Thank you Bonusprint for you key part in giving my Dad what he has described as one of the best birthdays of his life. In 2012 my Dad began writing poetry. As my Dad is not much for computers, I asked him if he would like my help in typing up his poems and having done so, was determined to give him an illustrated book of his poems, formatted to professional standard. Thanks to Bonusprint''s, very reasonable, photo book package, I was able to achieve my wish with the most basic of computer skills and, despite the fact that, due to a slow illustrator, I had less than two weeks in which to get the book processed, Bonusprint''s extremely efficient formatting and postage system, had the book to me in time. My father is seventy-seven years old and had never thought that his poems would exist beyond scribbles notebook. Now he is enthusiastically looking forward to seeing a few more copies in print (for various members of the family) and we are, once again, grateful to enjoy Bonusprint, this time for their generous discount offers. Thank you Bonusprint, for being part of this very special memory, for the both of us. You have made my Dad very happy and me very proud.
I've used Bonusprint as well as their competitors, mostly for digital camera prints but also the occasional album, and Bonusprint have been consistently good and usually much cheaper. On the occasions when they haven't been up to standard they have reprinted the photos without question. I think at the low price they charge, for a run of 100+ , you can't expect perfection (although they excelled themselves with the last batch). When I've had individual enlargements they've obviously taken more care and they're even better.
I ordered a Bonusprint photobook and was absolutely delighted with this. I created it for my uncle's 60th birthday and some of the photos used were very old,however, they came out wonderfully in the book with such clarity I was amazed. The ability to download the template prior to uploading is such a brilliant idea and so simple - it informs you how large you can make the photo and tells you if you have used the photos more than once. Really fabulous. The whole book was wonderful and worth every penny and delighted the recipient as well as us who bought it. The customer services were also so obliging and helpful. I would whole-heartedly recommend this.
Bonus print - Review of the medium sized photo book
I got married last year and I wanted something like a photo album that I could use to easily display some of my happy memories. A friend of a friend used a similar site to make a photo book of her wedding and I was so impressed with the quality and look of the finished article that I decided to attempt something similar. After searching a bit on the web I stumbled across bonusprint.co.uk and decided to give it a go.
--The Bonus print's software--
I downloaded and used the recommended software the site provides (free of charge) to upload my photos and create the photo book. I found uploading the photos a bit of a pain because it took at least a couple of hours. In fairness, I was uploading high quality photos and lots of them. While the photos are uploading it is possible to start work on the photo book.
The Bonus print software allows you to customise a lot of the individual features that make up the photo book. The software allows you to zoom in on photos and cut and clip the images to get them placed exactly as you want. It is also possible to give the back ground of the pages a colour (I choose an attractive purple) or add borders or text to your pages. It is also possible to add small or larger quantities of text and change the font and size of the words. The software really does allow you to create an individual photo album and I am sure there where many features that I never got round to trying.
--Specifics in regards to the choices for my photo book--
These are in regards to the medium photo book which is being reviewed here. There are many other options including different sizes (both smaller A2 and larger A3 options) and soft bound books rather than the hardback choices.
Dimensions available to choose from for the medium photo book:
A4 (portrait): 21 × 30cm WxH (8.25"x11.75")
A4 (landscape): 30 × 21cm WxH (11.75"x8.25")
The pages are all printed on 170 gsm gloss paper
Photos per page:
You are able to place a single image or multiple images per page, they do provide templates (if you want) or simply let you organise and arrange your photos as you please. I really enjoyed organising the photos, some pages such as the guest page contained loads of smaller photos while other pages contained only one or two family photos.
The front cover:
There were quite a few options available for the book cover, I choose a white faux leather look and I am happy with my choice. It is possible to have a printed cover or a window (only available in landscape). It is also possible to custom the colour of the book; black, white, blue, brown or beige are all available.
--Value for money?--
Prices started from £19.99 and this includes a choice of cover (not the personalised photo option that is £5 more) and a minimum of 20 pages. It is possible to add additional pages at the cost of £1.20 (for 2 pages). I used this option and added an additional 10 pages, I liked the flexibility I had with this, as I decided mid way through creating the project that I wanted more pages.
It looks great. I was really pleased when it arrived and I opened it up to find that it had printed out beautifully. For the price I paid I was more than happy with the end result and would both recommend this product and not hesitate to use this service in the future. I found that I spent several hours creating the photo album, but I had a great time in doing so. There are so many items that you can customise it makes the book feel even more special for the hard work in creating something beautiful yourself.
I found that they delievered the item within a few days after I ordered it and it was sufficiently wrapped so it wouldn't be damaged in the post.
