Yeah I’m bitter, but this really annoys me! There is a growing contingent of people here and mainly online via discussions who have flocked to drugstores, walgreens, costco, target, and various other crap ass discount chains to get film processed. I get why, cause we are all penniless now. Believe me I understand. They charge 2.00 bucks or 02 cents, or free, I charge more.
My problem is not with people needing a more affordable situation. I do have a problem with this dork on a certain popular photo sharing site who has devoted his life to seeking out cheap places to process film. He has an on going thread about “keeping it affordable.” Like he’s some super sleuth, the capped crusader of film developing because he has found that if he asks for JimBob at the Wallmart in Peoria that he will get his film developed cheap and without scratches.
Why do I hate this so much?? Because if enough people go this route, there will be no more photo labs, and when Walgreens decides they can’t make enough money developing film for .99 cents then it’s over for all of us. I like to consider myself a high end place, so many drugstore film developers are not my customers anyway, but I do need the students and hobbyists. So if you are looking to save a few bucks, why not take advantage of my student discount, or better yet try negotiating with me or other lab owners, maybe gather your film in bulk for a better price. Hey if you’re really hurtin’ then you gotta go where you it’s affordable for you, but please don’t go around broadcasting the fact like you are consumer advocate out to save us, you’re just making it worse for guys like me.
dh (selfish and bitter photo lab owner)