I've used them all! Truprint, doubleprint, Lick, SupaSnaps, SnapHappy etc etc. Both highstreet and postal. And finally I've found the one that consistently provides an excellent service - it's called Tripleprint. From single use cameras, to APS formats, three in ones to single large (7X5) prints, from cheap extra sets to copies on CD-ROMs - they have it all at great prices. And, and this is the bid AND - a free, QUALITY film from Konica with every film sent. What more could you ask for. Well there's an express service for when you want your prints in a hurry; a reprinting service that can put your favourite picture on almost anything else - t-shirt, mouse mat, mug (mug on a mug!). Without doubt Tripleprint are offering the best service for getting your precious photos develeped. And finally - the quality of processing is second to none - good quality printing is a must and they provide it in spades.
Just like Tripleprint and Bonusprint and Truprint and, erm, York Photo, Doubleprint is a send away photo developing company, and I’ve been using them for coming up to 5 years now I would imagine. **** The Procedure **** How it works is simple. You take your photos as normal and get to the end of the film. After re-winding you remove it, stick a sticker with your surname and postcode on, and pop it in one of their envelopes (I always put it in the plastic case first to protect it) along with your cheque or postal order (made payable to Doubleprint). You then fill in the envelope, selecting the prints you want (see below) and pop it in the postbox. **** The Pictures **** 1. Normal 35 mm Films Doubleprint’s main selling point is that they give you “double” the normal number of photos per negative. So that’s two then. With their original offer you would get 1 6 x 4 photo, and a smaller 4 x 2.6 one, the perfect size for a friend or relative, they claimed (these people obviously not deserving a full sized picky of your kids / dog). They have recently branched out into ”normal” developing too, and give you the choice of 6 x 4 or 7 x 5 prints. 2. APS Films With APS films the processing is as usual, with one print per negative in the size you took the photo – not in doubleprint format. **** The Price **** Pretty cheap to be honest. I’m a sucker for anything that involves saving money, and as a result have been using this company for quite a few years. Sample prices are present are 6 x 4 (up to 27 prints) – 2.49 Doubleprints (up to 27 prints) - 3.49 APS (any format + up to 25 prints) – 4.49 **** The Extras **** Every film processed is returned with a replacement film free of charge, and if you pick up the right envelopes at the moment (the one in front of m
e came from the latest issue of More), you can get 2 films back for every one sent in for developing. With your photos and films you get free address labels for next time, and spare envelopes (although these never seem to offer the “2 free films” offer. No matter what format you chose, you have the option of extra sets of prints for a reduced price – starting at 1.50 for an extra set of single prints (6 x 4 or 7.5 x 5). Postage costs 70p per film sent, with an extra 30p per film if you want their super-fast express service, although if you live near by you can avoid postage charges by dropping it off and picking it up yourself from their labs. If you’re one of those who likes to email photos / put them on the web, they’ll send you them on a CD for 2.99 per film. **** The Quality **** The photos are superb quality – as good as if not better than Boots or Max Speilman for example. I very rarely get red-eyes on prints from them, leading me to believe they sort them out for you since I’m not that good at photography, and generally have alien style creatures invading my other photos. **** The Service **** Excellent again. While I don’t generally go for the express service, I still usually get my photos back within 7 or 8 days of posting them, even in the busy December / January period. So far they’ve never lost a film of mine or of anyone in my family (although I’m sure one of you nice dooyooers has had a bad run in with them and will leave me a comment saying so :p ) **** The Details **** You can find their envelopes in magazines, at libraries and lots of other places, or by ringing them in 0800 849 7777. You can fit 4 films or one single use camera in an envelope they claim, but I’ve found 3 a squeeze. To contact them you have the choice of phone (as above), email firstname.lastname@example.org or writing – Doubleprint, Freepost
199, Potters Bar, Herts, EN6 1BR. **** The Verdict **** Their one medium print (rather than Tripleprint’s two tiny ones) means they win the extra-bit-stuck-on-the-end vote in my book. The service is simple and you don’t have to remember to pop back into town to collect them a few days later like with high street developers. It’s service with a smile (but without being able to see the smile) and at the price, quality and speed they offer, you can hardly complain.