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May 23rd, 2004
11:22 pm


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New Computer, Wal-Mart prints
I don't have the new machine at home yet; there are still a couple of issues being worked out. But it is working well enough to do some basic picture viewing and sorting tasks, oh so much less painfully than at on my home machine. The goodies built into WinXP for viewing pictures as a slide show and copying files onto CD-R are very nice. I used them to do a quick selection through some of my pictures, to pull out about a hundred images on a CD to take to Wal-Mart to try out their printing service, which I knew existed but didn't know the details of it.

It turns out that it's nicely automated. There's a kiosk where you feed it your CD (or CF card or other media) and pick the pictures you want; you submit the order, then you come back nominally an hour later and pick up the pictures. Perfectly decent 4x6 prints, and $.24 apiece is barely more than the paper costs if I wanted to make my own at home, to say nothing of the ink, or the time. I'm sure I'll be using this service again from time to time.

I know a lot of people say Wal-Mart is evil and I shouldn't do business there. If I wanted to avoid them, where else could I go that can do decent 4x6 prints from my digital media? I might be convinced to pay a slightly higher price, if I didn't have to sacrifice quality and convenience.

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Date:May 23rd, 2004 11:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, i know that Walmart is frowned upon by a great deal of people who's opinions i respect. But it's a lot easier to be right when you've got more time and money to spend.

Personally, i don't think boycotting walmart is the right way to get them to improve their business practices anyway.
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Date:May 24th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm the same way really. While there's a lot about Wal-Mart I don't care for, they are very convenient.

tigertoy: You might want to look into Wolf Camera if they have them up there and see how competative their price is.
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Date:May 24th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
I didn't even know Wolf Camera was a chain; I thought they were a store in New York with an Internet business. (I have looked at their web site and print ads drooling over equipment I can't afford.) In any case, we don't have one here. But that does suggest that I could drop by my local camera store and ask them; I'm pretty sure they don't do prints themselves, but they should know who does.
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