With all the recent life-events happening with my family, we’ve got a couple photos we need to print out. I headed down to Superstore to do some instant-prints — BUT THEY DON’T DO THAT ANYMORE.
The age of mountains of physical pictures is leaving us. The Internet and online storage / Facebook / Instagram has replaced traditional photo albums with instant and widespread access – but there are still some things that a physical picture is nice for. But what place gives you the best bang for your buck? I took a look to find where the cheapest photo printing was in Canada.
I did some research; I’m all about choosing which things should be kept well loved and raggedly, and which should be of quality, so I’m looking for something better than my expensive-ink printer and it’s paper-printing abilities. Thus, I am forced to outsource. My findings below:
4×6 Digital Print Breakdown:
|Place||Digital Prints||Digital Prints||Digital Prints||Digital Prints||Digital Prints||S&H|
|1 – 49||50 – 99||100 – 150||150 – 199||200+|
|Shoppers||$0.19||–||–||–||–||free store p/u|
|Costco||$0.11||–||–||–||–||free store p/u|
|Snapfish US site / US $||$ 0.09 US / $ 0.11 CAD||–||–||–||–||vary|
|PhotoLab||$0.19||–||–||–||–||free store p/u|
|London Drugs||$0.39||–||–||–||–||by weight|
I know Shoppers, Walmart, Costco, and London Drugs also have kiosks in their stores, usually with someone around who’ll be able to help you, if you’re uncomfortable uploading your prints online.
Costco is the winner in the 4×6 print department.
The user interface of Costco’s photocentre website was a lot more friendly than I remember it being 5 years ago when we last used their service (or is it the same, and I’m just full of hoopla?) –
while Snapfish matches their price (under the current exchange rate), you don’t have to worry about foreign transaction fees or paying for international shipping and handling / duties and custom fees.
If you don’t have a Costco membership, then Wal-Mart might be your next best bet.
There’s also apps like FreePrints which let you print (a limited amount of) photos for free (per month) while only paying for the shipping, up to a certain amount. If you print out a lot of pictures, it might be worth a try!
Now if you’re looking to get prints that are larger than 4×6, or have fancy poster-board backing, I go to the websites above and take a look at what options are available. Some do canvas printing, some do printing on mugs, t-shirts, calendars, photo books / collages – and everything is customizable online, nowadays.