Where to get the cheapest online photo prints

Where to get the cheapest online photo prints

Summary: With everyone pinching pennies these days, paying too much to print out your photos can add up. Though not as convenient as printing photos on your own photo printer, online photo finishers offer much cheaper per print prices. But not all online sites are created equal--it's worth it to shop around to get the best prices.

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With everyone pinching pennies these days, paying too much to print out your photos can add up. Though not as convenient as printing photos on your own photo printer, online photo finishers offer much cheaper per print prices.  But not all online sites are created equal--it's worth it to shop around to get the best prices. For the latest information on pricing trends (including where to get the cheapest online photo prints around), check out the results of the recent PMA Marketing Reasearch survey of online photo and retailer sites.

While prices have remained constant for the most part over the first quarter of 2009, with the average 4x6 print costing about 14 cents a print, the PMA reported a big drop in 11x14 prints spurred by a price cut at MyPhotoPipe.com, which lists a standard 11x14 print at just $3.99 (compared to the current average of $6.86 across all sites).  Other highlights include a slight drop in shipping prices for standard 4x6 prints, with Costco currently the only site that offers free shipping on basic prints.

So where should you go if you want the cheapest 4x6 prints around?  Photofun.com charges a mere 5 cents per 4x6 print.  Compare that to the 14-cent average among online photo finishers and per-print costs that range from 25 cents to 95 cents for inkjet printers (according to a recent Consumer Reports study), and you know where to send that huge batch of photos that you've been putting off printing.

[Via PMA Foresight Blog]

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  • Names?

    How about some useful info on where to get prints! I use adorama, but are they competitive?
    x.pc@...
  • RE: Where to get the cheapest online photo prints

    Did anyone figure out which company has the lowest price per print including shipping and handling?

    PHOTOFUN: How much will I pay to ship my order?
    Shipping and handling costs depend on the product ordered. For photo orders the shipping costs are based upon the quantity ordered (starting at $1.32 and currently maxing-out at $2.64). NOTE: In addition to the shipping cost we have a one-time handling charge of $1.25 for each shipped order.

    30 X
    .05
    -------
    1.50 +
    2.64 +
    1.25
    -------
    5.39/30 = .18 per pix

    Costco is the winner?
    debbieandjon@...
  • RE: Where to get the cheapest online photo prints

    The cheapest is not necessarily=best.
    I have used IPrintfromHome.com for some time now. Especially with the artists and discriminating Photographers, the best is essential.
    I wil also note that I have no issue with their prices as they are far cheape than any local solution. Combine there excellent service, and the multitude of printing and slide options, and the combination=pay a little more.

    If you are going to print and keep your memories, it should not necessarily be the cheapest option.
    sgtevmckay
    • say the price ?

      Why don't you say the price ? Ashamed or do you just work there?
      pessimist
    • IPrintfromHome.com

      Has quite a few complaints with the Better Business Bureau...
      debbieandjon@...
      • iPrintfromHome.com

        Hi Debbie,

        This is Sara from iPrintfromHome.com. We saw your comment and looked into the issue and were unable to find any complaints related to iPrintfromHome at the BBB. In fact, we have a Google Reviews rating of 4.9/5 with our customers. Could you have us confused with another company?

        Either way, please let us know the source of your information so that we can look further into the issue.

        For the rest of you, for pricing information, please go to iPrintfromHome.com >> Pricing.

        Thanks,
        Sara
        iPfHSara
  • RE: Where to get the cheapest online photo prints


    how about a link to review/s about online photo processors? this article was useless because the title wasn't what was advertised...
    sandstorm@...
  • RE: Where to get the cheapest online photo prints

    I see many reviews of photo sharing sites. Yet the one attribute that nobody ever seems to cover is the size of the uploads and the ease of downloading pictures.

    I want a site that allows me to upload pics in full resolution - and allows my friends to download those pictures in full resolution without having a paid membership.

    If anyone knows a site that allows that - now THAT would be worth it - but it is an attribute that nobody covers and they should - full resolution downloads are the most valuable thing a site can offer as a sharing site - it does little good to share a picture only to not be able to have your friends download the full resolution picture.
    ICU Doc NY
    • Photo price or photo sharing?

      I'm not sure where the topic of photo sharing was mentioned, but if you want to save up to 5 images/day and be able to download them at any time - go to http://www.fotothing.com

      I get my prints done for $0.10-15/ea for 4x6" @ Walgreens. I upload the photos and 1 hour later I can pick them up.

      I was somewhat amazed when I saw the % of people printing at home - the cost is sooo expensive, and even with the fastest (also $$$ cost) printers if the quantity is above 25-30 - I will already be home or at a client office with my prints before theirs is finished printing.
      PhotoPro001
  • RE: Where to get the cheapest online photo prints

    This story would have been very useful if it had listed several sites, given their prices (including shipping and handling) for several print sizes and several different quantities, perhaps 1, 10, 100 or 1000. Then a real price comparison would have been possible. It is possible that one site would be cheaper for a single 11 x 14 and a different one for a hundred 4 x 6 prints. Too bad the author didn't think through the range of needs different users have.
    tomkmoore
  • Price != Quality. EZPrints.com is my supplier..

    With a wide variety of prints including Panoramas 11" x however long it is, to EXCELLENT canvas prints and reasonable shipping.

    Price alone is not a guarantee of quality but I also look for archival type prints so they don't change hue or fade quickly.

    Examine several sources before you go with the "cheapest" source. I have also used WalMart's online service and picked them up at a local store (or they can sent to you for a charge) and their 8x10's are inexpensive and of high quality.

    Printing them on a kiosk is a crap-shoot but as long as you don't have to pay for off-hue, or streaked prints then they are OK but will not last as long when exposed to light.

    InkJet Printing (except for Kodak's InkJet line) are convenient but 5-10 times as costly.
    You have to remember that once you take the protective tape off of an inkjet cartridge it starts drying up, so you need to use it within a reasonable amount of time. InkJet ink costs more than gold by weight...no kidding!
    dunn@...
  • RE: Where to get the cheapest online photo prints

    The cheapest online photo prints and photo gifts such as Mugs, Calendar, T-Shirts and mousepads at http://www.snapfish.in

    For pricing details http://www.snapfish.in/helppricing

    -Ravi Nandan
    ravi.venkatpauram
  • RE: Where to get the cheapest online photo prints

    snapfish prints are ok when they have the .09 4x6
    prints. I have the HP Photosmart C6380 printer which
    eats ink and the average cost per print is about .89
    per print.Can you say RIPOFF? You bet you can.
    seaside7