A more person al
By David Wight
FOR MANY MEMBERS, visiting Costco’s 1-Hour
Photo lab is at the top of their pre-holiday to-do list.
That’s because holiday greeting cards have become a
Costco tradition that seems to pack in more value
For members new to the holiday greeting
card program, the basic process is really simple.
• Pick a favorite photo to share with
friends and family. The card layouts
accommodate horizontal or vertical
• Select a design and sentiment from the
25 options on the holiday greeting card
order form, available at every 1-Hour
• Decide on a personal message that you
can add for free (up to three lines, a
maximum of 60 characters, including
spaces and punctuation).
• Determine the number of cards you
want to order. An order consists of 50
cards and envelopes. Additional sets of
25 cards are available for an additional
charge at the time of the original order.
Photo greeting cards (above)
can now be ordered at the
costco.com Photo Center for
pickup at any Costco 1-Hour Photo
lab. New Gold CD-Rs (right) securely
archive your photos for 300 years.
The next screen will ask you to log on with your user
Two ways to order name and password, or to open a new account if
Starting this year there are two ways to place your you haven’t used the Photo Center before.
order: in person at a 1-Hour Photo lab in any ware- Follow the prompts for uploading your photos
house, or online at the costco.com Photo Center. to a Photo Center album, and then go to the tab for
When placing an order at 1-Hour Photo, “Products” and select the link for “Photo Cards.”
include a 35 mm negative, APS cartridge or, in the All of the holiday card options will appear on the
case of digital photos, a CD or a media card from next screen. Designate which photo from your
your digital camera with the holiday greeting card album should be used, and select horizontal or
order form. vertical orientation.
Orders are ready for pickup on the next busi- At checkout, specify quantity (the extra 25 cards
ness day. 1-Hour Photo technicians can give you are a good value) and designate the warehouse
more details on the service schedule. Your com- where you’ll be picking up your order. The completed order will be in the self-service pickup area in pleted order will be available at the 1-Hour Photo
the warehouse. counter. (To help with service scheduling, there is a
range of pickup times for you to select from.)
New online ordering Sharing holiday wishes with a photo greeting
For costco.com Photo Center orders, you sub- card is more personal than the standard holiday
mit your order electronically. From the costco.com card. 1-Hour Photo can help you put that personal
home page, click on the link to the “Photo Center.” touch in holiday celebration this year. C
IF YOU’VE EVER burned
copies of photos from your
computer to a CD-R, you
probably think that you’ve
effectively backed up those
photos. Your hard drive
could crash, yet you’ll have
those photos safely backed
up on a disc. Think again.
The long-term performance of CD-Rs is a topic
not likely on the average
consumer’s radar. But there
appears to be tremendous
disparity in quality between
brands of CD-Rs. The Dutch
magazine PC Active
published a series of test results
in 2003 that suggest, worst-case scenario, many CD-Rs
might deteriorate in as little
as two years.
You can relax, though,
because Costco offers a
solution for this new tech-
nology problem. For $2.99,
every 1-Hour Photo lab
can deliver your pho-
tos on an archival-
quality Gold CD-R in
a protective sleeve.
Testing data show
that the Costco Gold
CD-R should keep
your photos safe for
“Archive is a very loosely
used term,” says Glen Hutchinson, operations manager for
Costco’s 1-Hour Photo labs.
“You can’t really consider
photos archived unless you’re
certain of the durability, quality and reliability of the CD-R
Even with the high quality
of Costco's Gold CD-R, care
should be taken to make sure
the disc lasts. That includes
protecting it from scratches
and guarding against exposure to heat, water, humidity,
bright light, adhesives and
With adequate care and
storage, your photos will be
around for a very long time.