Why Do My Instant Photos Take 7 Hours?

hpinstant“Instant?” typed user Jake when he sent us a picture of the kiosk screen after he sent some photos to the printer at Walmart. His “instant” photos were promised six and a half hours in the future. Why, that’s not very instant at all.

The printing is “instant” in the sense that it doesn’t take as long as ordering your prints online. Kiosk prints are usually available in an hour, but not all of the HP photo items are available in an hour: he might have ordered something that takes longer, like a giant photo poster. Still, wouldn’t you see the “instant” sign and complain about the lack of instantness? Some people would.