I just used bonusprint for the first time to make a personalised valentines day card. I have used moonpig for this before and loved the results so when I saw a code offer making the card only 50p including postage, I thought I would try it.
I chose to do a design of a picture I had drawn myself and then scanned in and it said the resolution was a little poor so I am a bit worried that the print will be a bit poor quality and blurry but at least they tried to warn me about this I guess.
The process of making the card was quite standard but not very clear for a computer novice like me, ah well, it just probably took me a few more minutes than most while I got used to it. You have to preview after every change you make which can be a bit annoying but hey. It probably took me about 10 minutes from making the picture to placing the order so not bad really. They didnt have as many designs as moonpig though and I had wanted a border but all the ones they had were really naff and cut into my picture a bit which was a shame, but at least there were quite a few border options.
One of the things I noticed was that I couldn't go through and then pick for when I wanted it to arrive (obviously nearer valentines day) so I think it might arrive a little bit early, on moonpig I am sure you get a choice with this. I didn't want to go through the whole process again though so just if it arrives early then so be it.
It was quick and easy to pay and the site was secure and I got send an immediate email receipt which is pretty good really.
The website looks a bit basic but they do sell a wide range of personabilised things and the cards come in a big range of sizes which is really good for when you want something special. They do cards, photobooks, mugs, presents, calenders, web albums, canvas prints and many other things so it really is a one stop shop, a little like snapfish in my opinion but with a bit more of a homemadey looking website.
A quick look online suggests that their prices are competitive and they obviously have good offers so if you are getting gifts or having photos printed, this is deffo worth a look-see in my opinion.
The card was recieved by my boyfriend on saturday and I have now seen it. I think the quality is much better than I expected (as they had warned me) and also, as with moonpig, it came with a blank envelope so that I could send it on. The images I used are fine, and the writing is fine, and the card seems high quality so overall for 50p I am really happy and would definitely use the service again if I saw it on a good offer.
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I conducted an amateur survey of several online digital photo printers, having had disappointing results from my local high street. The Bonusprint website was very easy to use (after downloading a small piece of their software) and pretty quick - on broadband. I received an e-mail to confirm my order, but this was the only communication I had. There is no option to track your order (as there is with, say, Photobox), apart from using the link to send an e-mail to ask customer services. I think this needs to be addresed. There is also no contact sheet of the photos you have ordered so, if there is a problem, you are at a disadvantage. However, the prints arrived pretty quickly (within a week) and well packaged in cardboard.
The clarity was very good, and certainly comparable to more expensive printers. However, to my eyes, the colours looked washed out straight from the packet, even before comparing them with others in my survey. This would be my main criticism. The actual tones of the colours were pretty good for me - natural greens, pale skin - and very much in the traditional Kodak mould. In fact all the Bonusprint photos were very similar to those I ordered from Kodak Gallery, but paler. Detail in dark areas was also good without too much blowing of highlights. The pictures were also enlarged to fit (6x4) than I felt was necessary.
Not a good as the market leader (Moonpig)Ordered a card on Saturday for a Tuesday birthday, it arrived on the Thursday.I see now, they work on a 5-day delivery, but with the Moonpig, the card comes the next day. I didn't notice this when I ordered from Bonusprint, I just assumed the delivery would be similar.Their customer care just said when I complained "check it with your local sorting office"Lost my business
I first tried Bonusprint last year after being a dedicated user of snapfish. I was inclined to try another company as I was printing so many pictures of my little girls.
The best bits of bonusprint are that they always have offers on. In the year that they have emailed me offers, I have been given the chance to save on gifts, photobooks, canvas prints, prints and calendars. Their prices are competitive (a normal 6" x 9" print being between 19p and 27p depending on the quantity that you buy in one order) and their delivery is swift and well packaged. Also their christmas cards are easy to make and are printed on really good quality card with good strong envelopes.
Sadly though, the quality of their products is something that I can criticise. Their pictures have sometimes been stretched when I have received them, and one photo that had my girl looking through a hoop arrived with the top of the hoop cut off (so it no longer really served it's purpose for why I wanted it). Some pictures are quite blurry too (although as an amateur photo taker maybe this is me, but unlikely in so many instances). I have seen their canvas prints in a house of my friend and they do look good though, made of good materials at high quality.
Overall, I would recommend using bonusprint for their christmas cards, although if you want an album of really good quality prints, you might want to shop around.
Having received a promotional code to get an A5 photobook for just P&P of £2.50 I decided it was worth giving Bonusprint a chance. I remember them being about when I was a kid and my Mum used to send our holiday pictures away in the paper envelopes as it was cheap.
Well they are still cheap. But now they do cheap digital.
And you can tell.
