When I moved to Korea, I could NOT figure out how to print my photos. I reached out to some amazing bloggers (in other places in Asia) for help and they were amazing. But I thought, “this is ridiculous, there should be a website with this information”. Then I thought, “I can’t be the only person with this problem. There have to be other people who have moved to a new country and needed help printing photos. ILL FIX THAT.” So I reached out to some lovely ladies all over the world and requested their help for 2 reasons. First, I want a local’s opinion, not a random google search. Second, who better to know and judge photo printing quality, ease and pricing than scrapbookers?!
Here is a list I have compiled (so far) of different printing options all around the world from some really sweet bloggers. I have included 5 continents worth of in-store instant photo printing options (South America we need your help!) and a slew of online, home delivery options. I hope these are helpful for you, wherever you are! Please share with your world traveling friends and send me your suggestions for new stores/online services to add!
There are a bunch of photo printing places in South Africa, but they are all crazy expensive. After ten months of printing I figured out the best option. Post Net. Post Net has its own photo printing service, but that’s almost as expensive as the photo printers. What I do is I arrange my photos onto an A4 page. I manage to get four on them if the particular Post Net branch has borderless printing, otherwise there are three. But I’m also not too fussy about getting exact measurements.
I print on their cardboard, which costs me R6 (R1.50 a photo), but recently I bought a stack of photo paper and it costs me R4 if I bring my own paper. They also allow you to print on vellum, which is great. The cheapest place to buy photo paper is HP Shop –http://www.hpshop.co.za/. Buying it at a shop is way more expensive.
Post Nets varies in quality because they are usually owned by a married couple, and depending on their preferences, they choose if the printer is laser or inkjet, and what brand. The quality is pretty much high all over the country, though… I regularly go to around six different ones in the country. There are Post Nets everywhere. Get to know the cashiers, and who the “main” person is – when I’m at my local Post Net, I’ll never allow anyone to print other than my main guy.
URPhoto : These guys are great. You create a profile, and upload your photos to their site. If you have for more than 200 HKD (about 25 USD worth) of photos, they will deliverer it directly to your house the next day for free! How’s that for service?! They print IG photos (they are 4 x 4 printed on 4 x 6 paper) and they look great. If you are unhappy with the prints, they have a free 10 day re-print service. This is great when you have a bunch of photos to print out for a vacation or a mini album for example.
Harvey Norman: This is an in-store service only. You bring your storage device to the photo center, upload them at the kiosk, and collect your photos usually within the hour. There are twelve photo centers located within specific Harvey Norman stores across the island.
Standard 4×6 prints start from $0.25 each and are printed on quality Fujifilm photo paper. Read more about photo prices and available sizes here.
Fotohub: Fotohub provides online printing, as well as in-store printing services. If you print online, you upload the photos online and they are delivered to you within 3 days. If you bring your photos to a physical store, you are usually able to pick them up within one hour.
Standard 4×6 prints start from $0.43 each. If you print online, this excludes shipping costs. Fotohub also has FotoPackages with great value if you need to print photos in bulk. Read more about photo prices and available sizes here.
In Korea there are a lot of photo printing options at different types of stores, the problem is finding them. Korea can be very confusing and most stores are very small and are hidden in a huge, obscure building. If you can find those places, awesome! But, the best and easiest thing to do is to use your local Emart or Lotte Mart. These stores are all over Korea, even in small towns. Most stores in Korea don’t have websites with easy locator search features, but some googling, asking around or wandering around will help you locate them very easily. Each store is a little different, some you can upload and order online and pick up in store, some are self-service kiosks, most have someone working the counter and you take in your flash drive and show them which photos to print at what size. 4×6 photos are 300 won (30 cents USD). Asia is amazing and prints 3×4 prints, also 300 Won, and they can print up to a in 25 by 18 in, still considered a photo print, for 3,000 Won ($3 USD) and the quality is amazing. Your order will be ready in 20 mins. Easy, cheap and fast with great quality!
Kmart: they have both in-store and online options.
Harvey Norman: these are both national chains and can be found Australia wide. Both are well priced and reliable/good quality.
Officeworks: Prints are 10cent in store and they offer online services. They are located around almost the entire coast of Australia.
