I am really pleased that I have used Snapfish. I found this website really easy to use and got a great introductory offer.
Having gotten married 6 months ago my husband and I still have plenty of photo frames that we need to fill up. We take pictures all the time and never get them printed out and so I have now decided that now is the time.
First of all I tried to use a different website and I found it really difficult. I then caste across Snapfish and was really impressed. As a new user I got 20 prints for free and a reduced delivery charge of £1.99 rather than their standard £2.99. I have also since become aware that Snapfish have an app and if you download and order through the app then you cans get 50 free prints per month for the next 6 months. This sounds like a great deal to me and I will certainly be giving this a go.
I have been really pleased with the service I have received from this company. I received my photo prints just within a week. At spending just £1.99 I was very pleased with this. My order was correct and the quality of the prints was great for the price.
There are so many other ideas on the Snapfish website such as mugs, canvasses and calendars. If only I had looked at this website before I had started my Christmas shopping this year, but there is always next year!
*** Please note, this is a review of the Snapfish Calendars. Dooyoo have asked that I post it here rather than make a new category for the product.
===How it all began===
The end of December means a few things for me. Christmas is the obvious one. My birthday is the annoying one. Hogmanay is the incredibly Scottish one (so I'm told by my English friends). Most importantly though, it means that my calendar has come to an end. Rather than having some scantily clad men on my desk at work (mostly because my idea of scantily clad is a pair of boots and nowt else, which would more than likely get me fired) I have a personalised calendar. This all started years ago after my friend got me a calendar made from the photos I had taken on our trip to Sri Lanka. It was such a lovely gesture that I really wanted to take a little bit of my life into the office, mainly to keep me sane.
The company my friend had used was my first choice for such objects of calendar shaped satisfaction. Alas, it went out of business shortly after I made my first calendar with them. I had a look around and found a code floating around the internet that allowed me to go to snapfish.co.uk and get their £19 calendar for a tenner!
Snapfish are currently owned by Hewlett-Packard, big hitters in the computer industry and were launched in 1999. HP bought them over in 2005. They are photo sharing website who offer a whole range of personalised goodies and also offer really cheap photo printing options. I'd already used them last year when I was making my engagement proposal to Allan in the form of pictures of our friends holding letters spelling out the big question and they had not let me down so I was more than happy to give them a bash for the calendar side of things.
===Getting your measurements===
First things first, you need to choose the size of Calendar you want. I went for the 14x11" calendar as it fits on the little board behind my desk at work perfectly. This is the biggest size they do but they do a range of different shapes and types of calendars so you can really choose one that suits you. They even have the little flip-over desk calendars if you have nowhere to hang it!
Once you've chosen the shape of what you want the next thing you'll need to do is get the photos you want to use. For some, this would be an easy task. For me, this bit is the nightmare. I take literally thousands and thousands of photos a year. My name is Ryan and I am snap-happy. There, I said it. You can get a lot of photos onto each page but even then I had the hard task of looking for the ones I really wanted and sorting them into a different folder on my computer. Once I had done that, the upload was a bit iffy. A couple of times the console showed me it had only uploaded half the photos and when I tried again it uploaded them all three or four times. This was a one off glitch though and I've never had that bother again. Normally it all goes very smoothly; I just have really bad luck with things at the best of times. Lucky I have a sense of humour!
Once you have uploaded all your photos, Snapfish stores them against your account details so if you wanted to make something else and customise it you don't need to upload all the photos again which is brilliant, especially if you make a lot of personalised gifts for people or yourself.
===You're a Wizard, Harry!===
Once you've got all your photos uploaded you are then taken to a program that guides you through making your calendar. There are 13 pages to design: one for each month and the front page. You really can change everything about each page. You can choose how many pictures you want on each, what position they are in and what size they are. You can even add captions and text and change the background of each page. I tend to have colder colours and designs for winter months and warmer ones for those months that I hear are occasionally supposed to be hot like August in the hope that it may even encourage the weather to live up to these spurious lies. There are lots of different schemes you can choose from and you can mix and match all the designs so you can have something a bit different to look at each month behind your pictures.
