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Remember many years ago when there were not digital cameras and you had to take your film into the store to be developed? Most people had these point and shoot 35mm cameras that would take around 24 or 36 pictures per roll of film. You had to make sure you got the right type of film for the specific scene you are shooting. Then when you were all done you had to bring your rolls of film to be developed and turned into photos. I remember the biggest thing was the one-hour photo shops that opened all around town. Those pretty much cease to exist. As a matter of fact the only place that you can develop film nowadays are at your local pharmacies. And even at those places they may look at you weird if you showed up with a roll of film to get developed.
Most of their business now is from digital cameras and more so mobile devices such as smart phones that have cameras built into them and even photo apps. Even with all of the new devices and proliferation of picture takers out there most people don’t print out their photos. They usually share them with their friends and family via email or post them to social media sites.
Today I went into Duane Reade Photo Gifts Shop, my local pharmacy to print out some photos from my Samsung Galaxy 4. I have over a thousand of photos sitting in there. I have to admit it has been a few years since I have printed out photos. The last time I printed the photo gifts, photo prints and photo enlargements when my kids were going on a summer vacation to visit my mom in Europe. So today when I came to Duane Reade Photo Gifts shop I wasn’t sure what to do.
The clerk at the photo counter (Her name is Maria) assured me the process was pretty easy. All I had to do was to plug in my smart phone’s media card into the media card reader device. I opened up my Samsung Galaxy phone and found NO Media Card inside. I was a bit upset but Maria brought me over to another large monitor when I could plug in my phone to one of the adapters at the photo station and my pictures appeared on the monitor. I noticed there were multiple adapters that would fit iPhones and Android phones. Then all I had to do is choose which photos I wanted and what sizes they should be. After that Maria told me my order was next in line and it should take about 15 minutes to print.
During the waiting time I walked around Duane Reade and was really surprised at how the store has been transformed over the last several months. For one the store was brighter and more modern. The Bath and Body and cosmetic section looked really fancy and polished.
There was even an assistant there in a white lab coat to give out cosmetic advice and to answer questions. Walking through the store I also noticed that they had allot of fresh food and drinks to offer. Parts of the store were like a mini-supermarket.
Anyway going back to the Duane Reade Photo shop one of the reasons I went to this specific location (Forest Hills, NYC location) is because 2 years ago when I had to urgently make prints to send with the kids to my mother’s I came across Maria (the photo shop clerk) who was assisting me at that time. I needed to print over 100 of photo prints as well as make some photo enlargements. I knew I could do that online but I was a bit short on time and needed to have this done in 2 days. So I asked Maria if she could give me a better price for 4×6 prints. She told me the best she could do is 0.30 per print. I was trying to negotiate and told her that I have over 100 prints. Then she called the manager to give me the better price. After some negotiation they would be giving me 0.21 per print. I still was not happy. I told them that I would do photo enlargements as well. They settled on final price of 0.17 per print. I knew I could probably get a better deal online but since I needed the prints urgently I had to agree to this deal. My prints were ready in under an hour. At the time I was very happy with the Manager’s and Maria’s service. I liked the fact they they were ready to go above and beyond to make me happy.
Although the price wasn’t great 2 years ago, today I went to the same exact location and who do you think I see at the photo counter? Maria! She didn’t remember me at all and I didn’t even bring the conversation. During my photo print session she again was extremely helpful and friendly. When I came back 15 minutes later to pay she told me that today was her 1st day after 15 months leave. I am like what?? She told me she had a knee surgery and was recovering.
Anyways, I was happy with my service today and was happy to see Maria. If you ever at Duane Reade Photo Gift shop around my location please feel free to say hello to her and mention my name and my story. She would probably definitely remember me now 🙂
I received my Photo Enlargements and the quality is great!
The 8×10 print of my kids are perfect memories from this past summer and will be perfect gift to my great grandma in law, who recently turned 94!
If you looking to add a personal memorable touch to your gifts, stop by Duane Reade and see what else they offer. Custom mouse pads, covers for iPads, phone cases, Calendars, classic photo books and so much more! All made easy from your social media or smart phone with few clicks.
Tell me have you used or created holiday photo gifts at Duane Reade?