Costco Photo: A Kirkland Signature Perk Gets the Boot

Costco already removed photo centers and services from its warehouses. Now, the online Costco Photo Center is being scuttled.

An array of various print photos
(Image credit: Getty Images)

To those still old-school enough to enjoy print photos or looking for an inexpensive way to get a passport photo, the Kirkland Signature in-store photo centers were a penny-pincher’s delight.

In recent years, Costco eliminated the analog version of that service, closing its photo centers in its warehouses — acknowledging most of its customers were storing their photos in the cloud, carrying them on their devices and not purchasing prints as much. That precious square footage was turned over to more profitable ventures.

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Bob Niedt
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Bob was Senior Editor at Kiplinger.com for seven years and is now a contributor to the website. He has more than 40 years of experience in online, print and visual journalism. Bob has worked as an award-winning writer and editor in the Washington, D.C., market as well as at news organizations in New York, Michigan and California. Bob joined Kiplinger in 2016, bringing a wealth of expertise covering retail, entertainment, and money-saving trends and topics. He was one of the first journalists at a daily news organization to aggressively cover retail as a specialty and has been lauded in the retail industry for his expertise. Bob has also been an adjunct and associate professor of print, online and visual journalism at Syracuse University and Ithaca College. He has a master’s degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Hope College.