The Cheapest Places to Print Photos Online

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Whether you’re looking for a personalized present, finally getting around to making a photo album or hoping to create customized home decor, knowing where to print your pictures for the lowest price could help you save big on your next gift or project.

In this article, we’re going to look at eight of the most affordable places to print your photos online. 

Where to Order Cheap Photo Prints Online

How much you’ll pay per print varies greatly depending on the size of the photo you’re ordering and where you order it from. To get an idea of where you’ll find the cheapest price on photo printing, I compared the prices of common print sizes from each of the eight best photo printing services.

Here are the starting prices for common prints and poster-sized photos: 

 4x68x1012x1820x30
Walmart Photo Center$0.09$1.79$8.86$15.86
Costco Photo Center$0.19$1.99$3.99$9.99
Amazon Prints$0.12$1.79$9.49$16.99
Snapfish$0.09$2.99$12.99$21.99
Shutterfly$0.18$2.77-$22.99
Printique$0.31$2.49$7.34$27.29
CVS Photo$0.33$3.99$12.99$19.99
Walgreens Photo$0.34$3.99$12.99$23.99

As you can see, Walmart Photo offers some of the lowest prices on smaller prints while Costco Photo Center has the lowest prices overall when it comes to larger photo sizes. Amazon Prints also offers great rates, especially with free shipping for Prime members.

Consumer Reports has ranked each of the eight retailers by print quality; below, they’re ranked by overall price beginning with the cheapest options.

  1. Walmart Photo Center
  2. Costco Photo Center
  3. Amazon Prints
  4. Snapfish
  5. Shutterfly
  6. Printique (AdoramaPix)
  7. CVS Photo
  8. Walgreens Photo

Beyond the base price of the print, it’s important to know if there are any additional fees, when your photos will be available and how to best order them. In each section below, you’ll find pricing details, shipping fees, in-store pickup options, ways to place your order, available print sizes and how to find the best deals.

1. Walmart Photo Center

Walmart Photo website

At the top of the list, Walmart Photo Center offers some of the best prices for smaller-sized photo prints. As far as print quality goes, Consumer Reports ranks Walmart Photo Center third highest.

In addition to low prices, it’s pretty easy to avoid additional fees when printing your photos with Walmart. You can get free shipping on photo orders over $35 online, or you can choose free in-store pickup on print orders of any total.

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To place your order, visit your nearest Walmart Photo Center in person, online or download the Apple or Android mobile app. From there, you’ll be able to choose from eight print sizes ranging from wallet-size to 8x10s. Large-format prints are also available in seven sizes from 11×14 to 24×36. 

Current sales and promo codes are available in the deals tab online. To ensure you’re saving the most on your order, be sure to check them out before placing your order!

2. Costco Photo Center

Costco Photo Center webpage

If you’re a Costco member, the Costco Photo Center is a great place to purchase your prints. In fact, the prices on larger prints were the best of all eight stores. Of course, this is assuming you already pay for a membership.

Costco offers free in-warehouse pickup for photo prints ordered online. Standard shipping on prints up to size 8×12 is also free. For larger prints, other photo gifts and faster delivery options, use Costco Photo Center’s shipping costs page.

To print photos at Costco, you can visit your nearest warehouse, upload and order photos online or download the mobile app. You’ll have to create an account to access Costco Photo Center online using your member number. 

After you’ve logged in, you’ll be able to choose from seven print sizes ranging from 4×6 to 8×12 or five large-format prints ranging from 11×14 to 20×30.

3. Amazon Prints

Amazon Prints Website

Prime members will want to check out Amazon Prints when you’re placing your next photo order. Consumer Reports rates Amazon fourth overall for print quality, and Prime membership means your photos will be eligible for free delivery

Non-Prime members can still score free shipping on photo orders over $15. Otherwise, shipping begins at $4

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You’ll find great prices on photo prints compared to other online competitors including the same $1.79 price for an 8×10 print that you’ll find at Walmart. Amazon offers a total of eight print sizes ranging from 4×5.3 to 20×30 in addition to various other customizable photo gifts.

To place your order, visit Amazon Prints online or download the mobile app on your Apple or Android device.

4. Snapfish

Snapfish photo printing website

Snapfish is an online-only photo printing service that still allows you to pick up your photos in-store at your nearest Walmart, Walgreens or CVS. If you go with in-store pickup, keep in mind that the prices vary depending on the store you choose. It most cases, Walmart is the cheapest option. 

