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Old 06-06-2015, 08:44 AM
 
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Problem is that you do not have an absolute right to enter another country. And if you don't have a passport they will not let you in.

and your ability or inability to pay those prices isn't the govt's concern; nor should it be.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:46 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, USVI - Seattle, WA - Gulf Coast, TX
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I used to take and print our passport photos but went to CVS instead when my passport expired last month. I got a coupon for $2 off so $10 is a good price to pay for the convenience.

My husband is a serious amateur photographer so we have all kinds of cameras, lenses, Photoshop, high quality printer. However, it is time consuming to take portrait photo, scale the print to meet all the passport photo requirement. If we were going to print other stuffs, I will fire up our Epson Stylus Pro 3800 but it's not worth it to print just the passport photo. The archived ink is expensive at $60/cartridge (the printer has 9 cartridges). The ink wasted in head cleaning when the printer first turned on can be few bucks!

I don't know how much that Walmart, Kmart or cheap photobooth places charge but have a bit more faith that the CVS passport photo will meet the official requirement.
My husband and I took our own photos, scaled them, and had them printed and attached to the forms in about 10 minutes. No fancy printers or anything. Worked great. With the great drug store prices though, I agree. That's the easiest, inexpensive way to go!
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:55 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, USVI - Seattle, WA - Gulf Coast, TX
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Im not debating we need a passport. Im telling you sticking outrageous fees to a paper booklet is a travesty to our populace. And since this is America we can actually talk about this as an issue and someday fix it. I mean countries in Europe charge upto 50% less.
And they probably get to enter about 50% less countries... . I understand what you're saying though, Chris. Why does the document itself cost so much when other countries really just care that we are American citizens? That I can't answer. Certainly there aren't $110 worth of features built into the thing, but we are paying for people behind the scenes who process our information, ensure that we qualify and can safely, legitimately be issued a passport (kind of big deal, don't you think?), and who put the document together. Just my guesses as to where some of those costs go... I just know that other countries accept U.S. passports far more generously than they accept passports from other countries. Whatever the logic is for the document costing $110, I'm grateful to have it and I'm glad to make good enough use of it that it feels like a bargain.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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About 46 percent of US citizens have a valid passport.

link. How Many Americans Have A Passport? | TheExpeditioner Travel Site

I don't know why having a passport is such a controversial thing in the US.

To me it is a natural thing to want to travel outside of your own country, ergo a passport is a requirement if you are going on a trip to another country.

Jim B.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Considering your passport is good for 10 yrs, that $100 averages to $10 a year. Those $12 photos, good for 10 yrs, cost you a whopping $1.20 a yr. If your photos get returned, had that happen once, the store will redo them for free.


I don't call $12.20 a yr an 'outrageous fee'..it's a cheap price to pay to able to travel the world
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First, take the passport photo at home, for free. There are clear directions online: Photo Composition Template

Second, agreed with Kim in FL. I'd say that $110 (or even $140) is a VERY small price to pay to have the privilege to traverse the globe the way a U.S. passport allows you to do, especially knowing it's good for 10 years. Maybe everyone already knows this, but a U.S. passport is really, really unique in how widely its excepted for entrance into foreign nations. People in other countries have to go through the hoops of getting country-specific visas just to go on holiday...

We Americans are INCREDIBLY lucky to have the travel privileges we do.
At any rate, it's not a rip-off. It's a huge privilege.
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:43 AM
 
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At CVS, 2 passport photos costed $12+tax. Holy &#%$! Where are better choices? Even at that hefty insane charge, it's not self-taken. The employee used a camera to take. I remember many years ago I took 4 photos for myself behind a curtain at Kmart and it was something like $7-8. Not sure if it changed (probably).
Well, those cameras don't cost $12 bucks! They cost thousands of dollars! If this poses an issue, why not complain to Microsoft too that since there's so much "demand" for their $hitty products, their prices should be a LOT cheaper. Like Office for $12.00 would be a good start.
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Old 06-06-2015, 12:29 PM
 
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You can download a passport photo app for your iphone or android phone which will will take a perfect passport photo. It will make 6 passport photos on 1 4x6 print which will cost you all of .29 cents. I would recommend you even take the picture using the slide down screen at CVS and walgreens and sending the picture to them via their app.

Bottom line - 6 passport pictures for .29 cents in about 5 minutes.
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Old 06-06-2015, 12:50 PM
 
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Tell me about it. Another US govt rip-off. They figure the people who travel around the world must have money, and such a small percentage of Americans get a passport. They think its ok to screw us with outrageous fees.
you might want to compare with other countries where not only is the passport more, but pictures must be professionally taken. (and you have to pay for a courier to deliver it)
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Old 06-06-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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Problem is that you do not have an absolute right to enter another country. And if you don't have a passport they will not let you in.
In the US, you can not only just cross the border with no passport...they'll pay you welfare and food stamps to do so!
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Old 06-06-2015, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Im not debating we need a passport. Im telling you sticking outrageous fees to a paper booklet is a travesty to our populace. And since this is America we can actually talk about this as an issue and someday fix it. I mean countries in Europe charge upto 50% less.
The EU has open borders between countries. I keep my old passports around as souveniers because they have entry stamps from countries that don't even look at your passport any more. In the US, part of your passport fee goes for border control.
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