Many of us use our phones as a photo album these days. But the holidays are a perfect time to print those pictures as cards or frame them as gifts. But not all photo printing services are picture perfect. Consumer Reports checked out 10 online photo printing services...looking at everything from the ordering experience to editing options to costs. And, of course, Consumer Reports' trained photo experts also rated each print for quality.
The big takeaway is price doesn’t determine quality. Walgreens and Adorama Pix had the best quality for around 30 cents per 4x6 print.
But Walmart and Amazon had excellent quality for only 9 cents each.
At the bottom of Consumer Reports ratings, were photos from Mpix. Pictures were less saturated, they were less clear and a little bit blurry. But all photos examined were all still better and cheaper than using most home printers.
Consumer Reports' advice is to make sure you review your order closely before you click 'buy'.
Consumer Reports also says you shouldn’t make decisions based solely on how much each print would cost. Be sure to review shipping costs too because they can have a big impact on the final bill. Consumer Re suggests gest checking for free shipping offers or free in-store pickup.
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