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Old 01-30-2004, 03:20 PM
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Even when figuring the more complex work, it seems it would take upwards of 120 jobs just to pay for Photoshop! Or, maybe they *don't* pay for Photoshop.

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Old 01-30-2004, 04:43 PM
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"If your example is impressive, we will send you a photo for "test restoration"
to make sure that you can do a real work."

Hmmmmmm - One free image to them !

THEN ----
"we will contact you to discuss pricing (up to $5 per picture, depending on complexity) and other details"

My self worth is complete !!!!

Ed I like your math - but need to add a few more $'s in here --- the computer, internet connection, overhead --- LOL
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Old 01-30-2004, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by TwinbNJ
"Ed I like your math - but need to add a few more $'s in here --- the computer, internet connection, overhead --- LOL
Not to mention legal fees to try collecting your $5.00 for the more complex work.

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Old 01-30-2004, 06:26 PM
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What's funny about Ron's link is that the guy is actually a Russian living in Virginia Beach...at least that's who primalana.com is registered to. Anyone want to pose as a Russian and see if you can earn $5 restoring one of his photos? (edit - On second thought, it's probably better not to post the link... )

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Old 02-04-2004, 11:55 AM
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I took one in

Well, someone had to do it.
I took in my photo from Restoration Challenge #44.
http://www.retouchpro.com/challenges...cat/537/page/1
Here's the FAQ's:
You can get it restored and colorized for only $39.99.
It takes about 21 days.
They scan the image on the scanner that's available to all customers. I don't know what kind it was, but will check it out when I pick up the finished photo.
They scan the photo to a floppy disk. Unless it's a high capacity floppy, the file size can be no bigger that just over 1mg, and most likely a jpg.
Although the photo is obviously very old, there was still a studio logo on the back, so I had to sign a release, which also included a hold harmless clause for Walgreen's.
They have a booklet of examples tied to the counter. The examples are very good. The colorings are also very good, and one was extremely well done.

Summary:
If my photo comes back looking as good as their examples, we will all be out of business.

Come back here in 21 days, and I will post the finished restoration.
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:59 AM
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Thanks for the follow up Vikki --- now we sit and wait!
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Old 02-27-2004, 11:05 AM
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Update

Well, Walgreen's is late getting the photo back. I called them yesterday to inquire when it will be in. The original 21 days I was quoted was misleading, as now I was told that it takes 21 working days. The woman I spoke with told me it was sent out to Qualex, and they haven't returned it yet. It thought that little tidbit was interesting. Qualex is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kodak.

I expect the photo will be in "any day now".
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Old 02-27-2004, 11:49 AM
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An interesting sidebar?

I just searched Qualex for jobs using search words "retouching," "retouch," "restoration," and "restore" and got no hits.

This may or may not mean something. But being a cynic, I speculate there are no domestic jobs with these words in their job descriptions.
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Old 02-27-2004, 04:12 PM
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They're mainly in the grocery stores and such. They are the one hour photo folks

Info on them at Monster.com

http://company.monster.com/quale/

And their own job website (not a great website to search)

http://www.qualexjobs.com/

This is the section of their company that probably handles the restoration work:

Central Lab Operations (CLO) - an nationwide network of more than 30 wholesale labs which process traditional prints, fulfill digital orders, and produce premium products such as Kodak Picture CD's. Some labs are equipped to produce specialty items such as poster size prints and T-shirts. The labs are usually located in major metro areas such as Boston, Hartford, Baltimore, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, to name a few.

But it wouldn't surprise me to find that they outsource some of the work.

- Noel
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Old 03-02-2004, 04:46 PM
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It's here

Well, I finally got my restoration back.
http://www.retouchpro.com/challenges...php/photo/3782

Although they are advertising 14 days or less, and a money back guarantee, it took 27 days and the photo manager told me that if I don't like it they will redo it, but I won't get my money back.
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