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Posted 1/18/2013 by Renaeb77 in General Scrappin'

Will I ever get to Buckethead?!

PeaNut 509,641
May 2011
Posts: 402
Layouts: 2
Loc: Illinois

Posted: 1/18/2013 1:32:50 PM
This is more than a rant more than anything. I've been getting my PL photos printed at Sam's. Print on Friday, pick up over lunch, and do the previous week over the weekend.

But today I knew I would be short on time so I ordered from Walmart instead. They are only 5 minutes away from work. Sam's is 20. I live out in the boonies at least 30 minutes away from anything so I run all errands over lunch while I'm in town.

Anyway, I got back to work and opened my pictures. They are HORRIBLE. Every single one of them. Sigh. Guess I'll do a double order next week from Sam's. I have no idea why the prints came out so bad. I know it's hit or miss with Walmart photo printing. I don't know why I just didn't wait until next week.

Now that I got that off my chest I feel a lot better.



PeaNut 308,069
April 2007
Posts: 68
Layouts: 91

Posted: 1/18/2013 1:39:01 PM
My Walmart prints always end up horribly dark and super contrasty.
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PeaNut 311,175
April 2007
Posts: 1,296
Layouts: 20
Loc: Miami {the one in Florida, not the one in Oklahoma}

Posted: 1/18/2013 1:41:08 PM
So sorry your pictures turned our so poorly. I would be really frustrated with that, especially right before the weekend!


PeaNut 556,456
June 2012
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Layouts: 2

Posted: 1/18/2013 2:34:07 PM
I have been having good luck with wmart and then this week a bunch of them are really dark. What the heck? I wish Costco wasn't so far away but I may need to give it a try.
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Will I ever get to Buckethead?!

PeaNut 509,641
May 2011
Posts: 402
Layouts: 2
Loc: Illinois

Posted: 1/18/2013 2:54:19 PM
I knew the peas would understand and glad I'm not the only one.

At least I can still put the pics in my PL pages until I get the decent prints next week.



PeaNut 566,536
September 2012
Posts: 535
Layouts: 28
Loc: Land of Eternal Snow aka MN

Posted: 1/18/2013 3:18:41 PM
I've seen a lot of professional photographer friends complaining about photo printer quality at a number of stores and how it sucks when their clients take their photos & print them somewhere where the quality is terrible.

There have been a few comparisions out there on Pinterest showing the differences between photo quality at different printers, online and in stores (Walmart, Target, Costco, Ritz etc).

I've taken to ordering almost all my photos either through Costco or Persnickety Prints (online) but that's not the most convenient for PL.

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PeaNut 567,835
September 2012
Posts: 525
Layouts: 111
Loc: Dallas, TX

Posted: 1/18/2013 5:40:06 PM
I had really dark prints from CVS also, but they ended up giving me a refund so can't complain! I bought a photo printer last year for less than $100, and the prints are wayyy better than anything I got from an outside printer.


PeaNut 281,136
October 2006
Posts: 2,262
Layouts: 6
Loc: DFW, TX

Posted: 1/18/2013 11:58:10 PM
I hate that! It seems like a lot of photos I've gotten are either dark or the color is off (too yellow, etc.). I've had pretty good luck with Shutterfly, but more and more I'm switching to just printing at home.

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PeaNut 95,467
July 2003
Posts: 1,421
Layouts: 0
Loc: N. Cal

Posted: 1/18/2013 11:59:35 PM
You can get a refund.


PeaNut 501,296
March 2011
Posts: 868
Layouts: 10
Loc: Minnesota

Posted: 1/19/2013 12:20:59 AM
I pretty much ONLY order my prints from They have such awesome quality. I just started doing project life, so for convenience sake I have been ordering from Walmart the last two weeks. I may end up reprinting them when I order from mpix next.

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PeaNut 23,809
October 2001
Posts: 17,028
Layouts: 386
Loc: Just a short drive from Nashville, TN! (Yee-Haw Ya'll!)

Posted: 1/19/2013 12:32:20 AM
I use Sam's when I need it quick but I'm always on the lookout for a better local printer. So frustrating that its hard to find.

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