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Boots bailing out?


Mark Amies

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Many sites are stopping processing film these days. The days of running a V100, (that's 100 films per hour) are long gone, They convert your Dev to Guinness overnight and its a constant battle with chemistry even on a small 30 films an hour machine. Add into it a PCB blowing? a  3 or 4 hundred quid bill to replace will be a big decision with 5 or 6 films a day.

At the end of the day it leaves more film for those who still offer a good service, far better than still processing, scratching or damaging the film leaving an unhappy customer who vows never to use the camera again IMO

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Yes, let the fat cats drop it and leave the slack to the independants. Game on.

Tescos never took photographic seriously in my opinion, throwing money around like confetti on Kis Labs and then chucking them out , now they have HP playing court jester to them, with kit that is on loan.

As for Boots - wel it ain't the Boots I remember, not now it has gone Swiss.

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Im not for gloating about any one dropping out of the market. If the big boys are not getting returns even if they are not making the capital investments, then we are all doomed Pike. An independent will drop film processing as quickly as a major if he needs an expensive part, but generally for the same reasons, Margins.

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The only spotty 21 year olds are stacking shelves, for free. The management of the likes of Tesco are very sharp, they know exactly how much GP they get from every square foot of the store, most managers would rather be selling sandwiches at lunch time, barbies and sun loungers when the suns shining and anything rather than Photo. They all however recognise the number of baskets it generates and understand that in the past that was 2 per film, one to drop off and another to collect. The reason why Boots have the lab up or down stairs and at the back of the store, they hope you will pick up some other buy on the way. Not the same for Tesco as they tend to have the lab at the front of the store, but you have to pass the petrol station and you may still increase the sale. Its a loss leader, not a loss. The number of suppliers who can loan, rent of sell at less than cost have also diminished.

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I did 68 rolls of film this morning in our 430L Noritsu.

We have advertised our services to other labs in our state, as well as drug stores/pharmacies/newsagents and we are getting a goodly quantity of film coming in.

Currently averaging 150+ rolls per week, with a strong swing to 120 from the Holga/Diana users out there.

If you are doing film, then get out and tell everyone you are doing, get serious and offer the service. If others know you are going to do it, then they might make the decision to drop their machine.

for film which is not delivered to us, we offer the deal that they post the film to us at their cost,. and we post it back to them. Works well.

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Wow - those are good numbers Mr N! Congratulations on that initiative which gives us hope for our old film processing machine  ;)

Really the upshot of the Boot's statement is that they're pulling the Frontier out and replacing with a dye-sub or HP system? Same as they have done in a few towns 'round here. Nothing too dramatic but does play into the indie's hands with film though. Noticed that Boots have got some nice HP set-ups so they are not going completely out of photo - unless HP gave it to them  ;) ;) ;) ;)

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