Originally Posted by Kraellin
ummm, ok, this is what i dont understand; if you have an HP printer at home, why bother going to the drugstore? these images are not wild color images that are likely to be out of gamut. these are pretty much black and whites, even the matte. HP printers are generally pretty decent if you keep the colors within gamut, so why bother with the drugstore?
My take: permanence. HP, and many other inkjet prints are not water resistant, and they are prone to fading in a variety of circumstances. Particularly with old family pictures, these need to be around for a while, and people will expect them to last at least as long as the average snapshot.
Other reasons: price and convenience. With the new online services, I'm starting to wonder why I bother to keep my inkjet running. I can upload to the neighborhood Longs, and pick up prints in an hour, or have Ofoto.com mail them anywhere in the country for the cost of postage. Even large format 11x14 images are surprisingly inexpensive at 14 dollars, on Fuji archival paper.