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I kid you not! They will take your picture (pull down screen by the photo counter), adjust the brightness, contrast, size, and centering, and give you a sheet of 6 pictures for $0.39.

I got 2 sets of 6 pix in less than 15 minutes and got change after paying with a single.

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No go in SoCal ..at the CVS in Alhambra. They want $7.99 as normal.

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Which CVS? Nationwide??

I went to 2 in NYS. I assume it is nationwide as I was 2 for 2 here.

ooh! Verrrry hot.. I need a few pictures.. but.. no stores within 350 miles of 94539 <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border=0>
Any alternatives for folks in NaCalif?

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Not to TC but do you know how simple it is to create one of these yourself ? PP size is 2x2. Print size is 4x6. So take a picture of yourself against a bright background (only make sure to eliminate shadows with an additional light source). Crop the picture into 2x2. Cut and paste it on a 4x6 layout in any photo editor. Repeat cut and paste - I wont tell you how many times cos its simple math. Finally save the image in any stndard image file format. Print it at home or print it at a nearby pharmacy for 29 cents or at Wallworld for 15 cents. Just imagine the profit they make by charging $7 or $8 for 2 pics..its high time, people became self reliant with all the required technology at your fingertips.

I agree with you if it was costing $8 for two, but this thread is about getting 6 for $0.39. I don't know about you, but it's not worth my time to fiddle with it at home to save a few cents.

laidbacklarkin said: [Q]Not to TC but do you know how simple it is to create one of these yourself ? PP size is 2x2. Print size is 4x6. So take a picture of yourself against a bright background (only make sure to eliminate shadows with an additional light source). Crop the picture into 2x2. Cut and paste it on a 4x6 layout in any photo editor. Repeat cut and paste - I wont tell you how many times cos its simple math. Finally save the image in any stndard image file format. Print it at home or print it at a nearby pharmacy for 29 cents or at Wallworld for 15 cents. Just imagine the profit they make by charging $7 or $8 for 2 pics..its high time, people became self reliant with all the required technology at your fingertips.

puppyfriend said: [Q]I agree with you if it was costing $8 for two, but this thread is about getting 6 for $0.39. I don't know about you, but it's not worth my time to fiddle with it at home to save a few cents.

laidbacklarkin said: [Q]Not to TC but do you know how simple it is to create one of these yourself ? PP size is 2x2. Print size is 4x6. So take a picture of yourself against a bright background (only make sure to eliminate shadows with an additional light source). Crop the picture into 2x2. Cut and paste it on a 4x6 layout in any photo editor. Repeat cut and paste - I wont tell you how many times cos its simple math. Finally save the image in any stndard image file format. Print it at home or print it at a nearby pharmacy for 29 cents or at Wallworld for 15 cents. Just imagine the profit they make by charging $7 or $8 for 2 pics..its high time, people became self reliant with all the required technology at your fingertips.I think you missed my point..I wasn't TCing..I was just reiterating that you can do this in your home all the time without paying $8 ever. Just to make it clear to you - what I meant was, this is a good deal. But if you head out to CVS tomorrow and see them charging $8 for 2 pics, there's no need to fret about losing out on this deal. You can do it at home. Everyone has a photo printer (c'mon, this is taken for granted with FWers), a digital camera and a photo editor. Just need to work your imagination, thats all. Bottomline - you can always get 6 PP photos for $0.29 or less.

I was in CVS (Tampa, Henderson Blvd.) last week and saw former Florida Governor Bob Martinez (also mayor of Tampa, US Drug Czar) getting his passport photos taken. I'll bet he wishes he'd have read fatwallet first and saved a few bucks! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

Dude's picture (not the passport photo)

blahhh.. don't waste your time at cvs. i went there a couple of months ago to get a passport pix from them, paid 8 dollars per person (me and my b/f). we went to the PO to expedite our passports, and the PO guy told us that the pix we got from cvs weren't any good b/c they were too fuzzy and weren't proportioned right- apparently the passport people are SUPER picky. so since we needed to get everything sent off right then, we had to get our pictures retaken at the PO, for a ridiculous price of 14/15$ per person. i would have taken the cvs pictures back but i couldn't find the receipt. of course, if you're really paying just 39 cents at cvs these days (maybe some special promo going on?), then i guess it's worth the risk of getting some moron to take ur passport pictures and mess it up... just sharing my lousy experience!