Personalising the top half of the calendar isn't where it ends either. You can also personalise each and every single date box on the calendar. You can add a small photo to each box which can come in handy for remembering birthdays or other special events or you can simply put a little bit of text into the box. I tend to stick with just text as I think a photo in the date box can look a bit untidy. The only thing I have found is that the text in the date boxes comes out quite small so as to leave room for any manual entries. This may not be great for people who can't see as well as they'd like. I didn't mess around with it, but I am sure there will be a way to make that text bigger too.
===Being a size queen===
As with most things in life, there is a rumour that size matters. Snapfish is no different. Thankfully it's quite upfront about the whole thing. When you are arranging your photographs it will automatically detect if it thinks your choice of photo is a bit daft. If your photo is of a lower resolution (too small) it will tell you that it might not look that great when it's printed in the position you've chosen for it. Ultimately though the choice is up to you. There are a few options available to you at this point. You can always try a different layout: instead of having the picture as the biggest one on the page, swap it with another higher resolution one. This is as easy as dragging it to a different position and it'll automatically resize and check again for you. Alternatively, you can just get rid of the photo. That's not always an option if you really like a photo, but I wouldn't worry too much. I've had a few instances of it warning me it might not print out great and when the calendar has arrived I've been more than pleased with it. Either way it's nice of them to give you a heads up that bigger is better and should help fend off any upset if they photos didn't turn out great.
===Check it out===
As I stated earlier, the cost of the calendar I went for is usually £19 but there are usually always coupon or voucher codes floating around the internet for money off on Snapfish, especially near the time. Sometimes it's only valid for new customers, but most of the time they will work for anyone. As such my biggest tip is to make sure you Google something like "voucher codes for Snapfish" before you plough into buying one. You might save yourself a lot of money, you might just get free postage, either way it's money saved. If you DO have to pay for postage, it's not extortionate in the slightest coming in at £1.99 for each calendar. Check out is really easy, asking for the usual details. If you're a returning customer and your information hasn't changed, then you can click through this bit quicker than you can make a cuppa.
===Time well spent===
The process is easy, it's all very user friendly but do not let that fool you. If you want a truly personalised calendar you'll have to spend a fair bit of time getting it right. Through picking the photos to arranging them and popping in any personal dates it does take an hour or two from start to finish. At least, if you want to make sure it's perfect it does. You do have the option to let Snapfish pick and arrange the photos you've selected and just bash on with it but it doesn't always choose the best photos or layouts and it tends to turn out a bit drab. Obviously that choice is up to you, but I'd suggest spending the time on it to make it look really spiffy. Unless of course you don't really like the person you're giving it to, but then I'd wonder why you're spending more than a quid on them in the first place!
Postage wise the calendar arrived within a week of ordering it. Considering that this was done at the end of December I would have expected severe delays but the post held up and I got my calendar in plenty of time for going back to work. Not only does that say good things about royal mail that year, it also tells me that my order was processed and dealt with very quickly indeed. This, however, I already knew as they send you updates to let you know when it has been printed and another one to let you know it's been sent. Always a good thing
===Glossing over it===
Now that I have the calendar, I'm incredibly happy with it. The stuff it's printed on is really good quality card with a slight gloss to it. It'd probably be perfect for use in kitchens as it looks like it might withstand a little bit of abuse as long as you are fairly quickly about wiping it clean. It's also not overly glossy. My mum got a personalised calendar from my nephews for Christmas and the company they used printed everything on photo paper which makes it look a bit too shiny and not as professional as this one has turned out. The thickness of the card also means that I didn't have to worry too much about this getting all bent and crumpled out of shape while hanging on my desk.
I love it. I can't imagine not having a calendar with all my friends and family doing daft things and making me smile at work all day. Yes, it takes a bit of time organising it, but its also time spent looking through memories of good times and the only thing better than that is making new memories. They make a lovely gift and they are very reasonably priced, especially if you find a voucher code for them. Five stars out of five from me and a big recommendation.