In Germany there are several good and payable ways to print your photos. My favorite printing service is Pixum. It’s an online printer service, where you can simply upload your photos and they send you a package filled with your beautiful photos. The advantage of Pixum is, that they print in the exact aspect ratio you uploaded your photos. Therefore it’s the only service I know in Germany, where I can print my photos for Project Life. Every other company cuts the photos down to a regular size, so the photos slide inside the pockets. If you print large bulgs of photos you can save up to 17% and the delivery costs at Pixum. And the biggest advantage, they deliver really fast. Most of the time they the package arrives on the next day.
If you need only a few pictures but within hours or even minutes, you can use one of the many instant printers at Rossmann, DM,Saturn or Media Markt. These instant printers are now everywhere in several shops, so it’s only a question of quality, which company you choose. I prefer f.e. Saturn. They are four to five times more expensive than the online printer services, but you have the photos within minutes.”
When I was in Germany I used Müller. It was fantastically easy, really cheap, and really quick delivery. I just uploaded it to the site, clicked a few buttons, paid with PayPal, and it arrived at my door a few days later. There is an option to collect the photos at your closest Müller but over a certain amount the delivery was free and I was never in a rush. The photo paper is thin, but I never chose the premium option since I was more concerned with price, and it worked perfectly for me. €0.07 a photo made me print every single photo I had ever wanted to print, especially since there were bundle options. When I wanted to print photos the same day I visited a physical Müller store, went to one of the DIY printers and had photos five minutes later.
In the USA you have TONS of choices for cheap and fast photo printing. Options such as Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, RightAid, Kmart, Target, Sams, Costco, BJs, and on and on and on. These normally have 3 options: order online and pick up in store (or home deliver), self print at a kiosk or have a photo lab assistant assist you. These are normally ready instantly or within 20 minutes to an hour. These are chains that are spread throughout the US in large and small towns. I’m sure there are many more and are easy to locate as most of them have good websites and your friendly neighbours will certainly help point you in the right direction. I have personally found that Walgreens has better quality than Walmart and they run fantastic deals, less than 10 cent a print! And if you sign up for their newsletter you will get lots of coupons emailed to you and free large prints, etc. I have also found that Walgreens will have photo coupons on their photo site but sometimes better coupons in their actual store ad, so always check both. Pricing can range form 9 cents to 30 cents a print at stores like these for a 4×6 and larger prints go up quickly to be $1-$5 or more.
World Wide Online Photo Printing Services
Because let’s be honest, not everyone will have access to these services or has the time to go have photos printed and/or you prefer quality and convenience of online companies. So here is a list of some of the leaders in quality and world-wide shipping as a few options for you.
Artifact Uprising: Beautiful, quality books and prints, higher on the price side.
Costco: Not (normally) a delivery service, but Costco’s are worldwide and have very cheap photo printing options. They have a wide range of sizes to choose from, quality varies by store, but it is a great option!
Fotohub: Fotohub provides online printing, as well as in-store printing services. If you print online, you upload the photos online and they are delivered to you within 3 days. If you bring your photos to a physical store, you are usually able to pick them up within one hour. -Amelia
Origrami: I am blown away by these guys. They are an IG printing company based in Sydney Australia. They will ship 36 prints on matte cardstock with a choice of backgrounds for the back of the photos for 20$ and they offer free shipping worldwide. The kicker is that your prints come in a super cute camera box. They have some great size options, have an app so you can upload prints from your phone and they don’t have to be IG prints only anymore (before you couldn’t put photos from your camera roll for example). Highly recommended. -Vanessa
Persnikety Prints: Leader in quality and options, especially for scrapbookers. Very affordable and they run sales often.
Photojaanic: A partner of Snapfish, Photojaanic is a web-based printing service . You upload your photos online and they are delivered to you within 1 to 3 business days. Standard 4×6 photo prints are $0.19 each, excluding shipping. -Amelia
Shutterfly: Tons of options, decent quality, frequent sales.
Snapfish: Similar to Shutterfly with lots of options and sales.
I know there are about a million more printing options out there. If you have one you use and love please send me a link and a review and I will happily add it to the list as I want this to be a helpful guide for people all over the world! So send me your thoughts in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org