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Pricey Polaroid Snaps Are Back

Polaroid loves bid on cameras and film in online auctions. westpark/Flickr hide caption

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Polaroid loves bid on cameras and film in online auctions.

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When Polaroid stopped making film for its cameras, aficionados freaked, then snapped up expired film — and produced beautiful images when the chemicals developed in unpredictable ways.

Well, Polaroid instant film is back. I always sort of assumed I'd pick up a secondhand camera and get in on the action — some of my favorite memories are preserved on those little white squares. But I'm having second thoughts. The new film, much like the old, is $10 for 10 exposures. And the new images are smaller than the old. And I'm having a hard time justifying $1/print when I can use an app on my phone to produce interesting images I can distribute or print just about anywhere.

Maybe it's best to leave the Polaroid to the artists?