It's been a long time since I have ordered any photos to be printed but after my daughters recent Sweet 16 party, I had some I needed to get done for her to put in a photo album. Normally, I shop online for my prints to get the best deal but I only needed about 50 this time so I decided to go local and not spend the extra money on shipping. I received a coupon code from Walgreens.com so I thought I would give them a try.
Uploading the photos to the site was very easy with just a few clicks of my mouse. If I can actually do it myself, anyone can. The site is easy to navigate and has editing features like crop, red eye removal and auto correction. Prints are available in several sizes or in packages and you have your choice of picking them up at your local store or having them delivered. The regular price for prints for store pick up is 19 cents but there are discounts for ordering larger quantities and coupon codes occasionally available as well. If you sign up on their web site, they will email you codes as they come out. The code I had was for 50% off my photo order so the pictures were actually only 10 cents each. Mail order photos run less money but then you have to add on the shipping charges which in this case made them more expensive then just picking them up at the store.
I placed my order just before midnight and they were available for pick up the next day at noon. The pictures were ready and waiting when I arrived and all seemed to come out well. They offer their photos in the regular cropped 4x6 size or a slightly smaller size that is not cropped which does not distort or cut anything out of the picture. I chose the regular size because of the photo album I was using instead of the smaller size which I normally get when I am scrapbooking photos. I did have a few that I cropped myself and when they printed and were cropped more, some where a little close to cutting parts off that I did not want cut off so a it's something to think about if you are cropping your photos as well.
In addition to printing your photos, Walgeens also offers free photo sharing. With this feature you can share your uploaded photos with friends via email, IM, Facebook, Myspace, Blogger and Typepad. They also offer a large selection of photos gifts you can purchase and photobooks as well but I have not tried any of those yet.
The pictures did come out as I had hoped and I am satisfied with Walgreens photo center and would get pictures developed there again. I have included 2 pictures I took of my prints but unfortunatly they do not show the actual quality of what the prints look like. They do however show the dinosauer cake and Sweet 16 cakes I made for the party so I hope you enjoy seeing them.