I have always found the process of photo processing to be tedious so I was thrilled when they started putting in self service photo kiosks. Now I can linger over my choices and I don't have to go through a middle man to get my photos printed.
This was a big help two years ago after my mom died. I found a ton of old photos in her house that I wanted to keep and I was able to scan them all into digital formats using the photo scanner at the kiosk. Now they are saved forever.