Having heard good reviews of the site from various people, many of whom get photobooks made of their holidays or personalised calendars made as gifts for friends, I decided to give them a go. When I signed up, I was entitled to 50 free prints, which I decided to order before trying out anything more adventurous so I could see the quality of the prints.
I was really impressed with them. The images were all clear and the colours were very good. So next I decided to design a calendar for my Mum with some holiday snaps. Unfortunately I didn't even get to the point of ordering the calendar as I found the layouts limited and difficult to customise.
Unlike other websites, you have to stick exactly to certain templates and are unable to put photos and text wherever you want. I was also disappointed that if you chose to change the colour of a page of the calendar, it changed most of the page to that colour, but left a big white border around the outside. In the end I decided to give up as the calendar wasn't going to look anywhere near as good as I'd hoped.
I then started making myself a photobook and although I did strike the problem of the limited template designs, it seemed to be a lot less annoying than with the calendar. And the background colours also go to the outside of the pages too! I'm quite pleased with the photobook now it's arrived, and the price was alright too. I'll probably be back to make another book at some point, but the calendar was just too frustrating.
Since it is usually a lot cheaper to order bulk amounts of digital prints, my husband and I tend to print photographs yearly. However, with a baby who is obviously constantly changing, we want to keep the photographs we have around the house up to date as much as possible, and so we decided to print some of our newer photographs of our daughter as well as some other larger prints in frames that needed modernised. With less time now with a baby, I wanted to be able to order the prints in the evening after my daughter goes to bed and so I looked around for the best deal, and at the time Snapfish came up trumps. Not only were Snapfish offering a decent amount of cashback, they were also offering the first 50 prints free, although delivery is additional.
As soon as you go onto the Snapfish website, you are bombarded with various offers, and you are likely to at least be tempted by one of them by the time you leave the site. There is also a lot of promotion of the various photo gifts that you can purchase through this website, including photo mugs, calendars, books etc. I was only interested in the digital prints at this time, and the one thing that I didn't like was that you have to search the website to find out the prices of the prints and what if any delivery charges would be. This can be located at the bottom, but most of the other photo printing websites have their prices very clearly on their main webpage. I initially wondered was this because they weren't generally as competitive and they possibly aren't unless you are getting a good discount offer.
As I said, Snapfish were the best deal at the time, and I therefore decided to register to get my 50 free prints and then order whatever number of other prints that I wanted, including some larger prints. I found the process of uploading your digital prints to be very straightforward, and you can even upload photos from facebook and your phone. I'm afraid I was just uploading photographs from the traditional computer, but I didn't have any problem doing so. I found this to be very quick as well, as it didn't take very long to actually have each photo completely uploaded, it took more time for me to choose the pictures I wanted.
I liked the fact that when I had picked my photographs it was very easy to pick the print size and any other features you wanted. I required several larger prints, and this only involved a click of a button and it was done.
In regards to postage costs, I didn't think these were at all unreasonable, and the postage and packaging costs are related to the amount you have purchased. I paid £1.49 which I thought was good value.
I ordered these pictures on a Monday, and it took a week to arrive, which I didn't mind, and the fact that I live in Northern Ireland, things can sometimes take a little longer. When they arrived, they were in a well packaged envelope, in sets according to their sizes. From the very first look, I was very impressed with the quality of the prints and the clearness and colour of each. They are better than some others that I have ordered from other websites.
All in all, although I wouldn't get my first 50 prints from Snapfish as I am no longer a first time customer, there are plenty of other offers on the Snapfish website so this should continue to make it competitive. I was very happy with the quality of the prints and would highly recommend them!
My family is one of those that wherever you go, whatever event there is, you will have to stand and have pictures taken for about 10 minutes until my mum is satisfied that she has taken enough pictures to fill photo album after photo album. After buying a digital camera, this meant that our computer had hundreds of unprinted photos that my mum would repeatedly pester me to print off. However, from all the photo printing sites I was looking at, it would have been extremely expensive to get them printed.
