Boots close down instore photo labs - does it matter?


The days of getting your photos printed by an actual human being in a Boots store could be beginning to come to an end, as the company are closing mini photo labs in 160 of their 520 stores, although insiders are saying that the planned figure is closer to 300.

Touchscreen instant print machines will replace the human beings in the stores, but the self-service machines cost customers more. An insider spoke to The Sun, saying: “Staff are stunned. This is from a company that claims it puts customers first. What people don’t realise is how much more expensive these kiosks are. If you want one standard print in one hour, it’s 25p. With the kiosks it’s 39p.”

And so, we ask you, the humble reader. Is this a significant move? Does anyone go into Boots to get the snaps developed or do they do out online for less money? Does anyone even bother getting snaps developed at ALL these days? Who WAS the Mona Lisa? Does your chewing gum lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight?

Tell us, suckers.


  • Another A.
    Minilab prints will last a lot longer than the dye sub printed kiosks. It just means that you'll have to wait a lot longer if you value the service...
  • Spluff K.
    Yeah, but at least you won't get a middle aged technician, never having had any friends, who knows much about his customers through the photographs they have developed. Because you know he knows more about your family than you do. I bet he has even been making an extra set of prints for himself of all of your photographs.
  • DragonChris
    I'm actually disappointed by this - I sometimes get photos printed and Boots was handy... Sucks :(
  • PushyPanda
    Spluff Knickers you have watched One Hour Photo far to much
  • ClimbingKid
    Maybe Boots are loosing out to Tesco - my local store got a new photo shop and the prints are great and cheaper than boots
  • Mr B.
    Yes, No, Yes, Yes, Mr Lisa wife, a bit
  • klingelton
    yeah - im also a little disappointed by this news. here's hoping that the boots by me is not part of the cull.
  • Pedo P.
    Shit, where will I get my sports day shots developed now?
  • Mike H.
    And the biggest question EVER does a duck's quack have no echo?
  • Mustapha S.
    Worst. 5 Way. Ever.
  • Sicknote
    Boots, isn't that the high street chemist chain owned by the Italians....?
  • Boris
    @Mr Shit You have never been to a Bullingdon party then?
  • Borat
    They are going through a huge restructuring at the moment, so my girlfriend tells me. Restructuring = Job Losses (always).
  • Ex s.
    Boots is good value for money, boots only think of money not staff, l'm one of those made wait for it reduntant, sad to say.

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