Costco to close all its remaining photo centers in US & Canada

Jan 14, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Costco to close all its remaining photo centers in US & Canada

Jan 14, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The inevitable day has come. In a process that began several years ago when Costco began winding down some of its photography services, the company has now announced, via an “IMPORTANT PHOTO CENTRE ANNOUNCEMENT” on their website, that all Costco photo departments will close at all of Costco’s locations on February 14th.

Costco isn’t completely doing away with photography and will still be offering some services online, however, there will be no more in-store service. In an email sent to Costco customers, the company cites camera phones and social media as the cause, with fewer numbers of prints being made despite the massive increase in photos shot.

An email announcement Costco sent out to its customers

A number of the services offered in-store will be available online through the Costco website including prints, enlargements and posters; stationary and photo greeting cards; photo books and calendars; photo blankets and other photo gifts; and business printing products. But a number of services will disappear, including ink refill, passport photos, photo restoration and YesVideo Home Movie Transfer Service.

Costco has advised customers to pick up any outstanding orders by March 28th. Why this specific deadline, and what may happen to customers’ orders after that is unclear.

[via Reddit / USA Today]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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7 responses to “Costco to close all its remaining photo centers in US & Canada”

  1. Sollis Janus Avatar
    Sollis Janus

    i surprise this company dint have dental and abortion clinics inside cosco . they took all this business from small guys and now can’t handle it

    1. Justin Barr Avatar
      Justin Barr

      Sollis Janus wtf there’s small business abortion clinics in your area??!?

    2. Robert Hicks Avatar
      Robert Hicks

      Justin Barr It’s the standard socialist babble, despite the fact that photo printing was a dying industry as soon as most photos were taken and stored digitally the voluntary exchange of goods and services = bad

    3. Isabel Lani Avatar
      Isabel Lani

      Mildred Calabash I’ve always been opposed to day release from mental facilities. Look at those poor tissue samples. A completely clueless small guy individual with a cluttered mind, the other one, this constipated guy from Missouri, hallucinates about “socialism”, nobody knows why. Lawd have mercy. :-)

    4. Shachar Weis Avatar
      Shachar Weis

      Wait, what? Facebook has nested threads now?

    5. Moses Rodriguez Avatar
      Moses Rodriguez

      Sollis Janus what????

    6. cycleguy55 Avatar
      cycleguy55

      “…and now can’t handle it”

      The photo printing business has been shrinking for many years. As such, Costco providing the capability and capacity – and staffing it – has no doubt become a money loser. In case you missed it, Costco is not in business to lose money.

      Regardless, Costco will still provide photo printing services from central or regional locations and ship to consumes and business. The only thing disappearing is the photo counter in each warehouse. Other Costco photo centre services such as passport photos, refilling inkjet cartridges, etc will be disappearing.

      Worth noting is that there are many other service providers ready and willing to take the business that Costco is abandoning.