest

    Side note
    I just came back from CVS with what was supposed to be 87 pictures. There
    were only 64. Reason? Their machine ran out of paper and it didn't print
    the remaining pictures after a new roll was reloaded.This has happened to me
    twice now. I told the young lady it happened two weeks ago, so I would think
    the word would have spred. She said it doesn't happen when they make film
    prints. Tomorrow I make another trip and have the last 23 pics made, but
    I'll go to another CVS in town and see if they're nmore on the ball.
    mark_digital, Mar 8, 2004
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