Best online price for a 8x10" digital print?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by AFMN, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. AFMN

    AFMN Guest

    It seems that the big guys (ofoto, shutterfly, snapfish) seem to charge
    around $4 for an 8x10" print. Does anyone know if there's a less expensive,
    just-as-reliable alternative? Any outfits that give dicounts for orders of
    20+?

    Thanks in advance.
     
    AFMN, Jan 24, 2005
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  2. ezprints.com
     
    Christian Bonanno, Jan 24, 2005
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  3. AFMN

    Digi - Reb Guest

    You didn't specify where you are but for "basic" enlargements I've had
    favorable results from Sam's Club if you can believe that. Sure there's the
    annual $35.00 membership fee, but if you do your shopping there too, that
    pays for itself. Prices for prints are ($ .18 ea for 4x6) ($ .66ea for 5x7)
    ($1.96 ea for 8x10) and can be picked up at store in one hour or mailed to
    home. Poster sized enlargements can be ordered and shipped via US Mail,
    Priority Mail as well as Overnight shipping, and prices range from ($13.22
    ea for 18"x24" up to $28.28 ea for 36"x48" +S&H) Prints are printed on FUJI
    Crystal Achive Paper. The location I use has 3 terminals where you can
    upload from all standard media, view, edit and order there. I don't trust
    the calibration of their displays, plus there's usually a line of 3
    customers at each, so I edit on my PC and upload images and place orders
    from home. Doing so removes any concerns regarding cropping and aspect
    ratios for a given sized print. Lastly it doesn't hurt to build a repoire
    with the people working the there.
     
    Digi - Reb, Jan 24, 2005
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  4. AFMN

    AFMN Guest

    I'm in San Francisco, and don't think we have any Sam's Clubs around here. I
    am a member of Costco though, and see that they offer $1.99 8x10 prints.

    If anyone has used Costco before, can you tell me if they use archival
    paper/ink? Is the quality pretty good?
     
    AFMN, Jan 24, 2005
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  5. AFMN

    Digi - Reb Guest

    There's a Sam's Club in Concord, CA

    I used to use Costco, but only for film processing, rarely if ever for
    enlargements and that was several years ago. I found out that my local
    Castco jobs out to a lab in Washingon DC for enlargements. Seems they lost
    one of my negatives and tried to charge me for a 5x7 print which I included
    in the enlargement order to indicate my color and cropping wishes.
     
    Digi - Reb, Jan 24, 2005
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    Carl Miller Guest

    I use MPIX for small orders (and their parent company Miller Labs for
    bigger ones). There are cheaper places out there, but if you're
    bothering to print something at 8x10, you probably want it to look good.
    I've found MPIX to be the best quality for the price.
     
    Carl Miller, Jan 25, 2005
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    I second that - great place to get prints at very reasonable prices.
     
    Mike Kohary, Jan 25, 2005
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  8. I don't know what paper or ink they use, but my local CostCo (SW
    Chicago) does a superb job at developing film and making 4x6 prints.
    Far better than my local drugstore ever did.
     
    Eric Schreiber, Jan 25, 2005
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  9. The Costco I go to uses the Noritsu printers but they use the Fuji Crystal
    Archive paper and they offer enlargements up to 12x18 for only $2.99. I will
    normally place 2 8x10's and a few mini wallets I create onto a page to make
    things cheaper for me. They charge $1.99 for a 8x10 so I save a buck doing
    it this way.
     
    EagleEyePhotography, Jan 25, 2005
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  11. AFMN

    ericm1600 Guest

    http://www.whcc.com/ has 8x10s for $1.60 if you're ordering 6 or more of the
    same print.
     
    ericm1600, Jan 26, 2005
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  12. AFMN

    AFMN Guest

    For what it's worth I wound up going through MPIX, as they had $1.99 8x10s
    available and seemed reputable. The prints arrive tomorrow so I'll wait to
    comment on the qualty....
     
    AFMN, Jan 27, 2005
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  13. AFMN

    Carl Miller Guest

    Let us know what you think. I've always been real happy with them. If
    you like them, try their metallic paper sometime.
     
    Carl Miller, Jan 28, 2005
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  14. AFMN

    AFMN Guest

    You know while I waited for my MPIX order to arrive I also had one of my
    photos printed as an 8x10 at my local Costco for comparison's sake. Holy
    smokes - the MPIX prints blew Costco out of the water. Excellent detail,
    great colors, and the paper was velvety smooth. I would highly recommend
    them in an instant.
     
    AFMN, Feb 3, 2005
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