I really don’t like Walmart. Their merchandise is generally second-rate quality and their business tactics hurt smaller, more personal local businesses. But the world’s largest retailer cannot be ignored. Recently, my wife had to print out some digital photos for a piano recital. Our printer, for whatever reason, has decided that all photos should be printed five shades darker than they appear on the screen, making them look as if they were taken in a dark room by candlelight. So I looked into ordering prints.
Walmart currently has the best deal going. 4×6 prints are just $0.12 each, which is cheaper than the glossy photo paper I buy (nevermind the outrageous cost of ink cartridges). The process is pretty simple. You upload your images, select which ones you want prints of, the size and quantity. You can either have them shipped to you or arrange to pick them up at the nearest Walmart.
In our case, we placed the order about 9:30pm, and picked them up at 10am the next morning. Not bad.
There were a few usability issues with their website. When the photos were printed, the order status showed them as being “shipped” (they were printed locally). And the sales tax calculated online was lower than the sales tax computed at the local store (about a $0.42 discrepancy). But the price is difficult to beat. If you need prints from your digital camera, check it out.