Polaroid to open cellphone photo shops

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 3, 2013 - 9:20 PM

Fotobar users can order printed versions of their snapshots.

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beveryafraidJan. 3, 13 2:02 PM

One tip if you decide to do this: brighten your image about 1.5 times. What you see on your (backlit) phone/camera/monitor is not the same as the final printed photo (it isn't backlit of course!), so you need to adjust for that. Think of all those too-dark holiday photo cards you received this year.

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MaxpayneJan. 3, 13 2:14 PM

I'm guessing you could buy a Printer for what ONE of those prints would cost you. Could be wrong....

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bogotrollJan. 3, 13 2:23 PM

Now that I have moved all my photos to digital media why would I ever want to print out a photo?

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bogotrollJan. 3, 13 2:28 PM

I think that their Gen-X and Boomer marketing gurus are missing the point. Now that I have all my photos moved over to digital media why would I ever want to print one out ever again? I can display them on my phone, laptop, workstation, TV, Digital picture frame....no need for a print out anymore. Maybe print one once in a while...but not as many as the old days!

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msbaileyJan. 3, 13 2:36 PM

So the inventor of instant photography is opening retail stores where you have to physically go just to send a photo to a workstation and to have the print SHIPPED to you DAYS later? Why bother with the retail store at all?

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boobdudeJan. 3, 13 2:56 PM

Somebody in marketing doesn't understand the technology. Why would I go to a photo bar when I can edit the photos on my appliance and send the photo directly over the internet to have my prints created? This is clearly a looser idea.

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applejeffJan. 3, 13 2:57 PM

Can you spell F-L-O-P?

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boobdudeJan. 3, 13 2:57 PM

Call me crazy but I can already do all of this without the hassle of going to one of their photobars. Epic Fail!

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waterdogzJan. 3, 13 3:44 PM

Let's hope the fotobar doesn't turn into fubar. Very risky, but hey, maybe people will see it a social or leisure activity. Like scrapbooking. I'm stretching here, but maybe they have a chance.

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civilbobJan. 3, 13 4:50 PM

This is a BRILLIANT idea. It's not for tech heads (or those here who think they are), it's for mom and pop who barely understand how to make a call on their smart phones. Virtually none of their pictures ever get off the phone. Yet these people want PRINTS of them so they can hold them, hang them, or look at them. They're not big computer geeks, they can barely get their browser opened. And there are MILLIONS of these people, and that number isn't getting smaller. Imagine these in tourist locations, having the ability to have immediate prints or to have them framed and sent to their homes. You whiners calling this a loser are clearly not business people - this is a winner of an idea. Using their name with it will only make it better.

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