Yet one day, my mum came home and told me her friend recommend her to Snapfish and that it was really cheap and she had a code sent to her email after signing up for their newsletter that gave her 100 prints for 99p. I thought this was to be good to be true, but it definitely wasn't and I'm really glad that I found this website!
A nice bonus I found was that as soon as you sign up, like most photo printing websites, they give you a bonus of 50 free prints and if you recommend a friend then not only do they get 50 free prints, but you do to. The prints can be quite expensive if you don't take advantage of their offers though, as they are 10p a print.
Not only do they print your photos though, as they also have gifts that you can create. This ranges from clothes, cards, jigsaws, albums, calenders, stamps and stationary. Great for those hard to buy for people!
Usually Snapfish have offers running weekly though, whether you sign up to their newsletter or not. However the ones they give to those who don't aren't as good as the ones you get by email e.g. you won't find the 99 prints for a £1 on there. It's really simple using the codes to as all you do is enter it at the checkout and they show you how much you saved.
The website is really easy to use, the only thing you'll need to do is set up an account with them to upload and store your pictures to which just requires an email address. In your account, you can store all your photos and organise them e.g. i do to be printed and printed so I know what photos I already have when making purchases. As you can create many albums I also use this as a handy backup for my photos just incase my computer crashes.
Ordering on Snapfish is definitely much simpler than other photo printing sites I have used previously like Jessops. You can make multiple products by just changing the order number and have a wide variety of choices in how your products will look, an example being gloss or matt for photo prints. It's similar to Amazon in the fact that you just have a basket, and then when you're ready to order you just go put in your card details and it's done.
Snapfish makes a great website for gifts for birthdays, Christmas or other events like communions. You can personalise your gift to match the person you're giving it to, usually being able to caption things or change colours and put loads of pictures on it. The calenders are the best for customising as you can have set designs that match the months on the calender.
I have bought a variety of gifts from this website over the years I've been using it, and they have always been of high quality and withstood a lot. The mugs that I bought 2 years ago with a picture of my family on, even though its been through countless washes has hardly lost its colour and the mug isn't chipped at all. The prints I have bought have always been of high quality, even the ones that I had saved off of Facebook or taken with my iPad turned out without being grainy or dark. Other gifts such as photomats and calenders that I purchased for my mum were extremely well received by her, as I was able to put many pictures on them and they weren't tiny so you could see all the details within the pictures.
From everything I've ordered, I found that the delivery time of all the products were correct and didn't stray from the 3-5 days Snapfish said they'd be delivered in. The products come well packaged, and I've never had any problems with them.
I would definitely recommend Snapfish, and give them 5/5 stars as they really do excel themselves, making them better from other photo printing websites. The website is easy to use, with ordering really simple and giving you a lot of customising choices in their products. They always have the best deals and offers and ensure your products are always delivered on time and are of high quality.
For the Christmas just gone, I decided that I would finally put my huge collection of photos stored on my computer and soaking up the free space on my laptop, I would finally get some of my photos printed. The reason for this was both practical and personal. Firstly, I wanted a kind of hard copy for many of my photos so that if my laptop were to fail I wouldn't simply lose all of those memories, and secondly I needed to get a Christmas present for my boyfriend and in my attempt to finally out-do him in gifts, I found snapfish.co.uk. I say 'found', by which I actually mean I asked a friend of mine who also was ordering printed photos at the same time and had used the website before. She gave it an excellent review, assuring me the photos would arrive on time and be of excellent quality. So obviously trusting in her, I gave it a try and boy was I glad that I did!
I was ruthless and went through well over 600 photos whittling it down to around 60 or so to be printed. I chose somewhat detailed or difficult photos, such as ones with lots of movement or people in them, which I thought might effect the quality of the prints. As well as this, I had the option to choose a special option that apparently improved the quality of prints and another option to pick a larger size so that my images wouldn't become distorted. Now, being the cheapskate that I am, I declined both options and was incredibly surprised to find my photos of an excellent quality with no distortion or faults.
