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Costco closing photo depts.

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by zoobrew, Jan 14, 2021.

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  1. zoobrew

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    Not too surprising, but I did use them thru the years. My wife just made a calendar with about 50 pictures and was very happy with it and for only $10 thought it was good deal. Luckily you can still get those type of products in the future from Costco.

    We are writing to inform you about the upcoming closure of the photo department at all Costco locations on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

    Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of pictures taken continues to grow. After careful consideration, we have determined the continued decline of prints no longer requires on-site photo printing.

    Digital technologies allow consumers to do more with their photos, including the ability to personalize canvas, metal & acrylic prints, or create photo books, stationery, calendars and other gifts. We will continue to ship these high quality products and prints to your home or business through the Costco Photo Center website, CostcoPhotoCenter.com.

    Costco’s home movie video transfer, passport photo, photo restoration and ink cartridge refill services will no longer be available after February 14, 2021.
     
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    Hopefully they will move employees to other departments.
    A friend of a friend works for one of their suppliers and this will likely destroy them... Not a lot of notice.
     
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    Hadn't really thought about it, but I haven't had film processed in 20 years.
     
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    Same. I've had prints made, but only from digital files.
     
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    Jer I kinda did a thing...

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    Used them for passport photos. Quick, cheap, and completely easy.
     
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    Our local photo dept closed a few yrs back but I still did prints online. Now I'll have to use another svc. I did have to use a new passport photo svc for visas last time....
     
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    I work for Costco and they are moving all photo employees to other departments within the warehouse. it sure was a great place to get photos done
     
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    The 5 buck passport photo was the best deal ever.
     
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    Yeah, I used that service a LOT!! (I did travel for work requiring visas 2010-2016)

    I also like to frame some vacation photos my husband takes - I just want a regular print, not on canvas or metal or whatever......
     
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    Bummer... I have like 25 video-tapes that I need to have converted to CD or even thumb-drive now I guess. I put them all in a a couple boxes and had on my list "to do" for the past 5 years, but a move, Covid and just plain good old procrastination sidetracked me.
     
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    Pictures or it didn't happen :wink2:
     
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    LOL :D kids birthday’s, soccer games, volleyball, football games, graduations, etc.
     
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    Many serious amateurs, myself included, still regularly shoot film (well, when we can go out and really shoot, that is). Some professionals still use it regularly.

    Film is widely available. Many (not all, however) of the usual suspect retail shops will have a small variety of film, but the larger photo specialists (B&H, Adorama, Rockbrook) will carry wide ranges of film.

    Surf here for more than you can possibly want to know about what's available now: https://filmphotographyproject.com/

    One thing I've gotten fond of is using respooled Eastman motion picture film, widely available, as color negative film.

    That's the good news. Getting it processed conveniently is another thing. Gone are most of the one-hour mini-labs in retail shops. Most "real" camera shops will do it, but many will do only so many runs per week of each film type.

    Many hobbyists, myself included, now do it ourselves, either the old fashioned way, or using smaller processing machines like the Jobo I have, seen below. I keep it on a closet shelf and just put it on the kitchen island when I process a roll. On some of the photo boards there are stories of some people getting some very nice Noritsu or Fuji Frontier processing machines just for coming and picking them up! (Last I knew these were going on Ebay for 4-5 fiigures US$,)

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