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The cheapest photo printing websites

Emma Lunn
by Lovemoney Staff Emma Lunn on 10 October 2012  |  Comments 26 comments

Looking for a cheapest photo printing website to print off your photos online? Here's a round-up of the different online photo-printing websites and how much they cost.

The cheapest photo printing websites

Digital cameras mean you can view your holiday snaps instantly, delete any dodgy poolside poses and download photos to your PC at the click of a mouse.

But what about printing? Printers designed to work with a home PC are pretty slow and don't always produce the best quality. Even if you've got a top-of-the-range printer, ink and photographic paper can be expensive, especially when you’ve merrily snapped away several hundred frames within the space of a week.

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 the internet, 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?

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 three for the price of two on a selection of photo gifts.

If you plan to order more than 250 photos, Bonusprint.co.uk also works out pretty cheap. Like the other sites it offers a 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 and there is a 50% discount on photo books at the moment.

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.  

Supermarkets

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: 

Site or store 

Cost of printing one 6x4” photo

Cost of printing 150 6x4” photos 

Snapfish

9p

£13.50 (9p each)

Photobox.co.uk

12p

£18 (12p each)

Bonusprint.co.uk

50p

£12 (8p each)

Asda.com

15p

£15 (10p each

Tescophoto.com

20p

£15 (10p each)

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Comments (26)

  • EnKay1
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    EnKay1 said

    Hi

    Try http://uk.foto.com/ @4-5p from 1+ (plus P&P)
    or even
    http://www.aldiphotos-print.co.uk/prices.php
    both offering some free prints too.

    Feedback on Foto better.

    Regards.

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  • HuttonFrank
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    HuttonFrank said

    Re ASDA:
    Last year I uploaded a few hundred photos (500?)to ASDA. They were of two holidays.
    They were cheap, the quality was fine, the delivery quick, BUT they were not at all in sequence. All completely muddled up!
    There was no discernible logic by which I could sort them, and no numbers on the back that related to mine or anything else.
    I e-mailed ASDA customer services but never had a reply. VERY POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
    I WILL NEVER USE THEM AGAIN. I still haven't sorted them all in sequence. It just takes so long.

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  • AmyD87
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    AmyD87 said

    I always use Boots photo service for printing my digital photos, but wait until I have over 150 to get the best price.

    I like it because it's 24 hours (or less usually) rather than having to wait in the post (Which I cannot stand!). I've noticed that they're doing an offer at the moment with 1/3rd off which means prices start at just 4p a shot.

    It's also much better now they have the self-service machines where you can select ones that you want, as in the past you had to have all the photos off a memory card, and if you accidentally left a few on these would be added to the price.

    I've always found the quality to be superb and the service lovely. Sometimes the photos don't come out in the exact order that you submit them in, but they always have the name of the saved jpeg on the back, so it's pretty easy to sort them should this happen.

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  • AmyD87
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    AmyD87 said

    Oh, and I usually get my photos for free because I save up my Boots points and use them for this, so effectively, free prints!

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  • DIYfixer
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    DIYfixer said

    http://www.snapmad.com

    prices start for 6x4 from 4p up to 10p based on qty. Postage currently 99p for any amount

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  • topshare
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    topshare said

    Over many years as an enthusiastic amateur with a decent DSLR and a Leica-lensed Panasonic, I have used them all. Without a shadow of a doubt Mypixmania (not mentioned above) is head and shoulders above the rest. They are not only the best in quality, but they are extremely reasonably-priced, and fast too, and printed on very heavy quality paper. A particular advantage - especially on large prints, panoramics and posters etc - is that they don't stipulate a silly small maximum file size for uploads which necessarily restricts final quality. Another benefit is that you can pre-purchase blocks of prints cheaply and draw off these purchases as and when you like and without time-limitations. However, be warned that as with anything, over-focusing on cheapness does usually produce exactly what you should expect - rubbish ! In the past I have returned prints to Photobox, Truprint, Kodak etc for reprinting - and had them back again with sadly only marginally better results.

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  • loocyloo
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    loocyloo said

    i use truprint. always had super service from them, and you can prepay to get reduced price prints. but this week am having problems uploading my photos to their site, however, customer service quick to reply to emails.

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  • slughead91
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    slughead91 said

    Jessops hasn't been mentioned, in store the price of a 6x4 is 5p for 200+ the prints are the same high quality and chemically processed which ever price bracket you choose, you also get a loyalty card which gives you discount off subsequent orders and they have an on line service though www.jessops.com

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  • cornishminer
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    cornishminer said

    If you are looking for cheap prints look here:

    http://www.snapmad.com/

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  • HenryScottTuke
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    HenryScottTuke said

    I would use 'collect in store' such as Tesco/Asda/Jessops. Pick the closest or one you visit weekly. Postage costs can increase the final price a lot, epsecially if you only have one or two prints printed.

