The other day Coaxial and I went to Beau Photo to grab some pack film and the like.Â I love that Beau is making a commitment to stock all sorts of films and the best variety of plastic cameras that I am aware of in the lower mainland, but we were in for quite the shock when we went to pay for our film.Â Coaxial tossed down their last 10 pack of Fuji FP100C and a twin pack of Polaroid 667 onto the counter and started fishing around for pocket change to pay for it. That will be $78 please.
Errrrr.. What? that doesn’t sound right…. are you sure that we have the right things listed?Â After some verification over the phone with some mystery character in the back he assured us that this was in fact the new and correct price for their Polaroid film.Â Now I know that you are the only people in town that somewhat reliably stocks this stuff, and I know that Polaroid has disco’d all of the ‘instant’ product line, and I know that you are a business and you are here to make money, but doubling and in some cases nearly tripling the price of all your Polaroid films is a little silly!Â I even dug out older receipts to see and last time I bought Fuji FP100C (which they are not even discontinuing) I payed $12.26 for it.Â They wanted $25!
I came home fired up B&H photo, went to the film section, and bought a whole whack of stuff!
- 2 packs of the Fuji FP-3000B for $9.95 each (I have never tried it, but I hope it is super contrasty)
- 2 packs of the Fuji FP-100C at $8.99 each (that is $16.00 cheaper)
- 1 twin pack of the Polaroid 690 for $25.00 (as opposed to the $42.00)
all for the total price of $43.94. That is 60 exposures with a variety of films for nearly the same price that they wanted for 1 twin pack!!
The way I look at it is that I have somehow saved money so I also grabbed 25 rolls of Kodak Portra 400VC 120 & 35mm and some new colour paper developer for when I get the dark room rockin again!
That aside they are still awesome in other ways. everyone should check out and enter Plastic Photographer