acerbaluna said: [Q]blahhh.. don't waste your time at cvs. i went there a couple of months ago to get a passport pix from them, paid 8 dollars per person (me and my b/f). we went to the PO to expedite our passports, and the PO guy told us that the pix we got from cvs weren't any good b/c they were too fuzzy and weren't proportioned right- apparently the passport people are SUPER picky. so since we needed to get everything sent off right then, we had to get our pictures retaken at the PO, for a ridiculous price of 14/15$ per person. i would have taken the cvs pictures back but i couldn't find the receipt. of course, if you're really paying just 39 cents at cvs these days (maybe some special promo going on?), then i guess it's worth the risk of getting some moron to take ur passport pictures and mess it up... just sharing my lousy experience!sorry to tell you that you got taken by PO. they just want to take your money to redo your pictures because they knew you were in a hurry for your passports.

linrick said: [Q]acerbaluna said: [Q]blahhh.. don't waste your time at cvs. i went there a couple of months ago to get a passport pix from them, paid 8 dollars per person (me and my b/f). we went to the PO to expedite our passports, and the PO guy told us that the pix we got from cvs weren't any good b/c they were too fuzzy and weren't proportioned right- apparently the passport people are SUPER picky. so since we needed to get everything sent off right then, we had to get our pictures retaken at the PO, for a ridiculous price of 14/15$ per person. i would have taken the cvs pictures back but i couldn't find the receipt. of course, if you're really paying just 39 cents at cvs these days (maybe some special promo going on?), then i guess it's worth the risk of getting some moron to take ur passport pictures and mess it up... just sharing my lousy experience!sorry to tell you that you got taken by PO. they just want to take your money to redo your pictures because they knew you were in a hurry for your passports.

why would they do that? do you think PO is being run by making money from taking pictures? They have certain requirements for pictures and they have to follow that.

acerbaluna said: [Q]blahhh.. don't waste your time at cvs. i went there a couple of months ago to get a passport pix from them, paid 8 dollars per person (me and my b/f). we went to the PO to expedite our passports, and the PO guy told us that the pix we got from cvs weren't any good b/c they were too fuzzy and weren't proportioned right- apparently the passport people are SUPER picky. so since we needed to get everything sent off right then, we had to get our pictures retaken at the PO, for a ridiculous price of 14/15$ per person. i would have taken the cvs pictures back but i couldn't find the receipt. of course, if you're really paying just 39 cents at cvs these days (maybe some special promo going on?), then i guess it's worth the risk of getting some moron to take ur passport pictures and mess it up... just sharing my lousy experience!

When I got my photos done, CVS folks did tell me specifically to save the receipt just in case if I have problems with the photos for passport application. They told me to just bring in the receipt and pics and will redo the photos for free.

no go for CVS by me. Still $7.99 per person.

holy cow..! perfect timing..!! I need pictures and am going to get them tonight !!! thanks OP!

may be I spoke too soon, no go in detroit area.. still $7.99

If you can take a picture of yourself then you can go to sams club and make id pictures using the machine over there for 24c. I did it for few of my friends.

Last time i needed passport photos, i got them Free by mounting my digital camera on a tripod and taking my own portrait using the self timer. Cropped the photo using photoshop and then printed 6 copies on a single page using my FAR Canon IP3000 printer <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

I got my passport picture taken at some shady chinese place in Alhambra for 5 bucks.

not in Cambridge, MA, still $7.99

Did photos @ CVS before. Quality was lower than I can get from Epson R200
You could tell that they were done with ceap digital camera after looking at them for 1 second.

Luckyly, I needed the photos for visa, not for passport...

Better to do photos yourself
if you are in a hurry(or too lazy) go to some 1 hour photo place.

getafix said: [Q]Last time i needed passport photos, i got them Free by mounting my digital camera on a tripod and taking my own portrait using the self timer. Cropped the photo using photoshop and then printed 6 copies on a single page using my FAR Canon IP3000 printer <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>Exactly my point. A Sony F828, a ManFroto Bogen tripod, Paint Shop Pro and HP 2170 All in One in my case. The pictures were accepted with no problems.

fokatkamaal said: [Q]holy cow..! perfect timing..!! I need pictures and am going to get them tonight !!! thanks OP!
So you're going to India I see... Enjoy your trip! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