The price was astounding. Having ordered 60 or so prints I was worried I'd gone a bit too over the top and that I'd pay the price (pun intended) for having done so. When I came to the checkout I was again surprised, as my total came to under £5. In addition, my friend had recommended me to the website and so I was given a reduction in price. I combined this with a welcoming reduction that again lowered the price (however, I did this by ordering in two lots, as I'm not sure whether its allowed that you use two offers at one time).
Because of my delight at having used snapfish.co.uk I signed up to receive deals and emails by the company to my email address, and I'd say weekly or at bi-weekly I am met with an abundance of deals, especially around holidays like Christmas, New Years and Valentines Day. This makes it much more attractive to frequently use snapfish, not that its overtly expensive, but every little helps.
I would definitely recommend snapfish.co.uk as it is an efficient, high quality printing website that aids in the creation of personalised gifts for anyone. Its possible to not only have your photos printed alone, but you can also have already made photoalbums, personalised mugs and collages made and shipped to you. The variety and price keep me constantly coming back, and I'm sure my memory capacity greatly appreciates it!
Have used Snapfish a couple of times now to order prints that I have taken with my digital camera. I am one of these that still like to fill up a holiday album with snap shots as well as having them saved on computer for easy sharing.
Just recently coming back form holiday I decided to load my pictures first onto facebook, to share with friends (as you do) then also onto snapfish as I knew I wanted to order some to make an album.
The first thing I have noticed is that the loading of pictures onto snapfish does seem to take considerably longer than that of facebook, maybe the speed of this is something they can work on.
Once my pictures have been created into an album on snapfish you have the option to share with family and friends, the album I had created I then shared by sending links to the e-mail addresses of those who are alos in the photos with me. This is very easy to do, helps others see your pictures, and also gives them the option to place orders for prints.
I then had the task to choose which prints I wanted, it very helpfully told me at the side of the screen if I wanted to order the entire album it would have cost around £17.00, so knowing I did not need them all nor did I want to spend that much, I went through clicking photos I liked the look of. Once all my photos had been clicked it give me an option to order a collage print for 99p, this would be 10 x 8 and was made up of 20 photos from my album, I liked this idea, so ordered one, after selelcting a few photos to replace the ones they had automatically selected. I thought this a lovely idea to have.
I finally agreed on 66 prints plus my collage that was to be ordered, this cost £5.13 plus £1.49 postage (as I had over 50 prints). This cost included an offer I had gained ages ago for 20 free prints, I was surprised to see that it was still valid.
I ordered 6 x 4 prints at 9p each, it then goes up to 7 x 5 prints for 19p each, I would have preferred this size but felt the jump in price a bit to much, so have stuck with 6 x 4.
Postage costs are 99p for up to 50 prints, then £1.49 for over 50 prints, and I think it was up to 500, then there was another postage price, so, I found the postage and packaging costs quite reasonable.
Having only just placed the order I will have to wait between 5-7 days for my prints to arrive, so cannot comment on the quality of these prints, however, the 2 previous orders I have placed with them have supllied me with good clear prints that I could find no fault with, I will, however, update my review once prints are received with the current quality.
******Update: 17/06/2011 - My prints arrived today, so my order was fully completed in just 4 days. They arrived in an A4 sized cardboard envelope clearly marked Photos enclosed - please do not bend. The size of the envelope was probably due to my 10 x 8 collage print I had ordered. Once opened, my collage print was enclosed within another cardboard sleeve, so double protection from bends, and my prints were in a paper wallet of which are customary to all prints really, that is if you are as old as me and can remember having to get photos developed if you ever wanted to view them, unlike now. I have no complaints about the quality whatsoever, i ordered a glossy print, which I have, all photos are really clear (apart from the ones that are blurred due to user error, just so hard to keep your hands still sometimes), all in size I had ordered so am generally really pleased with the whole order.******
I have not actually used any other sites to order prints, I have looked, and last time I did, found snapfish to be better priced, however, it is always worth looking out for other sites as you never know what offers may be on.
Snapfish quite often give you free prints say with your first order, or if you introduce a friend, so also worth looking out for what they have to offer.
