Sams vs Walmart photo centers

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by DR, Jun 15, 2004.

  1. DR

    DR Guest

    Does anyone know if pictures uploaded through Sams and Walmart online photo
    centers eventually get printed out at the same facility? (Hence same
    quality, but less price if it's Sam's) ? Or using the same type printer ?

    What kind of printer do they use?
    DR, Jun 15, 2004
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    PSsquare Guest

    Can't speak for all locations, but they are done in the same location
    where I am. And, they are both crappy.

    PSsquare, Jun 15, 2004
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    Jon C Guest

    I dunno about online, but I routinely stop by at my local Wal Mart and drop
    off a flash card at their 1-hour center. I stop by an hour later and I have
    killer 4x6 photos printed on regular photo paper. My 2 megapixel snapshots
    they print are consistently higher quality than the 4x6 prints from
    disposable cameras developed at the same place.

    Jon C, Jun 16, 2004
  4. DR

    PSsquare Guest


    Isn't it better to compare prints of the same photo (whether digital or
    film) between Walmart and other processors? That is comparing the
    difference in printing. Your example is comparing your digital image at 2
    megapixel to a single use camera and that is not very telling. Isn't it
    sort of saying my $300 camera beats your $8 camera?

    To be specific about my experience, everything I have seen from the Walmart
    near me(or the Sam's Club across the parking lot) has been a very poor
    compared to every other processor in the area. I saw many such photo
    prints brought in by newbies at our photo club, and they were pretty
    consistent in having poor color accuracy and washed out prints.
    Enlargements were even sadder. Walmart and Sam's are the among the
    cheapest, yes, but poorly trained staff cannot produce any prints close to
    what a fairly paid and properly trained technician can print. Every once in
    a while they get a competent person, but they usually see that there is not
    any room for their income to match their skill and they move on to a better
    one-hour lab.

    This can be an opportunity to see if you are getting value for your money at
    Walmart. Just take the same print file to a couple of places plus Walmart.
    When they come back, have someone open the envelopes and label the back with
    a letter that represents which lab made the print. Have them keep the lab
    name for each letter while you evaluate the prints unbiased by your
    expectations. After you have picked the best to the worse, then look up the
    letters to see which was best etc. You will know for your value system
    which gives you the best print for the cost. If you can't tell the
    difference, then you win with the cheapest. If you can tell a difference,
    then you win with the best looking photos. See, a win-win opportunity.
    Hope you try it.

    PSsquare, Jun 16, 2004
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    Bob Williams Guest

    The in-store prints are marginally acceptable for the reason you stated.
    The kids running the machines don't know Jack about digital photography.
    However, WalMart Online does an excellent job.
    Best Value in the business, IMHO.
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Jun 16, 2004
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