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Today's D&P Prices on the High Street


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Well it is that quiet time of year when I get time to look at prices etc.  About to change D&P prices and at the same time move to a single price (No Express Service), first come first served system.  Have heard some labs only doing film D&P within certain hours of the day, or certain days of the week to allow batching of work to make things more efficient.

So what to charge, would the high street stand just moving to our old Express D&P price?  

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Nick- I moved to a single price system a couple of years ago. We used to have a 20, 40 and 60 minute service plus 24hr.

I changed the prices so that everything was at our old 60 minute price. The service time quoted was what we were comfortable with according to our workload at the time.Worked ok but a few months ago I realised that many people were asking for 20 mins and were prepared to pay extra.

So guess what I did  ;D

Express now means any time at all that day (20mins min) and we charge our old 20 min price

Standard service is the next day.

As for actual prices that is something I always struggle with. You have to keep an eye on the opposition but remember that (I assume) you are an independent professional so you can charge a small premium.

hth

Tony

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We upped our prices by 50p on each service late last year and not one person has questioned it. I have also reduced the amount of service time options we have available and started to timetable when we print D&P. this to me has been a revolution, setting time to do each job seems to free up time to concentrate on the premium work.

the real problem we are having at the moment is people wanting to know why we don't print at 5p for 6x4 from digital? these idiots don't realise that most the companies that do this are going bust fast.

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the real problem we are having at the moment is people wanting to know why we don't print at 5p for 6x4 from digital? these idiots don't realise that most the companies that do this are going bust fast.

Let's hope they go broke fast enough so that we can charge a proper price and make some money for a change  :-/

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People don't really mind too much about D&P prices any more. Finding a shop that does it is such a rarity they are usually relieved someone can actually take their films.

As for the Sony printers I think that the consumers just don't see these 'photo sections' as credible - like in the old days where a lab was the centrepiece, along with some good frame and sundry merchandising.

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I have been in the "on-site" processing since 1988. I have seen prices go up and down at various times. But recently customers seem to chase prices, unlike older machines, the new breed of digital labs produce just as good quality irrespective of where you have them printed as long as the chemistry in in control. Also turnover of pictures seem to have gone down since people just want a few printed -- not enough to make money on. Over these years i have seen my very good loyal customer base erode very fast as digital cameras increased. tesco and Asda both go out at 5p/print. At one stage they were selling 5x7 at that price. this does no good for independant labs to survive.

Last year in July 2007 , a new minilab opened right across  my shop. He works from 9am - 9.30pm 7 days a week ! He is cheaper, he does not offer different film/printing services -- he prints whilst the customer waits. I cant beat that. He and i do both C41 and digital.  I used to charge

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yes it has. i have lost some long standing customers ( big revenue bringing in ) because of price and turnaround times.  He is cheaper and also prints for customers while they wait, showing every print on screen and getting approval before going ahead.  Also he works from 9am - 9.30pm 7 days a week !

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Oh dear. That sounds like bad news.  But...

How long can he keep doing those hours before he ends up in hospital?

Also you don't mention if he does anything else other than D&P. I came to the conclusion a little while ago that doing D&P was a mugs game. There is no money in it any more. I concentrate on providing specialist services, eg canvas wraps (HUGELY popular) 'photo' gifts, photobooks, slide scanning, video and cine transfer to DVD, this seems to be where the demand and money is these days. To be honest, if I wasn't still paying for our minilab I would sell it, and get a couple more stand alone kiosks to look after 'D&P' and concentrate on the specialist side.

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We raised our prices across the board by 50p in the new year, no one has noticed except us!!

Top photo going bust will help as we have a couple of independant camera shop close by who used tp to do cheap processing. Our local Boots seams uninterest in photo products these days as its much more profitable to install a doctors surgery.

We have noticed that some new customers have found us as its getting more difficult to get film done. We rely on us being able to offer as many services as possible, from dvd transfer to photo gifts to audio transfers. Specialist = profitable.

Can't compete with supermarkets So don't!!

Anyone charging less than

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Morning all   just for the record i work for Noritsu so I have a vested interest in all these discussions,  in a previous job I managed a Jessops store which had on site processing the lowest price at the time was 7p per 6x4  which was orders over 150 on a 3 day service.  it only accounted for less than 5% of the processing turnover and the average price we gor for a 6x4 was almost 17p.   we must all use our experience and sell up to the one hour service, ask yourselves the question...  if your customers can get prints done for 5p per print why are they stood in front of you?  why didnt they just get them done at the cheapest place?  answer...  they want to use you!   keep up the quality and service and dont go down the route of discount!

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Neilash-

To do canvas wraps you will need a wide format inkjet printer- you can also do posters etc then- also popular. I'm assuming you already have a pc as you are on this forum ! There is a tutorial on this site, have a look.

I am about to start producing photo-gifts in house, using a press kit I saw on e-bay. Otherwise send it out,

www.outlab.co.uk  will do it for you. When I start up doing it myself I'll start a new thread documenting my experiences.

Transfer to video, probably best to send it out. I currently use www.transfer2.co.uk  or e-mail jonny@transfer2.co.uk  he will sort you out with the world's largest swing sign and point of sale all of which work. They use a man in a van to collect weekly- no probs with RM ! Tell him I sent you.

That should get you started !!

Tony

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Sorry- forgot to mention photobooks-

Do a google for unibind and look for photobooks on their site, call them and get a rep to pop in with samples. You WILL like the product and you will faint when you find out how cheap the system is. Use photoshop or Photomix (do a google) to do your layouts and that will get you started.

Tony

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I have just been listening to the latest Dimacast and there is a good article about a bringing gifting services in-house. Well worth listening to as this seems the way forward if you can.

There can't have been too many new labs open over the past few years so I do sympathise. My suggestion would be to do all you can to 're-invent' yourself without spending too much. Could be as simple as a fresh paint job, or to re-arrange the store. Adding some new services is the key. Go and have a look at the gifting products at the big operators like Boots and Klick which will give you a good idea of what is in the market. Check out everyones websites to get more ideas. Finally, tour 'round labs in your town and the neighbouring ones to see what others are doing well and see how that relates to your business.

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i`ve stated to print on 10x8 plaques cost about 3.25 + the cost of ink and transfer paper, but the customer can choose any templates or text on file or design their own making it really personalised or i hand them a marker so they can write their own text and signature and then transfer the image to the plaque and resell @

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