Ordering prints

It’s the most basic supply you need to scrapbook – your pictures.  I take a LOT of photos and until recently, I’ve always sent everything to be printed.  So I’ve always been on the lookout for good quality prints at a reasonable price.  Here’s my take on some of the services I’ve used in the past few years.

1.  Walmart.  They had a wicked sale just after we got married – worked out to 5 cents a print.  Very handy given that I sent well over 500 pictures to be printed.  I used them exclusively for a while, but the price kept going up and the quality was hit and miss.  It’s handy if I need a reprint or two quickly, but they’re not my go-to anymore.

2. Costco.  I’ve printed the vast majority of my pictures there the past 3 years.  I’d wait for a print sale – usually 8 to 10 cents – then upload hundreds of files a couple times a year.  The quality has been pretty good but I haven’t been thrilled with the last couple of batches.  That’s what’s started my recent search for a new photo lab.

3. Snapfish.  I had a deal for 200 free prints from Snapfish a couple of years ago so I sent a batch of pictures there to try.  I wasn’t impressed at all.  I waited two weeks for prints that were way too blue.  In retrospect, I should have contacted them and not accepted them.

4.  Shutterfly.  I received my first order from them this week.  I redeemed some diaper rewards points for 200 free prints and when I created my account, I got another 50.  I uploaded just over 300 files, and paid around $10 for the extra prints.  Shipping to Canada was a ridiculous $19! So my “free” prints cost me 30 bucks.  It’s too bad the shipping is so high because they were good quality.

5. Blacks.  I haven’t ordered from there yet, bit I scored a good deal on a prepaid card which worked out to 15 cents a print.  It’s more expensive than Costco, but I’ve heard great things about the quality.  If the quality is better, I don’t mind paying a bit more, especially if I continue to be more selective in what pictures I send to print.

6. Other options I’m considering.  I’d like to try Persnickety Prints.  The US girls on several Facebook groups I’m in rave about them.  Shipping is more reasonable at $10 flat rate, and they have some cool options for printing 3×4 and Instagram sizes.  I used a local store called Don’s Photo to print Miss A’s newborn photos, on the advice of our photographer.  They were awesome, and I need to look into their prices again.  Also, I plan on checking out McBain Camera, another local photo lab.

if you’re in Canada and are looking to get photos printed at a good price, both Costco and Shoppers Drug Mart have deals right now for 9 cents a print.

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