I was terribly disappointed in Snapfish. I have used several other online photo processing sites (mostly when I lived in the USA: shutterfly, walgreens, walmart) without any problems. I needed to have some pictures developed here in the UK and had a coupon for Snapfish so decided to give them a try.
The photos took over twice as long as promised on the website. Time was an issue as I wanted to include a few photos in some invitations I was sending. The pictures took so long I had to use another company to print the photos to send my friends and family.
When the pictures finally came the quality was unacceptable. The 4"x6" images appeared grainy and in some cases blurry. I know it is not the digital files' fault because I had no problems from Kodak (the company I had print them in the end).
In addition, I had one 8" x 10" photo printed. Snapfish cut off the top of the photo. I was not warned of a ratio problem. They just cut off the top of my husband's head. This picture was also extremely blurry and grainy.
The flesh tones in all sizes appeared blotchy and inconsistent. Again, I did not have this problem when the same images where printed elsewhere.
To be fair, I returned the order to Snapfish and they refunded my money without a lot of hassle, but I will not use them again.
This review is also on ciao under the same username.
I have started using snapfish lately, as I have loads of photos from my first year and beginning of second year of university that I wanted printed. I used to just put them on the computer and print them myself thinking it would be cheaper but I found it a lot more hassle and they didn't always turn out that good. I was surprised to find 6x4 which I wanted were only 9p each. If you wanted bigger ones, they are quitea bit more expensive, but for what I wanted this was great. Also, for new customers you get 40 prints free! Both me and two of my friends have used this offer, and they have been sent to our house really quickly. For upto 50 photos, the postage is just 99p, then up to 500 is 1.49 and more than 500 is 1.99 which I think is really reasonable. This meant with the 40 free offer, I bought 50 prints which including postage came to less than 2 quid!
As well as printing and enlarging photos, snapfish do photo gifts such as mugs, keyrings, t shirts etc. They also do calenders, photo books and posters which would make great personalised gifts for christmas.
The site itself is really easy to navigate. You can uploads photos into albums straight from facebook, flickr, or from your computer. Here you can edit albums, share them with friends and choose which photos you want to be printed. You can also add photos you really like into a favourites album. Once on the site, its very easy to get used to, and unlike some places, its made very simple for people who aren't that good at technology. There are clear sections telling you the price of prints and the price of postage, so you dont have to wait until you are checking out and actually buying them till you find out how much postage is.
Admittedly, many companies to offers with free prints,and are also very good, so its probably a good idea to have a look around and see what offers are going to see what suits you. However, as a student who wants basic 6x4 prints that are quickly sent to my house instead of having to travel to get them done, I think snapfish is great! I would definately recommend!
I used snapfish for the first time last week. Why have I never used this site before? Honestly, I'm not sure as I've known many people who have used them and quite successfully too. I suppose partly because I'm not one for taking many pictures, so I'm not one for getting many printed either.
The actual website seems quite easy to use. Navigation-wise it's quite intuitive and obvious what you need to do. You know, things like to upload your pictures... click on 'upload pictures'. You can create different photo albums which you can title too making it easy to know which pics you've got where, and you seem to be able to leave them there indefinitely as well and be able to show your albums to other people, which is a nice touch.
In terms of the quality of the photos we received, I was reasonably pleased, and even more so as I was lucky enough to get a good deal when I ordered mine - 40 prints for just 99p postage and packing, and having gone through a cashback site (Topcashback) I'm also in line (assuming it tracks which it seems to be) to get £10 cashback. So effectively, I'll have received £9.01 for printing my pictures.
One or two pictures weren't great quality, but that had more to do with having originally been taken on a mobile phone with crap quality than anything snapfish did, and the grainy look they have makes them look sort of different and I don't mind too much, but it would be a nice touch if Snapfish could show you in advance of you having the printing done, which ones would look like this.
I did have a mix of pictures that I had printed - some old, some newer, and some which were taken on a modern digital camera and these also were slightly wrong as they need to be a slightly different print size, and I had the option of either one print size or the other for ALL the prints, not a mix of the two which was a bit of a pain as I wanted some and some. I think had they all been from the same camera it would have been much easier, but some of mine dated back rather a long way as I say, making it harder to organise.