Getting started on the site was quite straight forward, you download an application which saves to your desktop and use that to design your photobook. So rather than uploading your pictures then designing your photobook like some other sites you transfer the pictures to the application and design it on your computer. The application was simple to use, however, I struggled to get a proffesional feel to the photobook as the backgrounds available weren't all that good and some of the 'frame' designs and page layouts looked quite poor. In the end I decided to stick with something simple in plain colours and plain design. One aspect I did find useful was that it would 'auto fill' your pictures in date order or alphabetical order into the photobook fitting the page layouts to fit all your pictures into the book which was useful as I had more pictures than pages so some pages required a layout with multiple pictures and the application did this for me so I could just then tweak it around a little rather than having to start from scratch.
Once you are finished giving your pages backgrounds etc then you save your design and upload the whole design to Bonusprint. Thus didn't take as long as I expected with the number of pictures I had to upload - however when I recieved my photobook I realised why!
The upload was fast because it had been done at low quality, which as a result means that the pictures in the photobook look grainy - some of the pictures were of proffesional quality and even they looked grainy. I have had the same pictures printed on my home printer which is a cheap printer and they looked much better.
The delivery was relatively reasonable, it took about a week for my photobook to arrive.
I have to say I am glad I didn't pay full price for my photobook. I will certainly be sticking to Photobox in the future.
Bonus Print is a website (www.bonusprint.co.uk) that allows people to attach photos to different medium. By this I mean the ability to produce photos cards, mugs, t shirts and coasters among other things. The site is very similar to another site, that perhaps people may know about, which is Moon Pig.
So far the only type of product that I have purchased through Bonus Print is a card that was for Fathers Day. The only reason that I used the site for the first time was the offer that was shown on GMTV with Martin Lewis, with the offer of a standard size card for Fathers Day for the small price of 50p. For the price of 50p I thought that I would take the chance and order the card from Bonus Print, as otherwise the card would have cost £2.00.
The process that I went through to design the card was slightly different to that of a normal card on the site, as the card that I offered was on special offer. All I had to do was upload the picture that I wanted printed on the cover of the card and whatever writing I wanted on the inside cover. In all the process of designing the card and paying for the card took about five minutes, as it was simple and easy to do.
Straight after I had purchased the card I receive the confirmation email that the payment had been received. The only problem that I had with the site is that Bonus Print did not send out a confirmation email that the card had been sent out in the post. Although after looking through the internet, I found out that this seemed to be common practice by the company. Which is a bit annoying as you want to know if the card has been sent out or not. Although the card did arrive in time, as Bonus Print do state to allow up to seven days for the card to arrive, but within three days the card arrived, which I thought was fast.
The only comparison that can be made with Bonus Print to another site that offers similar products is Moon Pig, of what I know of. The only problem is that I cannot make the comparison because I have never used the Moon Pig website. Although I can state that that the card was of a high quality finish.
I would recommend the site to be used to send card, as the card can either be sent to your house so you can give the card personally, or if you cannot reach the person face to face, the card can be sent to their address. The reason that I would recommend the site is because of the quality of the print, and the fact that you can make the card as personal as you want, as you can use any print that you want. The only caveat to this would be to order the card over a week before the card is need to allow for enough time for the card to be delivered.
The only part of the site that I would recommend at the moment is the photo print card part of the site, as so far I have not ordered any other items from the card. But I am looking at other parts of the site, such as the t-shirt prints.
Absolute shambles! the software is OK but does not give you a comprehensive email of your order so when you have discrepancies, as I have now, you have nothing to back up your issue. I am told there is noway that their software or their company could have got my order wrong and therefore I am left with substandard prints in the wrong sizes and completely wrong finish.Their customer service centre seems to be run by one lady and she is far from competent with little or no authority to do anything.I am awaiting escalation to a line manger as I require refund or replacement - neither of which she seems willing to give for their mistake! I will wait for a while then call it money lost and uninstall their software forever - I have no qulams in advising everyone to shop elsewhere for prints!
I was introduced to Bonusprint a few years ago by my friend, after I must have been complaining about having to take my memory card into Boots to get my pics developed and then go back to collect my pics... you know the drill. So she suggested I upload them online and they'll just get delivered to your door, so of course I gave it a go.
The website (www.bonusprint.co.uk) is pretty easy to navigate around with tabs across the top labelled with all the different services they provide - digital photos, photogifts, photobooks, photocards, calendars, film processing, card gallery & web album.
