Cheap printing

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g3vbl
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I hope this is not inappropriate here but:

If anyone is passing through Bangkok, en route to places in SE Asia, on the west side of Phayathai, at the Ratchatevi BTS station, is the photoshop I use for my printing. 18 x 12 (inches) on Fujicolor Crystal Archive costs Bht33.... or 60p, with larger sizes pretty much pro rata. They take about 4 hours and are very reliable; I've used them for years. (They take longer for larger sizes)

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Chris

g3vbl
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I'm in Bangkok for a few days and have been getting my printing needs dealt with. At the current, very poor, rate of exchange 33 baht equates to 70p and photobox, for instance, are asking £6.49 for the same size on Fuji Crystal Archive. While there maybe more than one paper with this name, how can they possibly justify the price?

In the UK we constantly get ripped off because we are charged 'what the market will bear' which often has no resemblance to the costs involved.

The Adobe 'Classroom in a book' series was available here with the illustrations remaining the same and the text translated into Thai. The covers were simply over-printed with the Thai price which was less than 15% of the UK price on the cover. Isn't 'customisation' for foreign markets supposed , in Adobe speak, to cost more?

harlequin
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But what does a local get paid per hour ?
Compare that to £6.49 and your hourly rate.

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g3vbl
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Fair enough, but these are machine prints from digital images which require little, if any, human intervention. All the 'processing' is done by me in Lightroom.

At the present (£1 = 46 baht) the minimum wage in Bangkok, which is honoured more in the breach... but that's another story, is £4.

That is, of course, per day.

branny
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Makes mental note . . . for the next time I'm passing through Bangkok :D

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MAGLINK
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branny wrote:
Makes mental note . . . for the next time I'm passing through Bangkok :D

What time is the last bus? :D

g3vbl
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En route from Yangon, I'm in Bangkok for a few days. Got some prints 20 x 30(inches) on Fuji Crystal Archive which took 24 hours (they apologised for no 'same day service') and cost just over £2 each.
First time I've had anything printed 20 x 30 as I'm an amateur (radio as well as photography) but I think even 18MP is a stretch at this size.