5 Things to Know Before You Use Costco Photo Center

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Editor’s Note: The photo department at all Costco locations will close on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Learn more here. Check out other cheap places to print photos here.

Costco Wholesale is known for its low prices on everything, right? Well, you can add all your photo printing needs to that list, too.

We may live in a digital age where we don’t print photos as often as we used to, but many people still put a premium on the printed picture.

One place where you can save serious money on printing the photos that capture special memories of your life is Costco Photo Center.

Costco Photo: What You Need to Know About Prices, Printing and More

Costco Photo Center says you can save big bucks by using its services versus the leading competitor.

If you’ve never tried the photo department at either your local warehouse or online at CostcoPhotoCenter.com, here’s what you need to know…

1. You Can Upload Photos Directly From Your Phone for Printing

Need to upload photos to Costco? With the Costco app (iOS or Android), you can order traditional prints, canvas prints, photo books and more on the go right from the palm of your hand.

It’s a great way to preserve the pictures you’ve already got stored on your phone or on your social media accounts.

costco app photo center

Traditional photo prints start at just 17 cents a piece. Other types of prints and projects are available, too.

Print TypePricing From
Photo books$19.99
Acrylic prints $43.99
Canvas prints $28.99
Metal prints $33.99

See the full list of offerings here.


2. Custom Cards, Fine Art Prints, Vintage Photography and More Are Also Available

When you want to lend a touch of extra class to any occasion, Costco Photo Center has a full range of custom cards for holidays, births, graduations, engagements and other milestones.

Photo cards start at $13.99 for 50. Premium cards start at $16.49 for 25 and come with return address printing, among other extra features.

costco custom cards from photo center

You can see the full list of custom cards that are available here.

Meanwhile, you can even order fine art and vintage prints through CostcoPhotoCenter.com.

costo fine arts gallery
Costco Fine Arts Gallery

3. Home Video Transfer Services Start at $19.99 

If you’re of a certain age, you no doubt have a lot of memories stored on home video cassettes of varying types.

Costco Photo Center can digitize those bulky home cassettes to DVD so you can preserve them for future generations — all at one flat price.

Media TypePricing Starts FromFormats Accepted
Videotapes$19.99VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, Hi-8, 8mm video, Digital 8, MiniDV, Betamax
Movie film reels$19.998mm, Super 8, 16mm
Photos & slides$19.9935mm slides with cardboard or plastic mounting -and- Photo sizes 2″ x 2″ up to 8″ x 12″

Every order includes two gold archival-quality DVDs and free online viewing and sharing. Orders can also be saved to Google Photos for free, as well.

4. Costco Photo Center Offers a Wide Range of Photo Gifts Starting at $8.99

When you want to give a thoughtful present, it doesn’t get much better than putting the smiling face of you, your children or other loved ones on a photo gift!

Costco Photo Center lets you use your pictures to create any number of colorful photo mugs, woven picture blankets, visually stunning calendars and more.

Here’s a rundown of what you can make:

Gift TypePricing From
Photo mugs$8.99
Photo plaques$9.49
Poster boards$8.99
Photo blankets$39.99

See the full list of offerings here.

5. Be Prepared: Your Local Warehouse Club’s Photo Department May Be Going Away

Don’t be entirely surprised if your local Costco Wholesale no longer has an in-store photo department.

In 2018, Costco pulled the plug on photo departments at all Massachusetts locations except for one store. That wasn’t an isolated incident; the same thing happened in Hawaii that year, too.

It does make sense when you consider that basically everything involved in the process can be done digitally these days. It’s so easy to upload photos to Costco online and get the prints you need at CostcoPhotoCenter.com.

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