Raggedly Rich

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Where to Find the Cheapest Photo Printing in Canada

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.

Ms. Raggedly, amateur photographer

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+
Blacks  $0.39  $0.29  $0.19  $0.17  $0.15 vary
Shoppers  $0.19  –  –  –  – free store p/u
Costco    $0.11  –  – –   – free store p/u
Walmart  $0.15  $0.13  (99+) 0.11  –  –
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?) –

masterpiece photo right here

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.

Where do you get your photos printed? Does it beat $0.11 per 4×6?

4 Comments

  1. Dear RR,

    Thanks for creating this chart. I’ve never compared prices or done the math before!

    On the odd occasion that I have needed to print pictures, I have gotten them done at Shoppers Drug Mart.

    In doing the math, when I factor in the Optimum Points and 3% PC Points (I use my PC Financial Credit Card) it brings the cost down to .18 cents.

    However, I’ve had pictures printed on days where it only cost .09 cents (last offered in April). I just went to their “photo website” (I didn’t even know they had one, https://www.shoppersphoto.ca/) and they’re offering 25% off prints until tomorrow. I also found a bunch of Promo Codes for 2017.

    Now that I’ve done the math, it appears that if I purchased prints today, they would only cost me .13 cents at Shoppers Drug Mart.

    The bonus to saving money is that the store is a) conveniently located (I’m there anyways) and b) I like to support Canadian. I don’t have a Costco membership and the closest one is 94 kms (roundtrip).

    Thanks for the exercise. I need to get out more 😉

    Sarah.

    • Ms. Raggedly Rich

      July 27, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      You’re welcome! It’s definitely worth it if even just one person finds it helpful.

      0.09 a print is a steal of a deal – it’d probably worth it to hoard some photos and keep an eye on discounts, and print them all when the price is that low.

      And ease / convenience is a variable that’s subjective, but does need to be taken into account. And if you’re only printing a few, it takes a while to add up. Thanks for the breakdown! : )

  2. I always think I should print out some of my pictures to put up around the house, I have lots I love and lots of empty walls! I’m also a Costco member so I’ll have to go check out their site and maybe order a few prints.
    Great idea for a post, and I always like finding Canadian pricing 😉

    • Ms. Raggedly Rich

      July 27, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      I just picked mine up, and you can pay at the photo centre too! So if you’re just picking up pictures, you can avoid the long lineups at the regular tills 🙂

      I graduated three years ago, and my grad portrait with my parents was one of the things on my list 😛 But now it’s up on my wall and I still get a good smile outta it. You should definitely get around to putting up those pictures!

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