Pro Labs without Pro exclusivity

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  1. Pure

    Pure TPF Noob!

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    Me again. I'm looking for a pro lab that serves non-pros/non businesses.

    I'm obviously aware of:

    Color Inc -Pro Lab? Does business with individuals.
    Millers - Pro Lab. Only Businesses?
    WHCC -Pro Lab? Only Businesses?


    I'd like to find a Pro lab that serves both since I don't have a business or studio.

    Thanks.
     
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    You could specify where you live.

    RGB Digital.

    DigiLab.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    MPIX is a subsidiary of Millers and is available for anyone.
     
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    Is MPIX a pro lab? I thought it was a consumer lab?

    As for where I live, Northeast coast of the USA.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's the consumer arm of Miller's. So while you might not get all the perks of a pro lab, you still get the benefit of a lab that knows what they are doing.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I know some frame companies and some album companies profess that they sell only to professionals, but I've never heard of a lab doing this.

    I think any lab will sell to anybody.

    -Pete

    AND... it's good thinking to use a lab close to you. It cuts down on shipping time.
     
  8. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Millers/Mpix is in the southeast corner of Kansas.
    I think WHCC is closer to you.

    You don't have to be a business to use Millers, but you do have to submit an application.
     
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    I contacted WHCC and Millers and apparently all I need to do is fill out the form to the best of my ability. Awesome.
     
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    Don't know where you are or what your filing fees are like, but it cost all of $16.50 to file a DBA for my studio name. You needn't generate income with it in order to have it and here, at least, I only need to renew once every 10 years.
     
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    I just realized something. I'm not really an official business.

    I'm a bit confused on what I have to do since I'm making some money, but still not that much. Do I have to register as a business even though I'm online only? Do I have to pay taxes on my tiny ass income. I am 18, but I am still a dependent on my parents.
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    DBA??? More please. I'm trying to get my **** in order this year.
     

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