Whether you’re looking for a personalized present, customizing your home decor or finally getting around to making a photo album, knowing where to print your photos for the lowest price could help you save big on your next project.
In this article, I’ll look at seven 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 prices on photo printing, I compared the prices of common print sizes from each of the seven best photo printing services according to Consumer Reports.
Here are the starting prices for common prints and poster-sized photos:
4x6 8x10 12x18 20x30
Walmart Photo Center $0.09 $2.84 $7.09 $15.09
Amazon Prints $0.15 $1.79 $9.49 $16.99
Snapfish $0.12 $2.99 $12.99 $21.99
Shutterfly $0.15 $3.56 - $20.69
Printique $0.31 $2.49 $7.34 $27.29
CVS Photo $0.37 $3.99 $13.99 $24.99
Walgreens Photo $0.37 $3.99 $13.99 $24.99
As you can see, Walmart Photo offers some of the lowest prices on smaller and larger prints. Amazon Prints and Snapfish also offer competitive rates, especially with Amazon’s free shipping for Prime members.
Consumer Reports has ranked each of the seven retailers by print quality. (CR members can check out the full report online.)
Below, I’ve ranked the retailers by overall price beginning with the cheapest options.
Beyond the base price of the print, it’s important to find out if there are any additional fees, when your photos will be available and how best to 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
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 at #3 on its list.
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 online photo orders over $35, or you can choose free in-store pickup on print orders of any total.
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 8-by-10s. Large-format prints are also available in seven sizes from 11 inches by 14 inches to 24 inches by 36 inches.
Current sales and promo codes are available in the “Rollbacks” tab online. To ensure you’re saving the most on your order, be sure to check those out before placing your order!
2. Amazon Prints
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll want to check out Amazon Prints before 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.
You’ll find great prices on photo prints compared to other online competitors including a cheaper $1.79 price for an 8-by-10 print than you’ll find at Walmart. Amazon offers a total of seven print sizes ranging from 4 inches by 6 inches to 20 inches by 30 inches 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.
Snapfish is an online-only photo printing service that gives you the option to pick up your photos 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 want your photos 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” tab on the right-hand side of the website that shows available coupons and highlighted sales.
To place your order, create an account with Snapfish and upload your photos. 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 inches by 6 inches to 20 inches by 30 inches.
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 or CVS.
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 inches by 4 inches to 20 inches by 30 inches with 13 options total including large-format prints.
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.
5. Printique (AdoramaPix)
Printique, formerly AdoramaPix, is ranked second highest by Consumer Reports for print quality (and just one point behind first place). This high ranking is most likely due to the company’s large selection: More than 35 print sizes.
You can choose from 20 print sizes ranging from 3.5 by 5 inches to 12 inches by 36 inches. Additionally, Printique offers 16 different large-format print sizes. 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.
6. CVS Photo
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.
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.
7. Walgreens Photo
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. And as far as print quality goes, Consumer Reports ranks Walgreens Photo #1.
You can choose from six available print sizes ranging from 4-by-4 to 8-by-10. Walgreens Photo also offers five different poster sizes from 11-by-14 to 24-by-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.
If you plan on ordering photos online, Walmart’s Photo Center offers some of the most competitive prices. Still, 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 seven 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!