Phil Parker (tigertoy) wrote,
Phil Parker

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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