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  • HenryScottTuke
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    HenryScottTuke said

    Forgot to mention Artscow.com. Many sites give free 6*4 prints, and so does artscow. However artscow also give you 200 free 7*5 prints for £6.50 postage. 7*5 is a much better size for framing than 6*4. The question is, have you got 200 prints you would like printing, and have you got 200 frames !

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  • levannak
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    levannak said

    I've used Pixum (http://pixum.co.uk) for some time now.
    Their quality is excellent, they are one of the cheapest around at 5p a print and they are the only processor I've found so far who do not arbitrarily crop my pictures.
    They are based in Germany, but their delivery is as fast as any of the UK companies

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  • mamgu
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    mamgu said

    Register with Kodak and get 30 prints free.

    http://www.kodakgallery.co.uk/Register.jsp

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  • cerbus
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    cerbus said

    I thought this was the 21st century. Who prints out photos any more, make a slide show burn to DVD and watch on your TV. Well that what I do anyway.

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  • kg110
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    kg110 said

    I have to agree with HenryScottTuke. I use Tescos as I can pick up in my local store when I do my weekly shopping. Not only am I not paying for postage, but I don't have to worry about the 'will it arrive/won't it' syndrome that the Post Office so often generates.

    You can also adjust the cropping on your pictures yourself on the Tescos website, giving you exactly the picture you want - very useful if your subject kindly moves out of the centre of the shot at the last second.

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  • stewartjrl
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    stewartjrl said

    What I would love to know is how long one can expect prints of digital colour photos to last nowadays, either when continually displayed and subject to daylight or sunlight or when kept in an album ? And therefore how do all the previously-mentioned sites compare in this respect ? This seems to be a very unknown area.

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  • queerfella
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    queerfella said

    I use photobox as I get 15 free prints per month as part of my Virgin media package. Really good quality fast & efficient service.
    Recently ordered one of their posters and it is fantastic.
    Have used Kodak in the past and my large prints arrived creased & damaged and customer service was poor when I complained. I will stick to photobox.

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  • topshare
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    topshare said

    What I would love to know is how long one can expect prints of digital colour photos to last nowadays, either when continually displayed and subject to daylight or sunlight or when kept in an album ? And therefore how do all the previously-mentioned sites compare in this respect ? This seems to be a very unknown area.

    Very good question. And no-one will answer it. However, stick with a top quality heavyweight paper as used by aforementioned Mypixmania and they are definitely good for 70 years in open light ! As usual, you seldom get even what you pay for, especially when buying cheapest ! Anyone who believes in the cheapest being best value presumably believes in 'magic' and 'fairies' as well !

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  • RichardBlundell
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    RichardBlundell said

    I've used Snapfish (TruPrint) several times now. They are 9p per print plus 99p+ postage, as stated. However, they often have offers for 1p prints via their weekly email, so I pick up 50 prints for £1.49 delivered, which I reckon is pretty good going! Quality has always seemed fine.

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  • elephant888
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    elephant888 said

    I have found more photo printing offers here:

    http://freephotoprintingnow.co.uk

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  • jshaw999
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    jshaw999 said

    Photobox have always delivered a very good service. You can sign up for 40 free prints here - http://www.photobox.co.uk/offers/free-photo-prints

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  • SarahM2012
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    SarahM2012 said

    www.megalabs.co.uk are doing 6x4's for 7p, with no minimum order. 150 would be £10.50 with postage from £1.99

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  • wozza
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    wozza said

    If you are looking for a good site to get photos printed in large format, A2, A1 and A0 try http://www.posterprints.co.uk - A2's from £1.20.

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  • iamrofe
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    iamrofe said

    i tend to get my photos printed for free by taking advantage of various promotions. Im currently going through a list I found on http://www.photoprintsuk.com

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  • electricblue
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    electricblue said

    @topshare

    'Definitely good for 70 years'

    Really? Can I borrow that time machine of yours? Magic and fairies have a strong standing in the history of photography, whereas blind optimism has often fallen foul of reality. Paper is not the critical factor, the inks used for prints are. A friend of mine is a famous artist who makes prints of his work and sells them worldwide and he uses Epson 70 year inks - but I doubt he or Epson will be around to pick up any complaints.

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  • Linda33
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    Linda33 said

    I ought to avail the services of http://www.just4canvas.co.uk/, as they always provide good quality canvas. They made my Christmas with 70 % discount, and now still offering 60% off on any size, yes on each and every size.

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