BUKE said: [Q]linrick said: [Q]acerbaluna said: [Q]blahhh.. don't waste your time at cvs. i went there a couple of months ago to get a passport pix from them, paid 8 dollars per person (me and my b/f). we went to the PO to expedite our passports, and the PO guy told us that the pix we got from cvs weren't any good b/c they were too fuzzy and weren't proportioned right- apparently the passport people are SUPER picky. so since we needed to get everything sent off right then, we had to get our pictures retaken at the PO, for a ridiculous price of 14/15$ per person. i would have taken the cvs pictures back but i couldn't find the receipt. of course, if you're really paying just 39 cents at cvs these days (maybe some special promo going on?), then i guess it's worth the risk of getting some moron to take ur passport pictures and mess it up... just sharing my lousy experience!sorry to tell you that you got taken by PO. they just want to take your money to redo your pictures because they knew you were in a hurry for your passports.

why would they do that? do you think PO is being run by making money from taking pictures? They have certain requirements for pictures and they have to follow that.yes, passport pictures have to be a certain way, but the people at the passport office are not the ones to approve or don't approve for your passports. they are there to make sure you have everything required (pictures, application, fees, etc.) to get your passports. and yes, if they take your pictures, they are making money. why do you think they charge $14/$15 for passport pictures where everybody elses charge $10 or less? just like every businesses, it's the convenience you are paying.

btw, the post office and passport office are two different business entities. one process and one mail/ship.

ra7 said: [Q]If you can take a picture of yourself then you can go to sams club and make id pictures using the machine over there for 24c. I did it for few of my friends.
Are you talking about a photo processor machine that you used to crop the file you took to the right size?

laidbacklarkin said: [Q]Not to TC but do you know how simple it is to create one of these yourself ? PP size is 2x2. Print size is 4x6. So take a picture of yourself against a bright background (only make sure to eliminate shadows with an additional light source). Crop the picture into 2x2. Cut and paste it on a 4x6 layout in any photo editor. Repeat cut and paste - I wont tell you how many times cos its simple math. Finally save the image in any stndard image file format. Print it at home or print it at a nearby pharmacy for 29 cents or at Wallworld for 15 cents. Just imagine the profit they make by charging $7 or $8 for 2 pics..its high time, people became self reliant with all the required technology at your fingertips.You might not think you were TCing, but all you proved is what a pain in the neck it is, and what a great deal the OP was. Most people would have a lot of trial and error to get prints the right size that way. You could easily waste an hour or two, and add delays, messing with it.

OrlandoTiger said: [Q]ra7 said: [Q]If you can take a picture of yourself then you can go to sams club and make id pictures using the machine over there for 24c. I did it for few of my friends.
Are you talking about a photo processor machine that you used to crop the file you took to the right size?


Probable. I am also in need of some photos so if anyone has done teh sams thing I might do that as well if the CVS deal is only in that area as it seems.

Thanks

getafix said: [Q]Last time i needed passport photos, i got them Free by mounting my digital camera on a tripod and taking my own portrait using the self timer. Cropped the photo using photoshop and then printed 6 copies on a single page using my FAR Canon IP3000 printer <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

NOT FREE once you take into account paper and ink....unless you got some FAR deal on those too

In the future (if this deal runs out and you don't want to do it yourself), save some money by skipping walgreens and CVS and go to the immigrant neighborhoods of your city if there's one near by.

I live in Chicago. If you go to Devon Ave (Little India/Pakistan), you can get a passport photo taken for as little as 3 dollars. Worth it if you live near or want some good indian food anyways or have a whole family to get done.

I hear the same prices exist in Chinatown and Koreantown...


acerbaluna said: [Q]blahhh.. don't waste your time at cvs. i went there a couple of months ago to get a passport pix from them, paid 8 dollars per person (me and my b/f). we went to the PO to expedite our passports, and the PO guy told us that the pix we got from cvs weren't any good b/c they were too fuzzy and weren't proportioned right- apparently the passport people are SUPER picky. so since we needed to get everything sent off right then, we had to get our pictures retaken at the PO, for a ridiculous price of 14/15$ per person. i would have taken the cvs pictures back but i couldn't find the receipt. of course, if you're really paying just 39 cents at cvs these days (maybe some special promo going on?), then i guess it's worth the risk of getting some moron to take ur passport pictures and mess it up... just sharing my lousy experience!
My local PO did the same thing to me... <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-disgusted.gif" border=0>

Called the local CVS in NJ and they said $7.99 for six. I've done the digital photos printed at home several times (both for passports and other things) and so far that has worked.

I did the same thing a while back. Still waiting for my new passport to come and crossing my fingers it will be ok.

laidbacklarkin said:

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Not to TC but do you know how simple it is to create one of these yourself ? PP size is 2x2. Print size is 4x6. So take a picture of yourself against a bright background (only make sure to eliminate shadows with an additional light source). Crop the picture into 2x2. Cut and paste it on a 4x6 layout in any photo editor. Repeat cut and paste - I wont tell you how many times cos its simple math. Finally save the image in any stndard image file format. Print it at home or print it at a nearby pharmacy for 29 cents or at Wallworld for 15 cents. Just imagine the profit they make by charging $7 or $8 for 2 pics..its high time, people became self reliant with all the required technology at your fingertips.