I ordered a matt finish for my pictures, and they do seem rather glossy and shiny despite it saying it IS a matt finish. I asked Snapfish about this, and they said that what I received is correct, so it appears that matt isn't actually matt with them which I find a little odd.
Would I use them again? Hmmm... Honestly you know, I'm not sure that I would. The price I paid was so good that I have nothing to argue about at the moment, but if I had to pay full price (which for 6x9 pics is about 9p each), I don't know that I would go to them no. I can't really compare them to any other online service as I've never used any others, but I get the feeling that there might be others around that offer a more precise service, so I think I'll be looking around some more next time I want to print pictures.
I signed up with Virgin Media in January of this year. Part of my package deal was 10 free photos per month from Snapfish.
I have also paid over and above the 10 limit every month, so I have been a paying customer. The first order were lovely, then the second.
Then I recieved my third. They were blurred beyond belief and one photo was even scratched! I was not happy with this! So I contacted Snapfish and quick as a flash they sorted out the issue, resending my order at no cost to me.
However, lately, when I have tried logging in it mysteriously says the page isn't working and then works again at midnight - on the day my offer seems to run over onto. This is really annoying.
Another thing is also the Facebook integration - it doesn't work half the time! I would never recommend Snapfish to friends or family just because I don't think their products are quality and I only order my 10 free snaps now and don't bother getting any more...and even at that I'm not impressed with this so-called "quality" they promise to customers.
During my college and university years I was always taking photos and often looked forward to what antics had been captured on the disposable camera. Then along came the digital camera and social networking sites and the demise of actual photographs. Sadly it seems many of us are willing to invest our time in sharing events and memories with others online but not in actually preserving these memories for ourselves. Although I consider myself too old to be plastering pictures over my bedroom walls as I once did I still think pictures are important. Recently my mum got married and I decided that I wanted 'real' pictures. Now this would normally involve a trip to Boots in the Trafford centre of Asda which is something I did not want to do so when a friend of mine recommended Snapfish I thought why not?
I found the website very easy to navigate and registration took only a couple of minutes. Once registered I began uploading the pictures I wanted to order, I have often found myself getting frustrated when uploading pictures to social websites as they seem to take ages so I was worried about this when using Snapfish. However, I did not experience any technical issues when uploading, and the process did not actually take that long. Once uploaded you are able to edit your photos at no additional cost. You can:
-reduce red eye
-add decorative borders and tints.
Price and Delivery
I ordered 58 6x4" and as a new customer received the first 20 prints free. I then paid 9p per print. It is possible to reduce the cost of your prints as they become cheaper the more you order. It then cost £1.49 for delivery. I would say I received my photos within a week of placing my order and arrived in excellent condition.
I can honestly say I am glad this is one suggestion which I didn't let go in one ear and out the other. Although my purpose for using the site was purely to order photographs I think it is worth adding that the site has much more to offer. It is possible to use your photo's to make personalised gifts such as calenders,key rings, mouse mats, coasters, mugs, canvases and photo books. So there are lots of ways to share and remember those fun times and special memories or simply pick up some good gift ideas.
It's undeniable that we are living in the digital age and personally I think that Facebook et al is partly to blame for the lack of photographs people now own. It seems that as a nation we are quick to share pictures on-line, but not so quick to order actual prints.
A few months ago I decided enough was enough, I'd been to my OH'S niece's christening and I'd taken a few pics, his mum asked me for copies, so I decided to seek out an online photograph printing service. Snapfish were offering me 20 free prints and additional photos were coming in at 9p each. So I went through my on-line photo albums and selected some photographs. Shamefully I didn't have any actual pictures of me and my boyfriend (and we've been together almost two years!).
Snapfish to the rescue...
The website itself is quite easy to navigate and I found it very quick and easy to upload my photographs. However firstly I had to set up an account - doing this was really easy and having an account allows you to check the status of your orders and to report any problems - it also acts as a personal space where your photos remain after you've uploaded them. Within your personal space you will find a list of money off offers (that are regularly updated).
