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who develops walmats photos

Where walmart sends our photos to be developed.

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3/23/2005 8:04:37 PM

John P. Sandstedt
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  Why not ask at your local Wal-Mart?

Nonetheless, whether it's Wal-Mart or your local drug store, there are service companies that provide developing services. In New Jersey, Union Photo services to both drug chains and some supermarkets.

The "regular" service of such companies usually leaves a lot to be desired. Some of these stores offer "processing by Kodak." In NJ, Kodak processing is now farmed out to Direct Photo in Maryland [and, surprise, Direct Photo owns Clark Color Labs and York Color Labs.] Kodak processing is worth the sometimes extra price since there's obvious better care taken. note, if you use Kodak mailers, you film also goes to Direct Photo.

Wal-Mart owns Sam's Club. At two of those store near where I live, Sam's Club provides Fuji processing. Once, again, your film may be going to Fuji licensee or to a place where Fuji chemicals are used.

When I use Wal-Mart, I stick with the one-hour service. Generally, I'm looking for negatives [which are, in color at least, generally processed according to a computerized formula.] THe only concern is the status of the chemicals being used. I treat the prints as "proofs."

If I have a roll of film that has some key shots, I opt for a custom laboratory. Once, again, you get what you pay for!

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3/24/2005 12:25:02 PM

Chris J. Browne   The key is a properly developed negative! Prints are very subjective. If you like walmart photos, what does it matte where they are farmed out to. Unless you are just curious. I stick to stores that do all work in house. It cuts down on lost/damaged negatives.

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3/24/2005 5:44:46 PM

Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  hi im Brenda I work at wal-mart in the photo lab our send out service is handled by fuji. most people use it because of price but the quality isnt the best because they never look at what is going through. all film is tagged with twin check #s then fed through the processor with out ever having to be handled by human hands almost all of it is automated but in the one-hour processing we do each individual roll one at a time most customers dont ask, but I treat each roll like its my own so I do take care in checking each picture to make sure it is the best it can be.for regular customers whom ive gotten to know I will automatically color correct thier photos if needed , but we are a smaller store ,and can provide that service I am required to initial each package I process and print so im the one responsable if my customer isnt happy. I hope that helped .

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3/27/2005 8:58:04 PM

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