The cheapest photo printing websites
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Online photo printing
Services such as Snapfish allow users to upload digital photos from a camera or mobile phone and then order prints which arrive in the post. If a simple photo is not enough they will put your favourite shots on to a calendar, t-shirt, mouse-mat, mug or any other 'photo gift' format.
These can make great Christmas presents for friends and family.
Online services typically use the same minilab machines as high-street labs, thereby offering identical print quality. They are generally quick and convenient to use but you will need a broadband connection to upload the files.
I discovered the delights of online printing a few of years ago after a month-long trip backpacking round Australia. I uploaded photos from my camera to kodakgallery.co.uk, ordered a few snaps which soon arrived in the post, stuck them on the wall and duly forgot all about it.
However the service came into its own a few months later when my PC broke down and I lost everything on the hard drive. When I'd stopped crying over the loss of my music collection and back catalogue of articles, I remembered that my holiday memories were securely saved on the internet and I could log in and see them any time I wanted from any PC.
How much does it cost?
Kodak is similar to its rivals in that the cost per print goes down the more you order. Prices for 6x4" prints range from 5p to 10p and collages – where a selection of photos are grouped together in one display – start at £1.29 for a 7x5" collage and go up to £20.99 for a 30x20" size.
Photobox.co.uk is one of the most popular photo printing sites. Prices start at 12p for a 6x4" photo but cost 8p/print if you order more than 200 at one time and go down to just 5p if you order 500 or more photos. At the moment it's offering some good deals in its Christmas shop including 2012 calendars from £11.99 – made up of your own photos – and Christmas cards
If you plan to order more than 250 photos, Bonusprint.co.uk also works out pretty cheap. The company made its name with high street stores and a postal development service but its website is now big business. Like the other sites it offers range of print sizes and 6x4" prints cost just 6p each if you order more than 200. It also offers photo books for between £7.99 and £49.99 depending on the size, canvass prints from £32.99 and photo mugs from £5.99.
Snapfish is worth a look too. After uploading your pictures you can order poster prints, photo books, mugs and stationary – and it also lets you import photos from Flickr.
As well as being convenient, you should find online printing also works out cheaper than using a high street store or kiosk to print snaps. Producing prints from a memory card or CD within the hour costs around 30p for a single photo although 24 hour services are cheaper – however, they're still much more expensive than printing websites.
Asda, Boots and Tesco all provide online printing services too. Generally the supermarkets are more expensive than the other websites if you just want a handful of prints, but they work out the best value if you want to order 200 or more pictures as the price drops to just 5p per print.
Finally, here's a nifty table of costs so you can see it all at a glance:
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