If you request that your photos be mailed to you, you’ll have to pay shipping fees (beginning at $1.99) unless there’s a promo code available. You’ll see a deals banner on the right-hand side of the website that shows available coupons and highlighted sales. You can also click on the deals tab at the top of the page.

To place your order, create an account with Snapfish and upload your photos online. You can also download the mobile app for your Apple or Android device. Once you’re signed in, you can choose from eight print sizes ranging from 4×6 to 20×30.

5. Shutterfly

Shutterfly photo printing website

Similar to Snapfish, Shutterfly allows you to order photo prints online and pick them up at a nearby retailer. Once you’ve uploaded your photos online, you can choose to have them shipped to you or you can pick them up from a nearby Walgreens, CVS or Target

If you go with in-store or same-day pickup be sure to check the price for having your photos printed at each store through Shutterfly. Otherwise, shipping begins at $1.79. You can find available shipping options and costs using the site’s shipping pricing table

To place an order with Shutterfly, you’ll need to create a free account. You can log in on the website or through the company’s mobile app. Available photo sizes range from 4×4 to 20×30 with 13 options total including large-format prints.

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When you visit Shutterfly, you’ll see the currently available deals listed across the top of the screen. You can also check out promotion details for a list of current promo codes and sales.

6. Printique (AdoramaPix)

AdoramaPix / Printique Photo Printing Website

Printique, formerly AdoramaPix, is ranked second highest by Consumer Reports for print quality falling behind first place by only one point. This high ranking is most likely due to the company’s large selection of over 35 print sizes

You can choose from 20 print sizes ranging from 3.5×5 to 12×36. Additionally, Printique offers 16 large-format print sizes from 10×20 to 40×60. More photo gift ideas and current offers are listed across the top of the website. 

Shipping is $6.95 for most prints, but you’ll be able to review the final fees before deciding whether or not you want to place the order. In-store pickup isn’t available for photos ordered from Printique.

7. CVS Photo

CVS Photo Website

Ranked fifth by Consumer Reports for print quality, CVS Photo also offers competitive prices for select photo prints.

You can order photos through CVS at your nearest store, online or through the mobile app available on iOS and Android. Free same-day pickup is available for prints and other photo gifts. You can also choose standard shipping for as low as $0.99

CVS Photo offers eight print sizes ranging from 4×6 to 8×10 and four sizes of large-format prints ranging from 11×14 to 20×30. 

Current deals are advertised across the top of the webpage, or you can visit the deals tab for a complete list of promo codes and offers. Be sure to check this page before placing your order to ensure you’re getting the best price possible. 

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8. Walgreens PhotoWalgreens Photo Website

While Walgreens Photo is the least affordable option on the list for most print photo sizes, it does offer free same-day pickup at most locations nationwide. And as far as print quality goes, Consumer Reports ranks Walgreens Photo number one. 

You can choose from six available print sizes ranging from 4×4 to 8×10. Walgreens Photo also offers four poster sizes from 11×14 to 24×36. To start your order, visit your nearest store, upload your photos online or download the mobile app.

If you need to have your photos delivered, you can expect standard shipping to begin around $1.99. The shipping fee increases based on quantity. To see how much shipping will be for your order, use the store’s print and enlargement pricing and shipping page.

Be sure to check out the available deals, promotions and sales available at Walgreens Photo listed under the deals tab before placing your order to ensure you’re saving the most. 

Final Thoughts

If you plan on ordering photos online, Walmart’s Photo Center offers some of the most competitive prices. Costco members will want to check out the Costco Photo Center for cheap photo prints and free in-store pickup while Prime members will find great deals and free shipping from Amazon Prints. 

Online photo printing services like Snapfish, Shutterfly and Printique (AdoramaPix) also offer competitive deals along with CVS Photo. While Walgreens Photo is overall the most expensive of these eight retailers, free same-day pickup and its high print quality make it a great option for nice, last-minute gifts.

Before you decide where to order your photo prints, be sure to do a little comparison shopping based on what size prints you want and how many you’ll be ordering. Be sure to also consider how much shipping will cost or if free in-store pickup is available nearby.

Lastly, don’t forget to check for current sales, available promo codes and other offers online before placing your final order. This is how you’ll find the most competitive prices, especially during holiday seasons!

Where do you print your photos? Let us know in the comments below!

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