questionswhere is the best place to have photos printed?

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I don't often have photos printed, but when I do, I go to Walgreens. They usually have coupons, too.

(I obviously have Dos Equis on my mind..."I don't often drink beer, but when I do, I drink Dos Equis." Or something like that.) ;-)

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I like making new accounts over at Shutterfly. I think it's 50 free prints each new account =/

I also get tons of e-mails for "Free [Insert Holiday/Birthday] Cards" (like 10 free just pay Shipping which is like $5.99).. 59cents for a full photo card exactly how I want it is way better than going to Hallmark and paying $4-6 for 1 card

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I think a lot of the quality depends on the tech who does the printing. A lot of places don't seem to have very knowledgable techs in the photo area so you get whatever comes out with the standard settings. There used to be a Wolf Camera near me that was great about working to get the best prints. But sadly they closed (and they were more expensive). Now I've had good luck with the Walgreens near me and I've been pretty happy with Shutterfly as well. Probably best to try a few prints at a few different places and see who has the best results.

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@gt0163c: I think you are correct about the individual techs. I had a fantastic experience with the Ritz Camera (I think they are the same as Wolf Camera) I was planning on using, but when we found the store closed and packed up I was left with Target as my only option (that's what I get for waiting until the last minute). I have a Walgreens right up the street, I will have to try them now, I see coupons frequently. The Target "tech" probably never worked the photo section before, I think she didn't know what she was doing at all.

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I buy photo quality paper at Costco and print my own. I've had excellent results.

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@ojulius: what printer do you use? I've done that in the past, but haven't been nearly as happy with the results as with professional prints. I have used a dedicated Canon photo printer, as well as several HP all-in-one scanner color/photo printers.

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@mkdr: I think it's an older (at least 5 years old) Canon IP1600. I've used OEM printer cartidges and refilled cartridges from printpal. Always get excellent prints. I'm a do-it-yourself kinda guy and and can't see paying someone to do something I can learn how to do myself!

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I recommend Costco, if you have a membership. The prices seem decent, but more importantly, the photo techs appear to be real photo techs, and I've never been disappointed w/ the results.

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@nam1123: Good point - altho I have a Costco membership, I've never used their photo services. Like I said in my previous post, I'm a do-it-yourself kinda guy!

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I personally use my own printer, but in a pinch there is a Wal-Mart about 3 minutes from here. Difference in quality? Negligible. Do I use it often? No. YMMV.

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I don't have a ton of time to look around to find it again but I know I have seen comparisons showing the differences with different retail and online photo printing place that shows a HUGE quality difference. I did find this link to give you some idea http://www.emilydoannephotography.com/2012/05/23/142/ but she only compares brick and mortar stores and not online ones

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@chellemonkey: Wow these are fantastic links! Great comparisons of the different options, I never even thought about how the faster loading option could make a difference. Thanks - I'd up vote your posts a million if I could!

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I use adorama.com or http://www.photographxunlimited.com/

had great success with both if you want quality....

just for snapshots or to give away...walmart....lol