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Dec 25, 2010 06:18 |  #16

The last thing that would worry me and my business is WalMart. If you can't be better than that you really shouldn't be in business.


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Dec 25, 2010 06:22 |  #17

Not sure the point of the thread.


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Dec 25, 2010 08:19 |  #18

Beau1k wrote in post #11510947 (external link)
Everything gets commoditized...studio photography is going to go the same way if WalMart is doing it. I'd be worried if they start offering wedding service!

Start worrying....

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Dec 25, 2010 08:24 |  #19

These crappy department store photo studios have been around for ever. They have exactly the same look just like every BigMac is the same. You get my drift. Fast food or gourmet, depends on your appetite.


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Dec 25, 2010 18:46 as a reply to  @ Voaky999's post |  #20

Bob Hasty wrote in post #11509865 (external link)
99.999% of the crap in walmart is from china, I'd never shop there unless I absolutley had to. The ceo makes $9,247.00 an hour. Times that by 8 hours a day and he makes more in one day then a fulltime employee makes all year. That employees salary is also just under the poverty scale and 50% of them have no health insurance. Dont get me started lol

Your union tell you that?


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Dec 25, 2010 19:09 |  #21

BrandonSi wrote in post #11510838 (external link)
Especially when many parents have to bribe the kids to behave / settle down for the photos.. guess where the pay-off toys come from.. Surprised they haven't moved the studio next to the toy area by now.

Aint that the truth!!!!!


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Dec 25, 2010 19:15 |  #22

Beau1k wrote in post #11510947 (external link)
Everything gets commoditized...studio photography is going to go the same way if WalMart is doing it. I'd be worried if they start offering wedding service!

They are. Or at least they were making a foray into it a few months ago. I don't know if they've pulled back from that now or not.

Walmart gets the people who won't pay for Sears, Sears gets the people who won't pay for Portrait Innovations. Walmart is so far down the chain I don't give them any mind at all.




  
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Dec 25, 2010 19:17 |  #23

JWright wrote in post #11513683 (external link)
Your union tell you that?

There have been two or three television documentaries about Walmart's employee practices on two or three difference stations.




  
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Dec 25, 2010 19:26 |  #24

Wal-Mart now does off location photos. You can hire them for weddings, parties, etc. Or at least that is what my picture studio offers, I am sure the rest of them do too.




  
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Dec 25, 2010 19:27 |  #25

RDKirk wrote in post #11513811 (external link)
There have been two or three television documentaries about Walmart's employee practices on two or three difference stations.

Yeah, it really hit the news when the 2004 Forbes top billionaires list had 5 Walmart-affiliated heads in the top 10 (external link). Meanwhile, employees weren't getting decent benefits because there wasn't enough money.


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Dec 25, 2010 19:28 |  #26

gravy graffix wrote in post #11509527 (external link)
Then how did she print them with out files?

She went to the in-store studio for the shoot and prints.

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Dec 25, 2010 19:30 |  #27

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The important thing is that she was very happy with the results.

Exactly. Satisfied customer, got the prints just in time for the holidays to share with family, etc. Personally, I was stunned by the low price. I'm not even sure the quality and price matched. The quality wasn't great, but for just under $25 what can you expect?!!!

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Dec 25, 2010 19:32 |  #28

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If you want standard lazy shots the same that every other person got because the "photographer" doesn't know much of what they're doing and can't change things up - they are literally a button pusher - then who cares, you get what you pay for. It's a bulk and easiest possible way business model, that's all.

Spot on MJP. The shots were pretty bland, but as mentioned, well-lit and in focus. The customer got away for low dough and was happy. Guess it's the Wal-Mart way.

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Dec 25, 2010 19:34 |  #29

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"She was elated and pulled them out to show."

What's wrong with that? Sounds good to me.

Absolutely nothing. I don't care what somebody pays for anything. Satisfying a customer is what Wal-Mart did for the woman in this case. I was more taken aback at what was received for just under $25. Noone can compete with that in terms of value. Quality? That's certainly another issue!

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Dec 25, 2010 19:35 |  #30

Beau1k wrote in post #11510947 (external link)
Everything gets commoditized...studio photography is going to go the same way if WalMart is doing it. I'd be worried if they start offering wedding service!

They probably do already somewhere! :rolleyes:

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