Once you've uploaded a print the site makes recommendations to you about your photographs to ensure that you make the best of your photographs and receive the best quality prints. So if, for example, you upload something that is of poor quality, Snapfish will steer you away from choosing certain print options.
As well as printing photographs, Snapfish also produces canvases, posters, photo mugs and photo books - so there are lots of ways for you to preserve your memories.
Everything that I've received has been of good quality, with the exception of some prints that were taken on my iPhone. However my phone camera is only two mega pixel so considering the photographs were poor quality in the first place, the prints turned out pretty well... I'm not sure I'd be happy with grainy photographs in a photo book though, so if you're thinking of ordering one then make sure all your snaps have a decent resolution.
The delivery time isn't really quick, but it's more than expectable. I'd suggest that you allow a week between ordering and receiving your product.
Snapfish is great because you can order prints from the comfort of your home and the service is really affordable.
I'm impressed - four stars!
I usually print my photos off myself, or use the self service machines in Boots if I want just one of two one more professionally. I recently had a big album of 40+ photos I wanted printed for a project and a friend recommended me a site called Snapfish, saying she always used them for her photos and worked out a lot cheaper for her.
I checked out Topcashback and they were giving £5 cashback for new customers, on top of that Snapfish were giving 40 free small prints per new customer. I still ended up spending as I wanted some larger size prints which were not included in the offer.
I found the site to be poorly laid out and a little difficult to navigate at first, having to do a lot of the functions in pop up boxes which I found annoying, However I soon got used to how it all worked and was uploading many many photos. Once you have set up your Snapfish account, you can upload photos singley, or as albums, you can add or take away from albums at a later date. Uploading photos does not mean to have to commit to buy prints of them. You can use Snapfish simply as a back up place to store your photos if you wish. If you upload an album you could also choose to order prints of just one or two photos if you wish.
I ordered a whole album of small prints (my freebie), and chose to have a white a border. You can choose to have the pictures with or without borders for no extra cost. I also ordered a number of larger prints and was impressed at the prices. 10 x 8 prints were only 40p each, a lot less than I pay in Boots.
The prints arrived in about 3 days, nicely packaged in a card protected envelope so the pictures were not damaged. I was unimpressed at what I received however. About 80% were ok, reasonable quality and what I had ordered. A few of the larger pictures were grainy in quality and I had used a professional camera to take these, and were very sharp on screen. In addition to this, some of my pictures had being bizarrely cropped. One, I just had a neck and chest of my friend when the original picture went from the top of his head to his knees! The poorly cropped ones were all the small size pictures, one I had not paid for so I let it go, but I would not pay for such shoddy products.
Overall, Snapfish are reasonable, with some good offers and a useful site to store photos but considering some of the dodgy prints I received I would not use their service again.
I can honestly say that Snapfish has renewed my enthusiasm for taking photographs! When my children were small I took hundreds of photos that are still in the wallets. A friend showed me her Snapfish holiday album a few years ago and I have never looked back.
You just load your photographs onto the website, you can have as many different 'albums' as you like for different occasions in your account; this can take a while but if I have a lot to load (after a holiday for instance) I just leave it running over night and it is a lot easier and quicker than some of the other sites that do a similar thing.
Then choose what you want to order. They offer all sorts of things from mugs and t-shirts to calendars, jigsaw puzzles and story books and well as photographs and canvases. For me the lovely photobooks are the perfect way to store memories though. You get to choose the size and style of your book, arrange the photos onto the pages, choose the page background and annotate them if you want to. The books have many themes to choose from making them perfect for wedding albums, mementos of new babies, seasons or just general memories.
Snapfish has provided the answer to many conundrums over what to give people for presents and the canvases are of an excellent quality and not too expensive either. Once you've joined you also receive emails of the many special offers that they have, these are normally in good time and appropriate for special occasions like fathers' day and great offers on albums are normally available after the summer holidays.
The perfect way to preserve memories and impressively display your photographs!