If you click on digital photos tab, you can then find a comprehensive list of sizes available & prices. For the standard 6x4 (or 4 x 5.3 because it's digital) they start at 10p a print for the 1st 149, then the price drops to 7p if you order between 150-249 prints, then anything above 250 prints is just 5p a print. Anyway, it lists the prices for all the different sizes, including digital, conventional & traditional. It even states that delivery is £1.99 on this price list, and I think that stays the same no matter how many prints you order. I have used other sites where you don't find out the delivery cost until you check-out, and then you know why because it's unbelievably high!
If you do decide to go ahead and use them for your photos, you will have to download some of their software, which does not take very long, and I don't think it takes up much room on your hard drive.
I have always been extremely happy with the quality of the photos I have received from Bonusprint, and they have always arrived on my doorstep, in a cardboard wallet within a couple of days, which I think is great. The only downside to ordering your prints online is that you have to (obviously) upload your pics, and depending on the speed of your internet connection, this can take some time! But I tend to just select the ones I want, then go off and do something else while it's uploading.
I have also used many of their other services which I have been pleased with:
I made my brother a desktop calendar which is where you can select photos for each month, (I chose pictures of his children) and these are quite high quality and I think my brother was pretty impressed - it makes for a more personal gift I think.
I made a photobook of our recent trip to Lanzarote for my other brother and his girlfriend, as a memento for them of our good times. I chose one of the cheaper options which was quite flimsy but still a good gift and they loved it. You can insert as many photos as you want and rearrange & resize them, and also insert little captions so it can even become a little story of your adventures. The more expensive ones are a lot more high quality than the one I ordered and I think they would make great wedding albums.
I have also ordered a couple of canvas prints from there which are rather expensive. Prices start at £29 (if you order 4 or more) for the 8 x 10.6 size, which is the size I ordered, and to be honest, although the quality was great, I think this size was a bit small to get the effect of a canvas print, so I felt I wasted my money there. To get the benefits from the canvas prints you would have to go a lot larger than that (in my opinion), and the prices go right up to £175, way above my budget!
I've also done the fridge magnet thing and the photo cards as well which are all very nice. There are many other photo gifts you can have a go at too such as mousemats, mugs, keyrings, cushions, bags etc... the list goes on.
Everything is set out really clearly on the website and delivery prices are different for each different item, but it is all clearly marked up so you know exactly what you will be spending before you commit to buy!
The other good thing about Bonusprint is that if you sign up with your email address (which I did) then you will receive regular emails with discounts and offers available to returning customers. I have quite a few 8 x 10 prints in my house which I have had developed for free, all I've had to pay for is delivery.
So all in all Bonusprint gets a gold star from me. I'll admit I've tried other photo websites (usually when they have promotions going on) but I always find myself returning to Bonusprint because I've always had good service and I know they are a company I can trust.
Please please please don't use bonusprint they are so unreliable. I used them last year to get photogifts for Christmas and they failed to deliver until the new year. They appologised and told me it was a one off. Mad fool that I am I believed them and used them for photo colandars this year. Despite ordering on 23rd Nov with a promised 10 days delivery I still don't have my goods on 24th Dec a whole month later ! Yes I know it was my own fault for using them when they let me down so badly last year but I don't want others to be as disappointed as I am am or to have to go shopping on Christmas eve.
I have used Bonusprint for many years - cheap and cheerful and not too bad quality. However I will not be using them again. I uploaded a photocalendar without noticing that the date starting with January was actually for the year before. Yep I didn't notice it - but they claimed it was new software and when I complained 3 times all I got back was computer generated replies. I have found Aldi cheaper and their software doesn't default to £16 of useless calendar.
