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Amazon Prints, www.amazonprinting.com, your new source for the cheapest prints available. After the announcement Shutterfly stock fell 14%, Ouch… So far there’s not too much in terms of product offerings but it’s just starting in a limited capacity at this point. Available currently you can order photos in 4×6, 5×7, and 8×10 prints with matte, glossy, pearl, or signature matte finish. Larger one’s will be coming soon. Books come in 8×11 glossy hardcover binded either standard or layflat.

For a short time only, 50 free 4×6 prints with code BABY50FREEPRINTS for Amazon Cloud Drive or Prime members.

Price Comparison
(Not counting shipping, Bayphoto with/without color correction)


Amazon Prints

Shutterfly

Snapfish

Walgreens

Mpix

Adoramapix

Bayphoto

4×6 $.09 $.15 $.09 $.29 $.29 $.27 $.49/.29
5×7 $.58 $.99 $.69 $2.49 $1.09 $.69 $1.99/1.15
8×10 $1.79 $3.99 $2.99 $3.99 $1.99 $1.59 $3.50/1.79
8×11 Book $19.99 $39.99 $34.99 $29.99 $34.99 N/A $49.50
8×11 Book
(layflat)
$44.99 $79.99 $69.99 $69.99 $54.99 $45.99 $59.50

 

prints_5x7_470x470_07192016The Service will be Prime and Amazon Cloud Drive only. With the change to photo printing Amazon is also killing off the $12 per year Amazon Unlimited Photos plan. Users are getting a three or 12 month trial of unlimited storage after their paid plans expire as recompense from Amazon. This was a nice backup solution for photographers but with the move to printing it makes sense to bundle the service driving more users to upgrade plans. As for cost that means just to access this service it is $60 for the cloud service, $100 for Amazon prime, or $49 for Amazon Prime for students.

You’ll have to wait for a proper review by Toby but odds are the quality will be lower end equal to Shutterfly at this price comparatively to other brands. Typically Photorec.tv’s current recommendation for good quality prints has been Adoramapix for their superior prints and sales. Alternatively for small orders Bayphoto is a nice option as through their professional order system small orders of prints 11×14 or smaller ship free through the mail. Bayphoto just isn’t cost effective for large orders due to the price difference between their service and Adoramapix. Just like Shutterfly it’s not that it’s necessarily bad, but for top quality it’s recommended to go to a lab for photos. For family shots and prints to pass out to friends, family, and the sort it’s a cheap option that might serve that purpose well. 

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For a limited time, free standard shipping. Free expedited shipping on orders over $15. It’ll take 167 4×6 prints to get free shipping if you’re curious. Compared to Adoramapix or Shutterfly it’s actually a pretty decent rate.

Shipping Method  

Creation to Doorstep  

Per Shipment

Standard 3-7 business days Free on all orders.
Expedited 3-5 business days Orders over $15 Free / Under $15 is $7.00 per shipment.
Overnight 2-3 business days $13.00 per shipment.

 

As for saving money I’ve got a few tricks to get your print price under Amazon’s:

  • Six cent 4×6 prints from Shutterfly are possible during 101 print sales by ordering 99. This lowers the shipping and makes 99 prints cost 6 cents each versus 101 for 8 cents a piece.  
  • My Coke Rewards through collecting cap and box codes allows promotional coupons making prints, books, and other items free but you have to pay shipping. Similar to the method above in that you still pay shipping but you don’t have to wait for a sale or can combine these with one.
  • Swagbucks is an ad and survey site that gives out Shutterfly gift cards for doing tasks. They also do Paypal and other stores so technically you can use this one on any site’s I’ve listed above in this post.

 

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