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Don't forget that pics not only have to be proportioned corrected, but they must be able to handle the mounting and laminating process the Govt. uses.

The real PP cameras have a crosshair type overlay so they get the pics correct. Also, the pics should be the same. I am sure there are many people that get them done cheap, or at home, but for something that cost 10 bucks at Kinkos, for a document you will use for 10 years, I just pay.

Sending photo's you *hope* will pass mustard at the PP office is just not a chance worth taking IMO.


Dont we have better things to do with our lives. 1 hour valued at 60$ at least.



laidbacklarkin said: [Q]Not to TC but do you know how simple it is to create one of these yourself ? PP size is 2x2. Print size is 4x6. So take a picture of yourself against a bright background (only make sure to eliminate shadows with an additional light source). Crop the picture into 2x2. Cut and paste it on a 4x6 layout in any photo editor. Repeat cut and paste - I wont tell you how many times cos its simple math. Finally save the image in any stndard image file format. Print it at home or print it at a nearby pharmacy for 29 cents or at Wallworld for 15 cents. Just imagine the profit they make by charging $7 or $8 for 2 pics..its high time, people became self reliant with all the required technology at your fingertips.

Actually, it's even easier with one of those HP all-in-ones, that have the card reader built in, and an lcd screen. I did it for the kids, and just picked the 'print 3x4' option, and the sizing was very close! There's other options for print size, just find the one that matches the best. No cutting-and-pasting.
Unfortunately, my background was not 'bright enough' per the post office, and more gray than off-white (sigh), and they said it'd be rejected. So I ended up paying the $15 for 2 pix. The passport website states they'll take inkjet photos on photo paper, as long as there are no dots (so decent resolution).

Good luck to those who try it!

crayneogeo said: [Q]Don't forget that pics not only have to be proportioned corrected, but they must be able to handle the mounting and laminating process the Govt. uses.

The real PP cameras have a crosshair type overlay so they get the pics correct. Also, the pics should be the same. I am sure there are many people that get them done cheap, or at home, but for something that cost 10 bucks at Kinkos, for a document you will use for 10 years, I just pay.

Sending photo's you *hope* will pass mustard at the PP office is just not a chance worth taking IMO.

I don't think they use the pictures directly anymore - I think they are scanned and printed now.

buzzy said: [Q] You might not think you were TCing, but all you proved is what a pain in the neck it is, and what a great deal the OP was. Most people would have a lot of trial and error to get prints the right size that way. You could easily waste an hour or two, and add delays, messing with it.

With a digital camera and photoshop, it is easy to get the right size. I DIY last time I need passsport photos. Make sure the print size is 2x2 per picture, and the size of the head is 1" - 1.25". Costs me 19 cents to get 6 photos from a 4x6 photo. The most important thing IMO is lighting. Make sure the picture has no shadow on the backgroud. Multiple light sources and bounce flash will help.

7.99 in TX.

i made my own passport photos and printed them at the drug store for 29 cents years ago.

thanks to digital cameras, you can take sharp head shots yourself.

acerbaluna said: [Q]blahhh.. don't waste your time at cvs. i went there a couple of months ago to get a passport pix from them, paid 8 dollars per person (me and my b/f). we went to the PO to expedite our passports, and the PO guy told us that the pix we got from cvs weren't any good b/c they were too fuzzy and weren't proportioned right- apparently the passport people are SUPER picky. so since we needed to get everything sent off right then, we had to get our pictures retaken at the PO, for a ridiculous price of 14/15$ per person. i would have taken the cvs pictures back but i couldn't find the receipt. of course, if you're really paying just 39 cents at cvs these days (maybe some special promo going on?), then i guess it's worth the risk of getting some moron to take ur passport pictures and mess it up... just sharing my lousy experience!

They are supposed to use a template to check certain requirments are met after they take the photo (and before you pay). If it doesn't meet these requirements it isn't a passport picture. I had mine done at JCP but they were $14 bucks. Then you have to pay again for the passport. You have to pay money for the "privledge" of being able to leave the county.

Check out the exact passport specification
HERE
If you wanna do it yourself, beside the proportionate 2X2 size that is easily done, make sure you pay attention on the white (off-white) background and no shadow on the face and background -- plenty of light between you and the white background.

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