Some of the larger Tesco stores have an instore 'Photo Shop' - I am going to review my experience of the Photo Shop at Tesco, Yate.
My partner and I have been talking about getting a photo canvas to go over our fireplace for a while now, however having looked into this, we've found them to be quite expensive, especially for the larger ones - and we want quite a big one.
Going into our local Tesco last weekend, we noticed that they are currently having a sale in their photo shop - with all canvases half price.
We spoke briefly to the assistant about how the process works and he pointed us to a touch screen which takes you through the process step by step. He also pointed out example canvases displayed on the wall and I was quite impressed with the quality. We decided to go home and get our pictures and return to the store whilst the offer was on.
There are two options for selecting photo products, same day delivery (for most common projects) and a longer period for items that aren't made at the store.
The photo canvases were available for same day, and so we went ahead and used the touch screen system.
The process is very simple, with a step by step guide on the screen, which even points out where to insert your photo media. We found the system very easy to navigate without the need for the assistant's help.
After inserting your photo media (be it CD, SD Card, USB, you can even scan pictures), you can select the product you'd like and choose your picture, then you're able to edit your picture. You can crop, remove red eye, autocorrect and even change a colour picture to black and white or sepia. When you are happy with your selection you simply confirm your order following the instructions and enter your name and contact details. The machine then prints a receipt which you then take to the assistant to pay for your order.
We ordered two 50cmX70cm canvases, both half price and totalling £49.98 which I thought was fantastic value for money in comparison to other offers I've come across - I just hoped at this point that I wouldn't be let down by the quality or that the picture didn't get distorted when blown up. We were told to return in 3 and half hours for our pictures.
I was quite impressed that it only took 3 and a half hours to create 2 large canvases and so was feeling quite pleased with myself. We returned some time later to collect our order and both canvases were packaged in a cardboard carry case for protection, which was also quite good - I was expecting a plastic bag.
We got the canvases home and I must say I was absolutely thrilled. They look fantastic and very professional, the mounting to the wooden frame is immaculate and the pictures have not distorted at all.
Since putting our canvases up, friends and family have commented on them and are surprised when we tell them they only cost £25 each.
Overall I am extremely happy with my purchase and keen to try out other products in the range. The process for ordering products is very straightforward and there's plenty of scope for playing around with and adjusting photos at your own convenience. There are several computers in the photo shop so usually there's one available and if you do have any problems the staff are on hand to help.
The photo shop displays examples of most of the products so you can see for yourself before you commit to by and finally, the quality for the amount paid is absolutely fantastic, cannot recommend it enough.
Thank you for reading my review and for anybody interested the half price canvas sale runs until 16th May.