The end of an era is happening across the country as Costco makes a big announcement. I know several families that will be disappointed because this is where they purchase family photos.

Costco just announced a big change to their photo department in February. This means no more walking into a Costco for in-person services. Those days are done, but not all is lost.

Costco is finally saying goodbye as technology advancements look to be the reason behind closings. Costco said this in today's announcement,

Since the introduction of camera phones and social media, the need for printing photos has steeply declined, even though the number of pictures taken continues to grow. After careful consideration, we have determined the continued decline of prints no longer requires on-site photo printing.

I've always wondered how with the million online services available that Walgreens and Costco pushing out a business around photos.

What! They did? Ugh.

I just asked my photographer thinking she ordered online and she said Costco. She was shocked. I always see someone sitting down at Walgreens and Walmart setting up photo prints. Everything is not all lost though.

Costco is keeping their photo services available online in full. So, don't be sad. Here's what Costco will be kept online.

  • Order and delivery of prints
  • Enlargements
  • Greeting Cards
  • Calendars
  • Stationery
  • Photo blankets and other photo-related gifts.

Things not offered will be ink refills, passport photos, photo restoration, and YesVideo home movie transfer. You will have until Feb. 14 to do your last-minute in-person photo services before things completely shutdown. If you order anything with these services you be given some additional time to pick-up items, March 28 is your deadline on that.

You can find out more from the official announcement below.

 

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