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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:52:59 PM
Does anyone use Shutterfly? How do you like the quality? Is it fine for the price? I can get a 50 free prints code and was thinking about using it. I have a lot of photos to print.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 9:55:09 PM
I've liked the quality and price okay, but recently prefer Costco for the convenience of having it the same day.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:35:29 PM
It's one of the better cheaper ones as for quality. I much prefer it over Snapfish or Walmart.


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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:39:09 PM
I order all of my prints from Shutterfly. I think they do a really nice job. I purchase the 4x6 print plans so can get my prints cheaper.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 10:41:31 PM
I use both Shutterfly and Costo. I love Shutterfly once you have purchased from them they start sending you awesome free prints. I have 50 free prints cost to mail was $3.50.
Always fun to get something for free.

I love getting pics from Costco because I love 5 x 7 pics and they are so inexpensive.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:00:27 AM
I love Shutterfly's service, but I prefer the prints that I get when I send my Shutterfly order to CVS. I love that they have the option of local printing via CVS and other stores. I think Target and Walgreen's?


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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:16:43 AM
I pretty much order all my photos from Shutterfly - very good quality.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:34:08 AM
I mostly order from shutterfly too. Occassionally at costco if I need the prints in an hour or so. I have ordered quite a bit of photobooks from shutterfly as well.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:42:52 AM
I do all my online photo printing from Shutterfly. I've also made books and calendars and have always been happy with the quality.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:48:38 AM
I think their quality is terrible, the colors are always way off for me. I recommend testing a few photos out at multiple places and comparing them to see which you like better.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:53:06 AM
I have always been happy with Shutter fly until this last order...the photos are all blurry. I thought maybe it was my camera, until in realized the prints included photos from two separate cameras, one of which takes really nice photos. I will see if they will fix them, and if so, how they turn out before ordering from them again...

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Posted: 2/7/2013 10:05:23 AM
I am not a huge fan of their quality but they are ok. The prints are not true 4x6 of that matters to you... They are slightly off.

ETA: Snapfish lets you choose between 4x6 and True Digital (4x5.3). Shutterfly does not even tell you they will be smaller.

A few years back, I did a print test: I ordered the same photo from Snapfish, Winkflash, and Shutterfly. Snapfish had, by far, the best quality. Now if you compare it to a Persnickety Print, the PP photo wins, but at that time, Snapfish won out.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 10:26:27 AM
I prefer snapfish to Shutterfly. By accident, I ordered the same picture from both companies and the Snapfish print is much better. The colors were richer and more vibrant where as the shutterfly print is pretty dull and flat in comparison.

I would also recommend ordering various prints from a couple of different companies to see which one you like best.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 10:32:31 AM
I am also a big fan of Shutterfly. I have never had a quality concern and have always had great service from them.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 11:17:04 AM
I think Shutterfly photos are MUCH better quality than Snapfish. Go for it!


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Posted: 2/7/2013 11:28:45 AM
maybe try out York Photo? It got better reviews on another thread than Shutterlfy. If you google it, there was a 100 free print offer for new customers. I am going to try them this weekend.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 11:37:14 AM
I really like shutterfly, but personally I would never use their service to have it printed at a local printer. If you have the prints shipped to you they are silver haliade prints (which are a MUCH higher quality product) but if you have them printed up at target/walgreens/where ever through shutterfly you will be stuck with whatever system those stores use (usually ink-jet).

But I fully admit that I am a photo snob, but not everyone is and that is cool too

Ultimately, I like using as my primary place to order 4x6s, but shutterfly is almost as good.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:13:14 PM
I really like Shutterfly as a cheaper alternative. I used to use Snapfish, but the colors were off on a huge batch of photos I had printed up from a trip. Just way to bright they looked funny.
And plus, they weren't true 4x6 prints. Just a little smaller.
So I started using Shutterfly and was happy until they stopped using true 4x6 prints as well.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:26:31 PM
I like shutterfly I always think they are superior for the cheap companies. I just got an order this week and the photos were perfect as expected. Give them a try with the 50 or so. They usually do promotions every few months to make them cheap. Also, you can do the prepaid to save a buck or two if or when you do a larger order.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:51:15 PM

I am not a huge fan of their quality but they are ok. The prints are not true 4x6 of that matters to you... They are slightly off.

I never realized this (I do 8.5x11 pages and generally have to trim most things) until I did some layouts for a friend who does 12x12 and noticed they weren't spanning an entire page the way they were supposed to. Most people won't notice...but I noticed. I just did the 100 free print offer with them and had forgotten about that. I had gotten them to slip into divided page protectors for a "favorite photos" album, but these are noticeable because they slide around in the pockets. Add to that several were printed with a red haze over them and the colors were really pale compared to copies of the same photo printed a decade ago from film, and recent copies printed at Sam's Club and my home HPA646 portable printer...and I'll probably stick to them for photo books.

I also did an order for Snapfish for their penny print sale. Colors and sizing were good (if you decline their "fix aspect" option), but the paper was exceedingly thin, enough that I handed two photos to DH and he instantly commented on the paper thinness. I don't normally order from them so I don't know if this is normal.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:07:38 PM
I would try out several places, printing the same pictures, to see what you like best.

I just did a big order through Shutterfly, and the photos are all a bit fuzzy. Many were reprints, so I know it's not the image itself, but the printing. Customer service reprinted the entire order at no cost, but they're still fuzzy.

Maybe it's just me though - in the past 2 months I've received poor quality photos from Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreen's, and even Persnickity Prints!

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