Although digital photography is increasing in popularity, many people still use film cameras for quick snaps of people, and also for high quality enlargements. In our household we have four 35 mm film cameras, so we've tried various processing places over the years, both in-house and mail-order. We were disappointed with the quality (and price) of processing at chemists, and would use Kodak Express shops for quick prints. However I read in a Which? report, many years ago that - on the whole - mail order processing was better quality than that of shops. Obviously it took longer, but the prices were either comparable or cheaper. They particularly recommended Bonusprint. So we picked up a Bonusprint envelope at the Post Office, and sent off a film. I chose one that wasn't too important, just in case it got lost! But my prints arrived within a week, and I was very pleased with the quality. Since then we've had almost all our processing done by mail order. We haven't only used Bonusprint; when we moved to the USA for a couple of years, we realised that they would only send to UK addresses. However DirectFoto (who used to be called Express Films or Kodak Express mail order) will deliver anywhere in the world, so we've used them too, and find the quality and prices to be similar. * Why 'Bonus'print? * Back when I first used them, most photographs processed were the old 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inch size. Bonusprint offered what they called 'bonus prints', 30% bigger, in other words 6 x 4 inches, or 15 x 10 cm. Nowadays these are the normal sizes we expect from film processors, and most albums take this size by default, but Bonusprint kept the name. They also trade as DoublePrint and TriplePrint, and I believe also BonusPost. The Double- and Triple- versions send back small wallet-sized photographs attached to the larger ones, useful for grandparents! However it's a bit of a nuisance cutting the phot
ographs up, so I tend not to use these much. * How do they work? * Like other mail order companies, the ordering is all done through a 'freepost' envelope. The Bonusprint envelope is widely available, at airports, post offices, in magazines and sometimes in packets of junk mail. It's a light blue colour on the back, with varying advertising on the front, usually in primary colours. You send them your film and payment; about a week later, your negatives and photographs arrive back in a paper wallet, ready for putting in albums. They also send a free 'index print', a useful feature which enables you to see tiny images of your entire film, all on one print. * Sizes available * As well as the now standard 15cm x 10cm size, Bonusprint offer 50% bigger (16 x 11 cm), 100% bigger (19 x 13cm) and even the old smaller size (which they call 'regular') of 13 x 9 cm. This is a little confusing since the 15 x 10 size is now the most popular standard. * Details of what you have to do * Tick the relevant boxes on the back of the envelope to indicate what kind of film (or films) you're sending, how many exposures it has, and what size prints you want, then put the price in the 'amount' box. If you want a second set of prints, tick that too and put in its amount. If you want to buy films from them, or to have your photos put on CD, tick those too.. and don't forget the postage. Add it all up, and put the total in the box at the bottom. Make sure you've got this correct! Then write a cheque for this amount, put your address on the back, and put it in the envelope. Next, fill in your name and address at the bottom of the package, making sure you write your postcode clearly. Sometimes there is a tear-off label on the envelope flap as well, and you should also write your address on that and enclose it, however recently this seems to have disappeared. Next, wr
ite your surname and postcode on the little tabs on the envelope flap, and attach one of these to each film. These are extra security in case the package gets opened in the post, so that your film can be returned to you. I've never actually had a problem with this - the envelopes are quite strong - but I do know of someone whose package went astray and burst open, and she got her films back (eventually!) traced via the Post Office. So this is definitely worth doing. Double check that you have in the envelope the film with attached security label, the cheque, and (if appropriate) an address label, then seal it and post it! * Prices * Each envelope seems to have different prices, so it's worth looking out for several! In front of me I have one offering £2.49 for processing of 6x4 photos; this seems to be about average for a 24-exposure film. An extra set of prints ordered at the same time is £1.99, and postage about 30p per film. However it's often possible to find special 'introductory' offers of £1.99 per film for Bonusprint - and they don't seem to mind if you continue using the 'introductory' envelopes for several films! * Photos on CD * If you don't have a scanner, and want your prints available on CD for emailing, or for web usage, Bonusprint offer this service at £4.99 on my envelope - not cheap, since a blank CD costs about 50p, but a potentially useful service occasionally. We've never tried this so have no idea what the quality is like. * New film * Bonusprint used to offer a free film with every order, but although other mail order companies (such as DirectFoto) still do this, Bonusprint seems to have discontinued it. However they do offer inexpensive films that can be ordered at the same time as sending one to be processed. We tend to prefer Kodak films, so don't take advantage of this - however if you want an Activa brand film, Bonusprint se
lls 24-exposure ones for about £1.99 each, or £5.97 for four. * Insurance * By default there's no insurance cover for films sent to bonusprint; if they do make a serious error, then you'll only get the replacement value of the film. They say on the envelope that special value films require prior arrangement. We've never taken advantage of this, but have never had any problems. * Quality * I'm no conoisseur, but the prints come back sharp and with good, bright colours. Which? has particularly recommended Bonusprint for this more than once. * Speed of processing * They say that processing takes about 3 days. I find that, taking postage in the UK into account, I can generally expect prints back within about a week of posting them. * Web-site * This is at http://www.bonusprint.co.uk - if you can't find any free envelopes, you can order them from here. The prices they quote vary from the ones I have in front of me on an envelope: postage at 80p per film, photos on CD for £1.99 each (much more reasonable!), regular processing at £2.29 for 24 exposures at the 15 x 10cm size. The web-site also offers a services for digital camera users: if digital photographs are emailed to them, using their free downloadable software, or sent on CD, then they will produce prints for 15p each. * Conclusion * If you're in the UK, and are in no particular hurry to get your photographs, I can highly recommend Bonusprint. We've always been extremely pleased with their services, and so have friends who have used them too. * PS * The title is not my original - it was the punchline of a joke about photographs from years ago that I kept hoping to be able to use!