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Costco is closing their Photo Printing
Jan 13, 2021 15:01:31   #
hjkarten Loc: San Diego, California
 
I just received a note from Costco informing me that they will close their printing facilities as of February14. Much to my surprise and delight I found that the prints provided by Costco were of high quality and very reasonable price. I have the prints mounted on a high quality foam board at a local Art Frame store and hang them in my house, and send them as gifts to friends and colleagues. The photos are predominantly of landscapes and birds in flight. The prints uniformly receive good comments from observers. They are usually adjusted with Lightroom.
I have printed images from my SONY 6000, 6500 and A7r4 as large as 20x30 inches and found them of excellent quality. The personnel were well informed and would reprint images if I was dissatisfied. The time from emailing the high resolution file to completion of the printing was often less than an hour.
The results at local printing options at places such as CVS, were not as well done or of equally reasonable cost.
What other printing facilities do our readers suggest?
Harvey
San Diego, CA

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Jan 13, 2021 15:13:50   #
Kat Beasley Loc: Colorado
 
This is disheartening news I joined Costco to be able to use the photo printing. 😞

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Jan 13, 2021 16:26:16   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
You can still use Costco on-line, it's just that the work will be mailed to you,
no more in-store pickup.

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Jan 13, 2021 19:48:29   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Longshadow wrote:
You can still use Costco on-line, it's just that the work will be mailed to you,
no more in-store pickup.

Or in-store processing.

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Jan 13, 2021 21:03:50   #
Kat Beasley Loc: Colorado
 
Thanks for that information.

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Jan 14, 2021 07:29:54   #
dpullum Loc: Tampa Florida
 
Darkrooms replaced by digital prints. Digital prints replaced by 50" TVs and cellphone images. Time marches on.

The demand for large prints, faded. The demand for computer parts stores faded. Where is Comp-USA, where is Radio-Shack, where is the local camera shop? Time marches on.

One of our Wallgreens had a well-maintained sublimation printer. The wonderful lady in charge was a lifelong photographer. Gone! I sympathize with the loss of your Cosco printing. Time marches on.

The announcement:
https://www.dpreview.com/news/6477703828/costco-is-shuttering-all-remaining-in-store-photo-departments-in-us-canada-by-february-14?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-january-14&ref_=pe_1822230_565352150_dpr_nl_461_13

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Jan 14, 2021 08:28:09   #
waymond Loc: Pflugerville, Texas
 
Likewise.

I have not renewed.

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Jan 14, 2021 09:02:44   #
jimvanells Loc: Augusta, GA
 
You guys are behind the times. In store photo processing in the SE part of the country ended two years ago.

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Jan 14, 2021 09:53:43   #
mbaggs
 
I’ve used CPQ Professional Images for 30+ years. cpq.com

If you need info you can’t find online call them and ask for BJ, he’s packed full of knowledge. He’s probably at Imaging USA 2021 right now in Grapevine so wait until later next week.

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Jan 14, 2021 10:34:44   #
DIRTY HARRY Loc: Hartland, Michigan
 
In keeping with the current environment they probably will be using the space to sell coffins and urns.

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Jan 14, 2021 12:53:30   #
chasgroh Loc: Buena Park, CA
 
Longshadow wrote:
You can still use Costco on-line, it's just that the work will be mailed to you,
no more in-store pickup.


Boy, if ya gotta go online, then change to Bay Photo and be done with Costco. I ditched them *years* ago. Never liked their quality. Won't hurt to try!

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Jan 14, 2021 13:17:25   #
hjkarten Loc: San Diego, California
 
An advantage of Costco is that they will immediately reprint it if dissatisfied with the results. Dealing with an online vendor results in a major delay, and lacks the advantage of instant feedback and advice. This obviously also depends on the skill of the person you are dealing with.
DIsplaying images on a computer monitor has limited appeal. But for dedicated photographers, a print expresses a commitment and allows you to share your best pix in a manner that reflects the content. What I mean by that is that you can vary the size of the print relative to the setting, detail, visual impact you want to achieve in ways that an electronic image on a smartphone or a laptop don't always provide.

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